Training Weekend at Park Farm Equestrian

3.3.2019

Directions

For Sat Navs NN6 6JS got me to 100/200yds of the farm.


From the MI take Junction 20 for Lutterworth & Rugby.


Pick up the brown signs saying Stanford Hall. This bit is a bit windy but I kept following the Sat Nav and brown signs. Stanford. Hall and caravan park will be on your left. Through the village and then left and it's a couple of miles up that road on the right.


Those coming from the A14 take Junction 1 and again the sat nav will get you there and the farm will be on your left.


The Farm

Is huge, standing at the top of an incline with lots of concrete in front and lots of huge agricultural buildings. The sign clearly says Park Farm Equestrian and further along Parker Farms.


The large field they have given us is 7acres & accessed from the front of the buildings/roadside via a large gate and the field is fully fenced with a water trough and tap. A trailer will be there for equine waste but human/household waste must be taken home with you.


Dogs are welcome but must stay on a lead and all poo cleaned up. If there has been lots of rain the manager has said some may park in the large concrete yard although this may be difficult for penning but the offer is there.


We may BBQ or there are a couple of pubs nearby but everyone coming needs to bring their own food and drink (alcohol allowed!). There is a gents & a ladies toilet in the yard at the side of the building marked OFFICE.


Itinerary

10am - A scurrytrials course will be set up in the field. This may be driven as often or as little (individually) as drivers wish with help every step of the way by very experienced international drivers.


There will be a break for lunch and then a different course will be built and once again you will be invited to drive your ponies one at a time. In addition the manager is going to allow all of you, if you wish, to drive around the farm headlands where the x country course is built which is all private land with no traffic. I have also got an agreement that those who bring ponies who jump may for an extra fee, jump their ponies around the course too if you wish! For this you must pay and sign a form directly to Michael the manager (who lives opposite the farm).


£10 for the 3 mile short course and £15 for the 8 mile long course. I will have plans to follow for all of you but sense dictates that those who wish to jump around must wait until the evening until everyone who wants to go for a hack in the carriage is back safe & sound. We don't want accidents where ridden/jumping meets driven youngsters. Ivor & I will endeavour to make this a fun, informative and relaxing weekend for all no matter what your experience and although we cannot recreate music, tannoys, trade stands and crazy commentary we can recreate having other turnouts milling around and lots of different scurrytrials courses to give you or your young ponies an insight into our sport.


Equine Flu

At the moment in that area there have been no cases and when I visited, Michael was taking his show jumping girls to a local show. Naturally if anything changes he will let me know and I will inform you all.