Laois Pony Camp Week - June 28th to July 2nd


Camp this year will take place on Monday June 28th to Friday July 2nd.

This year we will also run a Senior Camp for 3 day - Wednesday 30th to Friday July 2nd.


How do I book my place?

Booking for camp is now closed.

Getting in to Stradbally Hall each day

Please use the back entrance.  Gate will be remain open for a period of time each morning to allow everyone to gain access.  Please be on time as it helps pony and rider to settle down in advance of starting.  Being late disrupts the group and other members.


What time does it start at?

Be tacked up and ready to go at 9:30am every morning.

What time does it end at?

Usually about 4:30pm but some instructors have been known to only return with their groups at 5pm! 

Friday we will have a presentation, and will finish at approx 3pm.


What do I need to bring?

  • Your pony!

  • Bridle

  • Saddle / Girth / Numnah

  • Water & Bucket

  • Hay Nets for Lunch Time

  • Full Grooming Kit 

  • Saddle Soap & Sponge

  • Back Protector

  • Helmet (must be a skull helmet for cross country)

  • Whip (if used)

  • Gloves (if used)

  • Wet Gear - rain coat and waterproof bottoms

  • Sun-cream (hopefully!)

  • Your own lunch and a water bottle with your child's name on it for the morning drinks run

  • A Note Book and Pen for Stable Management

  • Spare set of riding clothes (in case of bad weather or tumbles in the river!)

  • A Smile.....:-)

  • White tape & pigtails for making a small corale or pen off the back of your box/lorry for ponies/horses when kids are not riding



  • If you have requested a stable, you should have been notified to let you know if this is confirmed.  If not, please contact Sharon.

  • Ponies can be stabled from Sunday night if that suits people, please let Sharon know if you want to do this.

  • Straw and Hay will be provided.

  • You will need to muck out and clean the stables after use.

  • If you have 2 ponies being stabled and you are comfortable with them being stabled together, let us know.

  • Payment for the week is €50 per week and should be paid to Sharon on Monday morning.

What do I wear?

  • You should be neatly turned out and wear your "Blue"... Please wear your Laois Pony Club Rugby Shirt / Sweatshirt/Half-Zip or Polo Shirt or alternatively wear a white shirt and pony club tie. 

  • No hoodies allowed for riding.

Important Information for Parents

  • Your child will be grouped with a group of children that it is felt by the DC are the best fit based on experience, ability, age and test levels.

  • Inevitably there will be some cases where there is a mixed ability within groups. This is very difficult to prevent. However we will aim to have reasonably small groups so that the instructor will be able to adapt lessons to suit all within the group. So please be patient.

  • Older members will shadow the Instructors for the first 2 days also.  They are there to learn so please respect them also.

  • A parent should stay on site for the duration of camp. However if this is not possible, please delegate another adult to take responsibility for your child. Please let a committee member know if this is the case for any of the days.

  • Please do not interrupt lessons or coach from the sideline as this is distracting for the instructor.

  • If an accident happens, please allow the instructors to deal with it - they are all first aid trained and will be able to deal with any situation that arises.

  • If you have a question throughout Camp week please do ask a Committee Member and they will be more than happy to help you.

  • There are some jobs that are required every day and we need parents to help with this.

    • The morning drink run to the groups - each parent is asked to take a turn for their childs group.

    • Run to Stradbally Fayre to pick up the lunches

    • We will need volunteers to ensure that the toilets are kept clean through the week.

    • Building Dressage Arenas and moving jumps in SJ Arena.

    • Our SJ League Final will take place on Wednesday afternoon, we will need help to number, move fences, pick up fences, warm-up arenas etc. 

  • Younger members, who are eligible will do D and D+ Exams on Friday, a committee member will talk to parents about this early in the week.​

  • There will be an end of camp celebration on Friday afternoon. All children should dress in their "show" gear or in LHPC pony club gear with pony club tie.

  • Please remember to respect the premises of the Cosby Family and remember to pick up your rubbish every day.

  • Most of all Enjoy Camp