What a fantastic weekend was had by all in Gurteen. The camp was a weekend full of horses and fun all of which was kindly coordinated by Tony Ennis. The teenagers who attended the IPC Senior Residential Camp 2018 had a blast, and some of them got back to us with a recount of their weekend;
“Upon arrival all staff and committee members were very welcoming and friendly , they kindly showed us to our rooms and made us feel right at home.
Our first day began in groups of four where each individual rider was assessed of their ability to ride. While a group was riding the other students were offered tea, beverages and a chance to mingle with each other. We were given the independence of looking after our own horses and their needs, with our own piece of mind, guidance and help was always available if needed by the committee members.
Each day we would have 2 riding lessons and 1 stable management/ theory lesson split up through the day. Having had the opportunity to make small riding groups really gave the instructors the time to work with each rider and their horse individually and according to their ability. Whilst the instructor was working with one rider the other three/ four would be kept busy practicing skills that the coach has already demonstrated to help each rider to develop more skills and aids to correct their riding.
Having the opportunity to be taught by two top class instructors allowed each rider to experience two different aspects of flat work and jumping, through a range of different aids and skills of teaching.
Paraic Geraghty (HSI Show Jumping Coach and SJI Course Designer)
Showed me how to ride a course to perfection and how to keep a horse on a controlled speed toward a fence. He has an extraordinary eye for coordination and skill building. Each lesson spent with P. Geraghty broadened my knowledge and understanding.
Sally Corscadden (HSI Coach Level 3 and Eventing High Performance Manager)
Sally Corscadden’s attention to detail was immaculate. Sally showed me how to ride perfectly on the flat and how to ride a dressage test with attention to detail. Each lesson spent with Sally broadened my prospective toward flat work and dressage which never really interested me, but is now a key part of my daily riding routine.
For me this residential camp was absolutely amazing and I met so many lovely people from all over the country with the same interests and knowledge as myself. I look forward to attending another residential camp in the coming months.
I highly recommended riders of the age of 17 to attend one of these amazing camps for it will be a spectacular experience.” Harry Fitzpatrick, Bray Hunt Branch.
“Going to the Pony Club Senior Residential Camp in Gurteen Agricultural College was one of the best things I've ever done. It taught me a lot not only about horse and how to ride better, but also about myself.
Initially, I was quite sceptical about going to the senior residential camp as I am in a small pony club and I hadn't known if anyone I knew would be there. Luckily, I made loads of new friends and I was greeted with friendly welcome by all. The instructors were extremely helpful and also taught me a lot about how to improve my riding skills and what mistakes I had been making. I can honestly say I hadn't expected to be instructed by coaches who did amazingly in their respective discipline. From their real life situations, they brought their experiences into practice for our individual levels. I learnt heaps in a short three day camp and experienced what it was like to be on a high end performance yard. The camp is jam-packed filled of extremely valuable experiences which helps develop skills for the future in horsemanship. I would strongly recommend this camp to whoever is thinking about pursuing further in pony club. “ David Donohoe, Leitrim Branch.
"What a weekend!
I know it’s only three days but there is so much to take away from it. For me the camp provided some fantastic training as well as a chance to get to know other pony club members from around the country that I would otherwise never meet.
We were very lucky to get three coaching sessions from both Paraic Geraghty and Sally Corscadden working on all three phases, Paraic working on the show jumping and Sally on both dressage and assimilated cross country because of the hard ground. As an eventer these sessions were a wonderful opportunity to get tips from some of the best and I feel they will stay with me for a long time.
Both the horses and us had lovely accommodation and food. We also had the opportunity to use the swimming pool which resulted in some late-night swimming.
Overall it was a great weekend full of horses and fun all of which was kindly coordinated by Tony Ennis who was there during the camp keeping it all together.” Michelle Dunne, Bray Hunt Branch.
So a fantastic weekend was had by all!
A huge thank you to Tony Ennis for coordinating the camp. His hard work paid off it was clearly a massive success!
The three teenagers who sent in their accounts of the marvellous weekend, they really gave an insider into what the camp is truly like!
To the instructors, thank you for the work you’ve put in to improve the standard of our riders. We hope to see them succeed with the tips and tricks they’ve received.
To Gurteen, thank you for the fantastic facilities, without you this camp wouldn’t have been possible!
A big well done and thank you, for all who attended the camp;
Cliodhna Fullam, Waterford Hunt Branch, David Donohoe, Leitrim Branch, Michelle Dunne, Bray Hunt Branch, Rachael Grant, Bray Hunt Branch, Harry Fitzpatrick, Bray Hunt Branch, Louise Kennedy, Westmeath Hunt Branch, Annamay Cross, Kildare Hunt Branch, Hannah Gayer, Duhallow Hunt Branch, Lea Wynn, West Carbery Hunt Branch, Roisin Keating, Co. Clare Branch, Aine Kelleher, Duhallow Hunt Branch, Kate Sheehan, Beara Branch, Lorea O’Sullivan, Beara Branch, Arielle Roche, Waterford Hunt Branch and Alison Garry, Co. Clare Branch.
The Senior Residential Camp 2018 was an exciting weekend, we hope to see you there next year!!