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Blue Cross Equestrian Training Ride to Imire 2019

The Blue Cross team joined up with the Duke of Edinburgh team to go to Imire. We set off on Friday the 8th March at 7am with a very enthusiastic group of riders. It was a great day’s ride but the heat certainly got to all of us.

The route takes us through some beautiful Zimbabwean farm lands, across rivers and dams and brings us in through the back farm lands of Imire where we were greeted by beautiful fields of cosmos and flowing Rhodes grass ready for bailing.

We arrived at our camp site in high spirits. Watered the horses and put them out to graze. We then had to make our way to the bush camp to check in with the other DoE teams. The next morning we rose at 445am and set off for a training run to castle kopje. The children had their first orienteering and getting lost experience. We all ended up safely on the top – some later than others.

The run was then extended back to the horses where we had breakfast and tacked up. The morning was spent with the other DoE teams in the park looking for rhino and the elephant. Again the heat was certainly hotter than we had expected – lunch time was spent in the shade… the afternoon activities began again where the teams continued to fulfil their exploration goals.

The children had a few life lessons about cooking on the open fire. Sunday morning was an early start as we wanted to cover a good distance before the heat overtook us. We managed to get half way home before the heat set in…. the rest of the day was slow and hot but the children managed very well. A great weekend at a wonderful special venue.

Kallah Trewartha

i/c Equestrian Centre