The summer holidays are here!!
Enjoy a summer of fun, sun and horses!!
If you are looking for fun activities, group or private lessons, hacks, clinics, pony days or training courses, we can offer you something whatever your experience. Have a look at the calendar for all the summer activities as well as the usual lessons and hacks. see calendar...
Fletchers Farm RDA group are in the gazette!
FOR children who are wheelchair-bound, riding a horse seems near to impossible. At the Colchester Garrison Riding for the Disabled Club, the instructors will not rest until they make miracles happen. The group, which was formed from cash generated at a coffee morning, is celebrating 30 years of changing children’s lives. Carol Hipkin, head instructor, had never worked with disabled children until she joined the club when it first started. “A group of friends wanted to start a club in Colchester as they had been doing it abroad,” she said. “They invited me along to a coffee morning to explain the idea and I thought it was lovely. “They said they needed an instructor and it went quiet and everyone looked at me. I explained I had never worked with disabled people before but I was willing to do it. “I signed up for five years and I’m still there - it’s my passion.”
Formerly known as the Colchester Garrison Saddle Club, the group had three ponies and three disabled riders. The stables were closed at the garrison in 2005 and the club moved to the nearby Fletchers Farm. The farmer had come to the group’s aid as he was looking to change from cattle and pigs to livery. The garrison is no longer associated with the club and it has been renamed the Fletchers Farm Riding School.
Now two groups of four children from Lexden Springs School for special educational needs take part in regular lessons. The instructors deal with everyone from children with autism, to wheelchair users, to arthritic children and those with behavioural problems. All are aged between four and 13.
Mrs Hipkin said: “They learn new skills - for people with autism, who do not like change, it’s hard for them to come into a building they have never been in before and they have never been near a horse. “They gain social skills, eye contact, balance, and co-ordination. For wheelchair users they have ended up walking or sitting up unaided because they get the use of muscles in their legs. I always get tearful when we achieve goals.”
Everyone was apprehensive when the group first started as teaching disabled children was a new challenge. Mrs Hipkin was the only instructor at the stables for 20 years, but she now has two others helping her. She said: “I was in charge of caring for the ponies and the children, and the ponies have to be trained. It’s a lot for them to take on board. “But the helpers here are so lovely, they provide so much TLC. One woman brings her horse all the way from West Mersea to help out.” Although she has been in the job for 30 years, the volunteer still finds seeing the changes in the children overwhelming.
Novice Show Jumping Results - 25th June 2017
Well done everyone who was placed in our SJ. The top three in each class were as follows:
1st Isabelle Raven - Flora
2nd Megan Cox - Lucky
3rd Aimee Farey - Charlie
1st Megan Cox- Lucky
2nd Isabelle Raven - Sammy
3rd Ellie May - FFRS Blaze
1st Megan Cox - Lucky
2nd Lucy Archer - Nemo
3rd Wendy Smith - Chico
1st Lauren Dunn - Spirit
2nd Martha Mitchell – FFRS Ronnie
3rd Polly Sullivan - FFRS Drummer
1st Megan Cox - Bambi
2nd Sarah Cavill - Colour me Rueben
3rd Jemma Daniels - Hero
1st Megan Cox - Bambi
2nd Jemma Daniels - Hero
June 24th Novice SJ show
Come and enjoy a fun day at our novice show jumping show. This show is for everyone - first timers or speed merchants! There will also be a BBQ available with hot and cold drinks. Dogs welcomes but must be kept on leads at all time.
Clear round 09.30-10.00am – Cross poles at a height of 20cm approximately
Class 1 10-00am Tiny cross poles – Middle of the fence 20cm or below. One round against the clock. Riders on/off the lead rein.
Class 2 Cross poles 45cm (1ft.6in approx) – One round against the clock. Riders on/ off the lead rein.
Class 3 45-50cm (1ft.6in-1ft.9 approx) – Two Phase
Class 4 60cm (2ft approx) – Two phase
Class 5 70cm (2ft.3in approx) – Two phase
Class 6 75-85cm (2ft.6-2ft9in approx) – Two phase
Summer Half Term
Fletchers Farm Riding School enjoyed a busy half term with lot of fun activities along with pony club, clinics and the dressage show. Also well done to all the members that got their ABRS rosette awards.
