King's Hall Riders Enjoy Week of Pony Trekking
There was much excitement recently as a group of 27 Year 5-8 pupils and five staff set off for a week of pony trekking at the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre in Wales.
The five-day excursion saw the children enjoy a number of riding sessions, as well as a trip to the prestigious Royal Welsh Show, where they spent the day delighting in the show’s many attractions.
Throughout the week, the pupils split into three ability groups, where they were assigned to a horse or pony that suited their ability. To begin, the groups spent time riding in the confines of the training centre, taking part in handy pony and gymkhana classes, as well as practising jumping.
Once the pupils had built their confidence, they ventured out into the nearby Brecon fields where, depending on their proficiency, they began to practise their trotting, cantering and galloping skills.
To round off the trip, there was an all-day picnic ride, as well as visits to the local swimming pool, climbing wall and cinema. A tired but happy group returned to school on the following Friday, ready to share their experience with friends and family.
Sal McDermott, Head of Girls’ Games at King’s Hall said: "The annual King's Hall Pony Trekking trip continues to be very popular, with many pupils attending year after year. The trip caters for a wide range of abilities - from complete beginners to very proficient riders. This year's trip was no exception, with 13 of the 27 pupils having been before."
She added: "Much fun was had by all and huge progress made by many - especially the beginners. The evening activities were also well attended, with the trip to the Royal Welsh Show being a real highlight."