Mount Mascal Stables
Horsemanship for all
If you are 13 years old or over, you can take part in this exciting project, run on behalf of Sport England and the BEF.
Basically, you can gain Bronze, Silver and Gold level Young Equestrian Leaders Awards if you are willing to volunteer your time to support equestrianism.
If you are a Mount Mascal Helper who is old enough to take part in the scheme you have nothing to lose. You will gain your award just by being a Helper! If you are already volunteering under the DofE scheme at Mount Mascal, you can use these same hours towards getting your Bronze YELA. Double award time!
For the Bronze YELA, you need to complete 20 hours volunteering over a minimum period of 8 weeks. It doesn’t matter if it takes you longer.
There is no exam/test to take. It’s about your contribution, time and effort.
You log all your hours, get them signed off by a Senior Instructor/the Office and then complete questions about your volunteering experience.
Once your award is verified you receive a certificate, a bronze level pin badge and you can buy a specially made YELA polo shirt.
YELA charge just £12.50 and achievement of this award will look GREAT on your job/college/university application form.
We would like to see as many of you as possible benefit from this scheme. Check out the YELA website http://www.rda.org.uk/get-involved/yela and ask the Office if you can catch up with Jen/Nancy to help you get started.
The Mount Mascal Pony Club Centre Team
TAKE BACK THE REINS - NEW COURSE STARTS THIS SATURDAY, 4 OCTOBER @ 4PM ... one or two places still available, call 0208 300 3947 today to book yours & get back in the saddles, improve & have fun with other adult returners. Your course begins with a FREE 90 minute induction session – one hour horsemanship followed by a half hour mentoring session over a complimentary drink & snack in our Training Room with your Instructor. The following six weekly sessions – each with 90 minute riding/mentoring format – are tailored to help you achieve your Take Back the Reins goals! The feedback so far from Mount Mascal Stables clients who have Taken Back their Reins has been fantastic. Please follow the link to our testimonials page and scroll down to see what other Take Back the Reins riders have to say about their experiences http://www.mountmascalstables.com/riding-school/testimonials/ The total cost of a course at Mount Mascal Stables is excellent value @ £150 - call 020 8300 3947 & make sure you Take Back the Reins this week. If this course does not suit your diary, please let us know your availability for courses in the future and we will keep you updated – t 0208 300 3947 or email email@example.com
Trot To Be Trim, six week course starts Sunday 9 November @ 9am ... #trto2btrim … #givesportago – Feel fit & have fun riding every week - 9 November up to the second Sunday in December, 50 minutes riding time each session – Check out the Trot To Be Trim fitness facts ... 90% of riders report riding makes them feel cheerful; whilst over 80% say riding makes them feel relaxed, happy & active (British Horse Society Report 2011) ... riding is a moderate-intensity exercise, this involves working @ 55-75% of your maximum heart rate and so boosts your cardiovascular health … riding tones the transverse abdominal muscles - these are the deepest layers of muscle that encase your midsection and strengthening them leads to a stronger core and a toned stomach. Great value discount price just £125 – t 020 8 300 3947 or call at the office to book your place.
Pony Club Camps are five days of full-time fun for Clubbers. Each day – Monday to Friday - starts promptly at 9am and finishes at 5pm. Camp Clubbers benefit from a broad scope of varied activities and Camps are a great way to make new Clubber friends. Camps are tailor-made in line with Pony Club test standards to cater for different ability levels. Our Camps have an established reputation for excellent quality and high value – a Camp week costs £200 per Clubber and this includes all food and drinks - it is fantastic value for money. Places are limited and they do get snapped up fast. Book up early to ensure yours!
Every Monday & Friday - During the school holidays
Activities vary to suit weather conditions but a typical day will always include some riding, stable management tasks and care, with the equine you 'own' on the day. The emphasis is on the fun and responsibility of 'ownership'. 'Own' A Pony Days start at 10am and finish at 3.45pm. Lunch and drinks included. 'Own' A Pony Days are available for private and group bookings and can be tailor made for all levels of experience. £50
Horses At Bexley Torch Relay Party
Mount Mascal Stables Pony Club Centre members teamed up with their instructors and the equestrian legacy project, Hoof to join the Bexley community at last Sunday’s Torch Relay Party in Danson Park.
With the aim of promoting the benefits and fun of riding activities to local people, Alison Window, Proprietor explained “At Mount Mascal Stables our motto is Horsemanship for All. So, we wanted to inspire everyone at the party, whatever their age or ability, to have a go at riding themselves.”
The team set about this task with the help of Herbert, a mechanical horse provided by Hoof to give visitors the experience of what it feels like to ride. And, they also brought along some very special real life equine guests of honour – Zorbee III and Little Bolashak and their long-distance rider, Megan Lewis.
Megan was staying at Mount Mascal Stables for the weekend to make the final leg of her remarkable journey on horseback from Beijing to London in aid of ChallengeAid.
David Gadsby, London representative of British Equestrian Federation said, “This was a wonderful opportunity for the community to come together and inspire new riders in light of the Olympic Games.”
Alison and John Window, joint Proprietors of Mount Mascal Stables said “We were delighted to host Megan and her horses for their homecoming. And, with the Olympic Torch arriving in Bexley as well, it was a weekend we will remember forever.”
Mount Mascal Stables Joins The Long Horse Ride & Meets The King’s Troop
On Sunday 22 July, Mount Mascal Stables riders, Gina Maley and Rachel Briggs set out from Bexley at 8am sharp, in beautiful sunshine, on an unusual and very special journey.
