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2016 – Another year at Adds Farm

2016 was another successful and fun year for Adds Farm and our Holidays with your Horse.  Lots of new guests as well as our now many regulars and we would like to thank everyone for their wonderful feed back and comments and are just happy that we can provide a venue for these great holidays, whether just for guests who just want to go for amazing hacks on the Ashdown Forest or combine this with some training on one of our well known camps.

It was an interesting year with Chris and I swapping roles.  Chris’s horse Hector was out of action for most of the season with an injury to his annular ligament so Trevi and Wolsey stepped up to take over as our main guide horses while Hector stayed at home resting on confined turn out.  Chris took over breakfasts and I took out most of the guided rides – ta dah!  However, this was a difficult  call early in the season as Trevi had only just recovered from his suspensory ligament problems from the previous year and we did not want to push him too hard – especially on the longer picnic rides.  So the solution to this was that when Chris met the picnic ride half way round with lunch as usual but came instead with the horsebox and Wolsey so we could swap them over for the second half of the ride. IMG_0970  This was very amusing at first as although Wolsey had not hunted since he came to me over 12 years ago he clearly had not forgotten it.  He was used to being the reserve hunter and when he came out of the box already tacked up and saw a group of horses ready for the off, he  simply assumed he had been brought out to join the hunt again.  So for the first couple of changeovers he jogged and cantered on the spot most of the way home – not particularly comfortable having already been in the saddle for over 2 hours!  But so nice to see him enjoying it.

2016 was also a sad year for me; losing my dad quite suddenly in the summer and then another shock losing the lovely Wolsey to colic in the autumn.  However sadness is always balanced with joy and Chris became a proud grandad with his first grandchild in December – Ava – a lovely baby girl.

New in 2016 too, Adds Farm has been hosting dressage clinics with Bobby Hayler.  These are mainly day clinics but have also included a couple of two day clinics as well with a get together at Adds in the evening for all participants.  The Christmas clinTrevi Christmasic was particularly good fun with everyone in seasonal fancy dress – including the horses.

We are already taking bookings for 2017 and will post details separately of our 2017 camp dates.  We are both looking forward to the 2017 season and to welcoming back old friends and also meeting new ones.