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Tuesday, July 16, 2024

9 issues we received as much as at Pony Membership camp that we’re positive wouldn’t occur now


  • Pony Membership camp is an pleasing ceremony of passage for many younger equestrians and people of us at Horse & Hound have many completely satisfied reminiscences of our days at camp, even when a number of the issues that we received as much as have most definitely been outlawed in these extra health-and-safety-conscious days.

    Listed here are a few of our particular reminiscences of yesteryear…



    1. Soaking our chief teacher in a water battle earlier than he had the possibility to take away his very costly made-to-measure dressage boots – this one earnt us a severe ticking off so we don’t advocate it, though the look on his face was hilarious.

    2. With regards to water, if we refused to take a bathe whereas at camp, then we discovered ourselves being rinsed beneath the yard hose as an alternative.

    3. Nightly publicity to mass catering custard means the yellow stuff nonetheless makes us need to gag.

    4. However we learnt to not be daunted by washing-up on an enormous scale — and importantly, that we wouldn’t be given clear scorching water if we tipped half a bowl of leftover cocoa pops and milk into the bathtub at an early stage.

    5. When you had been intelligent, you labored out the best way to clear your tack to earn a ten at inspection with out exhibiting the hidden bits a sponge. And the best way to tack up in two minutes flat, as a result of the remainder of the time you’d spent operating round ensuring the remainder of your tackroom/crew/journey was prepared.

    6. Once you’re younger, you don’t want a lot sleep and it’s simpler to see at nighttime — we had loads of follow sneaking round after curfew.

    7. Speaking of which, a few of us may be slightly extra light-fingered than we care to confess after slipping into the grownup lodging and serving to ourselves to their alcohol.

    8. The above performed completely no half in us feeling decidedly inexperienced in regards to the gills and falling off our horses thrice the subsequent day – and the aforementioned chief teacher nonetheless made us get again on.

    9. As payback, we labored out all of the attainable methods to intentionally sabotage his end-of-camp musical journey, by going freestyle and taking our groups with us, earlier than rescuing it and making it appear to be that our deviations had been truly a part of his unique plan – besides each he and we knew they weren’t.

    What are your particular reminiscences of Pony Membership camp? Share them with us at hhletters@futurenet.com, together with your identify, nearest city and county, for the possibility to have your tales revealed in a future version of Horse & Hound journal.

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