Today our photographer Damien was busy at the riding stables so take a look at the photos. The West Cork Equine Centre is out in the country amid beautiful rolling hills and a few miles from a lovely sandy beach. Our group of 15 riders have already done quite a bit of riding outside as well as practising more specific skills in the manege. The teaching staff really know how to work with youngsters and are firm but friendly and welcoming so that all feel at home and get to know their horses well.
On arrival and at the end of the session they learn about horse maintenance, cleaning, saddling, grooming etc. to ensure they have a well rounded appreciation and understanding of what it takes to look after a horse. Naturally on arrival many want to jump on the horse and ride but the other aspects of our programme are equally important so they take 15-20 minutes preparing their horse before mounting.
Look out for the special days we will feature when our riders will enjoy a ride across the sandy beach and visit a special show.
Our first Leadership (TALE) Photo Challenge in Cork
Each group of 6-8 had a staff facilitator to assist if needed. After a brief explanation of the event and challenges each group were given a folder with a list of questions, challenges and photo puzzles, a map, some photos to use as clues and 12 euros to spend on finding certain items for the least price possible.
The old narrow streets of Cork with no cars provided a perfect spot for this challenge and we got some really unusual and original results.
At the end they all had some money to choose a place to eat dinner before returning to camp and reviewing the photos and results. Each group presented their photos and objects they bought and judges gave assessments.
It was a lot of fun and most made an effort to participate and enjoy this new experience and challenge.
The older Blues saw a film and played billiards while the reds went to their apartments to get ready for bed.