SUMMER HOLIDAYS 2018
What a fantastic time we have all been having during this summer holiday. The weather has been amazing and we have had so many fun activity days running throughout. We still have a couple to go and you are able to see lots of photos and information about day to day life here on our facebook page (which can be found on the bottom right hand corner of our website home page). We have also been able to enjoy some hacking and this summer we have been able to hack out some of the younger teenagers which was a great new experience for them.
We have had to re roof one of the stable blocks recently, along with dealing with a few other issues, which has meant the opening of the Dog Grooming business “Canine Complete Care” has been delayed.
COMING SOON TO NORTHBROOK – A HIGHLY PROFESSIONAL AND CARING DOG GROOMING FACILITY. “Canine Complete Care” soon to be opening here in a beautifully designed and equipped log cabin. We will be offering all styles of dog grooming and coat care. We will also be offering, physio therapy, puppy socialisation classes and obedience training. We will be looking to hold fun dog shows and will soon have our own Facebook page.
SUMMER RESIDENTIAL CAMPS Due to popular demand, we are planing to run 2 camps this summer. There will be a Senior Camp which will run from 6th to the 9th August and a Junior Camp will also run from 12th to 15th August. We will be planning camp nice and early this year, which means the Entry Forms will be out for the beginning of March. Once we have entries in, we will issue a Camp Information Sheet. Please make inquiries for details of residential camp.
***** ENTRY FORMS FOR SUMMER CAMPS 2018 ARE NOW AVAILABLE
“Fez” Lots of our clients, will know our very lovely school pony “Fez” Unfortunately he has been poorly for since end of October last year, which has meant he has had to be box rested, which basically means kept in his stable, as part of his recovery. We have cared for him over the winter and with medication and care, he is now coming sound. The farrier has now fitted “heart bar” shoes onto his front feet and I am so pleased to report that he is moving really well. We have now started with his rehabilitation work to be able to bring him back into lessons. Watch this space!! (Feb 2018)
“MERRY LEGS” Please welcome our new member to the Riding School – a sweet natured little pony he is!! So far he has shone in his ability to impress and give confidence to his little riders. He is going to be a great team member among the pony boys. (Jan 2017)
“NEW MUCK HEAP” As most clients will realise, we are always working on improvements to our facilities at Northbrook. We are now really please to have built the new muck heap area. This has a lovely concrete base and is contained within a three sided sturdy wall. Well done David, for this amazing work. (Nov 2017)
“TOKKA” We had to say a very sad goodbye to our big boy Tokka, due to health implications, basically from old age. His arthritic condition and balance issues had become too much for him and even though he was retired from being ridden, it was too much to ask him to get through the winter ahead. He had the whole of spring time and summer off, just being turned out and coming in for some pamper time. This is always a very hard decision to make, as we love all our horses, but it was the right decision to let him go. RIP dear Tokka, we will always remember you. (Oct 17)
Our new toilet and shower with disabled facilities is almost finished. My husband David and Mark Bass, a client and friend have been working away at it. Its going to look fabulous when its done. Its something we are very proud to have achieved, improving our facilities for our clients. Thank you to Wood Green RDA and Huntingdon RDA group for their very kind donations towards this new build.
Summer holidays are now starting, so if you haven’t already done so, try and get signed up for some of our activity days so that you can join in with the fun!! There is lots going on, with something to suit everyone.
There are a couple of new ponies here now, Daisy and Lady. They seem very sweet and we are getting them into riding school lessons now, so we hope that you enjoy riding them.
Sadly we said goodby to “William” at the beginning of June, as he has gone home to his owner, who has returned from university. We wish “William” all the best and I know that the staff and the clients will miss that wonderful horse.
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Please see our diary dates page for whats on over the Easter Holidays this year. February half term is now fully booked for the activity days.
Work on improving our centre in an ongoing thing here. We are at the moment working on the new toilet facilities which will have a full disabled toilet area. Also a shower and changing cubicle will be included in these.
