Todays blog is sent to us from Dolly Cohen of The Hot Flashes Horsemasters group from Santa Rosa Valley, CA. She and two other horsemasters members attended a week-long camp this past summer. They wanted to share their wonderful experience!
It is 8/4/2014, I am on my way to The Camino Real Regional – US Pony Club
horse camp at The Meadows of Moorpark, Moorpark, California. I think to
myself, what am I doing! I’m a 63 year old amateur rider. I like to ride trails. I do like to jump my horse and dabble at dressage. I am not a very confident rider because of
my age and various horse related accidents.
I live in an equestrian neighborhood and there are several adult women riders that are in this same situation. We needed camaraderie and moral support. So about two months ago, four of us decided we would become the adult group of the local Pony Club, the Horsemasters. So we named ourselves,
The Hot Flashes!!!
I know that The US Pony Club has Standards of Proficiency, which all members, young and old, are tested and rated. It teaches safe horse management, horse safety and safe riding. This would be what we would all need to become, more competent riders and as a result, giving us more confidence. We can help each other ride to have fun.
I am the only member of my group, The Hot Flashes, able to attend the camp from 8/4 to 8/8. I was a little anxious not knowing what to expect at camp. I felt like one of the little kids. The first day of camp, I arrive and set up my stall and tack area. I am introduced to two other Horsemasters who are members of The Vintage Horsemasters and part of the organizational staff of the camp. There were only the three of us in the adult group. No problem, we all had our own anxieties and issues. By day four, we were all so comfortable with each other. We laughed, giggled and cheered each other on. The instructors were young ladies, Pony Club certified at the upper level. They were very supportive and informative, but also a little nervous teaching adults. They later told us we were more of a challenge because we have other physical issues; bad knees, bad backs, can’t hear….
I think it was good, and fun, for the other pony club kids to see the adults leaning to ride, wearing our pinnys, doing chores, caring for our horses etc., just like they were. And trust me, the kids didn’t hesitate to remind us when our stalls needed cleaning.
In the end, I passed my D-1 and D-2 certification On the Flat, and Jumping. Lynn & Chris passed their D-2 Jumping. It was a great accomplishment for us all. The experience was priceless! I have regained my confidence and elevated to a higher level. I also made new friends, young and older.
I was so sad to leave my new friends. But I will see them again at rallies, clinics and next year’s camp. We will be hooting and hollering and giggling like the kids.
I am looking forward meeting more Horsemasters. Please come join us, let’s cheer each-other on.