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Summer Riding Camp | England UK | York

This is a long established successful family–run Riding Centre with excellent outdoor and indoor faculties. The friendly, experienced instructors use a caring and patient approach, encouraging beginners to progress with confidence. More experienced riders, right up to advanced and competition standards, will improve their skills under the professional guidance of the highly rated team of instructors.

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.

Riding Facilities and Instruction Programme

Summer 2013 was our first in Follifoot and was rated by our campers and staff to be the best ever. Follifoot has excellent outdoor and indoor facilities and country trails. The Centre offers a good choice of well prepared horses to suit riders of all ages and abilities from first timers through the intermediate stages right up to advanced.

The Riding School is a long established, successful equestrian centre run by the Pedley family. Julie Pedley who heads up the operation and instruction at Follifoot also is 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 will be reversed.

For the beginners and less experienced riders the time spent on horseback will be about one hour 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 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 paddock of 35 acres
Summer Camp space to hack in Follifoot
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 can see any problems spotted by the instructors. Snacks and soft drinks are available to purchase.

The ABRS Assessment & Certificate

On the penultimate day of the course, an independent instructor 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 the assessment test to improve their grades.

Please Note: In 2015 the Riding Camp was full for all three sessions. So, we suggest an early booking as numbers are limited to 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 as well as a half-day excursion to the historic, walled city of York. Campers enjoy an exciting range of evening activities highlighted by the fun team competitions on BIG Night, International Night and the Talent Show.

Further details about the accommodation, meals and facilities at Queen Ethelburga’s can be found on the "Country England Overview Page".

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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.