BHS Gold members have the opportunity to take part in our unique annual BHS East Midlands training camp at the Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. Now in it’s fourth year, these camps are extremely popular and places are strictly limited, so early booking is essential. This long weekend will improve your riding and horse knowledge… whilst also giving a unique insight to military life.
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, especially as neither the BHS nor the DAC are aware that a joint venture of this type has taken place before.
The camp 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.
- Sam York FBHS is a Fellow of the BHS, senior equine lecturer and academic 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)
- 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
- 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, whilst being helped to achieve your individual goals. In addition to two ridden training sessions per day (one on Friday), there will be a variety of talks, lectures and discussions. The quality and variety of tuition and support being provided by the professionals will help you achieve your goals.
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 show no signs of ill health.
You will have your own en-suite accommodation, and meals will be eaten in the mess – sleeping in tents or lorries is not allowed.
The DAC is a vibrant and special place, is also home to the Canine Training Squadron and the final resting place of ‘Sefton’ who is buried in the grounds. Whilst the emphasis will be on improvement and education and you will work hard, you will also enjoy good food, facilities and company - and 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 all inclusive cost is £360 - To take part, please complete and return the Application and Medical Declaration forms (below) and your deposit/payment.
If you have any questions, please contact Sally Andrews (BHS Regional Manager 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 Sunday 25 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.