Regal is one of the oldest residents of Trent Park Equestrian Centre and is often seen not far from the reception area, enjoying some time out in the sun. He is also one of the most loved ponies here and children are still asking to see him, or to groom him, especially during those pony days, so famous in this close-knit community of pony lovers. Everybody loves Regal and Regal is taking his role as an ambassador of the centre very serious. Should you want to show him your appreciation, then you could ask a member of staff if you can feed him carrots or mints. (He loves mints, can’t get enough of those.)
If you have never visited a riding school before, then maybe you would be pleased to know that they are organising these pony days/weeks especially for children that have little to no experience with horses and ponies. So, you do not have to be born on a horse to be able to go to a riding school. Although, in my first days here I must confess I felt like I was the only one who was not born on a horse. But this is just an impression created by the fact that all the staff here is so trained and confident and easygoing. All pony days/weeks are announced on all important social media platforms and on Trent Park Equestrian Centre’ site, so if you wonder how and when to bring your kid here than just follow those for more info. During these lessons, your kid will learn basic things about ponies/horses, how to behave around them, what to expect from them, how to groom them, how to feed them, how to „convince” them to do anything. And you do not have to wait for them, you can just drop your kid in the morning, and pick him up later in the afternoon.
Since I am here I have seen plenty of these days and many children having the time of their life around Regal and his friends. Those of us which were born in big cities and had no contact with animals in our childhood might fear that these activities could be dangerous for our children. However, the reality is that the children are supervised non-stop while they are here, all ponies are extremely well behaved and friendly and far from making children afraid, this experience has a calming effect and is usually increasing the confidence and autonomy of the child. Teenagers that grew up around this kind of centers and are „working” here as „helpers”, while maybe they are already learning for future NHS exams, are happy, carefree children, that live a balanced, active life, have plenty of friends and are comfortable around adults and animals. I’d say that is a better way to spend you summer holiday as a kid than confined in a room, playing computer games ten hours per day. Do not understand me wrong, I have played computer games as well in another life, but, although playing computer games is a fun, mind-captivating activity, it did not help me in any other way than consumed my time in a pleasant way and, to an extend my energy and my money. I did not make new friends in that period of my life, did not learned much except gaming skills, and I did not achieve anything in my life except „points” or „levels” in a virtual world.
Even if the future will look more and more like an augmented reality, in which we will not meet any other humans beings or animals, until we are sure that we will transfer our conscience into a machine and we will not need our physical bodies anymore, (although at this stage of our existence I do not understand why we would like that), being out and about in nature and among animals is far more better than spending all your free time hunting pokemons and farming virtual farms. Is it not?
More than that, even if your kid would not turn into a great rider or riding instructor, he/she will still have all his life a vivid memory of an extraordinary day, or an amazing week, sometimes back to a magical childhood, when he met Regal, the Royal Ambassador of The Animals Magical Kingdom.