Especially for new members, here is a rundown on what to expect next week.
Camp will take place from 1-5 July at Ballyduff House, Thomastown. Please don’t use the main entrance. The farm entrance is further up the road and we will mark the gate with a cone.
Daily routine: be ready to ride at 10am Monday – Thursday (10.30am on Friday to give you a bit extra grooming time!). The morning session will finish at 12.30, ponies are then untacked, given water and a feed before riders’ lunch (you’ll need to bring a packed lunch) from 1pm-2pm.
The afternoons will consist of more riding, talks from visiting experts and stable management. This will finish at 4pm and tea will be at 4.30pm.
As at rallies, riders will be divided up into rides and will stay in these groups with the same instructor for the week. A list of rides will be pinned up and Claire will have a copy too.
Parents are welcome to stay but if for whatever reason you won’t be there, don’t worry. An instructor or an older rider will help the junior riders and many first timers learn so much by having to do things on their own, even if they just learn to ask for help.
Turnout for the first four days is as for rallies. On the Friday there will be different competitions so ponies should be plaited (ideally but not essentially by the riders!) and riders should wear show turnout ie. jacket, blue or white shirt, pony club badge and tie, pale jodhpurs and boots. Badges, ties and sweatshirts will be available to buy before Friday.
Apart from a very limited number of pre-booked stables, the ponies don’t stay at Ballyduff.
E, D and D+ tests will take place on Friday. Your instructor will tell you more about these.
Please bring your own water (for ponies and riders) as we don’t want to deplete the Ballyduff water supply!
See you on Monday 🙂