Great weather for pony club camp

Day Camp girls who came along to the finale day to receive their certificates. L to R  Ella Wallace, Tammy Campbell, Susannah Service, Abbey McKinstry, Krissi Ramsay with  Instructor Andrea Fitton.
Day Camp girls who came along to the finale day to receive their certificates. L to R Ella Wallace, Tammy Campbell, Susannah Service, Abbey McKinstry, Krissi Ramsay with Instructor Andrea Fitton.

The Galloway Branch of the Pony Club held their summer pony club camp at Terally near Drummore last month and a great time in dawn to dusk sunshine was had by riders, instuctors and ponies!

Summer Camp 2014 report by Lynn Fisher

Twenty-seven Galloway members and their ponies travelled to Terally Equestrian Centre for another summer residential camp from 16th to 20th July. Riders age 11 to 17 came together for five days of riding instruction, horse care and stable management and most importantly fun! The whole company was divided into four troops named after venues used by Galloway Branch – Cotland, Terally, Calgow and Barstobrick, each having a troop leader and a second. Troops came together to do kitchen and yard duties. Meanwhile members were also grouped into “rides” named after colours, having two lessons each day with different instructors covering flatwork, show jumping, cross country, games and showing.

On the first evening John Paterson, Farrier, gave a shoeing demonstration and checked all ponies to make sure their shoes would withstand the rigors of camp. Thursday night saw a demonstration of driving with Shetland ponies from Dumfries and Galloway BDS which allowed members to get hands on experience of long reining and as well as driving. This was much enjoyed by the mums too!

With catering supplied by family and friends, everyone was well fed for the duration with soups, home baking and a BBQ. With glorious weather campers enjoyed swimming in the sea at the end of a dip in the sea some days after their last lesson and on the Friday night had a swim at the Ryan Centre followed by a delicious tea in the Sun Kai Restaurant in Stranraer.

Great fun was had by all, new friends and memories made with quite a few younger members attending camp for the first time. The Friday saw the main camp joined by Day Camp whereby some members joined in for one day only. This was much enjoyed as a taster with some of the younger ones hoping to attend the full camp next year. The final day, Sunday, took the form of a Handy Pony Obstacle race completed in troops as well as a Chase me Charlie which was eventually won jointly by Anna Ramsay and Jessica Hannay at a very impressive height.

Assessments were made each day by instructors as to members’ turnout, stable and tack and points awarded, these points were tallied up on the final day to show Cotland troop winning the hotly contested Craigenholly Inter-Troop Cup.

Other awards were as follow:

McClymont Cup for best turned out at camp – Isla Forsyth

Craig Darroch Cup – Citizenship at camp – Mollie Miller Smith

Bargaly Cup – most improved of Blue ride – Kerren McGrane

Whiteleys Cup – most improved of Red ride – Jony Hall

Airlies Cup – most improved of Green ride – Tara Burnett

Cliff McCulloch Cup – most improved of purple ride – Abbey Kelly

Ardwell Mains Cup – most improved pony – Joanne Wallace for George

Arrol Cup – Bravery award – Leigh Vance

Kirkmaiden Hunter Trials Cup – Best Pony Club Pony – Anna Ramsay for Lexy

Craigenholly Intertroop Cup – Terally – Lucy Fisher, Jony Hall, Caitlin Jolly, Charlie Curry, Eilidh Fisher, Quinn Jolly and Abbey Kelly

As usual grateful thanks must go to instructors, committee, parents and families for all help organising, setting up and clearing away camp, catering, sleeping over, supervising and driving. This opportunity could not be offered without all this support. Camp is always made very welcome by the Torrance family when we invade Terally for five days and their support during this time is very much appreciated.

Well done to everyone who took part this year!