Another Maverick Awarded Maricopa County 4-H Member of the Year
Another Maverick Awarded Maricopa County 4-H Member of the Year
Congratulations to our Hannah Schaefer, who is finishing her ninth year in 4-H very strong. It all started with taking on an old horse named J.D. (Jack Daniels) and giving him a new lease on life and love. Hannah has competed in all disciplines the horse program has to offer, and took on EIEE events this year, winning the Senior Horsebowl and earning a spot on the Hippology Team for the Western National Round Up in Denver this January. Her accomplishments led to her being selected to attend 4-H National Congress in Atlanta, GA in November, as well.. Hannah also was elected into her second year as HAC Secretary and serves as the Mavericks' Youth Representative, with a voting spot on the committee. Hannah is always ready and willing to volunteer for whatever 4-H has to offer. Way to go Hannah, as a Maverick, you make us so proud!
This makes a Member of the Year "threepeat" for Mavericks, as Hannah is the third Maverick in three years to win this honor.
Maricopa County 4-H Lock-in: 24 hours of Community Service Packed with Love!
Nine BVM members were among the 100 4-H participants in the annual 24 hour lock-in. Projects included emergency suitcases for a woman's shelter, a backpack of essential items for homeless men, soldier's care packages, cards for the elderly, Copper for Cooperation, baby memory boxes, school kits for homeless children, and animal shelter treats. The grand finale was a round of singing as members sang Christmas carols at an assisted living center on S. The residence of the center were especially touched when the kids stayed after the singing to visit with them.
Mavericks Represent at Centennial Celebration
BV Mavericks were in attendance at the Centennial BBQ Saturday, 10/12, both in body - quite a few of the group could be found on the tractor rides, enjoying lunch, bidding on the live and silent auction items, and in the picture above! - and in spirit. Mavericks were the first club to meet the Centennial Challenge, donating $100 to the AZ 4-H Youth Foundation - and, had the second-highest number of community service hours - 676 - of 32 participating clubs! WOW!
Mavericks' Girl Scout Event - by Heather Gerald
On October 5th, 2013, the Girl Scouts arrived at the Buena Vista Rancheos arena. After they signed in, they went to one of four stations. Some started at the How to Get Involved/ About 4-H Station, run by Cassidy, Vivienne, Anna, Preston, Vennessa, and Katheryn, where they received a coupon to a lesson at Crossroads Farm in Gilbert, learned all about 4-H, and about how to get into the equine world. Next they went to the Grooming station, where Julia and Madeline showed them how to get their horses all groomed up, and feed treats to the horses. After that, they headed to Amberly, at the Feed and Care Station, where Amberly taught them about bits, feeds and breeds. Finally, they traveled to the Clothing and Tack Station, where Kierstin and Emily led an interactive demonstration and taught them how to tack up and how to dress for both English and Western riding. To end the fun morning, they were all awarded with certificates of Completion, and then were able to get nachos and drinks with donations that go to Congress delegates. Rumor has it other 4-H clubs had Girl Scout Events of their own... Check back soon to hear about those!!
Mavericks Fund Raise, Donate a Whole Heifer - And More! - by Sarah Holditch
Every year the Mavericks choose a charity organization to support and fundraise for throughout the year. Our club looks to help organizations in our own community, but our bigger goal is to reach out globally. Heifer International has been our charity organization of choice for several years because it works in areas of agriculture and livestock to make a global impact. Heifer's goal is to help impoverished families and communities by providing them with a wide variety of animals that spark a healthy and self-sustaining lifestyle. With each animal that is donated, Heifer International provides the community with proper knowledge on taking care of the animals and, most importantly, teaches them to share the animals and knowledge to pass on the gift.
This year our club set a goal to raise $500 for Heifer, which will buy a whole heifer cow for a community. We raised money through little things that we could do in our own community, such as giving lead line classes in a local horse show, running a concession stand, and collecting cans to trade in for money. We also kept a change jar that we would pass around at every meeting and donate all our change. In the end we exceeded our goal! We raised $538 for Heifer.
We also have the opportunity to triple our donation with a company that will match our proceeds. Our donation will be dedicated to a project in Nepal that focuses on teaching women to raise livestock and run small agricultural businesses. This allows them to become more self-sufficient, earn money to educate their children and provide better nutrition for their families. Empowering women in third world countries is key to solving chronic poverty. This is especially meaningful to us, because although we welcome boys, only girls hadve saddled up for our 4-H horse club.
