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Saddle Camp Goss - JUNE 2018


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Sydney CDI Dressage Tour 2018

A big thank you to Prue Spurrett, one of the organising members of the Sydney International Dressage Competition.  Annie, Leyla, Kiah, Bianka, Remy, Carson and I had a BRILLIANT day being guided around the competition arena, stables and warm up arena by a passionate official from Equestrian  Australia.

Our highlights were meeting Brett Parbury (currently 10th Best Dressage Rider in the world), patting horses that had competed at the latest Olympics, and listening to the stories of the riders and how they made it from having fun at Pony Club to competing for their country. And of course one of our other favourite highlights was the shopping at the stalls!

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Saddle Campers - Where Are They Now?

Former Saddle Camp rider, Claire Ison, last September at Ironhorse Appaloosa Stud in Nelligen.  Claire spent her school holidays helping out at the stud with feeding in the early mornings and also had the opportunity to help handle a couple of their foals. Thank you Claire for sharing this with us & for also promoting Saddle Camp by wearing your old Saddle Camp shirt,  you look so professional! Well done Claire!! 




Your chance to win a full day of riding at Saddle Camp on Monday the 11th of June!!


Entries can be submitted via email to [email protected], and closes midday Thursday 11th June 2018 so get your answers in quick!! The winner will be announced in next months newsletter! 



Winners of our Monthly Barrel Draw! 

This months winner is Harriet Smethills! Congratulations Harriet, you have won a Gift Certificate for a free Day Camp of your choice!

Congratulations to our runner-ups - Katie Conroy & Elanor Hart. 


Congratulations To:

Sami Brown and Pepper Kidd who were all awarded a trophy for Best Horse Person at Saddle Camp (at our Day and Overnight Camps)! And to Kiah Ecclestone for graduating from our Formal Riding Lesson Program!


Happy Birthday To:

Madeleine Algie, Nicolas Allen, Penny Appleby, Meike Bannister, Julianna Barrett, Elizabeth Beaver, Louis Blake, Paris Borkowski, Lilli Britton, Anna Buckley, Bartholomew Bunk, Nate Burns, Holly Caffery, Olivia Christian, Sheridan Clanaghan, Emily Clarke, Isabella Claydon, Laura Clee, Zalira Connelly-Hansen, Isabella Cooper, Josh Cox, Archer Crago, Loveday Creevey, Felicity Croszy, Sophie Dix, Frankie Doherty, Molly Doon, Caitlin Drinkwater, Hallie Dwyer, Mia Efford, Micthell Fern, Jessica Finneran, Deanna & Mitchell Fowler, Katie Green, Miah Gunderson, Nathan Hackett, Sierra Hairsine, Olivia Hart, Frida Iofgren, Matilda Jenkins, Milla Kelly, Phoebe Kevan, Pepper Kidd, Laura King, Samara Kirkwood, Sullivan Kovacs, Jemima Lacey, Charlotte Laidler, Thomas Sephton, Rebecca Lloyd, Ava Louis, Tahni Mackay, Wyatt Marven, Elyse McGovern, Tessa Mettke, Emily Moore, Lily Moore, Samantha Morgan, Amity Morris, Blake Morris, Naomi Mulders, Bryce Nelson, Jorja Noye, Joseph Oakden, Scarlette O'Gorman, Gabby Osborne, Skelton Pharaoh, Rebecca Phipps, Rose Plummer, Courtney Rawlins, Tobias Rea, Anna Reynolds, Kaitlyn Rolfe, Tom Rudd, Mikaela Ryan, Annabel Serena, Eliza Serena, Evelyn Shaw-Croker, Lily Sheridan, Jaime Smith, Zahra Sommers, Milla Strang, Hamish Thistleton, Isabelle Tough, Laura Trussler, Eliana Vlasoff, Leo Vlasoff, Theodore Vlasoff, Kaliana Walker, Riley Walsh, Olivia Ware, Leyarna Westlake, Olive Whition and Camryn Wilder.


For Sale:

Horse Agistment Available

Rural cattle property near Araluen/Braidwood region.
For more information please call Heike Hahner on 0474 936 281.

Lola-Lee Lou's Equestrian T-shirts! Handmade & designed Equestrian t-shirts by Lola-Lee Lou Hoeffer-Dunne from Canberra. These t-shirts are displayed at Saddle Camp but can be mailed to those of you who wish to purchase one of these gorgeous pieces of clothing! To order yours now, contact Helen on 0417 456 093 or E: [email protected]


Young Harrison's Homemade Saddle Trolleys - No longer will it be a struggle to store & carry your tack & riding gear as these trolleys hold your saddle, grooming kit, helmet & more! These amazing trolleys are a rider's dream & come in various colours! We have a red single Saddle Trolley  here for just $60.  To order yours contact Helen on 0417 456 093 or E: [email protected]


If you have any outgrown horsey gear, name your price and let me know. I’d be delighted to advertise it here in our newsletter, free of charge!  There’s

In our Café/Gift Shop, we have:

·                     Brand new, never been read, Thoroughbred, Heartland and Saddle Club books from $2-$5 each. 

