Perfect presents for pleasure riders

  • Price no object

    Looking for that extra special gift for a friend who is totally besotted with their horse? Simply book them a place at one of the Horse Camps taking place around the Britain during 2005. Designed to provide a “Pony Club Camp” experience for adults, a stay at Horse Camp will include training in a range of disciplines within a friendly and non-competitive atmosphere. The organisers of Horse Camp offer a special “gift” option that includes a personalised letter plus a brochure so a camp can be chosen. Camps cost around £150 per person. For more details visit: www.horsecamp.co.uk or contact (tel: 01254 231552).

    Feeling flush

    If you know someone who enjoys new challenges then Ascot Park Polo Club’s 2hr “Discover Polo” lesson could be a popular gift. Designed to cater for non-rider and riders alike who have never swung a polo mallet in their lives, the introductory group lesson covers the rules and tactics of the game, the polo swing and polo riding on a polo pony, all suited to the individual’s level of riding experience. After some stick and ball practice, everyone gets the change to play a chukka. This present could open the lucky individual’s eyes to a whole new riding sport. The 2hr polo lesson costs £95, with an additional charge of £35 for extra instructional chukkas. For more details visit: www.polo.co.uk or contact (tel: 01276 858545).

    Something special

    Give someone the opportunity to re-live the highs and lows of the equestrian events at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens with the complete set of Olympic videos, from Equestrian Vision. These four videos capture the action in the dressage individual, dressage team, eventing and show jumping competitions that took place in Athens earlier this year. The four videos cost around £42. The coverage is also available on DVD. Order the videos online at: www.bramic.co.uk

    Beat the budget

    Want to give a gift that lasts all year and doesn’t need wrapping? Then purchase a gift subscription to HORSE magazine. This popular monthly magazine focuses on providing dedicated pleasure riders with the latest news, training tips and horse care advice to keep their partnership with their horse at its most rewarding. Special Christmas discounts include a 15% saving when you subscribe for a year at just £38.35, or save 30% with three-monthly direct debits of £6.70. Visit: www.giftmags.co.uk/hh or contact (tel: 0845 676 7778) and quote code AAQ4.

    Counting the pennies

    Make this Christmas really special by giving a gift that immortalises your friend and their horse. HHO’s new “Megastore” gift service offers a wide range of products from clothing and bags, to mugs and mobile phone covers, all of which can be printed with your choice of image and/or words. This fantastic new service allows you to use own copyright-free pictures to create something unique and personal. Gifts are carefully hand-printed and delivered within three to five days to an address anywhere in the world. For more details visit: www.horseandhound.co.uk/gifts

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