Now that this year is over, we can plan for next year and raise our goal even higher! I'm proud of our club for really coming through for Heifer. I hope that the community that receives our donated heifer will provide families with a bright and more hopeful future.
Hard Work Pays Off At First 4-H Show - by Julia Werkhoven
I have been preparing for this day for a couple of weeks now. This is my first English Horse Show, so this is a big deal for me. Especially since my horse, Dee, is now fully recovered from being lame for the last couple of months. The day of the show was Saturday, February 9th.
It has been a definite learning process for me preparing for this show. Who would have thought you would need baby powder so that your horse's legs look pure white! I spent over nine hours that week at the barn and in the arena getting prepared by practicing my riding skills and by bathing and grooming Dee. That's about three times more than I do normally; since this was my first show, I kept my expectations and and just hoped to have a good time.
The day of the show was a hectic one, not helped by the fact that it was very cold! I was at the barn around 6:30 giving Dee a hard brush. Since Dee was shedding A LOT I got hair all over my jacket. But after giving her a brush she was fine! I was "horsepooling" with Amberly and Madeline. When they arrived at the barn we loaded Dee into the trailer, then it was a 35 minute drive to HorseLover's Park, and that's where the fun begins...
When we arrived I unloaded Dee and she nickered with excitement. With her ears perked up she looked around, but did well keeping calm. In fact, she was perfect. She wasn't being sleepy, then she also wasn't bolting at everything she saw! After that I went to register and got the packet of patterns (showmanship and equitation). Then I pulled on my show jacket and breeches and headed to the ring.
In all three of the classes there were six girls; three of them were Buena Vista Mavericks. I was nervous waiting for my first event, but once I got started it came naturally. When I started the pattern for showmanship I felt like it was going well; I did nice circles and Dee trotted when I wanted her to. When it came time to set up for the judge I stood in front of Dee and moved when I was supposed to, but then we did a regular turn back to the group instead of a turn on the haunches. It didn't bother me, I was proud of Dee, and I couldn't have asked for a better performance.
When it was time for placing, I wasn't nervous - I was actually excited to learn what place I got. When they started calling out the placing they started with sixth place then went up the list. As they hadn't called my name by the time they announced the second place winner, I found out that I got first place. I was so proud of Dee, all of that practicing and cleaning had paid off! It was really nice to see all of my riding friends were cheering me on. It was funny to see Dee, she knew she did well and you could tell.
As you don't ride your horse in Showmanship, you don't have to saddle your horse. But after the event and in the break before the next class you have to saddle up. You have 20 minutes to warm up in the arena. I was practicing with my friend Morgan. After our 20 minutes were over we went to the show arena and waited for our class to be called. Once they called Beginner Pleasure, they started to call out all the riders' numbers, my number 211 was called last. We all headed into the arena and started doing what the judge told us, it all went fast and smoothly. So the judge can look at your horses more carefully, everyone has to line up before her at the end. She then begins to call out the places. I got third and I when I headed out of the arena I was handed my shiny yellow ribbon. Then they called out the first place winner and it was Madeline (my carpooling friend) and I cheered wildly!
I had a 20 minute break between Pleasure and Equitation and it went by REALLY quick! In that break I grabbed a quick snack, chugged down a water bottle, and gave Dee a quick brush to get off the dust that collected on her legs from her rides. Then we headed over to the arena again!
Equitation went very smooth. Everyone did so well, I was certain that other people did much better than me. When the placing came I just waited for the judge to call my name, then they called my name for first place! I got first place for the second time in my first show! What a day!
After all my events I stayed around the arena to watch my teammates, they all did SO well. When I headed back to the trailer to start untacking, I heard "Julia Werkhoven, Beginner High Point!" That is the best feeling ever to know all the work you have been doing for the last two years has paid off! All I could do is hug Dee! I received a huge high point ribbon and put it on Dee's bridle, but since she is not the biggest horse it was almost bigger than her head! I started untacking her and gave her a long brush! Then she got three carrots!
I headed over to the food stand since I was starving. I ate with some of my friends and watched one of the girls who I had to wait for to finish competing before the horses could head home. She had a very good jumping round, and she also got High Point!
When we were heading home on the road my mom said how proud she was of me and told me I looked great on my horse. I was thinking how well this show went, not just for me or my friends, but how smoothly it all went even though I was busy the whole time. This was a great introduction to the showing world, and next year I'm doing to be doing a lot more shows.
