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13 members enjoyed a great weekend at Lincomb Equestrian at camp.

The camp was organised by Jess Birch, and we all agreed that she did an excellent job, providing us with a busy interesting programme, great instructors, superb food       ( cooked by her mother, Di) and lots of dismounted activities.

Lincomb was a very good venue. The horses were in permanent, good sized stables. The tack room was secure and roomy, plenty of racks for extra saddles. Two large arenas were used on Friday and Saturday and we each had 2 lessons every day. On Sunday we had a xcountry session, using the endless variety of fences on the xcountry course. There was plenty of variety no matter how high or small we wanted to jump.

Jess had got very good top quality instructors. On the flat we had Amy Blount ( who also did a dismounted target-setting session with each of us) Sophie Cox and Leonie Smith. Leonie also did a dressage to music demonstration on Saturday evening on her beautiful  Friesian horse Bert.

We all enjoyed the jumping sessions with Sue Parkes, who succeeded in giving us all a good experience of grid work and a small course. John Rogers took the Xcountry sessions and we all ended up with smiles on our faces, even after some challenging moments!

The other dismounted activities included 

  • a Dengie expert assessing everyone's horse, 
  • a beauty treatment, 
  • a "balanced rider" session which included rolling about on a big ball, wobbling on a wobble board, as well as some very sophisticated equipment to help with core strength
  • A demonstration by Rachael Farmer on McTimoney treatment on an equine volunteer.

On Saturday and Sunday we also had a photographer, Steve Wall, with us. Steve joined in with great enthusiasm and his photographs are a clear record of how much we all enjoyed ourselves.

See for all of Steve's great photos he took whilst with us.

So those are the facts! 

The reality was that the camp was terrific fun. Old friendships were renewed and new friends were made. There was a great mix of people and horses, in a caring friendly relaxed atmosphere. Food and drink consumption was impressive.  By the end of Sunday I think we all felt that we had achieved more than we expected and we left with better educated horses and more knowledgeable riders. 

Roll on next year and more of Di's Malteser cake!