The camp is open to all BHS Gold Members and is aimed at the everyday grass roots rider to the aspiring competition rider, with all levels from novice to advance catered for. The aim of the camp is for riders to try and cover all disciplines; it’s not a specialist camp as BD and BS already run these. Enjoy four days/three nights in the beautiful Breckland countryside at the peaceful Forest Edge Arena. Enjoy learning with your horse as our instructors put you both through your paces, plus lectures to expand your knowledge, then chill and unwind with a leisurely hack, through the forest and surrounding countryside. (no lone hacking, due to the risk of getting lost and no mobile coverage!)
Your horse needs a passport and to be vaccinated. You’ll need a riding hat to current standard (no fixed peak hats on XC) and a body protector for XC schooling. High Viz for hacking is also recommended.
The BHS camp is set at Forest Edge Arena, an equestrian competition centre set in the heart of Breckland. The venue is set in an unspoiltand picturesque area of Breckland (Norfolk), which means this will be a peaceful holiday with your horse. Forest Edge has direct access to the forest and offers miles of off road hacking, which you can take advantage off.
The venue offers a warm friendly welcome. The facilities include, stables, electric hook-ups, indoor toilets & showers*, a warm snug and cafe, a 77x35m indoor arena, which has an Andrew Bowen pro-wax surface, a large outdoor school, grass arena’s and a XC schooling field, including a water jump/play area.
* There are two showers, which cost £1 for five minutes, these can be affected by water pressure and are typical of what you would find when camping. There may be a wait time at peak periods.
Stables, some of these are of a temporary nature, similar to what you may find at county shows, stables are allocated on a horse size basis. Where possible I will try and keep friends stables together. There is no turnout although you may graze in hand. Please bring or order your own bedding and feed.
- For hay, haylage and woodchip please call Forest Edge (closed Mondays), payment to centre direct.
- To order feed and other bedding, please call Rands and Wilson on 01842 862619, who will take your order and payment direct and deliver to each camp.
The Camp includes a stable for your horse.
Camps are four days, three nights, with an assessment lesson on the first day, two lessons on day two and three and a lesson followed by a competition on the last day. There is plenty of time to hack and a lecture each day. The groups are small with between 4-5 riders in each group and each lesson is an hour long. Please note that on occasion other riders may join your group.
Your camp starts at from 9am on the Tuesday, with lunch and a welcome meeting at 12pm, (all horses and riders to arrive between 9am-11am). It is not possible to arrive before Tuesday morning as the centre is closed on Monday; however it is possible to stay on after camp for the weekend to enjoy the lovely hacking, please book any extra nights direct with Forest Edge.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included in the price, along with T and C and cold juice during break times. Dinner is home cooked, a typical dinner would be homemade lasagne, salad and garlic bread, followed by cheese or carrot cake. Lunch is a choice of sandwich, with side lines such as sausage rolls, crisps, fruit and cake. Breakfast is bacon, egg, beans, toast and a selection of cereal. Vegetarians can order a jacket potato, with filling as an alternative. Fruit, such as apples, oranges, pears etc. are available at meal and break times.
You need to bring a tent/horse box etc to sleep in, electric hook ups are available as an extra, although as food is included should not be needed. For those not wanting to sleep in a tent or box there are some bunk houses, although very basic, they are warm and dry. These are booked as an extra directly with Forest Edge: 01760 722616 (closed Mondays).
We get lots of riders coming on their own, as well as some coming with friends; many come back year after year. We get all levels, young and not so young, confident but mostly those who are not as confident as they once were, so a real mix. You need to be able to walk trot and canter with others in an enclosed arena, if you’re on a young, new or notice horse and have not worked in ‘open order’ with others, say in a livery yard school or at a show warm up, please contact Janet Holmes for advice before booking.
On the last day there will be a friendly competition; this will include a dressage test or show jumping. Most campers do bring show gear and dress smart, although this is not required; it does look nice and is a great way to finish camp. Guests are welcome to come and watch you on the Friday afternoon.
A dog may be brought to camp with the acknowledgement of Janet Holmes. Please do not bring a dog that is prone to barking as it upsets the peace and tranquillity of the setting and disturbs other campers. If you have any questions or are unsure if camp is for you please contact Janet Holmes.
Please send your form and a cheque for the deposit of £55, made payable to the BHS, I will confirm a place by email or please a SAE for confirmation by post: BHS Regional Manager Janet Holmes, Olive Drove Barn, Mill Road, Walpole Highway, Cambs PE14 7QW.
The Balance of £260, together with the Booking for is due on the 01 of April 2016. As with all holidays it’s advisable to get insurance, then should you need to cancel, this would cover your holiday cost. Before booking your place, please see the full Terms and Conditions and further information in Camp Information document.
- Deposit: £55
- Balance due £260 by 01 April 2016.
Download the Booking Form (pdf)
Download Camp Information Document (pdf)