Main Camp 2021
Against all the odds we managed to run camp this year. With tropical temperatures to top up the tan and fantastic food to keep us going, we couldn’t have asked for more.
A super group of both members and non- members made for a great social mix and even the horses got on well. An enthusiastic group of instructors made for some enjoyable lessons with lots of confidence building along the way.
Most people seem to want to rebook for next year and those who missed out are already checking availability. If you want to be part of the fun, keep the first weekend in June 2022 free! Watch this space for next year’s bookings.
General information about main camp.
Based in Block A of the camp facilities located near the cross-country complex. This is the usual setting for the Somerford camp and is fabulous. The camp is aimed at riders of all levels wanting to improve, or for people just wanting to have loads of fun. It’s not just for jumpers, non-jumpers are welcome, even the farm ride has optional jumps so you can always just go around for a chill-out at any time, or warm-up before a lesson!
Somerford Park probably needs no introduction. The equestrian centre boasts extensive facilities including stabling, parking, indoor school, numerous outdoor arenas with show jumps and cross country courses catering for complete novices to advanced eventers. There is also a 6.5 mile farm ride with numerous jumps and even a river crossing if you fancy a paddle! At camp we will have access to a kitchen, dining facilities, showers and toilet area. Somerford Park is located on A54, three miles south of Holmes Chapel and two miles north of Congleton.
ACCOMMODATION, STABLING, FOOD
The camp includes stabling for your horse from Friday 6pm, to Sunday 4pm sharp, by which time the stables should be completely empty and cleaned out. Two bales of shavings are provided. Should you wish to purchase extra bales you can do this on the first day, but you will have to pay for them then by cash. You will need to provide your own hard feed as well as buckets, nets and mucking out equipment.
Accommodation is either your horsebox, trailer, caravan or tent: An electric hook-up is available at £31.50 for the weekend, which has to be paid for in advance and is in addition to the cost of camp. Everyone camps on a field adjacent to the stables. There is a lockable tack room for storage of your tack. You will be expected to bring your own cutlery, plates and glasses, mugs etc as well as much wine as you like! We are lucky to have Linda back again this year catering so we know the food will be good. Meals included in the cost of camp are: Friday evening; Saturday cooked breakfast, lunch and evening meal, Sunday breakfast and a Sunday lunch. There will be free access to coffee/tea making facilities and soft drinks will be available. Linda will also bring choccy bars etc for those needing a sugar rush! If you have a guest for the weekend (non-rider), they may be catered for, at an additional cost, but must be booked in advance.
The cost of camp includes tuition on Saturday and Sunday. We will try to cater for all abilities and preferences. We are aiming to provide bespoke training packages to cater for everyone from the absolute beginner to the competition rider. If you prefer not to jump there will be options of flatwork and pole work with leisurely farm rides thrown in. If you prefer the standard option there will be a flatwork, show jumping and xc lesson and of course unlimited use of the farm ride and all facilities for extra practice outside lesson times. If you prefer all jumping that is also no problem. You will be in small groups working at a similar level.
The trainers we use are all well-seasoned, approachable and familiar to most of you. Confirmed instructors are Paul Davies, Amy Bannister Bell and Neil Fox.
A non refundable deposit of £60 is required at booking and then 4 payments of £50 in February, March, April and May. (+£20 if non member)
Please note NO DOGS are allowed at camp. Horses will need to have been vaccinated within 12 months of camp.