On the weekend of 25 to 28 of September 2015, 13 happy campers and their equine friends arrived at Gelston Castle Estate, Castle Douglas, to take part in the first ever BHS Dumfries & Galloway Adult Horse Camp.
The participants stayed in a local cottage while their horses were stabled on the Estate, and the combinations took part in a range of events over the weekend.
They started with a ride on the beach Balcary Bay which everyone thoroughly enjoyed (even the rider taking a dip in the sea!).
The following day BHS D&G were thrilled to have Patrick Print, OBE, FBHS and Sandra Morrison BHSI to lead some flat-work and show jumping training respectively.
Sandra gave the riders lessons, then they were judged in the format of a Style Jumping event, to add a fun competitive element to the weekend. This was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and it was a real pleasure to have such esteemed instructors come to our region.
On the Sunday, David Wadge BHSI put everyone through their paces with some cross country training, which was for many the highlight of the weekend as confidence soared!
A special thanks must go to Fran, of Fran Stead Equine Services, who kindly lent us some XC jumps for this training. We were also joined by Suzi Law of TopSpec and Linzi Crichton from Murray Horsecare who provided a weigh-bridge and great nutritional advice, as well as Elaine Murdoch who is an Animal Communicator, and had several participants amazed by her ability to "speak" to their horses.
Thanks must also go to Justine Hunter, Katie Anderson and Pippa Broatch for their help over the weekend too.
Overall Camp 2015 was a great success, and as the first of it's kind for Dumfries and Galloway it is sure to be repeated again in the not-too-distant future!
The photographs show - (from the top) Minnie, and all the Camp participants with Sandra, her assistant Pippa and Bert the pony. The beach ride at Balcary Bay. Riders being given instruction by Patrick and David, and last but not least everyone posing in their Camp t-shirts with Gelston Estate's mascot Shetland,