This month has again been dry around The Saddle Camp, like many of our fellow farms our hills are rolling a shade more red than green, and no weather change expected before February 2019. But that hasn't affected the frequency nor size of the smiles we've seen throughout August!
This months FEATURE ARTICLE is Staying Positive! How a positive mindset and establishing goals can help you both with horses and with your everyday lifestyle. We also hear from new partners MyCharmedHorse and how their equestrian charm business aims to inspire positive vibes in riders of all ages and disciplines.
All your favourites can be scrolled to in this order: What you can get involved in, What's been happening, FEATURE (including How I Got into Horses), Competitions, Shout outs and For sale.
What you can get involved in this September!
Saddle-Club After School Riding Fun: every weekday during school term, join us for afternoon tea followed by a trail ride and mounted games to improve your riding skills in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. $30pp, Book Now under "riding lessons".
Weekend 'Bounce Back' camps: If you or someone you know has been struggling to Bounce Back their confidence and self-esteem, The Saddle Camp offers another world to escape to, to help you rebuild and regain control of the reins. Stay for the weekend or stay for the day and discover why horses really are the best therapy! Book Direct by calling Helen on 0417 456 093, or email [email protected].
Would you like to be a Steward for the Bungendore Riding Club's Trail Riding Challenge at The Saddle Camp in October? You'll learn about stewarding a course, vetting a horse before & after the Challenge, and receive a special rosette for your efforts! Enjoy a delicious complimentary picnic lunch while watching the beautiful horses complete their challenge before your eyes. No minimum age and families are welcome - we need at least 14 keen stewards! Email thesaddlecamp.com.au to confirm your spot.
Our 4 Day/3 Night camps have now filled for the October holidays! PREBOOK for next school holidays now to secure your camp! We still have a few places available for Day Camps, Long Day Camps, Weekend Camps and Long Day Camps - so book in early!
Our Long Day Camps are Monday's Gymkhana & River Ride, Wednesdays River Ride & Picnic Trail Ride and Sunday's Picnic Trail Ride & Show Day. They cost $170 for a full day from 7.30 am to 4.30 pm (Wednesdays finish at 9 pm). Long Day Camps aren't yet a part of our booking system so Booking Directly is the best way to ensure you don't miss out.
Is your Birthday coming up? We have Gift Certificates available, or you can bring all your friends for a Horse Riding Birthday Party! BOOK NOW
SAVE THE DATE: 17 & 18 November, our Champions Challenge, Saddle Camp Sleepout and Aboriginal Cultural Day is on again! All our trophy winners from 2018 will compete for the coveted Saddle Camp Champion Rider '18 Trophy and Polo Shirt, with prizes for everyone and trophies to 3rd place. Aboriginal Elder, Noel Butler, will take us on a Bush Tucker Walk, and stay late for a Cook Out over the coals. We'll sleep under the stars, and wake up to a day full of horse riding - trails, side saddle riding, driving the pony & gig, an archery comp, a wildlife photo comp and party games on foot. It's $85 for a single day, or $150 for the whole weekend. Book in now to save your place! Just email back.
What's Been Happening:
The drought has seen us visited by many native animals (wallabies, birds and wombats) during the day trying to source water and food, lucky our horses don't mind sharing! And have been a thrilling experience for our guests to ride among!
On the 11th and 12th of August we belatedly celebrated the horses birthday with lots of riding, games and of course cake! We're not sure whether the riders or horses enjoyed the cake more?!
We were lucky enough to source a large bale of Oaten Hay for our Saddle Camp horses to graze on and keep their tummies full over their Birthday Weekend, too!
This month saw Chloe Grozdanovski spend a week with us on work experience - learning how to run an equine business from feeding and cleaning up after the horses to the fun stuff (riding and training), how to give lessons and be a good influence by demonstrating safe handling techniques. We loved Chloe's photography skills and you can see some of her collages she made for us on the Facebook page! If you're interested in staying here as part of your School's Work Experience Program, we can send you a detailed program of what we'll cover.
We have had lots of new SaddleClub after school members enjoying their trail rides and mounted games, and on quiet afternoons having private lessons to really ramp up their skills quickly.
We've also had guests in our new Tiny House!! Our tiny house sleeps up to 4 with a kitchen and bathroom of it's very own. Look out your bedroom window down the rolling paddocks and see the horses and native wildlife. You can book our tiny house ($185/ night including meals & spotlighting tour at night) directly through https://www.airbnb.com.sg/rooms/27033779. And this week it's been featured on Booking.com for just $163.64. Just search Braidwood, Tiny House Saddle Camp.