A total of 30 riders, 33 horses a handful of guests and a support troupe like no other attended on the Friday evening, while everyone sorted their stables and sleeping arrangements for the evening, the Chef (Dave Francis) was busy in the kitchen preparing the evening meal, the weather came on to rain but everyone had managed to sort their tents out before the downpour and headed into the canteen for dinner.
A quick welcome from the Camp Commanders, Leanne and Jo, including a special welcome to our 8 new attendees was first and then Pasta and salad was the order of the night with garlic bread that we couldn’t produce quick enough before it was gone!
With dinner out of the way and everyone in good spirits it was time to have a spot of fun…. When the words Beetle Drive was mentioned there were a lot of blank faces HOWEVER within a very short period of time we had some fast a furious dice throwing going on while everyone raced to draw a complete beetle and be the winner! It proved to be a very funny and raucous game and as the winning people moved around the tables it meant everyone got to know people from other tables and was a great icebreaker!
Off to bed for everyone with a last quick check of the ponies. An early start on the Saturday morning for some riders!
The Saturday began at 8am which saw the first riders on board for the beginning of the dressage lessons with Kim Seaby one of our regular instructors for the club. It was also the start of a busy day of showjumping and pole work lessons for the riders with Event Rider Bruce Haskell also a firm favourite in the riding club. The cross country also started at 8am with ever popular instructor and Event Rider Jamie Wright who was kept busy all day out in the Boomerang Jungle of the cross country course. The weather was kind to us with only a couple of showers of rain which didn’t dampen spirits at all!
We had photographers on the cross country and showjumping courses in order to catch every moment of triumph and enjoyment. There were smiles everywhere from the campers and the support and camaraderie shown throughout was plain to see.
All the ponies were put to bed for a well earned rest on Saturday evening while the troops gathered outside the canteen for a wonderful BBQ provided by the chef and his team of helpers. There was salad, coleslaw, potato salad, burgers sausages, chicken, vegetarian options… something for everyone! Then came the puddings of cheesecake, profiteroles and gateaux… phew!
With everyone having refuelled and having satisfied tummies we all moved into the cookhouse with the log burner lit nice and cosy for a quiz. The team names caused a few giggles and everyone took part with great gusto, some even got dragged out of their beds to join in!
Off to bed just before midnight with the glass recycling bin jingling away ready for another full day of riding.
Up and at ‘em on the Sunday morning bright and breezy for the unlucky early riders. The dressage and showjumping arenas kicked off again at 8am with Kim and Jamie ready to put everyone through their paces. With Bruce out on the cross country this time at 830am... a cooked breakfast was supplied for everyone with eggs, omelettes, sausages and bacon in rolls which was much enjoyed by everyone.
Lunch was sandwiches with an array of fillings to keep everyone going throughout the day. We had a very successful day until the last hour when we had 3 join the tumblers club and creating a small amount of paperwork however nothing serious and everyone got back up on board and continued the lessons… phew!
On the Sunday evening/late afternoon the annual Wokingham and Bearwood summer camp moved off “Wagons Roll” and left Boomerang for the final time this year. So many happy positive smiles and comments from everyone who attended.
The camp commanders decided to ask for some feedback from the campers so a few days later a survey was sent out to everyone who had attended to see if we could improve on any future camps... here is a little snapshot of some super positive feedback.
“Would it be possible to stay on the Sunday night too?”
“Nothing to improve”
“Just please do it again”
“Bring your own cutlery/cups/bottles to cut down on recycling”
“Quiet section of the camping area for the early bedders”
“Weigh bridge people back please”
“Disco on the Saturday night!”
“Safety netting and bean bags for when I bring the youngster”
We will take all of your comments into consideration for the next summer camp but all in all the feedback was hugely positive and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Unfortunately due to logistics we are unable to hold an Autumn Camp this year but we have been organised and our Spring and Summer Dates are already in... so watch this space!
All that’s left is for us to say a huge thankyou to everyone who took part in the weekend…. Wagons Roll on to the next one keep an eye out for the Spring Camp in 2020.