Many years ago, in the early eighties, I was on my welding course at Brompton and the saddle club was at the back of the barracks. It was open to all ranks, not just the blue bloods, and me and a mucker went along one Wednesday afternoon for an easy sports afternoon.
Everything fine but they put me on the most frisky stallion that you could imagine; the thing was stomping, snorting and stamping from the moment I got my inexperienced backside in the saddle. When I tried to get it to walk it either ignored me or went backwards. The instructor (a SSgt) gave me a riding crop and told me "just give the bu99er a gentle slap if it won't do what you want it to do". So, following the advice of this great horseman, I flicked the crop rearwards. Fcuk me, I must have caught the beast right on the chods because next thing we're galloping across the field heading for the perimeter fence. The thing pulled up just short ejecting me over it's head and straight into the fence ... ouch!
I was of course instructed that the best thing to do was get back on and show it who's boss so spent the rest of the afternoon on a bucking wild thing that threw me off at any opportunity.
Easy sports afternoon ... I spent the next week bruised and battered and barely able to sit on my welding stool ... following week I just went off and did cross country!
I can confirm the Saddleclub at Lodgehill Training Area has definetely closed - the real estate is now used for concrete training by the B&C Department (They were moved off the Lower Lines at the back of Brompton Bks to make way for Mid Kent College in preperation for PPP) the real estate at the old saddle club is also used by other trades when they need to deploy the A2 courses on their final exercises.