A ride laugh!

By Larissa Chapman

General news

20 July 2012 12:32

The beginning of the school holidays is an event perennially longed for by children - and the end of them desperately anticipated by their parents.

It is small wonder then that filling the six week gap in the middle often drives both parties to distraction.

Which is why news that Shopland Hall Equestrian Centre’s popular summer Pony Fun Club is returning from next week will come as welcome relief to many a frazzled mum, dad and grandparent.

Every Wednesday from 25 July, children aged between five and eleven can enjoy a fun-filled morning learning all about the magic of ponies.

Perfect for youngsters who have little or no experience of horses, the events are designed to be both educational and entertaining, whilst keeping the kids on the move so they don’t get bored.  

Jenny Murrell, owner of Shopland Hall Equestrian Centre says: “Being a mum and a grandmother myself, I know just how hard and frustrating it can be to balance work with keeping children occupied in the school holidays. Our Pony Fun Club has been developed and refined over the years to get the children out in the fresh air, teach them new skills and inspire them to take up what is a wonderful, exciting and rewarding hobby.”

She adds: “What parents get when they come to collect them afterwards are happy, tired-out kids.”

Activities include riding a pony, games and learning how to care for a horse with experienced, CRB-checked expert instructors supervising at all times.

“The Pony Fun Club is a great opportunity for your children to make new friends in a safe and happy environment, right the way through the school holiday. And with the Olympics just around the corner, you never know, your son or daughter might just turn out to be the next equestrian superstar; like Zara Phillips, Charlotte Dujardin or William Fox-Pitt.”

Prices start from just £20 per session and sessions run from 9am to 1pm. For more information about the Pony Fun Club and other activities at Shopland Hall Equestrian Centre, please call 01702 543 377, or visit www.shoplandhall.co.uk

Shopland Hall Equestrian Centre, Shopland Road, Rochford, Essex SS4 1LT. Just pop the post code into you Sat Nav and it will take you to the Centre’s front door.