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The camps are open to BHS Members and places will be limited, secured by deposit on a first-come-first-served basis. They are open to riders of all levels, who will be grouped accordingly for ridden sessions, and the focus of the camp is to boost confidence and “get ready to compete”! We will help you do just that, by using coaches who are passionate about helping riders and know how to inspire confidence.
They are not just fantastic coaches, they are themselves experienced competitors and, above all, are friendly and great fun! Our chief instructor, helping to organise the camp, is Charlie Samuel-Camps, a freelance BHSII who holds a BSc in Equine Sports Science. Charlie has competed successfully at affiliated dressage, showjumping and eventing with a number of horses over the years, and is passionate about helping other riders achieve their goals, whatever those might be. She loves teaching and she loves her pupils to enjoy their lessons too!
The camp is ideal for those wanting to dip a toe in to competing, whether it’s to try your first showjumping class, hunter trial, a BE80 or an unaffiliated dressage test. As well as riding, there will be plenty of time to talk all things horse and to pick our coach’s brains over coffee or supper and, if possible, we’ll also have a visit from a guest speaker one evening too.
Riders will be split in to small groups for the ridden sessions, but will come together for coffee breaks and meal times.
Friday: Arrive in time to settle horses in before lunch and a chance to chat (or, if you are short of time, just arrive and be ready for your lesson time and sort everything else out after your ride. Please note, times will be confirmed in the week prior to camp and whilst we will try to allocate later times to those who request them, we cannot guarantee this will be possible.) Lesson 1 – meet your instructor for a brief assessment and settle down to some flat work! Supper – we’ll fetch fish and chips for those who want to eat together in The Shack. You are welcome to make use of the kitchen facilities there too. Bring a bottle! Or of course if you prefer you can do your own thing in your lorry or go to a local pub.
Saturday: Show jumping lesson (or pole work for those not wishing to take off) Cross country lesson (or if you don’t want to jump, then we’ll work out in the open field using the terrain, water etc.) Supper – we’ll fetch another takeaway, or you are welcome to do your own thing.
Sunday: Fun competition – take part in a mini ODE by riding a dressage test, SJ round and XC round, or pick and choose which elements you’d like to do. Head for home after a welcome cuppa and presentation of rosettes!
*Programme may vary in terms of which activities are on which day. **SJ and XC lessons can be swapped for polework, knock-down fences in the XC field…there is no pressure to leave the ground if you don’t want to!
Equine: There are 15 are permanent boxes, the remainder are temporary stables. Permanent boxes will be allocated to stallions and any other horses which may be a hazard in a temporary stable first - there is no guarantee as to which you will be allocated for your horse. Shavings bedding is included. We will endeavour to stable friends next to each other and to handle all requests where we can.
There are two geltrack outdoor arenas, one 70x25m and one 75x50m, with full sets of show jumps. The cross country schooling at Boomerang is legendary, being used by countless top level eventers. There are over 100 fences set in 40 acres, with jumps to suit everyone - from the first timer to Advanced level.
Human: Boomerang has The Shack - a barn with plenty of tables and chairs for dining. There’s a large fridge and freezer, and full kitchen facilities so if you fancy a cooked breakfast or want to cook your own evening meal, you are more than welcome to use these (you need to bring your own pots and pans etc though!). There’s no heating in the barn, so do bring a blanket for the evenings! There are showers and toilets on site.
There is ample parking for Lorries and trailers and fields available for pitching tents. There is no electric hook-up available for lorries, sorry, though correctly earthed and safely used generators are permitted to be used when you are at your lorry (but must not be left running when you are not there, or overnight). Or of course you can arrange a local B&B if you prefer, although you must let us know that you will not be on site and leave working emergency contact numbers should there be a problem with your horse.
Catering: Refreshments - tea, coffee, squash and copious amounts of biscuits and cakes will be provided all day in the barn for you to help yourself whenever you like! Please bring your own mug, crockery and cutlery. Meals are not included, so please bring provisions for breakfast and lunch and, if you don’t want takeaway, for dinner. The kitchen area includes a gas hob and oven, fridge and freezer, all of which you are welcome to use during the weekend. Please note if you plan to cook you need to bring your own pots, pans and utensils. Takeaway evening meals will be arranged for those who want but are not included in the camp price, or you are welcome to do your own thing. On Friday evening, fish and chips will be collected and brought to the barn – please bring cash, and do bring a bottle or two if you fancy a drink whilst you get to know your new camp mates. On Saturday evening, we’ll fetch a curry.
Equine Catering! You will need to bring your horse’s feed and hay/haylage. You’ll also need to bring water and feed buckets, plus mucking out tools etc. Bedding is included in the stabling price.
Price: The cost is £250 per rider, to include stabling and bedding, use of all facilities, instruction and refreshments. What’s not included? Meals for you or your horse. Looking after your horse (!) - there will always be someone to help if you are stuck with something, but basic care is DIY.
The camp is open to BHS Members and places are limited, secured by deposit on a first-come-first-served basis. In the event that you have to cancel your place, a full refund less £20 admin fee will be made providing your place can be filled – if it can’t be filled, then no refund will be given. In the event that the camp has to be cancelled, a full refund will be made to all paid-up riders. All campers must have appropriate public liability insurance and must provide evidence of this (copy of schedule/cover note) with their booking. BHS Gold/Friend Members – your valid membership number will provide evidence of your cover, so you don’t need to worry!
You may pay in full or you may choose to pay a £100 deposit on booking and pay the balance by 29 March (Spring Camp) and 31 August (Autumn Camp). If paying by cheque, please include a post-dated cheque for the balance. Cheques will only be banked once you have a place – those on the waiting list won’t be cashed. If paying by online, please state this on your booking form – if you are successful in getting a place, you’ll be sent a link to online payment and have 24 hours to make payment to secure your place.
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