Camp Rules

SUMMER CAMP 2019

The residential pony camp is running this year from Monday 8th July – Friday 12th July, at Ballindenisk, Watergrasshill,Co. Cork  and should prove to be a brilliant week in with loads of activities planned.

– Read and re-read the camp information sheet and make sure that you don’t forget anything.

– Children are only required to wear their club gear for the first morning and last day.  This is beige/white jods, white shirt and club tie and either show jacket/club jersey and their club xc top for the xc section (if they have one otherwise club jumper).  We are holding a one day event type competition on the last day so they will be required to wear full gear on the last day as well.  Thereafter they can wear white polo shirts and any colour jods they wish. 

*We would like the children to try and do as much as safety will allow, if your child is able please allow them to lead in from the field, tack up, brush and feed their ponies we would like them to go home learning as much as possible. Thank You!!

PLEASE READ THE INFORMATION & RULES BELOW CAREFULLY

Parental help & support needed to ensure camp is a success.

CAMP RULES (SOUTH UNION PONY CLUB)

These rules are designed to help with the safe and efficient and happy running of our Summer Camp.  All we ask is that common sense prevails and that you take care of your safety and that of your pony/horse.

MOBILE PHONES ARE NOT ALLOWED AT CAMP UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. Children may use a supervisor’s phone if they wish to talk to their parents alternatively parents can phone any of the supervisors to make contact with their child – a list of supervisors phone numbers will be posted to the what’s app group. Any Phones which are found on camp will be confiscated and either given to the respective parents or held by the DC and will not be given back until camp is over.

Ponies must be fit and able for four hours riding per day. Also, please ensure that your pony has an up to date worming and vaccination record.

•             Entrance gates to be kept closed at all times.

•             Strictly no smoking, drinking alcohol or use of any prohibited substances on penalty of Expulsion.

•             No bullying or name calling allowed.

•             No member of camp should leave camp premises without prior consent from supervisor on duty and should be accompanied by parent/guardian or appointed adult.

•             Everyone should be in their accommodation when requested each night and remain there until 7.30am next morning (with exception of going to the toilet).  Anyone causing a disturbance outside their accommodation after lights out will be asked to go home at night for the remainder of camp.

•             No matches, candles, gas or aerosols allowed anywhere on site.

•             All tack will be subject to a tack inspection on Monday Morning (please check stitching, buckles etc. before coming to camp).

•             Hats & Body Protectors (to current approved standards) to be worn at all times when mounted or around pony/horse.

  • No jewellery except watches to be worn whilst riding.
  • No ponies to be brought in from the field before 9am

•             We are lucky to be invited to our camp by Ballindenisk Event Centre.  Please respect the premises, land and especially take care not to litter – litter bins are provided.

•             No one other than a paid member of pony club can ride at camp.

•             No friends, siblings can stay overnight.

•             Any boy found in girls accommodation or girl in boy accommodation after the curfew  will be sent immediately home by the supervisor, their parents shall be contacted and will be asked to collect them straight away – no matter what the time.

•             Respect instructors & supervisors.

•             If the pony/horse stays the child must stay

As Balindenisk is a working farm the farmyard and machinery will be STRICTLY out of bounds, we will be operating a red card system for restricted areas of the farm, one card a warning, 2 cards you will be omitted from a fun activity, 3 cards and you will be requested to go home. As the Pony Club have gone so stringent on Health and Safety we have taken the decision to do this for everyone’s safety.

Camp concludes on Friday 12th July at 4pm.  The children will have a one day event on the last day and will be required to wear their full club gear for that day – beige/white jods, white shirt and club tie and either show jacket/club jersey, their club xc top for the xc section. Prize giving at three o’clock followed by CLEAN UP.

 We will try our best to put friends together and also have riders of roughly the same ability together. The groups will be posted the weekend before camp and we will do our best to keep everybody happy. They are not set in stone and can be swopped around if needs be.

Everything must be taken down on the last day of camp! Including ALL tent pegs please!!!

Camp Information for Parents

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SUPC Camp Supervisor Duties 2019
 
All Supervisors on duty must wear High Vis Gilets or SUPC T shirt/Jacket to identify themselves to the Instructors and Campers
The expectation is that each family with a member attending Camp will do one substantial job (e.g. overnight supervision), or several smaller jobs (e.g. other supervision slots). An outline of each duty on the roster is given below for anyone not familiar with what happens at camp.

We also expect families to help tidy up the grounds and dismantle Camp on Friday evening, so that we leave everything as we found it.  Every family must please take at least one bag of rubbish home with them on Friday.  Thanks in advance to everyone for their help.
 
To help us out dinners will very kindly be supplied Monday and Tuesday evenings of camp by Debbie and we will have a pizza night on Wednesday. The Family BBQ is on Thursday for everyone, please contact Karen to arrange bringing a side dish or dessert/ minerals.

Night-time Supervisors : Sunday to Thursday night, 8pm – 7.30 am. One male and one female each night.  Supervise lights out. Please make sure that you have applied for Garda vetting if volunteering for this (ask one of the committee for a form)

Breakfast Duty: 7.30-8.30 am Monday to Friday. Get children up, Supervise Feeding of ponies, prepare and serve breakfast.
 
Morning Supervisors : 
Monday to Friday, 9 – 1.30. At 9am supervise bringing in ponies from the field.  Children wearing helmets and boots and adults high viz gear.  Ponies to be led in head collars.  Have children ready to ride for 10.00am. Serve water, squash and biscuits to each ride at 11.00 – 11.30am.

