By Tracey Smith APEC treasurer
An overnight camp to the north of Burra was the October outing for members of the Adelaide Plains Equestrian Club.
Held on the Kellock property of “Thistlebeds” on the weekend of October 26 and 27, 27 people attended with 19 horses, the remainder of attendees being family members of riders.
Three rides were held over the weekend, two on the Saturday afternoon and one on Sunday morning.
The first was designed specifically to enable beginner and young riders to participate with most family members also walking the route to assist with their children if required.
A special thanks to Maureen W who was a great help providing support and guidance to one young rider with a new horse.
Also, thanks to those parents who walked with the group and supported their children on the ride.
This was a great opportunity for young riders to experience what it is like to ride in a larger group and was much appreciated by both those young riders and their parents.
The second was an advanced ride of about 2 ½ hours.
One member laughingly noted that her horse didn’t get out of a trot but simply extended her trot.
Participants were able to go through quite a deep creek as well as a shallower one.
On Saturday evening, the group gathered for a BBQ and salads.
A huge thanks to Graham and Judy Kellock, and Jane and David Hill, who not only allowed APEC members to ride on their property but also did all the catering, cooking and clean up for the meal on the Saturday night.
They also assisted the event co-ordinator extensively in setting up for the event and packing up on Sunday afternoon, which was very much appreciated.
The Sunday morning ride was an intermediate ride.
Ten riders participated in this ride, including two junior riders.
The ride went past the old racecourse on the property and into one of the large creeks, with magnificent scenery.
Riders also had the opportunity to water their horse at a dam, with a number of horses never having seen one before.
A separate ride was available on Sunday morning for younger or less experienced riders, with six riders participating and the feedback from the young participants was fantastic.
One young rider commented that the ride gave her more confidence and she now wanted to ride more.
Given the positive feedback the APEC Committee received, they considered this event to be a success and it is wonderful to hear how our young riders are developing and enjoying their riding and our more experienced riders are having the opportunity to see and do something different from their day to day riding.
A number of participants expressed their desire that it run for more than just one night so that is something to be considered for the future.