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Riders Enjoy Week-long Welsh Trek

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A group of 28 King’s Hall riders and four accompanying staff members took to the rolling hills of Wales last month as they embarked on our annual pony trekking trip.

The group stayed in two self-catering bunkhouses at the Llangorse Multi Activity Centre.

The six-day excursion saw the children enjoy a number of riding sessions – in fields, on the mountains, and in the dedicated riding school, along with trips to the local swimming pool, Pizza Hut, and cinema, where they caught a screening of The Lion King. There was also an opportunity to attend The Royal Welsh Show – one of the most popular events in the British agricultural calendar.

During their lessons, the pupils were split into four ability groups and assigned a horse or pony that suited their ability. With mountains and a lake as their backdrop, the children rode in the surrounding countryside, taking part in both a handy pony competition and a gymkhana, and developing their walk, trot, canter, and galloping skills under the watchful eye of a professional instructor.

Sal McDermott, Head of Girls Games said: “The annual 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.”

She added: “As ever, the trip was hard work but tremendous fun, and we were very lucky to have a cooling mountain breeze during some of the hottest weather of the year so far. The evening activities were very much enjoyed, with the trip to the Royal Welsh Show being a real highlight for all.”

Those hungry for more equestrian activities will continue their regular prep school lessons on a Saturday morning, where Head of Equestrian, Emma Edwards, puts riders through their paces at our small, but ever popular equestrian centre.

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