Our school groups have been doing really well over the past two years with both pupils from Exmouth and Isca Academy achievingprogressive riding tests up to level 3.
We enjoyed lots of school activity weeks in the past 2 years - with Exmouth, Isca, Kings school, Teignmouth , Axminster and SouthDartmoor and also day trips from colleges and scout groups from much further afield. All activity weeks this year were bathed insunshine and all the children - some of whom had never even ridden before - did amazingly well on their week with us. We alsoadded an adventure week for a couple of schools to include mountain biking, orienteering, riding, field day, team building and workingthe horses from the ground - this was a great success and will be continuing and rolling out to other schools next year.
We also hosted Otterton Primary school and St Peters Budleigh Primary school children. Theyenjoyed a fun packed day of grooming, riding, crafts, cookie making and watching the farrier atwork learning how ponies are shod.
We would like to thank all our volunteer helpers who have kept us going (and no doubt kepttheir fitness up!) during the last couple of years. From Spring next year we will be starting anofficial volunteers club - please ask if interested.
Courses and pony days throughout the year have been really busy and we have really enjoyedhaving the children and giving them a taste of what it is like to own a pony. We are hoping to runa few adult pony (well horse!) days next year - please let us know if you are interested in those and we will get some dates in thediary. We have also enjoyed several trips to Otterton for cream tea and pub rides.
Our annual two day ride was wonderful this year - quite a small group - but they enjoyed exploring new areas around Mutters Moorand Stowford which we don’t usually get to on our daily rides - and with sore bottoms, weary bodies, but happy smiles - tucked intobeer, food and an overnight stay at the Kings Arms in Otterton. We are hoping to run it again in September next year so get yourname down early if you would like to take part in this unique experience.
Camps were again a great success - greatly helped by the wonderful weather. Lessons, treasure hunts, our annual swim in the riverand show days - congratulations to all those who took part and won awards at the end of the week and to Eliza Hodges who won our‘Frosty’ Shield for overall help and improvement during the year - and especially for all her riding of the new ponies Rupert andRachel and her amazing enthusiasm for Rachel!!