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Heavy Horse Camp

Pickering Grange Equestrian, Ellistown near Coalville, Leicestershire, 3-5 May 2024

Welcome to Heavy Horse Camp. Here, you can find all the information you need to book and attend the Heavy Horse Camp at Pickering Grange.

The camp is open to all Heavy Horse Breeds and is hosted by the Shire Horse Society.

Our aim is for you to meet new friends, learn new skills - asking as many questions as you want -  and to have fun. All levels are catered for, and everyone is welcome!

No horse? No problem! There are horses available to borrow for practice sessions and to use in the show.

Heavy Horse Camp is the only event of this type for heavy horses, and a fantastic opportunity to open up doors, find skills and confidence you didn't now you had!

2024 Camp Sessions

Show Ring and Riding Etiquette.

  • In-Hand showing
  • Plaiting
  • Tails 
  • Harnessing Up
  • Ridden Tack Fitting 
  • Harness Cleaning and Maintenance.
  • Rein Handling and Long Reining
  • Farrier/Barefoot classroom session
  • Harness Cleaning
  • Nutrition classroom session
  • NEW for '24 Rider Pilates
  • NEW for '24 Intermediate driving and/or agricultural implements 
  • Ridden Lessons
  • NEW for '24​ Hack

There is something for everyone and a great opportunity to learn from some very knowledgeable people.

Prices and Booking below...

We are very excited to invite you all to join us at Pickering Grange, located just off Junction 22 of the M1 motorway in the heart of Leicestershire. 

A professionally run, friendly and modern equine facility set in the heart of The National Forest.  The site offers two indoor arenas and two all weather outdoor arenas (100m x 80m and 60m x 30m) with a free schooling/lunge arena and miles of off road hacking adjacent to the centre. Dedicated warm water wash-out areas.

Including all meals and catering on site, toilet and showering facilities, large areas of hard standing with hook up for all vehicles, Wi-Fi, classroom and Bar. All access is disabled friendly. 

Hardstanding parking for campers in horseboxes, trailers, campervans or caravans. Tents will be on grass pitches.  A field will also be provided for hand grazing of horses, as the owners would prefer that the grass verges around the site are maintained by their ground crew and not horses.  

Dogs are welcome, but they must remain on a lead at all times, and please pick up and bin appropriately.  

Just prior to camp you will receive a welcome package. This will contain confirmation of your session choices, your entry passes and meal vouchers, a parking permit and hook up voucher (if you have purchased one).

You'll also receive a campers checklist and helpful feeding advice for before and during camp to help you to prepare for your stay.

You're welcome to bring your own but if you wish to purchase haylage or bedding this can be organised directly with the venue (details will be provided closer to the camp dates).

You are encouraged to join us at  our new venue between 2pm and 6pm on Thursday 2nd May. 

You will be directed to your parking area, where hook up can be provided at an additional cost of £60 per vehicle for the duration of camp. 

Stables will already be allocated and our Stable Manager, Sally Jones, will direct you.  

At 6pm, we will be holding a welcome meeting in The Piggery.  This is the location where all of our meals will be served and, most importantly, the location of the Bar!  

The welcome meeting is very important (and is nothing like the meetings that your Travel reps have dragged you along to in Spain!) It’s a great opportunity for us to meet you and for you to get to know all of this Camps presenters and directing staff. We'll help you to understand the layout of the venue and allay any of your fears/worries.

Stallions/colts are welcome. They must be handled with a bit/bridle when out of stables and have a stallion bridle marker on.  Please let us know in advance if you are planning to bring a stallion so that appropriate facilities/stables can be provided for them.  

If you have a horse who is difficult to load, please let us know in advance. We'll make sure we have experienced people on hand to assist you at home time.

What’s new for 2024?

As many of you will know, after Camp 2023 we undertook an online survey.  Our goal was to ask you what you would like to see and experience at camp.

Armed with your responses, we have secured a new venue for camp 2024 and have a number of new sessions for you to choose from. See session choices below....

