DOZENS of youngsters have been enjoying the beautiful summer weather in the foothills of Barrington Tops for the annual Camp Cobark summer riding school.
This year, owners Allen and Dianne Shultz have spaced out the camps over three weeks, meaning students have more one on one time to interact with their animals and the trainers.
Riders are aged eight and over and are introduced to horses at their own pace.
“It’s entirely up to the individual,” Allen said.
“Some kids take to it really quickly, others take more time. We don’t rush anything.”
Camp Cobark holds regular riding camps for youngsters each school holidays throughout the year.
Located on the banks of the glorious Cobark River, the camp is still a working cattle station.
Camp Cobark was set up 19 years ago by Di and Allen.
“It had been a tough couple of years on the land and the camp provided a real opportunity,” Allen said.
The camp is home to about 75 horses and ponies, all reared and trained by Allen and his team of helpers.
Two hour trail rides through the foothills of the Tops followed by a picnic lunch on the banks of the Barrington River are part of the thrill that keeps riders coming back year after year.
“We’ve got riders here that have been coming back to our camps every year for the past 19 years,” he said.
“Most of our trainers learned to ride here.”