·                     Saddle Camp Caps, Beanies, Hats, Pillow Cases, Key Rings, etc. 

·                     Horse Riding Apparel – cute jods, gorgeous shirts, chapettes, jackets, socks, etc.

·                     Espresso Coffee & Freshly Baked Treats with some featuring Australian Native Ingredients (such as Lemon Myrtle Cheesecake, Anzac Biscuits, Saddle Camp Short Bread Girls, Pies, Chocolate Cake & Brownies).

·                     Sully's Homemade Pickles, Chutneys & Assorted Brewed Soft Drinks - various delicious flavours to choose from & are all made from local, homegrown produce at The Old Cheese Factory in Reidsdale, Braidwood.

·                     Yerriebah Jams with berries grown and bottled in Little Bombay Road.

·                     Elanor’s Eggs – Free range eggs from our lovely next door neighbor Elanor.  $5 for a fresh dozen.  Call 0415 585 878 to order and collect them on your next visit to Saddle Camp.


Also, we have a huge collection of lost property – so if you think you’ve left something behind don’t be afraid to ask me.  I’ll post it back to you!


How I Got Into Horses

Zara Phillips - British Eventing Olympian


Zara Phillips is the daughter of two successful British eventers, Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, and also the granddaughter of the Queen. Following a successful career in young riders, which included victory in the Under 25 Championship at Bramham and an individual silver medal in the European Young Riders Championship in 2002, Zara really established herself at senior level in 2003 by finishing second at Burghley Three Day Event on her horse, Toytown. A polished display in the dressage arena and a fast and clear cross country round gave her the lead going in to the show jumping and although one fence down dropped her to second behind the Rolex Grand Slam champion Pippa Funnell, it was still a remarkable display from the then 22 year old in her first attempt at four-star level. Following that performance, Zara was long listed for Athens in 2004 but her hopes of emulating her parents by competing with the British event team at an Olympic Games* were dashed by an injury to Toytown that ruled him out for the rest of the year. 

In June 2005, Zara put that disappointment behind her with a great performance at the newly upgraded four star event in Luhmuhlen.  She finished on her dressage score to take second place with Toytown and earn selection, originally as an individual, for the European Championships at Blenheim in September.  Following the withdrawal of Primmore's Pride, Zara has replaced Pippa Funnell on the British team for Blenheim.  Showing composure beyond her years, Zara rode into the history by taking two gold medals on her senior debut, exceeding achievement of her mother, who won the individual title at the European Championships in 1971.

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2006 brought the prospect of the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany – Zara's first four star Championship.  Some disappointing show jumping performances in the spring left her confidence dented but a talk with her mentor and fellow competitor Pippa Funnell brought a welcome boost.  A good start in the dressage left Zara and Toytown in fifth position and the British team in bronze.  The cross-country test was a true Championship track and caused problems for many but the combination showed what a special partnership they have with a clear inside the time to promote them to top spot and the team to silver.  The final show jumping phase produced a heart stopping moment when Zara did not hear the bell to start but she kept her composure to lower just a single rail and incur a single time penalty – the gold was hers and silver for the British team.

An impressive performance at London 2012 riding High Kingdom helped the British team to secure a silver team medal. Zara also finished second at Luhmuhlen in 2013 before taking a break from the sport to have her first child. She successfully returned to the saddle in time to win team silver at 2014 World Equestrian Games.

2008 Olympics - selected on Toytown
2007 European championships: Team Silver & Individual Gold on Toytown
2006 World Equestrian Games: Team Silver & Individual Gold on Toytown
2005 European championships: Team & Individual Gold on Toytown
2002 Young Rider European championships: Individual Silver on Toytown



Braidwood Events

All Season Cool Climate Vegetable Growing

Learn about successful vegetable production in areas where overnight winter temperatures are often below zero, with regular frosts. The workshop covers:

  • understanding your climate zone
  • growing in all seasons
  • soil husbandry
  • bed preparation and rotation
  • when and what to plant
  • frost protection
  • weeding and weeding tools
  • intensive planting and other garden practices

The course aims to provide you with the practical knowledge and skills to produce food all year, from a small backyard plot to a large market garden.

Sunday 8th July, 2018
9.30am to 3.30pm (lunch included).
Cost: $175 including GST
The course will be located in Braidwood NSW

Wynlen House Slow Food Farm

Come and see the winter kitchen garden that produces such beautiful food.

Save the date, July 29th Open day. See Braidwood Events for more! 


We hope you have had a Jolly June, and we really hope to see you soon! From Helen, Rob, Laura, Sarah, Blake, Dexter, Carson,Victory, Champ, Abbey, Cadie, Callie, Eddie & Destiny xoxox 

1040 Bombay Road Braidwood, Ph: 0417 456 093, E: [email protected],