“For the sake of the horses we should change the venue, their welfare must come first.” “The ground is so hard perhaps we should find a venue with surfaces.” Just some of the comments in advance of the Rogate & District Riding Club Camp, which was held in August. Taking heed of the comments the venue was changed to the Mayhill Stud, which has two all-weather surfaces to use.
The weather gods, of course, then decided that maybe the long awaited rain should arrive and it did in bucket loads! Not daunted the intrepid campers continued their lessons, survived the first day’s down pour and were granted some better weather for the second day, however it didn’t last and poured again on the third and final day!
Pictures by Sue Bird of www.jsbeephotography.com
The campers enjoyed some excellent instruction from Christine Gay and Pip Blain who both tested their wet weather gear to the full but kept smiling throughout. Russell Cooper was the third instructor, but he taught on the only fine day. The support given by all of the instructors and fellow members was appreciated by the campers who had not previously attended any residential camps and it enabled them to have a really good experience.
All of the members who enjoyed the camp were able to do so, thanks to the enormous amount of helpers who provided food, drink and evening entertainment. Everyone left camp after having a very positive experience, looking forward to the next Member’s Day.
Words and pictures by Sue Bird of www.jsbeephotography.com