We had a brilliant weekend at The Defence Animal Centre in Melton Mowbray, which for the second year running was the exciting venue of our BHS summer training camp.
This special place is the home of the Equine Training Squadron which provides training to all the services, and is responsible for the procurement of horses for use on public duties for both the Household Cavalry and The Kings Troop. We are very privileged to be allowed to use their fantastic facilities.
There was a definite buzz on arrival day. Your arrival at the base takes you past the immaculate cross country field, and there was anticipation of what was to come. But the horses were oblivious and settled in really quickly and behaved beautifully for the initial ridden appraisal flatwork session that evening.
Over the weekend we discussed problems and goals, packed in flat work sessions in the massive indoor school and cross country in the beautiful and pristine jumping field with cross country fences, hedges, a Derby Bank and other inviting obstacles.
We had jumping exercises in the outdoor school and jumping lane and the classroom sessions included discussions, talks, feedback and dressage judging.
The weekend flew by but everybody achieved far more than they ever anticipated under the expert guidance of our fantastic and inspirational coaches, Peter Hales BHSI, Sam York BHSI and the army instructors.