Bendemeer Pony Club held their Annual Camp during the Easter break at the Bendemeer Showgrounds. Over 50 young riders ranging from 4 years old to 17 years old attended the week long live in camp. The young riders were given Instruction on many various activities including; shoeing, saddlery, flat work, dressage, sporting, trail ride, troop drill, cattlework, Horse Ball, games and the mechanical cow etc. Without a doubt the newly introduced sporting event, Horse Ball, was very popular and the young riders soon showed off their agility and skills.
It is a mammoth task for the ladies and gentlemen in the canteen feeding this amout of children not to mention the numerous Instructors on hand. I visited the camp on Thursday and saw first hand just what fun these camps are and how much effort is put into the week keeping the children entertained all day, not to mention activities in the evenings. Camp Mothers and Camp Fathers had no trouble getting their young charges off to sleep at night. After a fun filled and full on exciting days activities, once the head hit the pillow that was it!!
There will inevitably be the occasional tumble for our riders, but Club Senior Instructor, Steve Bailey, showed them how to do it in a big way on Friday. Poor Steve came off and badly broke his arm. The ambulance was called and Steve was taken to hospital and had an operation that night.
The finale of Camp is usually a Gymkhana on the Saturday with all the riders showing off their newly found skills and putting that to the test competing against each other. Unfortunaly Mother Nature had other ideas and due to the inclemant wet weather, the Gymkhana has been postponed until another date yet to be advised.