Mid-summer has now past and we are into the long, warm evenings. Sunshine is enjoying working with the Scouts this month providing a taste of what horse ownership is like as well as riding lessons. These are proving to fun evenings! We are also excited about our 6th Annual Accumulator Cup competition on 21 July. This mini one day event will cover many aspects of the equestrian world: In Hand Showing, Dressage, Show Jumping, & Mini Cross Country. If you would like to compete, our on-line entry is open or give the office a call to get your entry in. For more information, click here.
We have the summer programmes planned and you can starting booking in. Please remember that Pony Playtime can only have a maximum of 4 riders due to their age. If you would like to book in a full group, please give us a ring so that we can set up a ride with Kat at a special time. This goes for any of our rides — if you have 5 or more riders, we are happy to set a special up for you.
Our Friday Clear Round Jumping has proved a resounding success and it is the best warm-up ever for our shows. We have 2 more dates — July 5 and July 19. This is a great way to get to know our site and to warm up for the Accumulator. We will be jumping on grass. Trailer parking and water available in our South Field.
As promised, Sunshine is streaking forward into the 21st Century with the help of our IT Man, Andrew. He has worked exceptionally hard and produced for us an ON-LINE SHOW REGISTRATION. This means you can register for a show without going via The Office or the post. Your entry will magically appear in my show box and can’t be lost. You will need to pay the correct entry fees when you collect your number, and you can pay using cash or card (no AmEx please). We also will continue with a hard copy Show Brochure which corresponds to the on-line information and does contain 3 entry forms and a map to get to us. If you would like a copy of one, please send me your name and address so I can post one to you. All jumping shows are open to entry on the day, but dressage must be pre-booked.
Last and by no means least, we are prepping for our SUMMER RIDER’S CAMP. This is a 3 day/2 night, full board equine camp for any rider between the ages of 9 & 17 who can walk and trot independently. These are days of intensive riding with hacks, private lessons, games and group rides. We also take the time to teach our riders important aspects of horse care. More information, Click Here.
We have also created a VIDEO page which has many of the videos of the various events we host each year. We welcome you to have a peruse of our activities. We would love to have you join us and this will give you a clear idea of what we do! Here’s our current video of all the Easter fun!
Entries are now OPEN!!! Everyone is welcome to come and have a jump! Parking via the South Gate. Please use the link or give us a call.
Sunshine Riding is so proud to have the talents of Chris Cole Photography. Chris will be taking our official photos of the events at Sunshine. We do remind everyone that the photos are Chris’s copyrighted property and it isn’t allowed (or right) to just copy them. She is incredibly talented as you can see above — would you believe it was raining when she took this? If you would like a copy, either ask us in the Office and we’ll contact her or when she is on site at a show, ask for permission.
It’s Summer Time!!!
For Our Youngest Riders….
For Our New Riders…..
For Young Folks Who Think They Want To Own A Horse….
To book in, please contact us by …
- Book in: The Office
- Call 01582 505040
- Facebook Messenger
Call the Office on 01582 505040 or send us a message on Facebook @ridingatsunshine to book your session.
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There’s been a bit of a change…
Due to staffing changes at Sunshine, The Office will be open from 9am to 3pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and the weekend. Kimberly should be in at those times to answer your queries and book you in for lessons and special events. If Kimberly isn’t in the office, please leave a message on our answering machine or with Simon if he can pick up your call from the yard. You can also contact Kimberly during these hours on our dedicated mobile 07806550040 (just in case she’s in the field chasing horses!)
Thank you for your understanding on this.
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.
The work we are doing will prepare the riders for participating in Interdressage which will be filmed on the Sunday nearest to the 20th of the month. 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. If you are interested in participating, please speak to Kimberly in the Office who will provide you with the appropriate Test.
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 Offley 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 3rd 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. 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 Fiona or Kimberly know.
Sunshine Riding offers our regular riders the opportunity to practice what they are working on in their lessons or to prepare for a show by offering After School and Early Evening Schooling Sessions. Unlike a lesson, there will be no teacher present to correct what you are doing, but you will have supervision. These sessions last 1 hour and must be booked in the office at least 24 hours in advance. Schooling is a great way to move forward and to get the most out of your lessons for both children and adults.
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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.
Sunshine Riding has an active and educational volunteering programme. Volunteers are important to us, so we respect what they have to offer us in the way of time, energy, and experience. In return, we will train them in horse care, horse handling and riding. Sunshine has stringent Workplace Health & Safety guidelines as well as a full Sickness Policy and Grievance Procedure. An Adult Volunteer who would like to work on the weekends or be part of weekday lessons must under take a DBS.
What is required of a Volunteer?
We ask that a Volunteer would be willing to work at least a ¾ Day; for example, 10am to 4pm.
We ask that a Volunteer chose at least 1 day a week to work. (We are closed on Monday)
We ask that a Volunteer agree to work that day(s) for a minimum of 6 weeks.
We ask that a Volunteer is neat and clean in appearance
We ask that a Volunteer is willing to follow the Staff Code of Conduct.
What can the Volunteer expect of Sunshine?
We will treat you with respect and help you as necessary.
We will teach you the basics of horse care: feeding & water, grooming, hoof care, stable care (mucking out), proper tying up, and spotting when a horse is unwell.
We will teach you the basics of horse handling: how to approach a horse and put on a head collar, how to lead a horse in and out of a field, how to walk with a horse, how to trot with a horse, how to handle a difficult horse.
We will help you to start riding or to continue to ride. This is an earned privilege and will granted after every 5th visit for the first 6 months. After that point, riding will be included as schooling not lessons. For more information about this, please speak with Kimberly.
Sunshine Riding School is licensed by Luton Borough Council acting under the powers conferred by the Riding Establishments Act 1964 and 1970.
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.