Gymkhana Weekend
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd September 2018

from 9am until 5pm.

Our annual Gymkhana is fast approaching and the final plans are being put in place. For those of you new to Rangers, it is the Horse Ranger Social highlight of the year. We do hope that as many parents, friends and supporters will be able to attend to watch the fun and games at:

The Stockyard, Bushy Park, Hampton Court Road, TW12 2EJ

This year, in keeping with previous years, we will have refreshments, stalls selling special Horse Rangers merchandise and other attractions including games and tombola to keep everyone entertained in between the action taking place in the main arena. The “Fantastic Burger Van” is back by popular demand after its huge success last year. HRA Musical ride will be performing on both days. Come and watch these talented riders doing movements to the sound of music.

 

  • Races – There are some EXCITING changes this year. Race forms are  available to download below.
  • Gymkhana SATURDAY General Entry Form 
  • Gymkhana SUNDAY General Entry Form
  • HRA Gymkhana_RDA General Entry_Form
  • Camping – As with previous years- Rangers must 14 years+ each night £15 (includes dinner and breakfast). Forms are available to download below.
  • Camping form Under 18
  • Camp form Officers 2018
  • Volunteers – We will be very grateful for as many volunteers as possible to help over the weekend. We need volunteers to help with the stalls during the Gymkhana and to help us set up on Friday and clear up on Sunday.  If you are able to spare 1½ to 2 hours (or more) please click on the button below and let us know what day(s) and time am or pm you can do.
  • Refreshment Donations – we are looking for delicious Horsey themed baked goodies (but happy to accept any), to keep everyone going over the weekend.
  • Tombola Donations – we are also requesting any unwanted gifts, sweets & chocolate, bottles e.g. beer, wines, spirits, soft drinks, shampoo, bubble bath etc.  Please bring your donations into the Rangers in advance of the Gymkhana all gratefully received.
  • Sponsorship of Races – sponsorship helps us to cover some of the overheads, if any parents are interested in sponsoring any of the individual races. Sponsors will be invited to present the Rosettes to winners. Sponsorship forms are available to download below.
  • Race Sponsorship form.2018
  • Horse Sponsorship – For £30 sponsor a horse for the weekend, receive a fabulous Rosette with your horses name on it. Horses are limited so we will send out the horse sponsorship list to all members a week before Gymkhana. Updates to follow on Facebook

Entry to the Gymkhana is Free. Car Parking for the week-end will be £5, this cost will include a free programme. Programmes available to purchase from the main marquee at £5. Toilet facilities are also available in the Gymkhana field. You are welcome to bring picnic blankets and deckchairs for comfortable ringside viewing.

This year we will be running a dog show and dog & owner obstacle races – you can book on the day (£3 per entry).

We look forward to seeing you over the course of the weekend. It is Horse Rangers’ main fundraising event of the year and we do hope that you can support us.

You can follow the exciting build up to Gymkhana 2018 on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/horserangers/

Thank you.
Justine Belcher
Event / Facilities Manager

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Caitlin – BRS Week Residential Placement

British Racing School ran an Equine charity week where 4 of us from Horse Rangers applied to attend and were very lucky to be accepted on this very special residential placement week. I was one of those rangers.
After a 2 hour drive, upon arrival we were taken on a tour of the grounds and saw our accommodation, common room and eating area. It was all lovely. We shared in rooms of 2 with ensuite! Another organistion, Ebony Horse Club from Brixton were also there with 6 of their members. After looking at the yard and race horses we were taken to a room where simulators were. We each got on and were taught how to sit on a race horse and the position in which you ride in. After understanding the position in which you ride, they put the simulator on which moved the horse the way the race horse runs. We practiced how to speed up the horse, slow them down and change your hand positions while riding. This was an amazing experience and enabled us to understand the technicality of riding a race horse and was a really good way to understand what it feels like to be on the running horse.

During the week we were up at 6am for 3 mornings running to muck out a horse we had been allocated, it was very fun and interesting task to see how their yard duties differed to the ones we do at Rangers. By 9am – it felt like lunchtime already!

