We are looking at a very exciting 2016 at Sunshine!
Team Sunshine, our new show jumping group, is now a vibrant and active part of our programme and is out competing at least twice a month at local venues. So far we have done well with at least 1 rosette at each outing. This has proven a wonderful experience for our jumpers and their horses, so we are planning to expand Team Sunshine to include Dressage this year. Anyone interested in being part of the team just needs to speak to Kimberly.
For those who are just developing their interest in Shows, the schedule for Sunshine Shows is up. Our first show will be 27 February and is Dressage. The information is here and the tests are available in the office. This will be a great way to get positive feedback on your riding and discovering what you need to work on specifically. This is open to adults and children, so everyone is welcome!
The Saga of the Roof For The Ménage continues…. We are starting the process of obtaining Planning Permission from Luton Borough Council to erect a steel RSJ type frame and roof. This will cost a small bomb with planning permission alone being £5,000, but we shall soldier on as this is our best way forward to give you the best possible riding experience.
Should your son or daughter wish to spend more time with the horses by being a Handler, we have openings. To be Handler, he or she must be 12 years old or older, attend a training day, have a good sense of humour and desire to help. In exchange for their work, we will give them a free riding lesson after their 8th time. They will learn basic horse care and stable management which will place them in good stead should they want to make horses their career. Please enquire in the office.
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.
After School Lessons
The summer is now over and Autumn has begun. This means that children and young people are back at school. To help ease back into the educational flow, we do have our after school sessions which may leave your weekends free for study and other fun & games. We are offering our classes this way:
- Tuesday at 4:15
- Wednesday at 4:15
- Thursday at 4:00
- Tuesday at 4:30
- Wednesday at 4:30
- Tuesday at 5:15
- Thursday at 4:45
- Wednesday at 5:15
- Friday at 4:15
- Thursday at 5:15
- Friday at 5:15
Riding is a wonder sport and (in my opinion) far more fun than the gym! We do understand that work can drain you, leaving you too exhausted for a 9:30 lesson on Saturday morning. With this in mind, we are now offering more evening lessons. Our school is covered and has interior lighting, so a ride after work won’t be stopped due to darkness and weather. So, please join us for one of the following:
- Tuesday at 6:30
- Wednesday at 6:30
- Thursday at 6:30
- To join Teenage Intermediates
- Friday at 5:15
- Thursday at 6:30
Oh Dear! Looks like VAT on the horizon…
As our riding school has developed and grown it has been a lot fun, but we are about to come to the attention of Her Majesty’s government. Unfortunately, this means I will be forced (yes, forced) to charge VAT, which is 20%. I am not expecting this less than wonderful tax to affect us until April 2016. Please remember that the price rise to lessons is due to this, so for example, a half hour beginner lesson will probably be £22 as the VAT will be £3.60 and the new Living Wage adds a £1 to every lesson. Sorry, but really not much I can do.
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.