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Summer Riding Camp | England UK | York

This will be the 7th year working with Follifoot, a long established, successful family–run Riding Centre with excellent outdoor and indoor facilities as well as pretty country trails. The friendly, experienced instructors, under the guidance of the owner Julie Pedley, use a caring and patient approach encouraging beginners to progress with confidence. More experienced riders, right up to advanced and competition levels will improve their performance and acquire new skills under impressive professional guidance.

Summer Camp Programme suitable for ages 10-17

Programme Overview

The Follifoot Riding Centre, about a 30-minute drive from Queen Ethelburga's College, is beautifully located in peaceful farming countryside close to the famous spa town of Harrogate. The Centre offers a good choice of well prepared ponies and horses to suit riders of all ages and abilities from first timers through the intermediate stages right up to advanced and competition standards.

Riding Facilities and Instruction Programme

The Riding School is a long established, successful equestrian centre run by the Pedley family. The impressive Julie Pedley heads up the operation and the instruction of our young riders at Follifoot. Julie is also on the committee of the Association of British Riding Schools and holds the ABRS TC, Principles Diploma and BHS AI status.

Lessons are from 09.00 o 12.00 on Monday to Friday. On the first morning the group will be divided so that some campers will be introduced to the stable and the impressive Follifoot facilities whilst the others will set off for the first lesson. Midway through the morning after a 15-minute break the order is reversed.

For the beginners and less experienced riders the time spent on horseback will be about one hour each morning at the start and as the course progresses riding time will be increased. For more experienced riders the aim will be to spend about 90 minutes actually riding.

With the guidance of the team of instructors, riders of all abilities will make steady progress with beginners and intermediates walking, trotting, cantering then jumping logs and eventually small fences. As a break from lessons, campers will enjoy fun competitions and ‘pony games’! Experienced riders will be taken through a more advanced programme. In addition to the riding instruction, campers will also learn about the care of horses, tacking up and stable husbandry, all essential elements of this comprehensive course. On the last morning, a highlight of the course will be the Village Camps Gymkhana with fun individual and team games and competitions followed by the presentation of rosettes.

The facilities at Follifoot include:

Summer Camp a spacious indoor arena with a sand and rubber surface, sprinkler system and a viewing area
Summer Camp an outdoor floodlit manège with a sand and rubber chipping Charles Britain all-weather surface
Summer Camp a spacious paddock
Summer Camp access to country trails
Summer Camp horse-walker for 4 horses
Summer Camp an on-site working forge

The Stouse is a room where riders can relax. However, its main purpose is to house the amazing ‘Stan the Mechanical Horse’! Stan is a life size mechanical horse used by the instructors. A large mirror enables the rider to see any problems spotted by the instructors.

The ABRS Assessment & Certificate

On the penultimate day of the course, an external, independent examiner will test each rider and give an official grading. Shortly after Camp an ABRS Certificate will be sent to the camper confirming the grade attained. Riders returning in a subsequent year will be eligible to take an upgraded assessment test to improve their grades.

Please Note: Early booking is recommended for this course which often becomes full as numbers for each session are limited to about 20 riders.

Accommodation, Excursions & Activities

The Village Camps site, Queen Ethelburga's College, provides an exceptional standard of state-of-the-art accommodation. The Camp has an impressive range of leisure and sports facilities all in the glorious 'parkland' setting of the green Yorkshire countryside. Highlights include a full day excursion to Manchester with time for shopping and planned leisure activities in the impressive Trafford Centre as well as a half-day excursion to the historic, walled city of York. Here there is time to visit the famous York Minster and other major points of interest. In the afternoons and evenings, campers at York enjoy an exciting range of activities. Highlights are the fun team competitions on BIG Night, International Night and the Talent Show.

Further details about the excursions and activities can be found in the "Country England Overview Pages".

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English Language Add-on GBP 150

*Not available for campers booking the main English programme

The ‘VCTV’ Project’ - A fun way to improve spoken English ONLY for campers booking other specialist camps!

This is a busy, quite different programme specially designed for those campers who decide to choose one of our main speciality programmes BUT who would like to spend some time improving their spoken English.

So we designed this completely innovative programme to encourage every participating camper to have fun practising speaking English with other campers. All the campers in the team work together on this exciting project – and acquire new TV-production skills at the same time.

The ‘VCTV Project’ is operated by a mock TV crew of campers who work closely with our counsellor team to design simple daily programmes that make a variety of short TV broadcasts. Each camper has several different roles that rotate during the two-week session including Director, programme planners, camera operators, interviewers and editors. The crew produces a daily programme that is viewed by all campers who enjoy watching news, interviews, in-depth investigations and clips. These daily programmes appear on the website for parents to view. Every “job” involves discussions and co-operation.

So, every day, each camper just has to speak ENGLISH with his or her VCTV friends! It is fun-learning - not lessons – and it really works. The campers love it!

VCTV takes place on a total of eight weekday-afternoon sessions, each lasting 90 minutes.

VCTV is designed by a TV production and editing expert working closely with our English Language Director and her qualified English teaching staff alongside other specialists.