Horsemanship Helpers -- $250, Age 8-14
June 18-21, 9:00-3:00
Kids will complete a youth volunteer training program with instruction and practice in horse and ranch management. Kids will take a 70-minute riding lesson in addition to classes in executing pasture switches, bathing horses, clipping and performing basic horse first aid. In each camp, kids will assist with the daily care required of the 30 horses at the barn. At the close of this camp, certificates of completion will be awarded to kids based on achieving defined camp goals. Those who meet the age and skill requirement will be cleared to begin volunteering!
A Horse Affair -- $250, Age 8-14
July 23-26, 9:00-3:00
In this Horse Show-themed camp, kids will learn all about what it means to compete in equestrian events. In addition to a daily 75-minute riding lesson, kids will learn about breed shows, the various events and disciplines, show grooming techniques and tack and will compete in a mock horse show at the end of the week. Kids will also learn about the local opportunities to compete in equine events with an informational session with a Columbia County Equestrian 4-H Leader.
Vet Detective -- $250, Age 8-14
August 6-9, 9:00-3:00
During our Vet Detective week, kids learn about horse health and nutrition. In addition to a daily 75-minute riding lesson, the kids' time will be divided between lessons in basic first aid and the most common diseases and ailments affecting horses. After the hands-on daily lessons, kids will be challenged with a different Vet Detective game to test their knowledge. The week will also feature a demonstration by a real Veterinarian and a presentations on preventing lameness by a Farrier.
Ranch Olympics -- $250, Age 8-14
August 20-23, 9:00 - 3:00
Relay races, equestrian events and obstacle courses take the stage for this Olympics-themed camp. During their daily 75-minute riding lessons, kids will have gymkhana playdates with games like flag race, pole bending and barrel racing. Unmounted relay races include wheelbarrow races, show jumping and a blindfolded team-building relay designed to simulate the trust necessary between horse and rider. Disco the mini horse will grace our camp for the week, leading kids in a lesson on leading horses through obstacle courses. The week will be all fun, but not just games. We'll save plenty of time to learn about horsemanship topics that align with our theme!
The essential joy of being with horses
is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit and fire.
-Sharon Ralls Lemon