SUMMER CAMP FOR YOUNG DRIVERS
15th - 19th August
(Arrival Sunday 14th August)
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In the Summer John Parker is once again hosting his Young Drivers Summer Camp at Swingletree. The Camp welcomes young people of all standards, from complete beginner to regular driver. The emphasis is on having fun with driving whilst at the same time learning and improving skills in a well supervised and informative way.
In an action packed week there will be the opportunity to experience a wide variety of driving activities. These may include lunging or long-reining, driving on the quiet country lanes, dressage & cone driving in the international size arena or negotiating the X country hazards. Campers may also have the chance to drive pairs/tandems, as well as enjoying a four-in-hand carriage ride with John Parker.
Campers will each be a 'given' one or more Swingletree horse or pony to look after during their stay, but all will have the opportunity to drive different horses or ponies and carriages.
There is also the rare opportunity to enjoy at first hand the unique private carriage collection.
Activities will be in groups but tuition tailored to drivers' needs. The number of people on the camp is limited to ensure individual attention from the experienced staff. It's not all serious but safety at all times will be of paramount importance.
OWN DRIVING TURNOUT
Campers with their own turnout may bring it to the camp providing the pony is well mannered in company and safe in every way. Stabling with straw bedding will be provided free of charge, woodshavings are charged extra. Hay, hard feed, supplements and any medication must be provided by the owner. The horse/pony should have been recently shod, have a current tetanus vaccination and valid third party insurance cover.
Even if campers bring their own turnout there will be the opportunity to drive other horses and ponies.
The week is not a competition but everyone wants to know how they're doing. Campers will be judged throughout the week on their progress in driving, stable management and other skills even mucking out! There may also be videos and quizzes. The Swingletree staff will be on hand but are not there solely to judge. They are always ready to help with advice and encouragement.
Friday is prize-giving day. Campers families are welcome to attend..
MEALS & ACCOMMODATION
All campers should arrive Sunday afternoon 14th August, departing Friday evening. All meals are included in the price. These include breakfast, packed lunch and full evening meal, plus snacks and drinks during the day.
For the energetic, after dinner there is a Games Room with table tennis etc. or campers may prefer just to sit and chat over a relaxing cup of tea. Campers should provide their own caravan, tent or horse box. All will be parked in the floodlight area adjacent to the house and stables. The area is fully supervised at night. Permanent toilets and a shower are close by.
HOW TO BOOK
Numbers are limited. Email/call us for a booking form.
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