February Half Term!
The days are getting longer and, more importantly, warmer! If you are looking for a great day this February, then please join us! We have lots to do for everyone — adults and children alike.
Pony Playtime is available on15 & 16 February at 11am.
Oh! Oh! We have a Show!
Our specific programmes…
Lessons have started fully again with the weekends beginning at 9am. We are having to split our Novice Class into an Upper and Lower Group. It is very exciting to have as many Novices as we have, but some are almost ready to go up to an Intermediate Class and some have just moved up. The Upper Novices will be at 9am with Kimberly and the Lower Novices will be at 2:15 each Saturday & Sunday.
We are offering a Dressage Clinic on Monday, February 13 starting at 11am. The work we are doing will prepare the riders for a show on Friday, February 17 and will make participating in Interdressage easier. Interdressage is a British Dressage recognised internet competition where the tests are videoed and then set to Interdressage for judging. Like all competitions, you will receive comments and, if it all goes well, a rosette. Kimberly has done these competitions previously and knows what is expected and what is required. Our first recording is set for 20 February and then monthly thereafter. If you are interested in participating, please speak to Kimberly in the Office.
The Jumping team will again be going out to Bury Farm on alternate Wednesdays for Clear Round Jumping of heights up to 95cm. We are also looking at attending the local non-affiliated shows at Caddington or Twin Trees in the late spring and early summer. Our own special jumping shows, the June Jump and the Accumulator Cup will go ahead on the last Sunday of July and July respectively. Please speak to Fiona or Kimberly if you are interested in participating in any of these.
Often treated like the poor cousin of the equestrian world, both Ridden and In Hand Showing are a lot harder than one would think. This year we are making a serious effort with our ex-racer Flo in the Racehorse to Ridinghorse (RoR) Class with her being trained by our own Fiona. We are planning to attend several Showing Shows across the spring and summer. As we would hate for our Flo to go alone, we are looking for those of you who would like to try this discipline out and show either ridden or in hand. If you are interested, please let Shannon or Kimberly know.
We would like to congratulate our own Junior Teacher, Beowulf McGuinness and Chestnut Colt 13 on affiliating with British Show Jumping. We wish you the best of luck and know you have our full support. Just remember, affiliating doesn’t mean we’ll muck your stables out! 😉 Wulf, when not competing, will still be teaching.
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THE VALUE OF IN-HAND TRAINING
This might not seem important or necessary, but in fact it is one of the most vital skills in the equine world. Being able to lead 1 or 2 horses in walk and trot, open and close gates while holding a horse, controlling the animal from a ground position through a obstacle course is not just a competitive sport but a daily occurrence for horse people the world over.
Anyone who wishes to loan a horse during a school holiday needs to know this skill. So we are teaching it. Riders who are Novices and above must know this skill. So we are teaching it. Pony Club, British Horse Society Levels, NVQ Levels 1 & 2 require and assess this ability. So we are teaching it. Oaklands, Shuttleworth and Hadlow Colleges all require In-Hand training. So we are teaching it.
We believe at Sunshine that riding lessons are more than just the work you or your child does on the horse’s back. Riding lessons are about developing a complete understanding and skill base for handling horses. It develops coordination and confidence. It makes the time spent with the horse so much more full and enjoyable. We aren’t making riders, we are making Horsemen and Horsewomen.
The riding school has 2 ménages. field working facilities, and has direct access to several bridle-paths.
- Horse riding operates 6 days a week, Tuesday to Sunday
- Direct bridleway hacking for experienced riders.
- We have a selection of group lessons, private lessons and hacks throughout the week.
- Jumping lessons and birthday rides by appointment.
- After School horse riding and evening lessons are available.
- Half day hacks and experience days available by appointment.
- A full programme of half day and full day activities takes place every school holiday and half term.
Sunshine Riding operates a blanket 24 Hour Notice for cancellations. Any cancellations in this window will incur a £20 charge payable immediately on your debit or credit card. Refusal of payment will result in suspension of riding.