7th - 7th April 2017
The camp is open to BHS Members and is limited to 40 places, secured by deposit on a first-come-first-served basis. The camp is 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”! The BHS Camp has been designed to help you do just that, by using instructors who are passionate about helping riders and know how to inspire confidence. Our instructors 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 in BSc 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 has great fun doing so, and she loves her pupils to enjoy their lessons too!
The camp is ideal for those wanting to dip a toe in to competing this year, whether it‟s to try a BE80 or an unaffiliated dressage test. As well as riding, there will be plenty of time to discuss competition strategies - what to do on the day, how to warm up, how to look after your horse after a XC round, plus things like what tack you need and what to take with you. For those who want, there will be the chance to join in sessions on turnout too – a great chance to tame wild manes with an expert on hand to advise!
Equine There are 40 stables available for use at camp – 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, then on a first come first served basis - there is no guarantee as to which you will be allocated for your horse. Bedding is included. We will endeavour to stable friends next to each other and to handle all requests where we can.
There are two 65m x 25m geltrack outdoor arenas, with dressage boards and 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 a hospitality barn with plenty of tables and chairs for dining, and a kitchen area which includes fridge, cooker and freezer. There are showers and toilets.
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 (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.
Breakfast is not arranged or included, please bring your own. You are welcome to use the dining room or eat in your lorry, as you prefer.
Lunches will be provided (sandwiches, crisps, fruit etc) in the dining room.
Refreshments - tea, coffee, squash and copious amounts of biscuits and cakes will be available all day in the break room for you to help yourself whenever you like – cake for breakfast is perfectly acceptable on camp!
Evening meals are 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 dining room – please bring cash, and do bring a bottle or two if you fancy a drink whilst you get to know your new campmates. On Saturday, there is the option to eat together either in a local pub or we‟ll fetch another takeaway.
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.
The cost is £250 per rider, to include stabling and bedding, use of arenas and XC, instruction, talks and fun competition entries, plus use of the shower block, dining room, and provision of lunches and refreshments.
What‟s not included? Breakfast and dinner, hay and feed for your horse, and looking after your horse (!) - there will always be someone to help if you are stuck with something, but basic care is DIY.
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