Summer Camp Dates
Summer Camp 2015
July 20th - 24th
July 27th - 31st
August 3rd - 7th
August 10th - 14th
August 17th - 21st
August 24th - 28th
5 Day Camp, £460.00 all inclusive
3 Day Camp, £380.00 all inclusive
A non refundable deposit of £100.00 is necessary to secure your place. (After the 20th May payment in full is required for all bookings)
Please make cheques payable to Valley Farm and enclose with your booking form.
Full non-refundable payment required by the 20th May 2015.
You can print your own booking form from the 'application form' link at the top of the page.
If you wish to change the week you have booked to another there will be a £15.00 administration charge.
We reserve the right to re-sell any space which has not been paid in full by the 20th May.
8.30 Pony Care Lesson.
9.30 Groom, plait, pamper and tack up the ponies.
10.00 Activity (Horseball, Carriage Driving, Vaulting etc. etc depending on the day of the week)
11.00 MID MORNING BREAK - Drink, biscuits, etc.
11.30 Riding Activity (Jumping, Cross Country, Hacking etc.)
12.30 Whole group activity or informative talk from vet etc(or similar depending on day).
2.00 Pony Care lesson/Practical (Rugging, Foal Handling, Video, Quiz, Lungeing, Preparing for a show etc)
3.00 Afternoon activity (Mounted Games, Western, Side-saddle etc)
4.00 AFTERNOON BREAK - Drink, biscuits, etc.
4.30 Afternoon stables. Skip out, brush off, turn out horses.
5.00 Yard duties/supervised free time to relax and make friends.
5.30 Swimming, games, Video, etc.
7.00 Supper / Bar-B-Que.
8.00 Organised evening activities/games until bedtime.
Children's Residential Riding Holidays
For a really fun, action packed riding holiday experience, try a Valley Farm Summer Pony Camp.
We aim to provide a well rounded fun packed educational experience in a safe environment, and we are sure you will enjoy yourself if you decide to join us this summer. Boys and girls have enjoyed Summer Pony Camps at Valley Farm since 1986 with many returning year after year.
Have a go at loads of horsey activities including Side saddle riding, Western Riding, Horseball, Polocrosse, Vaulting, Carriage Driving, Mounted Games, Showing, Show Jumping, Horse Care. Riding lessons and different horsey activities every day, as well as supervised games and swimming in our heated swimming pool.
Riding Holidays for unaccompanied children aged 6 to 17, individuals or groups. Childcare Vouchers accepted.
Our holidays are based on the ideals of the Pony Club which are:
-To encourage young people to ride and learn to enjoy all kinds of sport connected with horses.
-To give instruction in riding and horsemastership and the proper care of animals
-To promote the highest standards of sportsmanship, citizenship and loyalty to create strength of character and self discipline.
The children are overseen at all times and assisted when necessary, but they are responsible for the care of their pony and themselves. They do their own washing up, make their own beds and arrive for each activity when the bell rings.
"Don't worry if you are a novice or have never ridden, our ponies have done it all before and will make you an expert in no time. We have arround 45 well trained horses to choose from so you are sure to find a suitable companion."
Children are split into groups according to age ability and where possible, the friends they ask to be with. For meals, breaks and the evening games and activities, such as ball games, campfire and disco the groups join together. During the day the groups rotate, so everyone has a go at every activity. The riding lessons are progressive throughout the week, and where possible we aim to keep children with the same pony so they can build a relationship with it. For the other equestrian activities, such as western, carriage driving, polo etc, we usually use one or two ponies who are trained for the specific activity. Children take turns on the ponies while the others assist or practice on the tin horses allowing for personalised instruction.
Our Pony Camps are suitable for able-bodied and disabled children, please phone to discuss details. We have a weight limit of 14 stone.
A number of schools take part in our Activity Pony Camps. Some come for a day, but others for the whole week. If you think it is something your school or youth group might like to do, then let them know about us!
We offer residential pony camps for 3 or 5 days during the summer holidays. Every half term and holiday we have activity days, from 9.00am to 4.00pm. Each day includes a riding lesson, a practical lesson in some aspect of pony care, and various horse activities as listed below.
