|Sanna with Bruce, Susie and Campers|
The week long Cheshire Hunt Camp held a bit of a different format this year, which was a huge success. Organized by one of the joint hunt Masters, Sanna Neilson Hendricks lined up an action packed week that included 7 am hound walking, followed by days training with the Unionville area's experts in Fox Hunting, Eventing, Horse Showing and Steeple Chasing.
|Cheshire Hunt Campers at Chesterland!|
|Bruce Watching Over Scarlett Davies|
Thanks to Laura Fazio for this great video of the Cheshire kids rocking the Infamous Log!
My favorite quote of the day from Bruce came after one of the young jockeys popped out of the tack after a jump.
Nina McKenna immediately sprang up to go chase down her pony and Bruce noted, "Did you see her, she didn't wait for someone else to go get her pony, she jumped right up herself. This is why I wanted my kids to ride…so they could learn in life you get up, dust yourself off, and get back at it!"
All of the kids had such a positive experience and if you note in the pictures with Bruce, he is grinning like a cheshire cat throughout the morning. It was an honor and a thrill for the kids, parents and hunt staff to spend the morning at Chesterland.
Now to make readers green with envy, here's a sample of the camp schedule that Sanna arranged for the week:
Tuesday - 7am Hound Walking followed up by XC schooling with Cheshire Hunt's Ivan Dowling, Steph Boyer and Paddy Neilson at Laurel Hill Farm (Neilson's Hill)
Wednesday - 9am hack from kennel lawn to Janice and Vince Dugan's for show jumping
Thursday - 7am hound walking followed by
Instruction by Bruce Davidson at Chesterland!
Friday - 9am Instruction over Hurdles at Sanna's - Lead by Paddy Young
Saturday - 7am Hound walking followed by a mock Hunter Trial over the Cheshire course followed by pony mounted games in the arena at Plantation Field!
Each day the kids spent the afternoon swimming either at joint Master Ann Moran's pool or tearing up the zip line at Rush and Phoebe Fisher's. The kids even got to swim their ponies at Sanna's pond……experience that many of the Mom's relished when they were kids growing up in Unionville!
The week of festivities was capped off by a party Saturday night at Sanna's farm where hunt staff, kids, instructors and parents all celebrated a week that will be engrained into our memories for a lifetime.
|Work to Ride's Marisol (9 years old) Rocking the Log!|
Here's a link to the full Facebook photo album from Chesterland.
Photos courtesy of Lisa Thomas, Mid-Atlantic Equestrian Services
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