Branch Camp Report - West Waterford Hunt Branch

The West Waterford Pony camp was held in Fortwilliam estate just outside Lismore from the 9-13th of July by the kind permission of the Evans Bevans family.

We are blessed to have such wonderful facilities available to us.  It was all hands on deck to prepare with camp set up on Friday the 6th. We are lucky with great past and present members who came to help build stables, showjumping courses, x-country courses for all levels, erect dressage arenas and ensure that all was ready for the week ahead.  We had glorious sunshine for the week but this caused its own issues with harder than normal ground conditions and instructors having to think of alternative ways of teaching to take this into account.

Our wonderful instructors for the week were Marie Hennessy, Naomi Donoghue, Jos Hanrahan, Aisling O’Brien and Paula O’Brien and they were ably assisted by Sean Flavin and Laryn O’Mahoney. We were delighted to have a visit from Davy Russell during the week and he told us all about his racing career and met every pony/ horse that was at camp.  Huge thanks to Davy for giving us so much of his time.  This was then followed by a BBQ feast for members and their families.  With the hot weather a trip to the river to cool down was appreciated by many.

On the final day we were treated to a “hobby horses do dressage” display from Naomi’s group and a synchronised fancy dress dressage show from Marie’s group.  Many new friendships were made and wonderful memories can be recounted at the end of a wonderful week.  Thanks to all those that made it possible. Can’t wait until next year!

Ruth Fennell

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