Mini Camp

Camp Organisers

Suzie Priest is responsible for all things riding, ponies and members! Please contact miniandjuniorcamp@chhpc.org if you need further information.

Caitlin McCaffery is responsible for all things catering!

Camp

For those from the age of 2 1/2 – 8 years

30th July – 1st August 2019, daily from 10.30am – 2.30pm

Mini Camp is run at Stonehall in Balcombe, the family estate of the Greenwood family who have kindly hosted this camp for many years. Many current members parents attended camp at Stonehall when Mrs Greenwood was the Principal Instructor. The whole Greenwood family are still very much involved in the camp, from the set up to leading the hacks and much more!

A typical day involves preparing your pony for the day and meeting with your instructor. This will be followed by a ridden activity in both the morning and the afternoon. Each session is different, and will include games, flatwork, jumping, cross country, treasure hunts and hacking out in the beautiful countryside. Campers are asked to bring their own picnic and in the lunch break children often work towards an Achievement badge or watch a demonstration. Past years demonstrations have included side saddle and gun dogs.

The day finishes with a swim in the beautiful outdoor pool and an ice cream and normally comes to a close at around 4pm.

Parental supervision is required for younger members and for swimming sessions.

ARRIVAL INFORMATION

Please remember no dogs are allowed on site over camp. 

We would welcome a contribution of  2 x packets of biscuits on the first day.

Equipment List:

Children and Ponies must be smartly turned out.

Rider:

HAT to standard PAS 015:1998 or 2011 with BSI Kitemark, VG1 with BSI Kitemark, Snell 2001 onwards with official snell label and number, ASTM-F1163 2004A onwards with SEI mark, AS/NZS 3838 2006 onwards and tagged.

PLEASE NOTE THAT HATS ARE CHECKED AND TAGGED ON ARRIVAL AND IF NOT TO THE ABOVE STANDARD YOUR CHILD MAY NOT BE ABLE TO RIDE.

Body Protector 2009 or newer – ALSO CHECKED ON ARRIVAL

Named Pony Club Sweatshirt, Long-sleeved shirt and named pony club tie.

Beige Jodhpurs (and a spare pair)

Dark hat silk

Jodhpur boots, can be worn with chaps if not, with jodhpur clips or long boots

Long hair tied back with a hair net

Waterproofs/ Wellies

Swimming costume, towel and sun cream (Swimming with parental supervision only from 2.45pm daily)

Packed Lunch and picnic blanket

Pony:

Passport/ Vaccs Cert (if pony staying overnight)

Saddle/Bridle with black, brown or white numnah

Head Collar and lead rope

Water Bucket

Grooming Kit

Tack cleaning kit – children will be cleaning tack 

Haynet and hay

*********PLEASE ENSURE ALL KIT IS NAMED*******

Monday August 13th. Day 1 Arrival:

Please arrive no earlier than 10.00am and no later than 10.15am.  Follow C&H signs which will take you through the Farm entrance.   Follow the drive, which will take you up past a stable yard on your left, then pass through the gate onto the camp field.  In the event of rain please DO NOT stop in this gateway as it will get boggy and lorries will start to get stuck.  The lorry parking will be located on the left of the roped area.

You will find details of your child’s ride and their activities listed on the caravan.  The rides are grouped in colours.  When you have found your child’s ride colour, you will be given a ribbon to put on your child’s hat silk. Once you have had back protectors and hats checked you’ll be able to make your way, with pony, to the group within the pony lines. Please take haynets and water buckets over with you to your pony lines.

The first ride will start at 10.45am.  This will be an assessment morning where Instructors will check your child has been grouped correctly and establish if any changes need to be made. 

10.45am – First Ride

12pm – Lunch and activities

1pm – Tack up

1.15pm – Second ride

2.30pm – Ponies will be untacked and if staying the night will be turned out all at the same time with an instructor

2.45pm – Children can swim with parental supervision

4pm – All vehicles must have left the estate

If your pony is staying, an instructor will meet you at the field gate at 10.15am to bring your ponies in each morning. This is to ensure no ponies are left on their own.

We do ask for help from parents that are intending on staying the day at Junior Camp. This includes: 

  • Parent ride representative who helps the instructor tack up and helps keep the day running to time. They will also distribute drinks and biscuits at break time and ensure their ‘ride area’ is tidy at the end of the day. 
  • Watching the pony lines at lunch time

The most important thing is that all the children enjoy their experience at Mini Camp. Please do ask if you need any additional assistance or are unsure about anything at all. Please come to the caravan and I will be able to help you.

If you require further information before hand please contact me at suzannahpriest@icloud.com

Looking forward to seeing you all on the 13th August!