School holiday program

Welcome to the 2020 Equine Club School Holiday program, we have included as much information here as we can to ensure that you have the information to ensure that this program is right for the child or dependent you are considering enrolling. All our programs are well thought out prior to execution and the staff take great care in ensuring your child is safe and well taken care of during the day. Our staff all have current Working with Children Checks and ensure that the children are supervised at all times.

Our coaches heads up all the programs offered at The Equine Club and are instrumental in overseeing their planning and execution. Safety for both children and our horses is always our top priority when we sit and plan the School Holiday Program each year to ensure we are able to provide participants with a welcoming, safe, nurturing and enjoyable learning experience and allows them the enjoyment that comes from spending time with the horses.

Through our programs we aim to provide the following:

  1. To introduce and develop the participant's knowledge of horses and horse husbandry focusing on horse welfare, riding, training and general horse care required on a day to day basis.
  2. To allow participants to partake at a level that is comfortable for them while allowing for personal challenges and the ability to expose themselves to new experiences.
  3. Horse riding is a social activity, through day programs the children will meet others for whom have a similar interest and from that the participants learn to work together, develop social skills, allow healthy competitiveness and enjoy successes that the day may bring.
  4. To be able to support and encourage their peers and accept achievements and learn from areas that are challenging and difficult.

2020 will see the following programs offered to throughout the year, the programs offered will vary each school holidays to provide variety and cover a range of interests

Introduction to Pony Club Games riding

Our Introduction to Pony Club games riding is a full day program starting at 10am and finishing around 4pm, times may vary seasonally so check the Facebook page and website when booking. We can cater for all levels of rider from beginner to advanced rider within this program. Complete beginner riders will be assisted by staff and may do different games to our other riders though will still have an amazing and fun day on horseback. Minimum age for this group is 8 years of age.

Our staff again ensure that the program is able to meet the safety requirements of all the children who attend. The program is run by Pony Club games competitor Emma Cameron and staff, with her years of Pony Club and competition history in games riding both domestically and internationally Emma brings a fun, safe and really exciting day to the children.

Should you wish you can bring your own pony to this day, just contact staff prior to discuss the pony and your childs riding history.

Please ensure you bring a water bottle. lunch and snack should you require them. There is a fridge on site to keep lunches cool if required. Any medical conditions must be reported to staff at sign up.

Introduction to Horse Riding.

Our Introduction to horse riding is a half day program set up for beginners or riders with little riding experience as an Introduciton into horse riding. Our staff will ensure that the program is able to meet the safety requirements of all the children who attend. The program allows children to get “dirty” and have some fun, don’t wear your best clothes to this day as you may go home covered in hay and dirt. They will learn what is takes to care for their allocated horse for the day.

After arrival and check in they will assist in leading their horse in, brushing, grooming and tacking up before a morning or afternoon riding lesson. During their riding session they will learn about posture, positioning on a horse, correct handling, and what to do if you are in a situation where you need to stop your horse for whatever reason fast. Safety and how to “emergency stop” one of the fundamental core learning outcomes of any of our days.

At the end of the program, children can learn to untack, brush or wash down their ponies (weather permitting) and can assist staff to put them away. Children may bring a "treat" in for their pony, carrots, apples, licorice are all treats our horses and ponies love.

Please ensure you bring a water bottle and snack should you require one. Any medical conditions must be reported to staff at sign up.

Dressage Riders Day Program

This program is written with the intermediate to advanced rider who would like to work on their dressage skills, well suited to our rider squad participants or those riders who are already competing even at an entry level. Riders must be able to walk, trot and canter independently to participate in this day program. Students will, as with the general program, check in before collecting their horse, brushing, grooming and tacking up before a morning ride. They will be taught to platt for competition during the morning session and go through the grooming requirements for a competition day. The morning session will consist of working through preliminary dressage movements, working on connection, frame, hand and seat position, posture as well as being able to ride a 20m circle, shoulder in and other dressage moves to improve your competition performance. After the lunch break, you will then ride the dressage tests and practise the moves they have been working on in the morning session. At the end of the afternoon session they will untack, wash, rug and put away your horse with the assistance of staff.

This day is run by German Bereiter Marcel Loeb who has years of both riding, training and competition history in this, his favourite field of riding.

Show jumping with our stars!

Tina Avgerinos and Emma Cameron head up this fun filled full day program. Starting at 10am and finishing around 4pm, times may vary seasonally so check the Facebook page and website when booking. We can cater for all levels of rider from beginner to advanced rider within this program. We start the morning session off with some general riding and trot poles to warm the horses and riders up with a series of basic poles through to more advanced pole riding and starting to increase the height.

After lunch we take the height up and the riders will only proceed up the levels if safe and competent to do so. Riders will be taught about seat position, strides, counting strides, approach and landing positioning. Each rider is encouraged to have a body protector on in the event of a fall as a safety precaution. While all care is taken, horse riding is an unpredicatable sport and best practise would recoomend a body protector when jumping. All our stirrpus are safety stirrups or break away. If brining your own helmet, please ensure that is meets safety standards.

Things to note:

Bookings and Payment: All programs require payment at the time of the booking. Please come speak with us if you require a different arrangement and we will be able to work something out with you.

Helmets: All riders must wear helmets when mounted, in paddocks or in the tie areas with the horses. Regular riders must provide their own helmets as we have only a small supply of additional helmets for use. Horseland in Narre Warren are our preferred supplier and any new customer to The Equine Club will receive a 20% discount off their first purchase. Please ensure when buying a helmet that you go in and try it on, different shaped heads require different shaped helmets and chin straps must be comfortable.

Boots: Riders must have solid footwear with a smooth sole and a heel. Closed in shoes, no laces, no thongs. We do not supply footwear for riding for personal hygiene reasons, again the reason for the limited helmets as well. We do supply safety stirrups or equivalent for our riders though we still encourage you to wear the appropriate footwear.

Supervision: For the safety of everyone, please be advised that no rider will mount before an instructor is present.