Lunch Duty: 12-2pm Monday to Friday, prepare and serve lunches, clear up afterwards, take rubbish home
 
Afternoon Supervisors :  Monday to Friday 1.30 – 4.30.
Get children ready to ride for 2.00pm. Serve mid-afternoon drinks and snacks to all rides.  Supervise returning ponies to field at 4- 4.30pm approx.  Ponies must be correctly head collared, children wearing helmets and boots, adults wearing high viz gear. Boots to be worn at all times, no flip flops/ soft shoes. Water buckets must be checked and filled.  

Dinner Duty 4.30-7pm Monday to Thursday 
 
Evening Supervisors: Monday to Wednesday 6pm – 8pm Supervise evening activities.
 
All parents and children: No ponies to be brought in any morning before 9am. At lunchtime and 4pm make sure ponies get to field safely and children wear helmets and boots at all times around ponies. Ensure all ponies/horses are fed and watered and any stables used are cleaned out properly.
 
Friday Afternoon All parents :  
Help with dismantling of Camp and take rubbish home


 

What to bring to camp

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  • PONY/HORSE
  • BRIDLE (COMPLETE)
  • SADDLE & gIRTH
  • 2 X SADDLE PADS OR NUMNAHS (IN CASE ONE GETS WET!)
  • WHITE SADDLE PAD FOR THE FINAL DAY (OR PLAIN COLOUR)
  • OUTDOOR RUG (IF USED)
  • COOLER RUG (FOR AFTER EXERCISE)
  • BOOTS FRONT AND BACK (ONLY IF NORMALLY USED)
  • HEADCOLLAR & LEAD
  • WATER BUCKET OR TUB (FOR USE IN FIELD)
  • FEED BUCKETS
  • HARD FEED (IF REQUIRED)
  • SUPPLEMENTS (IF REQUIRED)
  • FLY SPRAY
  • FULL GROOMING KIT
  • SADDLE SOAP & SPONGE
  • BUCKETS FOR REFILLING WATER
  • CHILD
  • BEIGE OR WHITE JODS X 2 (OR ONE IF KEPT CLEAN!!)
  • JODS FOR REST OF THE WEEK (ANY COLOUR)
  • WHITE SHIRT
  • PONY CLUB TIE & BADGE
  • SHOW JACKET OR CLUB SWEATSHIRT
  • X COUNTRY TOP OR CLUB SWEATSHIRT
  • WHITE POLO SHIRTS (FOR REMAINING DAYS)
  • RIDING BOOTS OR BOOTS & CHAPS
  • RIDING HAT/HELMET FOR X COUNTRY (MUST MEET CURRENT SAFETY STANDARDS)
  • BACK PROTECTOR (MUST MEET CURRENT SAFETY STANDARDS)
  • GLOVES (IF NORMALLY USED)
  • WHIP (IF NORMALLY USED)
  • HAIRNET FOR FINAL DAY (TO TIDY LONG HAIR ONLY)
  • SUN SCREEN
  • PJ’S
  • TOILETRIES & TOWEL
  • ANY MEDICATION
  • WET WEATHER GEAR
  • LEISURE CLOTHES & RUNNERS (PLENTRY OF CHANGES) – FOR AFTER RIDING ACTIVITIES
  • GENERAL
  • TENT/CARAVAN/HORSEBOX OR OTHER SUITABLE ACCOMODATION
  • TOTCH & BATTERIES
  • SLEEPING BAG OR DUVET
  • PILLOWS
  • WET WIPES (VERY HANDY!!)
  • BLOW UP MATTRESS (IF USED)

This is not a difinitive list but mearly a guide as to what to bring as a minimum.

We are hoping to have a supply of hay on site but will confirm this nearer the time.

Camp 2019

Final arrangements for Camp are now being made by our hardworking Committee, and  the forms for payment of the Registration Fee Balance are now open under the Online Entries Tab. Information on the  Parents Rota, What to Bring To Camp List and general information will be posted here soon….watch this space!

March/April Update

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We have had a very busy March and April to date with lots of different activities for all our members. Our C Test group finished their training and had a busy day doing their test, congratulations to Isabel, Molly, Michael, Halle and Niamh, and thanks to Marie, Rosemary, Anna and Ellen for all their help training and testing.

Our D/D+ rallies have started up again now that the evenings are brighter and it’s great to see our younger riders practicing their Dressage and Show-jumping with Mary in preparation for the Combined Training Festival Qualifiers.

We also had a recent fantastic hack out in Fountainstown which was a great day out for everyone, thanks to Pascale, Nicola and Billy Nicholson for a fun day out for all.

We had quite a few members competing at the Interschools Showjumping Competition in Maryville, both on their own school teams and also on 2 South Union Teams. Well done to Samantha, Daniel, Mikey and Isobel on our Primary School Team and Niamh, Caitlin, Hannah and Tia on our Secondary School Team.

We also had Show-jumping Training in Hitchmoughs with Stephen Cox, which was very well attended by a wide range of our members and they had a lovely bright evening with some great jumping by all.

During Mid Term we enjoyed some brilliant Cross Country training for our C+, C and D+ test groups in Farrangalway with Ellen, which was a great opportunity for everyone to get some practice in before the official start of the Hunter Trial Season.

Our C+ group continued their training with Anna and we wish them the very best of luck in their test which is coming up very soon. They are currently doing their Riding and Road Safety training & RRS Test so we wish them all the best with that as well.

April is already a very busy month, Swimming training for the Minimus group continues every Saturday morning, our Wednesday night rallies continue in Breda’s and we have the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Ponies to look forward to on Friday 19th April. Our Show jumping Team training with Bill Maguire will also be starting up after Easter, so another busy month ahead. Please book in through the website for these activities well in advance and take note of closing dates for all events.