LESSONS - School Holidays


The following examples are just some of the regular activities we run during school holiday periods – a comprehensive list is published at least three weeks prior to the holiday period which you can also access via the online diary.

  • Own Your
    Own Pony
  • Children's
    Mornings
  • Children's
    Hacks
  • Games
    Days
  • Fun
    Days
  • Group
    Hacks
  • In-house
    Clinics

Own Your Own Pony for the dayCheck the Events Diary

This is an extremely popular event and involves all the daily care required to look after your own pony. We start with bringing the ponies in from the field, grooming them, tacking them up and then the riding lesson itself. The day continues to be full of the practicalities of pony ownership – feeding, cleaning out the stable, washing manes and tails, cleaning tack, turning out your pony, etc.

Children are welcome from the age 4, they are fully supervised throughout the day and these days are suitable for any standard of rider.

These are full day activities and therefore children should either bring a packed lunch with them or why not take advantage of the "children’s specials" menus available in The Forge Café.

Children's MorningsCheck the Events Diary

These sessions are aimed at the younger children (from age 4) and who may not be able to stay for the whole day, although they do still start to learn the very basics of pony care. The emphasis is more on the children helping, so they help groom and tack up their pony prior to their riding lesson.

These mornings are aimed at being informative however there is a strong emphasis on fun and enjoyment therefore we build in different activities, such as a mini quiz, or a colour game, etc.

The children are fully supervised throughout the whole time, however, as parents you are very welcome to stay for the whole morning or part of it with the children or in the warmth and comfort of the Forge Café area.

Children's HacksCheck the Events Diary

Again, aimed at the younger child from age 4 upwards, this afternoon event is primarily run in the spring and summer periods and is suitable for all standard of rider. It is a completely different experience for the younger children as very often this is their very first "feel" of leaving the familiarity of the riding school itself, and exploring the surrounding countryside on horseback.

It is a safe, quiet hack and clearly this is fully supervised: with the variety of riders in mind, we ensure we have sufficient helpers to lead rein every child as and when required.

Games DaysCheck the Events Diary

Our ponies are already in the stables ready for the start of this full day but our children do then groom their own ponies and tack up. We have a host of fun activities and games which we draw on, for example Roll-Out the Barrel, Bending and Weaving, Musical Barrels, Potato Races, etc., etc.

The afternoon sees our children divided into teams where they race and compete - both mounted and on foot - only this time with their team’s 'hat on'. Team rosettes are awarded at the end of a very full day.

Children are welcome from the age 4 and they are fully supervised for the whole day. These days are suitable for any standard of rider: indeed these mixed abilities bring a different dimension to the day - our instructress then matches riders of similar abilities but, on opposite teams!

These are full day activities and therefore children should either bring a packed lunch with them or why not take advantage of the "children’s specials" menus available in The Forge Café.

Fun DaysCheck the Events Diary

This is aimed at the more experienced rider where after grooming and tacking-up their ponies, the morning’s focus is drawn from a selection of gymkhana games, and can include some bare back riding! A strong favourite after lunch is always the water jump session. We hack through the country to our water complex and whilst we make this great fun, we also make the session informative and enlightening, giving tips and tricks to get your pony into and through the water! A skill in itself and certainly it sounds easier than it actually is! The culmination of the day is often the 'Chase Me Charlie' event where whoever jumps the highest wins a rosette.

These days are suitable for riders who are independently capable of trotting, cantering and jumping.

This is a full day of activities and games therefore children should either bring a packed lunch with them or why not take advantage of the "children’s specials" menus available in The Forge Café.

Group HacksCheck the Events Diary

We separate these into two discrete groups –

  • For the more experienced rider – those who can canter and jump competently off the lead rein – we have a three hour hack.
  • For the less experienced rider – who should still be capable of trotting and cantering off the lead rein - we have a shorter countryside hack of two hours.

In-house ClinicsCheck the Events Diary

We run these for show jumping, dressage and cross country; generally speaking these clinics are aimed at students with an interest in future competitions and therefore the focus is very much on the 'improvement' aspects of each discipline.

 

The above are simply examples - the full programme of events for each school holiday period is available here at least three weeks prior to the break.

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