Christmas Vouchers are available. Make great Christmas presents for family and friends – can be used for lessons and against activity days.
“HACKING SUNDAYS” have now started for the summer. Usually at least 2 Sundays per month. Bookings being taken. See Diary Page
We are also a “Special Needs Equine Therapy Centre” and also have 3 registered RDA Groups based here. If you need any more information on this kind of work and therapy that we carry out, then please inquire to Andrea (proprietor). We deal with both children and adults within this field.
Training mirrors now being fitted into the indoor arena!! What a wonderful addition to Northbrook
NOW AN APPROVED ABRS RIDING CENTRE
Check out our diary date page for our “Ladies Day” on 28th September and our “1 Day Camp” on Sunday 5th October.
National Diploma in “Horse Care” and “Horse Care and Riding” starting September 2014. Pre Enrollment day on 13th August. Please apply for information pack
Northbrook goes into partnership this year with Wood Green Riding for the Disabled Group. We are now proud to have 3 registered charity groups based at Northbrook, offering riding for the disabled for the local special needs schools.
BHS HORSE OWNERS COURSE Level 1 starting on Tuesday 7th January. 4 consecutive weeks (Tuesdays) from 6.30 to 8.30 plus final examination week. £99 per person. Please contact Andrea on 01480 812654 or via our email firstname.lastname@example.org or via the facebook page “northbrook equestrian centre & saddlery”. Also register your interest for further levels.
SHOWING SHOW – 23rd JUNE 13
What a lovely day our first showing show for some time was. Lovely to see lots of familiar friends and faces and wonderful to see some new competitors attending. The weather held and it was lovely to see a lot of effort that people had gone to, to turn themselves and their horses out to a lovely standard. Well done to all our competitors and thank you for your support of our show. Pleased to announce the overall Champion of In-Hand and Champion Ridden of the day as follows:
IN-HAND CHAMPION goes to Sarah Whitehand showing “Winston” and Reserve Champion to Julia Wilson showing “Stan The Man”.
RIDDEN CHAMPION goes to Holly Davis riding “Chapter Two” with Kimberly Bates riding “Treworgan Cockbird”
Next Jumping Show – 7th July
Next Showing Show – 14th July
THE NEW OUTDOOR IS ARENA IS BUILT – NOW JUST NEED SOME GOOD RAIN ON IT, TO BED DOWN THE SAND
OUR SHOWS ARE NOW UP AND RUNNING – PLEASE GO TO “DIARY DATES” PAGE TO DOWNLOAD OUR SCHEDULES
FEBRUARY 2013 – “Does your child love coming riding and want to spend more time around the ponies learning and having fun”!!
All our unmounted training and stable management/horse care will be done under our official Pony Club Centre. Please ask Andrea for information and membership forms. It is only £24 per year (payable to Pony Club head office) to join and has lots of benefits. All training is structured as we work to badges and certificates in line with the standards of the Pony Club of Great Britain. Please check the Pony Club official website. Your child will receive a “welcome pack” from Head Office which has a special rosette for each child. We have a new heated Club Room for our members, enabling us to teach with visual aids etc and to have lots of fun with our younger members. Drinks and biscuits are included in our rallies and there are mostly at an affordable price of £5 per session. (See our Diary Dates page for times and dates). Look out for our “party” coming up in May! Pony Club sweatshirts and merchandise are available. Children are welcome to try our sessions before taking up membership.
NORTHBROOK SADDLERY – Just to say we are pleased with the opening of the shop at Northbrook. Although we keep a minimal stock level at the moment, we are hoping to extend the ranges this year, especially with the flow of horse owners that will be coming in for competitions. I am hoping to expand my range of riding hats and body protectors, along with some equestrian clothing. The “Tuck Shop” section in the shop has been a great success and its lovely to be able to provide our customers with what they need on the chocolate front!!