Happy campers!

Pony Club camp - Heather Bowden having fun at her first camp'Photo credit - Julia McDonald
Pony Club camp - Heather Bowden having fun at her first camp'Photo credit - Julia McDonald

Galloway Branch of The Pony Club held their annual summer camp at Terally Equestrian Centre from 8th to 12th July.

Twenty-three girls brought ponies and horses for the five-day camp and another four brought ponies for the shorter two-day camp, riding the first day and dismounted theory the second. Horses and ponies stayed in the five-star accommodation Terally has to offer and girls slept on the floor in the main shed, they don’t mind, in fact they love it. This year saw several members taking part for the first time.

Club instructors came to camp each day and taught all the disciplines, dressage, show jumping, cross country and games. Dismounted instruction was also given in lunging and stable management. Over the course of camp members worked towards Pony Club Standards of Efficiency as well as gaining achievement badges including Show Jumping, Feeding, Lorinery (bits), Colours and Markings and Sequence of Footfalls, to mention a few.

John Patterson, farrier, gave demonstrations in shoeing and Lorna McKay came to give a lesson in Pilates which everyone thoroughly enjoyed.

Meals and home baking was provided by families and was much appreciated by hungry campers as well as a trip into Stranraer for a swim at the Ryan Centre and a Chinese meal at the Sun Kai.

The Sunday was the finale of camp whereby friends and families came to watch a mini one-day-event before a delicious lunch, tidying up and heading for home.

Troops named after local venues; Carty, Terally, Barstobrick and Calgow, competed for points throughout camp for the hotly contested Craigenholly Inter-Troop Cup which was won by Team Terally led by Mollie Miller-Smith and her second, Caitlin Jolly.

Other cups awarded included:

Best Turned-Out at Camp – jointly won by Caitlin Jolly and Jessica Hannay

Citizenship Cup – Mollie Miller-Smith

Most Improved Riders – Lucy Gaw, Rachel Ramsay, Leigh Vance and Isla Forsyth

Award for Bravery – Robyn McNeillie

Most Improved Pony – Cara Sloan’s Honey B

Best Pony Club Pony – Kirsty Fisher’s Leo

District Commissioner, Wendy Miller-Smith was thanked and congratulated for putting together such a successful camp. Many thanks must also go to the parents and supporters of our small club whose help allows such a fun experience to take place. Very well done to everyone involved.

Since camp finished members have represented Galloway at the annual Area 19 competitions at Auchinleck doing dressage and eventing, all coming home with good scores. Later this month teams will travel to Ingliston for the Area 19 Show Jumping, Triathalon too. Good luck everyone!

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