We've listened to your feedback and you can look forward to the popular classroom sessions again which will include showring etiquette, farrier/barefoot, harness cleaning, nutrition, ridden theory and tack fitting.

Please note: all campers, presenters and helpers will be identifiable by wristbands this year, our numbers are strictly limited. Guests must be paid for in advance.
Anyone without a wrist band will be unable to attend Heavy Horse Camp 2024.

Further Information

Downloads and infiormation will appear here as it becomes available...

Pickering Grange Equestrian
Ellistown near Coalville
LE67 1EZ

Next of Kin Form

​Prices & Booking

Heavy Horse Camp is Friday 3rd, Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2024

£320 per person

This includes a stable for your horse, four sessions of your choice on both Friday and Saturday and Sunday Show Day.

All catering is included from Thursday evening. Tea/Coffee and cold drinks are also available all weekend free of charge.

£360 per person (with Loan Horse)

There will only be a small number of loan places available.  

A horse will be provided for you, the owner of the horse will remain with you at all times.

Sessions of your choice on Friday and Saturday and Sunday Show Day are all included*.  

*some sessions are not available for loan horses

All catering is included from Thursday evening Tea/Coffee and cold drinks are also available all weekend free of charge.

Sharing Own Horse PER PERSON £260

For campers wishing to attend alongside a fully paid up Own Horse Camper. Ideal for couples or existing sharers.

Four sessions of your choice on both Friday and Saturday and Sunday Show Day. 

One Day Only (Saturday 4th May 2024 only) £125 

This option includes four lessons of your choice with your own horse (a loan horse cannot be provided for day only campers)

You are welcome to join us without a horse if you wish. 

If bringing your own horse, a stable is not provided.  

The programme commences at 09:00 hrs until approx 17:00 hours.

Breakfast, lunch and Dinner are provided and you are welcome to stay with us for the evening if you wish.

Tea/coffee and cold drinks are also available all day, free of charge

Guests £90 per person

Lots of our campers come alone but we appreciate that some may wish to bring a guest. This price covers catering (breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea/coffee and cold drinks) Guests are not permitted to join you in sessions/lessons. 

Gates are locked at 10pm

Please note: ALLcampers, presenters and helpers will be identifiable by wristbands this year, our numbers are strictly limited. Guests must be paid for in advance.

Anyone without a wrist band will be unable to attend Heavy Horse Camp 2024.


Once the timetable has been released, everyone attending camp will be asked to fill in another form with the sessions they would like to attend, we will also ask for details of level at each session, this is so we can group appropriate levels together and breeds if training is breed specific.

Session Choices for 2024

  • Show Ring and Riding Etiquette.
  • In-Hand showing - Learn how to present your chosen breed for the show ring.
  • Plaiting - Learn how to plait your chosen breed's mane. Tails - Learn how to prepare and plait a long or short tail for your chosen breed.
  • Harnessing Up.
  • Ridden Tack Fitting  - Presented by Carolyn Truss, a Master Saddler and Harness Maker. Learn how tack will best fit your horse, to aid you and make your horse comfortable.
  • Harness Cleaning and Maintenance.
  • Rein Handling and Long Reining - with your own or a loan horse.
  • Farrier/Barefoot classroom session
  • Harness Cleaning
  • Nutrition classroom session
  • Rider Pilates - *New for 2024* stretches, muscle releases and strengthening techniques to help you ride straighter and improve your core and overall stability. 
  • Intermediate driving and/or agricultural implements -  *New for 2024* Campers will be required to provided video/photographic evidence of their horses working in either shafts or chains prior to attending camp. ** PLEASE NOTE. We are unable to offer a breaking service at camp**
  • Ridden Lessons - Novice and Open. Very small groups. Our kind, expert trainers are also happy to ride your horse as part of the session. (This session is not available for loan horse campers)
  • Hack - *New for 2024* Off road hack through the National Forest to include a brief stop off at a local pub. (Please bring a hi-viz tabard). Horse & rider must be capable of walk, trot and canter in a group. This  session is not an option for loan horse campers.





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