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Show Ring Camp (click here for the Camp 2009 report)

In 2004, I mentioned on the Show Ring Forums that it would be great to have a meet up with the horses and get some instruction. It snowballed from there into a one day showing clinic and within a week had turned into a 3 day residential clinic!

We decided on The College, Keysoe as our venue and in May 2005, 20 horses, riders and non riding members met up to prepare ourselves for the first camp. Since then, we have had a further 3 successful camps (all held the week after Royal Windsor Horse Show) and all at Keysoe for approximately 25 members. Each year members come from as far afield as the Channel Islands, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, as well as from England.

We have gone from camping in tents the first year (pretty cold!) to most people hiring caravans or staying in lorries in subsequent years. We are hoping that the Keysoe holiday cottages will be completed in time for camp 2009.





Over the years our showing instructors have included:

Marjorie Ramsay
John Conifey
David Tatlow
Jo Bates
Jayne Webber
John Harvey
Mark Tamplin
Matthew Lawrence
Allan Robertson
Allister Hood
Stella Harries

The format is as follows:
Sunday : Arrive and have supper - meet everyone!
Monday : 1 x flatwork session and 1 x individual in hand session
Tuesday : 2 x showing session
Wednesday - 1 x flatwork session, 1 x working hunter session

We have visits from Designer Browbands and Mrs Candy to stock up on showing gear and have plenty of time to try on jackets, hats and purchase those other little essentials.

In 2009, for the first time, we are extending the "Camp" to 4 days, so the format will be slightly different. We are hoping to have an expert in the field of "horse desensitisation" visit to offer practical advice and more time for people to swap horses or visit the cross country course. In past years we have also had sidesaddle sessions where people have been able to "have a go".

In the evenings we gather in the Restaurant area of the venue for our evening meal, and then have time to relax, look over the photos of the day and prepare for the following day's sessions. Last year we had a talk by Ginny Oakley "What not to wear on a horse" which went down very well.

If you are interested in our Show Ring Camp, please contact me for more details: mandy@absolutelymad.co.uk

We are a non profit making organisation and no money is retained by The Show Ring from these training camps.

Website designed, maintained and of M Hughes and J Saxby 2008