Gina and Rachel, riding Pru and Armani respectively, were accompanying Megan Lewis and her companions Peng Wen Chao and Rowena Haigh on the last leg, of Megan’s remarkable Long Horse Ride from Beijing to London.
Along the way, they were met by four riders from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in full ceremonial dress and escorted to their final destination, the magnificent Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
Met by Capt Owen Beyton-Brown from The King’s Troop and David Gadsby, London Representative of the British Equestrian Federation which organised the finish, through its Hoof equestrian legacy project. Mount Mascal Pony Club Centre members attended with Megan’s family and friends to cheer her in. Megan then presented a flag, depicting the Olympic Rings, given to her by the Chinese Equestrian Association, to Councillor Denise Hyland, Royal Borough of Greenwich Lead Member for Regeneration, Enterprise and Skills.
Rachel and Gina said “It was an honour to escort Megan at the very end of her unique and amazing journey. And to be with her alongside the King’s Troop on their parade ground was an unforgettable experience. Our horses were fantastic too and we were very very proud of them.”
For news coverage please see http://www.itv.com/news/wales/2012-07-22/carmarthenshire-womans-10-000-mile-horseback-trip/
http://www.bexleytimes.co.uk/news/mammoth horse ride to end via bexley 1 1452006
YELA – a GREAT way to volunteer & get an award!
YELA is a great scheme that enables young people (aged 13-25) who love the sport of equestrianism to volunteer their time and gain an award into the bargain.
Our congratulations go to Sally Stoddart, who has just become the first Pony Club member to receive the prestigious Bronze Young Equestrian Leader’s Award (YELA) at Mount Mascal Stables.
Read Sally’s report below to find out what this award involves and the benefits & fun of taking part in the YELA scheme!
Sally explains: “Jennifer Burdett recommended a scheme called 'Young Equestrian Leader's Award' to me. It is a way of earning an award of Bronze, Silver or Gold levels, depending on the amount of hours you choose to complete. It is a volunteering award. I completed the Bronze level which involved me volunteering a minimum of twenty hours over at least an eight week period. I found the hours very easy to complete and they included me helping on a Monday evening with Jennifer's pony club rally, yard duties, jump judging at a cross country event, updating the North West Kent Pony Club website and I also taught as a junior instructor. I was surprised at how quickly the twenty hours built up. I did this award as a way of improving my cv by way of volunteering in a sport that I am already passionate about and hope that by doing this it may help with my university application. It has also counted as Community and Service, (CAS) hours for my sixth form. The completed hours were logged in a handbook and signed each time by the person for whom I volunteered. I greatly enjoyed the hours I spent at Mount Mascal, was pleased with myself for finishing the award and even happier when I received a lovely 't' shirt, bronze pin badge and certificate as a reward from YELA.
It is easy to participate in a sport you love, but sometimes harder to give time by volunteering but was definitely a worthwhile experience which I would highly recommend.”
So, if you are aged 13-25 what are you waiting for?
If you are a Mount Mascal Helper who is old enough to take part in the scheme you have nothing to lose. You will gain your award just by being a Helper! If you are already volunteering under the DofE scheme at Mount Mascal, you can use these same hours towards getting your Bronze YELA. Double award time! There is no exam/test to take. It’s about your contribution, time and effort. You log all your hours, get them signed off by a Senior Instructor/the Office and then complete questions about your volunteering experience. Once your award is verified you receive your certificate and bronze level pin badge. YELA charge just £12.50 and achievement of this award will look GREAT on your job/college/university application form. We would like to see as many of you as possible benefit from this scheme.
Check out the Pony Club noticeboard for YELA information and see photos of Sally with her Bronze certificate & wearing her FAB new YELA T shirt!
And visit the website http://www.rda.org.uk/get-involved/yela for syllabi, FAQ’s, downloadable application form and other useful YELA stuff.
Speak to the office (we have hard copy application forms available) to find out how you can get started on your YELA at Mount Mascal Pony Club Centre.
Your TBTR course will begin with a free 90 minute group induction to assess and discuss your personal riding aspirations. You might want to achieve a good rising trot or ride out confidently on a sunny day with friends. Everyone will have unique goals. After your induction, you are then ready to enjoy a six week course of weekly 90 minute sessions. Each session is balanced between 2/3 group riding time and 1/3 mentoring, which will be over a complimentary refreshment and snack/cake with your fellow riders.
The idea of TBTR is to help you get the most out the time you spend with us. Not only do you have practical riding and horsemastership, you also have the chance to ask questions about your lesson or equestrianism generally, address any worries, as well as to socialise, make new friends and share your experience. The total cost for the course is £150 which equates to just £16.66 per hour. Excellent value! Once you have completed your course, your Instructor will be able to guide you with regard to your further progress.
So we look forward to hearing from you and helping you to get started on your own TBTR career.
From a purely physical point of view this has been a very busy year. We finally obtained permission to erect the new covered school and what a bonus that has been for both us and all our clients. More space, better environment and, of course, improved safety. However, it wasn`t until we turned on the new lights to the new covered arena roof, that we realised how dingy and dated the lights in the `old` school had become. So, we replaced them to match! We also put 16 tonnes of rubber down on the surface. As far as we are aware, we are the only riding centre inside the M25 with two indoor schools and free access to the new school by full livery clients.