The summer holiday camps last for five days, with children arriving between 9.00am - 10.00am on Monday and departing at 4.30pm on Friday. A bar-b-que and disco are arranged on Thursday evening. For the younger children (away from home for the first time) three days is often sufficient and can be arranged for Monday to 4pm Wednesday.
- Riding - Every day in Indoor school or outside if weather permits, supervised by qualified staff.
- Voltige - Gymnastic circus skills on horseback.
- Driving - Learn how to harness up and drive a single pony.
- Western - Discover the ease of western riding and how it differs from English.
- Horseball - "Basketball" on horseback.
- Side-Saddle - Chance to try this elegant style of riding.
- Polocrosse - Have a go at this exciting sport.
- Lungeing - Learn how to fit the equipment, how why and when you should lunge a pony, and then try it for yourself.
- Mounted Games - Team Games involving two patient ponies!!
- Pony Pamper - Whilst the ponies rest, children have the opportunity, to groom, quarter mark and plait them. Deck them in ribbons etc.
- Pony Care - Lectures and practical in Rugging, bandaging, grooming, or other subjects depending on the ability of the group.
- Natural Horsemanship - Learn how to read what your horse is thinking and how to communicate with him
- Jumping - Everything from trot poles, to course building and trying out our show jumps and cross country jumps, depending on your ability.
- Circus Skills - (co-ordination skills) Juggling, plate spinning, unicycling, rolla-bolla, etc.
- Videos - Choose from an extensive range of horsey videos.
- Roping - Learn the art of lassoing a calf from a tin horse.
- Campfire - Don't forget the marshmallows!
- Swimming - In covered heated pool. Children swimming are supervised all the time, by proficient swimmers. We do not though, have a qualified life saver on duty. The pool has a max. depth of 5' 6". If any parent is unhappy about their child swimming in these circumstances please notify a member of staff on arrival.
- Nature Trail - Three miles of track beside marshland, woodland and rivers.
- Games, quizzes, etc - A range of exciting activities are arranged to keep you busy.
In addition to the above activities we often invite guests form the equine industry to visit, so topics may change slightly from one camp to another. (If you know somebody who might enjoy talking to a group of children about their role in the equine industry then why not ask them to contact us!)
Meet our Goats, Alpacas, Camelot the camel, Smokey the Donkey, the Heavy Horses and all of the other pet animals. See the only existing herd of Camargue Horses in the UK with their foals. You may even get the opportunity to pet the foals.
Accommodation is in wooden 'Wendy Houses'. These sleep four. If you are coming with a friend, or friends, we will try to make sure you can sleep together, provided you let us know who you want to be with when you fill in your booking form! You are welcome to bring your own tent if you wish. There is CCTV in operation on the camp site at night, and a nanny stays on site with the children. Located within the fenced field in which the children camp is the toilet and shower block. This is lit at night. The camp site is located right next to the proprietors house. Please note that during our Summer Pony Camps the Valley Farm Campsite is closed to the general public for security reasons.
If you have your own pony....
Why not bring him on holiday with you? Own ponies live in, feed/hayto be provided by owner. (Lots of our regulars bring their own ponies, who I think enjoy the change as much as their owners!) If you haven't got your own pony, then we can match you up with one of ours, suitable for the activity of the day. Own ponies are ridden by their owners every day and take part in pony care sessions. For activities such as horseball, vaulting, carriage driving etc our ponies are used as many of the activities require specific training.
Want to see more?
You can see lots of videos on You Tube, which children have posted over the years. Follow this link to watch them.
You can find lots more photos on our facebook page, which you can view even if your are not signed up to facebook. Just click on the link.
How to book
You may wish to call or email the office to check availability, especially if you are booking near to the Summer, then Print a booking form using this link , fill it in and post it to us, or if you prefer you can scan it and email us the details. You can pay by debit card over the phone or send a cheque made payable to VALLEY FARM. If you wish to pay using child care vouchers or by direct bank transfer, please contact Stacy in the office.
Once you have booked, you will find a list of things you need to pack, on the bottom of the booking form. You can also download and fill in a medical consent form here, to bring with you when you arrive to check in on the monday morning.