VVRC Camp 2016

Preparations for summer camp started early on in the year with everyone getting excited and planning their packing with key decisions being made between prosecco, beer, gin or in some cases, all 3! Justine assembled her team of help (Emily and Sally) and set about organising the logistics. Quite how she worked out the timetable of rides for the weekend, I will never know, but she managed to sort it so everyone had all the disciplines they wanted over the weekend and none of them clashed.
Camp itself took place at the wonderful venue of Berriewood Farm which boasts all the facilities we could need: roomy stables, 3 large arenas, grass flatwork and show jumping arenas, not forgetting the cross country course. Additional facilities include the RDA room with fridges, freezers and microwave and a new shower block. Luxury!
Twenty seven people arrived and lessons for some kicked off on the Friday afternoon, whilst others went for a hack around the fields or just settled in. Following a massive downpour, which some got caught out in, we had a great supper delivered from the local pub followed by a tricky quiz, which the geeks among us really enjoyed and everyone else remembered why they don’t like quizzes.
Saturday morning arrived without too many hangovers and the show jumping team headed off to compete in the area qualifiers. We had a very sick horse who thank fully made a good recovery after vet treatment. The rest of us had some great lessons with a variety of instructors. Saturday evening saw more food delivered from the local pub following a great talk on basic first aid for your horse. Simon Woods, ably assisted by Cassie, came over and Rupert allowed us to put bandages on his legs and stick Post it notes all over him. What a good boy!
Sunday saw the final day of lessons and then we had to pack up for another year. I think we all had a great weekend and learnt a lot from our instructors. Many thanks to the instructors, who included Paralympic gold medallist Nicola Tustain, as well as our more local instructors: Nicky Shipp, Ticky Fletcher, Janet Green, Kim Webster and Elspeth Carr. Thanks also to Penny from Berriewood who always makes us feel welcome and even found a horse for one rider. Finally, thanks to Martha Lily Photography for these fantastic photos.
Biggest thanks must go to Justine for her organisational skills and she kept the show on the road with a little help from Emily and Sally!

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