|Learn to ride at summer camp|
|Written by Bob Owen|
|Tuesday, 09 July 2013 23:41|
There is still some time for Cramahe area kids to sign up for summer horseback-riding, day camp at the 33-acre Silver Lake Stables on Dudley Rd. west of the Big Apple.
Owner/instructor MaryAnn Tildsley says there are a few spots available in the five-day, boys-only camp starting on July 22. There are also a few spots left in the last mixed camp of the summer which starts on August 19.
MaryAnn has been teaching riding for 31 years and has owned the stable for 12. She realizes that camp has to be kept small to be effective. So, the maximum is set at six kids at the sessions which run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.. That way she can keep close watch on the riders to ensure they are learning the methods recommended by the Ontario Equestrian Federation. She wants her riders to stretch themselves - using the correct methods. Her other goal is to teach safe horsemanship. She keeps a 2:1 camper to instructor ratio so that all of her riders are safe. When they are finished their camp the kids should have improved their fitness and become more ready to show the horse they have been riding.
The weekly camps follow a routine, starting with Monday instruction on human/horse relationships. It's important for the riders to build relationships with the horses before they saddle up in the ring. Tuesday's activities include a skill-related treasure hunt and fitness development. The fun builds as the week progresses and Wednesday's highlight is the horses' horse show. Thursday is costume day and on Friday the week closes with a cowboy picnic.
The Tildesley family continues to invest in the stable operation. The riding ring/stable now has a new roof, completely revamped arena, and new stall fronts. The paddocks are new and so is the fencing.
It's been a family affair with son-in-law Rick Bellamy doing a lot of the physical work, daughter Andrea (who is a level eight rider) handling the books and MaryAnn's husband helping out in numerous capacities.
Some of the junior counsellors are former students who are now at the top end of the 6-16 camper age group.
A one-week session at camp costs $300 plus HST. MaryAnn can be contacted on her cell phone at 905-922-6892. or through the Silver Lake Stables website .
Learn to ride at summer camp
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