We were very lucky to also visit different places in Newmarket that are part of the racing community: James Fanshawe’s yard, Warren Hill Gallops, Godolphin’s yard, Darleys Covering Farm and Palace House. These places were all different and it taught me a lot about how the horses differ to the ones I ride and look after at rangers. We learnt about Stud farms, the costs involved and the processes. We met some 3 month old foals. We learnt about what courses were organised by British Racing School, met student jockeys, visited the Gallops to understand how they train and learn. We had a great talk from Careers in Racing who told us about the many ways to get started in horse racing and the whole range of jobs I had never thought about or even knew existed.

We also had riding lessons which was another experience all together! Being able to get on a race horse and ride it in trot and canter was amazing. There were so many different instructions and adjustments to how we normally ride. It was fascinating!

Our final evening was at Chelmsford Race Course where we were taught how to read a race card, understand the betting, met more horses and professional jockeys including Frankie Dettori – who was so enthusiastic and welcoming to us all!

This week away was amazing and if anyone gets the opportunity to go there I would highly recommend it. I learned things that I will cherish for the rest of my life and I would love to go back. Thank you to HRA and Officer Harriet  for encouraging me to apply and for BRS giving us such a memorable and amazing week!

Ben’s Story

Age – 11 years

Special needs – Global delay, hearing impaired, Axenfeld-Reiger Syndrome

How old was Ben when he started riding with HRA?

Ben started riding at HRA in May 2011 when he was 4.  He was the youngest rider, and initially it was on a trial basis.  Ben’s sister Kerry is a groom at the stables, so Ben had spent a lot of time around horses and was really ready to start learning to ride.  He has really improved with his riding and moved up to Squadron 7 in 2017 where he gains additional experience with horse care and management.

 

 

What activities has he taken part in?

Ben has participated in a wide range of activites at HRA including the following highlights: –

  • Royal Windsor Horse Show 2015 – Fancy Dress Competition – riding Benji dressed as Mr Bump from the Mr Men Books – they were placed second. [pic]
  • Marching with Squadron 6 at the Founders Day Parades, including leading Cameo
  • Competing at the RDA Open Days and HRA Gymkhana –including helping Princess Anne hand out rosettes when she came to the Open day in 2016, and presenting Princess Michael of Kent with flowers at Awards day in 2015 – [pics]
  • RDA Big Ride 2017 – Ben took part in this event riding his favorite horse Benji.
  • Ben has been quite the ambassador for RDA activities at HRA, with his pictures featuring on many of the Fund Raising brochures, and videos made for HRA.

 

Which horses has Ben ridden?

Ben has ridden a number of the RDA horses – all different shapes and sizes – from the lovely ponies Benji and Blackie, the gentle giants Sam, Dolly and Tilly and the marvelous middle sized Joey, Danny and Solly.

Does Ben have a favorite horse?

Bens favourite horses are Benji and Cameo

What does he like most about riding?

Friends, competing  at the gymkhana, Windsor Horse Show, mucking out and taking part in Founders Day Parade. Ben initially joined HRA as an independent rider in Squadron 6 when he was quite young and as he progressed and improved, his mother asked for him to move onto Squadron 7, which is more aligned with the mainstream HRA squadrons.  He now enjoys mucking out, grooming and badge work as well as riding. Ben’s confidence around horses and people has improved greatly since moving into Squadron 7, and he sees the HRA Logo as representing him riding on Benji.  He is very proud of wearing the HRA uniform and always looks very smart when he attends all the HRA events.  His favourite day of the week is Wednesday when he comes in early for his session to chat with everyone at HRA.

Finley’s story

Val – Finley’s mothers comments regarding his riding:-
Finley has Cerebral Palsy, Global Development Delay & severe speech and language delay. He has been attending the RDA sessions at Horse Rangers with his school Manor Mead each week. Finley absolutely loves the sessions and we have noticed a significant increase in his core stability. He is even able to give simple instructions to start and stop his horse!!

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline – Finley’s coach for his RDA riding sessions
Finley is such a delight to have in class. He is very enthusiastic and excited to get on all the horses – some of his favourites are Joey and Dublin. During the riding sessions, Finley communicates well with the helpers and his horse, and it is no surprise that he loves trotting. In 2017, Finley was part of the team competing in the fancy dress competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show – the theme was Toy Story and he was dressed as Sheriff Woody riding our fantastic horse Victor who was dressed as Sheriff Woody’s horse Bullseye.