By Emily Curnock
Two days after the Pony Club Championship it was time for The British Young Drivers Camp, which was held at the
Unicorn Trust Equestrian Centre.
This was the first time for me to attend this type of camp. We had to arrive by 2 pm
on Tuesday for everyone to meet and get to know each other and the instructors.
To break the ice we had a fitness
and fun session. After the exercises we had a talk from a lady called Rosanna Walters-Symons about how she had
progressed through the years with the British Young Drivers.
Later on in the evening we had a pony quiz and we were
put into our groups and introduced to our instructors.
Then we had supper, after which I checked on Dollar to make
sure that she had food and water and had settled into her stable for the night. I went to bed early so that I could
get up early to make sure Dollar was okay and get her ready for the lessons which would start early in the Morning.
On Wednesday, I was up at 7 am and went and fed, mucked out, and groomed Dollar.
My first lesson was at 9am so I
was soon harnessing up, and putting to with everyone else who were also getting ready.
My first lesson was in the
outdoor arena, which had a hard surface, which Dollar loves. She will show off with her tail up and produce a flash
My instructor was Jo Rennison and she said how soft my hands were and also how balanced and how
responsive Dollar was.
I really enjoyed the lesson and further improved my driving skills.
each part of every turnout was weighed. First me, then Dollar and finally my carriage were weighed. I was surprised
to find how light Dollar was and how heavy the carriage was.
Then I un-harnessed and put Dollar back in her stable,
making sure she had plenty of hay and water. After I put everything away it was time for another talk.
was from Baileys Horse Feed and the subject was about the Top Line and Condition of a pony. As part of the talk we
had to mark everyone’s horse/or pony to a marking grid. Then we all were given a goodie bag, which had some samples
of feed and also a booklet to show how we should calculate the top line of a horse.
Then it was time for another
lesson, this time on how to drive cones. I shared the lesson with a girl called Hannah who was driving a Shetland.
lesson was very informative and also explained more about the “Scales of training” which were the same as the riding
scales of training.
Once again everything was cleaned and put away ready for the next day.
At 6pm, after the ponies had been settled
down for the night, it was time for fun and games. We were put into teams and had to compete by pulling a carriage
around and putting balls on cones and also dress up a team member in riding gear.
I was in a team with Cerys, Laura,
James, and Hannah. We came second in both games and won a bar of chocolate. Then it was time for supper. ]
supper I checked Dollar, put her fleece on her, cleaned her stable and gave her some supper. At 9:30pm it was
time for bed.
On Thursday, I got up early as my obstacles lesson was at 9am but this time I had a different partner, Laura, who
I had been on the same team as in the games yesterday.
In this lesson we had to walk around an obstacle and see
where the quickest route through it was. This lesson went really quickly, time flies when you are enjoying yourself.
After I un-harnessed it was time for an individual talk with some of the
instructors, about where I would like to go with my carriage driving, and if in the future would I think of joining
the British Young Drivers Squad. My answer was most definitely “Yes”.
I spent the evening getting every thing ready
for the final day competition, which consisted of dressage, cones and obstacles.
At 8pm it was time for supper after
which I did my normal routine of putting Dollar to bed.
On Friday, It was time for the competition. Dollar was covered in shavings and had had a good nights rest by the
look of her. I brushed her off and then washed her down. I then got ready for the competition.
First I had to do my trot up, which was at 10:30am, and then
my dressage was at 11:45am, followed by cones and obstacles straight after.