Some lucky BHS Gold members are being offered the opportunity to be a part of an exciting long weekend to improve their riding and horse knowledge, while at the same time gaining an insight into military life at the Defence Animal Centre at Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire.
The Equine Training Squadron provides training to all the Services. Equitation is one of the best supported sports and the School provides a central place of excellence to deliver training and competition while maintaining tradition.
We are privileged that the BHS has been given the opportunity to use these unique and impressive facilities for a specific training camp. 2014 was the first time this had ever taken place and was a huge success so we are delighted to be given the chance to return.
The training is aimed at the serious amateur or professional rider working to improve their riding and horse knowledge, the competitive rider or those working through their BHS qualifications. You will receive top quality tuition in flatwork, gridwork, dressage, show jumping and cross-country schooling which will be delivered by our professional BHS Registered Instructors and qualified Army Instructors.
- Peter Hales BHSI has competed in all disciplines including point to point, is a senior BHS and Pony Club examiner as well as a UKCC Coach Educator and Assessor, and a Jump Cross Instructor.
- Sam York BHSI is a senior equine lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and a British Eventing Accredited Coach. She is also an international event rider, sport horse breeder, young horse producer and competes in all three disciplines. For more information, visit Sam's website (opens in new window).
- Army Instructors, who as well as being BHS qualified have also passed the Advanced Military Equitation Course. This is one of the most comprehensive courses in the equine world and is attended by the Mounted Units, Household Divisions and Royal Army Veterinary Corps.
You will meet like-minded people while being helped to achieve your individual goals. In addition to two ridden training sessions per day (excluding Friday) there will be a variety of talks, lectures and discussions.
Your horses will be stabled in their own designated area separate from the MOD horses and must of course have valid passports, be fully vaccinated (will be checked before unloading is permitted) and be showing no signs of ill-health. You will have your own en-suite accommodation and meals will be included and eaten in the mess – sleeping in tents or lorries is not permitted.
The DAC is a vibrant and special place, home to the Canine Training Squadron and the final resting place of Sefton, who is buried in the grounds. While the emphasis will be on improvement and education and you will work hard, you will enjoy good food, facilities and company - we know you will have a great time!
This training camp will run from Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon. There is already keen interest and as numbers are strictly limited, early booking is strongly advised.
The cost is £350 per person.
To take part please complete and return the Application and Medical Declaration forms and your deposit/payment.
If you have any questions, please contact: Sally Andrews (BHS Development Officer for East Midlands)
Download the Application Form (pdf)
The Defence Animal Centre will also be throwing open their doors to the public for their Family Open Day on Saturday 6 June between 10am-4pm. It is well worth a visit, so look out for more details which will be released via various media outlets nearer the time.