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Summer Camps 2014

April 1st, 2014 Comments off

Once again Darenth Farm is pleased to offer Summer Riding Camps. The weeks are dedicated to different riding abilities to make sure that each camper has the best possible experience and the chance to learn and play in a comfortable but challenging environment.

Experienced Riders are invited to join our Eventing Week taught by Advanced level event rider Mary Macklin and/or a general camp for experienced riders where we will incorporate trail riding, jumping and ring work taught by Sharon Dawson.

The Advanced beginner/ Intermediate weeks are for those riders who are at least ready to learn to canter and jump plus those who are still working on those skills.

The Beginner weeks are for those who only have the opportunity to ride once a year and for those who have never ridden. With safety always in mind we will help our new riders with many new skills and start a love affair with horses!

All campers will ride twice a day and get the chance to swim at lunchtime in our pool.

Please see below for dates.

Mary Macklin is holding an Eventing Camp June 23rd with lots of top class training and advice for our experienced riders. Cost for that week will be $470. Any questions about the format for that week, please contact Mary directly at 301 706 4796.

I plan to have a week for experienced riders also July 21st. We will ride in the fields and on the trails, ride bareback, play games and take a trip to Corduras Park to ride into the lake and splash (maybe swim) with our horses! Cost $375.

Advanced Beginners/ Intermediate riders June 16 and Aug 11th Cost $350 per week Riders able to trot unaided up to those learning to canter and jump.

Beginner 4 day June 30th Cost $280

Beginner 5 day July 28 and Aug 18th Cost $350 per week

All camps are M-F except the Beginner on June 30 which is M-T. Times 9:00 to 4:00, extended hours may be available please talk to Sharon.

Any questions please contact Sharon at 301 471 1254.

I am looking forward to another wonderful summer.
Thank you

Sharon Dawson

Summer Reign with Mary Macklin

December 27th, 2013 Comments off

Sumer and Mary competing at the year end Young Event Horse championship at Fair Hill in October.  Click on a photo for a bigger version.

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Summer Camps 2013

February 23rd, 2013 Comments off

I’m looking forward to another wonderful Summer with lots of great horse activities customized to your age and experience level. We have weeks for experienced riders who wish to enjoy our cross country course, try barrel racing whilst riding bareback without a saddle or brush up on their dressage skills but there are also weeks reserved for beginner or nervous riders. During these weeks we teach basic horse care, grooming and tacking up and of course everyone gets to ride twice a day. It is amazing the progress the children make riding 10 times in a week. The last afternoon we invite family and friends to watch a little demonstration so everyone can show off their newly acquired skills.

Hours     9:00 to 4:00 Monday to Friday         Before or after care may be available, please contact Sharon 301 471 1254

9:00 to 1:00  Mon, Tues, Wed             Only the week beginning Jul 1st. Mini camp for our smallest riders.

If you are not sure which camp is the right fit for your child please contact Sharon

Beginner weeks   New to riding or still requiring assistance from a ground person at trot this would be the week for you.

Intermediate weeks  Walk, trot and some canter work. Ready to start jumping and comfortable riding in the fields at a walk.

Advanced weeks  Comfortable walk, trot, canter and jump in the arena, fields and on the trails.

Mini camp   Riders from age 4. One on one supervision. Super, safe ponies.

We take a break in the middle of the day to cool off with a swim in our pool. Very small groups, seven or fewer campers and experienced staff present at all times.

 

DATES

Mini camp  1/2 day for 3 days  Jul 1st

Beginner  June 24th, Jul 15th and Aug 12th

Intermediate  July 8th and Aug 5th

Advanced  Jul 29th

COST

$350 per week      $150 payable on booking, remainder due 2 weeks before the start of camp

$150 mini camp      $75 payable on booking, remainder due 2 weeks before the start of camp

Discount of $25 per week if multiple weeks booked or for siblings (does not apply to mini camp)

 

 

 

 

 

Solstice Knight

November 23rd, 2012 Comments off

Solstice Knight full brother to Summer Reign arrived at Darenth Farm this week. We have been so pleased with Summer Reign that we decided to invest in a second! Bred by Dr Laura Reick the horses are Holsteiner /TB crosses capable of excelling in any discipline. I initially was thinking of foxhunting but currently Summer is being trained for the sport of eventing by Mary Macklin.

