Especially for new members, here is a rundown on what to expect next week.
Camp will take place from 10-14 August at Pat Farrell’s farm, Bodal, Gowran. The entrance will be marked.
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 12.45, 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 and stable management. This will finish in time for everyone to be collected at 4pm.
Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 restrictions, we can’t provide tea for everyone this year and we also can’t have visitors in to give talks. However, we will still have the mid morning bun run! We’re asking everyone to bring a labelled water bottle, bring it full and you’ll be able to get it re-filled as you need. We will collect these before you ride on Monday and they will be given out at the bun run. Please also bring hand sanitiser and use this before eating lunch. In general, please be mindful of social distancing and use common sense with regard to this.
As at rallies, riders will be divided up into rides and (in general) will stay in these groups with the same instructor for the week. However, this year one of our instructors is a cross country specialist so the top three rides will all get a chance to learn from him throughout the week. A list of rides will be pinned up and Claire will have a copy too.
This year we will be having a pre-loved clothing and tack stand. Caroline will be setting this up on Monday morning so if you have (clean) items for sale or swap, please drop them to her, clearly labelled with the price, your name and number. During the week, if you find anything that you would like to purchase, just contact the person whose name is on the label. Remember to collect anything that is not sold at the end of the week or if you would prefer to donate to to charity, just let Caroline know.
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 and ties will be available to buy before Friday.
Apart from a very limited number of pre-booked stables, the ponies don’t stay at Bodal.
E and D tests may take place on Friday. Your instructor will tell you more about these.
Please bring your own water (for ponies) and don’t forget a lunchtime feed for your pony as it’s a busy week for them as well as you.
See you on Monday 🙂