For those fortunate to take part in the first BHS Scotland Camp at Lindores Equestrian in Fife, the excellent venue, superb weather and calm wise coaches all conspired to make this the ‘equitation holiday of a lifetime’ offering confidence, progression, fun and education in an enthusiastic and nurturing atmosphere to both riders and their mounts.
Accredited Professional Coaches Nick Turner FBHS, Julia Gourlay and Sarah Jayne Bowers delivered inspiring sessions in flatwork, polework, jumping and cross country. There was a fun competition on the last day of camp, consisting of a dressage test and a round of trec obstacles. Other sessions included a bitting talk, a talk on clean sport and tailored individual nutrition sessions with Mary Wastie (NAF representative and bitting consultant). Juliet Loudon of Outline Physio presented a great interactive session on rider biomechanics, rider position and rider symmetry. The Bothy at Lindores lent itself to friendly meals and evenings where entertainment including a competitive quiz was laid on.
The campers were delighted by the good organisation and thoughtful touches from Julie Hanna and on the last day trophies were presented to:
- Most Improved Horse and Rider: Carol Wilson
- Best Condition Horse: won by Karen O'Donnell
- The Instructors Most Favourite Horse: won by Jennifer Adams
- The Best Helper: Caroline Gilchrist
Senior Coach Nick Turner FBHS said: “This was one of the best organised and friendly camps I have attended and I was so impressed by the warm Scottish hospitality and fellow feeling that was engendered among the campers; we saw everyone improve and the view from the top of Lindores Hill (where the XC training course offers so much for everyone) of the Firth of Tay and beyond into Fife, Perthshire and Angus was memorable – I hope BHS Scotland will make this a regular feature!”
BHS Scotland Camp shall return at Lindores next year from the 19-22 September 2019.