Beginner Camp

The overall aim of Beginner Pony Camp is to offer a variety of learning activities for 2 or 3 days of fun and hands on experiential learning. Children will learn the basic skills in horse-riding in our indoor and outdoor arena and as they progress they will ride on one of the many sensory trails which are designed to accommodate the beginner rider. Leaders will be available as appropriate. 

No experience is necessary. The camps caters for our younger learners and show them how to care for and look after the ponies during stable management classes. Children will learn how to approach ponies, how ponies communicate with each other, how to lead a pony, how to groom, how to clean out ponies stable and much more.

No experience is necessary as it caters for learning about horses from the earliest stages. These camps also gives children the opportunity to become more confident on and off the horse and in the care of the horse (stable management).

In the stable management classes, children will learn how to approach ponies, how ponies communicate with each other, how to lead a pony, how to groom, how to clean out ponies stable and much more.

FAQs

I know very little about horses. Do I need experience to try it?

No advanced experience around horse is necessary.

Can I book one Day?

Beginner pony camp it is not possible to book only one day, It is possible to book a once off lesson, either during the holiday periods or subject to availability to try out a lesson and see if it matches your expectations.

How long is beginner pony camp?

Beginner pony camp is 2 or 3 days pending on the schedule. It starts at 10:30am each day and finishes at 4:00pm. Lunch time is between 1pm and 2 pm.All attendees will need to bring their own lunch.

How much is a pony camp?

Please see the price list here or contact Nicola at bookings@festinalente.ie or telephone 01-2720704 Ext. 213.

Do I need my own equipment?

No, we will supply approved hats and boots to all our clients should they need them.

When are Beginner pony camps offered?

Pony camps are offered at the holiday times, in line with all school holidays. Summer, Easter etc.

If I am nervous, can someone come with me?

Yes.A leader will be available to help you develop your confidence. A pony camp is a great way to develop confidence and trust in the staff and the horses.

I have some challenges to learning, can I still book a Beginner pony camp?

Yes. Our mission is to provide the best environment for each person’s learning.

Please contact Nicola at bookings@festinalente.ie or telephone 01-2720704 Ext. 213 to discuss any specific learning requirements your child may need.

I have some physical challenges, can these be facilitated?

To-date we have facilitated people living with a variety of physical challenges and so far have been able to provide this Programme.A visit to the facility is a great way to assess how best our environment meets your physical needs and what else can be done in the event that additional supports may be necessary.

I’m interested in a few of your courses, how do I know which one suits me best?

This is really good question as there are various programs.

In the event that you would like to develop a more informed understanding of the programs and the best one for you please contact the Equestrian Learning Center Manager Clodagh Carey on 01-272074 Ext. 201 or at clodagh@festinalente.ie

How do I book?

Bookings can be made by contacting Nicola at bookings@festinalente.ie or telephone 01-2720704 Ext. 213.

What H and S procedures are in place during Covid 19 if I am taking lessons?

H & S is paramount in Festina Lente and once bookings are made new clients are sent a H & S information booklet which outlines all existing and pandemic-specific procedures that the organization has adopted.

In addition:

  • All coaches and clients wear masks
  • Break times are supervised and in an outdoor covered space.
  • All equipment is sanitized in between sessions
  • Social distancing rules apply
  • Hands are continually washed and sanitized with sanitising stations throughout the yard and site area.
I have more questions, who can I ask?

Please do not hesitate to contact the Equestrian Learning Center Manager Clodagh Carey on 01-272074 Ext. 201 or at clodagh@festinalente.ie