June Dressage Results
Class 1: Intro C (Seniors)
1st Jessica Lappage – Rosebran Jim
2nd Linda Dixon - Wellington
3rd Bev Cooper - Riley
4th Jessica Firth - Modigliana
5th Caroline Crowe - Oliver
6th Helen Hill – Bob the Cob
Class 1: Intro C (Juniors)
1st Rachel Allen - Squires Rio De Janeiro
2nd Victoria Stratford – FFRS Jonnie
3rd Ellie Lock – FFRS Ronnie
4th Emily Reeve – FFRS Toby
5th Emily Waylen - Arthur
6th Grace Hill – Alfred the Greatxt to edit it.
Class 2: Prelim 7 1st Lisa Green – Tough Customer
2nd Adele Warnes – Bushfield Lucky Boy
3rd Jessica Lappage – Rosebran Jim
4th Rachel Allen - Squires Rio De Janeiro
5th Zoe Meek – Kent Well Paigale
6th Sam MacDonald – FFRS Daisy
Class 3: Prelim 18
1st Lisa Green – Tough Customer
2nd Pernille Petersen – Charlie
3rd Adele Warnes – Bushfield Lucky Boy
4th Zoe Meek – Kent Well Paigale
Half Term Calender
For a fun filled half term have a look at our calendar - we have Sj clinics, dressage shows, own a pony day, Le TREC, pony painting and tots riding along with many more activities to suit all abilities.
Dressage Results - May 6th
Well done to everyone that took part in the dressage show on Saturday and congratulations to the winners.
Class 1: Intro B (Seniors) Class 1: Intro B (Juniors)
1st Jane Green – The Weatherman 1st Kiera Payne - FFRS Bluechip
2nd Maria Wood - Lunesdale Major 2nd Victoria Stratford - FFRS Jonnie
3rd Maria Keen - Fuego 3rd Emily Reeve - FFRS Toby
4th Amy Rollings - Zebedee 4th Ellie Lock - FFRS Ronne
5th Kathy Lee-Rimmer - Lola 5th Cassie Braithwaite - Victory Celebration
6th Kim Coleman- Duchess 6th Grace Hill - Alfred the Great
Class 2: Prelim 2 Class 3: Prelim 12 Class 4: Novice 34
1st Sarah Cavill – Colour me Ruebin 1st Pernille Petersen - Charlie 1st Pernille Petersen - Charlie
2nd Emma Chapman - Fred 2nd Emily Westwood - Parker 2nd Sue Newbury - Spider
3rd Ellie Cox – Freddie the II 3rd Samantha Fawley - Joe 3rd Ellie Cox - Freddie the II
4th Adele Warnes - Bushfield Lucky Boy 4th Adele Warnes - Bushfield Lucky Boy 4th Jack Tebbutt - Catch me if you can
5th Samantha Fawley - Joe 5th Jack Tebbutt - Catch me if you can
6th Lottie Balcombe - Coco 6th Hannah Deal - Southgate Dove
Spring SJ Show
Well done to everyone that took part in the SJ show on 30 th April.
Pony Club Courses in full flow
The Pony Club kids have all been working hard towards their badges, E and D test and their D+ and C test.
Easter Monday Fun
Fletchers Farm Riding School enjoyed the first Le Trec morning with four groups riding round an obstacle course involving low branches, maypoles and many other horsemanship skills. In the afternoon we had fun with our easter egg hunt for the younger ones. Lots of prizes, rosettes and easter eggs were had by all!
Happy Easter Everyone
Another fun week of pony days, platting sessions, lessons and hacking enjoyed by all. Well done kids!
A fun and busy first week of the Easter holidays
We have enjoyed a busy week in the sun with lessons, hacks, activities and clinics. The pony pamper day and the family lessons are proving very popular - get booked in for next week!
Well done everyone at the Fletchers Farm Dressage
A fun day of dressage was enjoyed by riding school memebers, liveries and visitors at Fletchers Farm. Well done to all the winners. Look forward to seeing you all at the next on on 6th May.
Olivia Aulton on Ballylean Caster - Intro A
Kitty Delicate on Oliver Twist- Prelim 1 (junior section)
Ellie Cox on Freddie the II - Prem 1 (senior section)
Adele Warnes on Bushfield Lucky Boy - Prelim 14
Katie Nicol on Bandit - Novice 27
Historic Army Riding Club is sold to secure it's future
Tom and Emily Bradshaw have bought the Colchester Garison Saddle Club to secure its future. It will be re named Fletchers Farm Riding School and will continue to run alongside their livery yard. The manager, Helen Hill and her team of staff, horses and ponies will continue to run as usual. We are very excited about what the future will hold and look forward to developing the riding school and all its activities.