Firstly, I have never attended a pony camp, not in my life, when I was a kid I was more interested in going hunting than pony camp and so it was never something I did. However as an adult with a horse who is in training, it looked perfect. So off I went with Bookham Riding Club to their annual camp at the home of Jonathan Cook where he had us set up in his lovely fields in various horse boxes and tents.
I couldn't think of anything more fun to be honest. It was a weekend of laughing, horses and some great lessons, with a lovely crowd. The first evening was what they called the fast and furious hack, and I thought hmmm we will probably just canter around a field. So anyway, fortunately I don't go far without my hip flask attached and OMG it was like a evening meet from the local hunt, off we went at a gallop over anything that JC directed us at, including one eye watering hedge. But HUGE HUGE fun and I massively enjoyed myself and so did my steed.
The next day was filled with XC and show jumping lessons at East Byshee Cross Country Course which is fab with JC and Duncan Lewis who was equally good with some flat work on the Sunday before heading off to the gallops. Brilliant lessons and I have to say I learnt a huge amount. My horse was 95% well behaved and I shall definitely be signing up for next year. Very well organised and a lovely bunch !