Solstice is just five months old and the pictures below show his journey from the farm where he was born to his new home at Darenth Farm. He was calm and composed through out and has settled very well with his new companions Bandit and Snowman. Emotionally it was a big day for him and he took a well deserved rest with Bandit watching over him.

June 9th Horse Show

June 10th, 2012 Comments off

A big thank you to everyone who helped to make our show such a success. Thank you to all the students who entered and rode so well and to all the parents for their support. To our Judge Val Dunn for her time and expertise (how she is able to choose a winner when all the riders look so good I don’t know, I’m just glad I don’t have to!). Thank you Annie for taking on the task of secretary and keeping everything in order, to Mary for designing our jump course and Alexis, Katie and many others for all your running around. Thank you Elizabeth for keeping everything running smoothly in the barn.

We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day, low humidity and a breeze and the picnic under the walnut tree was great with lots of good food and drink. Thanks to Christie for organizing a lot of this.

Thanks Nicki for the following photos. Click on a photo to enlarge.

Spring Hunter Pace

May 12th, 2012 Comments off

Congratulations to all the riders from Darenth Farm who competed in the Spring Hunter Pace hosted by the Carrollton Hounds. Hannah riding Buckshot and Megan on Bandit won both the Junior classes while Annie on Rae, Claire with Sienna and Elizabeth and Wrangler took 4th place in a very competitive open division. Claire also escorted Taylor and Daaghn around the course. This was Taylor’s very first attempt riding an outside course and she made us all proud. Katie and Willis were also making their debut and Elizabeth helped them make it safely around the course. All in all a very happy, successful day.

Darenth Farm Horse Show June 9th

April 15th, 2012 Comments off

SAVE  THE  DATE     for our farm show to be held on Saturday June 9th. All riders, boarders, parents and invited guests are welcome. Class list and all details to follow.

New half day summer camp for our youngest riders

April 15th, 2012 Comments off

The week beginning July 30th Darenth Farm is pleased to offer a half day camp from 9:00 am to 1:00pm Monday to Friday. Aimed at 4 and 5 year olds the children will have a riding lesson and other age appropriate horse activities, lunch and a swim (or splash !) in the pool. Extra staff will be on hand to ensure the safety of all.

Cost $250  ($100 payable on booking)

Please contact Sharon with any questions.

Summer Camps 2012

February 29th, 2012 Comments off

Here at Darenth Farm we are looking forward to another fun filled summer. Our camp weeks are divided according to the riders ability to make sure everyone has a safe and rewarding experience. Each week runs Monday to Friday, 9:00am until 4:00pm (there is some flexibility with these times, please contact Sharon). The groups are small, no more than 7 campers, ranging in age usually from 5 to 15. Sometimes we are lucky enough to have an older person join in for a few days and this we encourage. Why should the children have all the fun?

BEGINNER WEEKS
For anyone new to riding or someone who is not posting to the trot or someone who still needs help from a ground person. If you only ride once a year at camp this would be the group for you.

INTERMEDIATE WEEKS
Riders who can walk, trot and canter independently and jump small X rails. You would probably be taking or have taken weekly lessons.

ADVANCED/EVENTING WEEKS
These riders should be comfortable not only cantering and jumping in the arena but also in fields and other open areas.

All groups will ride twice a day and have a chance to swim in the middle of the day to cool off! Everyone will get plenty of hands on horse care experience – grooming, cleaning tack and stalls plus age related lectures and quizzes on anything to do with horses.

DATES, For weeks beginning on:

Beginners: June 18, July 9, July 30, August 13

Intermediate: July 16, August 20

Eventing Camp: June 25

Advanced: August 20

COST:  $350   ( Eventing camp $375)

$25 discount for siblings or if multiple weeks booked

$150 deposit payable on booking, balance due 2 weeks before start of camp

WHAT TO BRING

Beginner riders may borrow a riding helmet. Long pants are required, even when it is hot and boots with a small heel for safety. These do not necessarily need to be riding boots the Walmart version is perfectly acceptable or try a thrift store. Bring sneakers for non riding times and flip flops to go to the pool. Also towel, bathing suit, sun screen and insect repellant.

Campers will also require a packed lunch and plenty to drink. Water will always be available.

QUESTIONS?
Please contact Sharon with any questions by email sharon@ridgeequipment.com or phone 301 471 1254

I look forward to welcoming back my returning campers and to welcoming new faces to Darenth Farm.

Sharon

January Lessons

January 7th, 2012 Comments off

Not your typical January weather at the farm right now!