GALLERY: Camp no one trick pony

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.”

Shelby Dunn, Sharni Worth, Natalie Lorougetel and Chloe Shultz enjoy the beautiful Cobark River with their mounts during last week’s camp.

Shelby Dunn, Sharni Worth, Natalie Lorougetel and Chloe Shultz enjoy the beautiful Cobark River with their mounts during last week’s camp.

Helper Kristen Burke leads a group of riders out.

Helper Kristen Burke leads a group of riders out.

Reegan West and Ebony Buskerman head out for a ride.

Reegan West and Ebony Buskerman head out for a ride.

Jessica Golding gets ready for a day's riding.

Jessica Golding gets ready for a day's riding.

 Ryan Donovan takes his mount for a stroll.

Ryan Donovan takes his mount for a stroll.

Grace Rutledge keeps her horse under tight control.

Grace Rutledge keeps her horse under tight control.

Lizzie Smith enjoy's the sun on a ride at Camp Cobark.

Lizzie Smith enjoy's the sun on a ride at Camp Cobark.

Abee Rador enjoys some brief respite from the summer sun.

Abee Rador enjoys some brief respite from the summer sun.

Helper Kristen Burke leads a group of riders out.

Helper Kristen Burke leads a group of riders out.

Camp cook Kate Smith leads a group of riders.

Camp cook Kate Smith leads a group of riders.

Riders at Camp Cobark at the foot of the Barrington Tops last week.

Riders at Camp Cobark at the foot of the Barrington Tops last week.

Amy Shultz goes for a gallop.

Amy Shultz goes for a gallop.

Anthony Shultz puts his pony through its paces.

Anthony Shultz puts his pony through its paces.

Shelby Dunn, Sharni Worth, Natalie Lorougetel and Chloe Shultz enjoy the beautiful Cobark River with their mounts during last week’s camp.

Shelby Dunn, Sharni Worth, Natalie Lorougetel and Chloe Shultz enjoy the beautiful Cobark River with their mounts during last week’s camp.