Annual Scottsdale Event Offers Horse Show Action, Shoppingphotos courtesy Allie Heady, Rio Verde 4-H
A Day with Arabs
An Account By Hannah Schaefer
President's Day was an early morning for my mom, friends, and me. We headed out early to the prestigious Arabian Show. The ride there was short with lots of horse talk. Upon entering the West World grounds and parking, we began walking through the various vendors. I found myself intrigued by all of the equine related items. Some items had prices in the thousands while others were for just dollars.
Seeing so much horse shopping in one place was overwhelming. On the first go round I didn't purchase anything, only browsed. Once we got to Wendell arena we watched several English flat classes. It was so crazy to see girls my age showing at such a high level. With all the trainers, grooms, and assistants I found it a little too showy. Soon after the classes, we found a stand that sold veggie wraps. We sat in the glowing sun discussing the previous classes and enjoying our lunch.
After getting some ice cream, we headed out to a different arena. In this arena we watched halter for geldings five and up. These horses were beautiful specimens. It was really cool to see some horses of diffferent colors featured. After the placings were called we headed towards the trailers for sale. Finding a perfect match among the living quarters trailers, was easy if price wasn't an object. After much fantasizing it was time to come back to reality.
Next, we headed to the very exciting Schneider's. It was like heaven on earth. Any thing you could ever imagine was there. I got a new English saddle pad, western saddle pad, number magnets, hay bag, hoof polish, and spurs. I felt like I had done enough shopping for the next year! On the way out we walked back through a different shopping area. I ended up buying presents for friends and a hat for myself. Over all it was an amazing day! On the way home I drifted off to sleep, remembering today's experience.
Lots to See at Arabian Show
by Madeline Cottrell
I went to the Arabian Horse Show at Westworld. It is the biggest Arabian Horse show in the world!
I liked all of the beautiful clothes and the long tails on the horses. I went on a barn tour and I liked that I got to see all the Arabian horses. They were all different colors and sizes. One of the trainers showed us a horse in one of the barns and the horse was really clean and a beautiful white. They actually put white Vaseline on the horses!
I learned that white Arabian foals are born black and become white after six months. I also learned there are five colors; brown, white, black, chestnut and bay.
One of the classes had ladies dressed up in Arabian costumes and riding war horses. I liked all the different colors and how fancy they were. There was a cool design where the horses' forelocks were.
Arabian horses have existed for 3000 years. They existed first and all other breeds have descended from them.
I saw lots of ribbons! People were displaying all their ribbons in the barns. There was also a lot of nice furniture to sit on and lots of stalls. There were several arenas where horses were being judged. I saw a lot of horse trailers where the owners could sleep and eat. There were also lots of stores where people were selling fancy clothes, saddles, bridles and halters.
I saw a lot!
Congress Teaches that Change Starts Within by Gabrielle Petersen
The first night we listened to an inspirational speaker who talked about setting goals for your life, and believing that it is possible to achieve them. Although it might sound cheesy, it was nice to see how enthusiastic he was about life, and he inspired me to set new goals for my life. Throughout the weekend we listened to different speakers whose overall message was to "be the change you want to see in the world." We learned about service leadership, and how the most effective way to change your community while improving yourself is to be involved in service learning. Service learning is when you personally organize a project in your community, which causes you to work on a project that is personally impactful, and see the people you help one-on-one. It often helps you learn more about yourself and your community.
While at Congress we got to explore a variety of different workshops that appealed to us. I chose cooking, service learning, dancing and communication. During the workshops I was able to expand myself personally and meet new people from across the nation. Throughout the entire experience, I met people from different states with different cultural outlooks, personalities and stories. I can honestly say I didn't meet a single person that wasn't extremely sweet. You could tell everyone had the true spirit of 4-H in their hearts.
Another highlight of my trip was Cultural Night, when they decorated the ballroom to represent different nations from around the world, and we were able to try food from countries including Germany, Italy, France, China and Mexico. We were given plenty of free time to explore Atlanta and mingle with the other delegates; we even had a pin exchange on one of the nights.
That little girl taught me to be thankful for my home and my ability to participate in 4-H for so many years. It was at that moment that I decided I wanted to start being a "catalyst for change," starting in my own life. Instead of just trying to survive the situations life presents, I want to make the most of every moment, and live to the fullest! I never want to stop improving my community, my 4-H club, and most of all, myself.
A Nice Day for a Swim at Turf Paradise - by Madeline Cottrell
On Saturday, November 17, I visited Turf Paradise in Phoenix. It was awesome. The day started with meeting a husband and wife team wwho train horses. The wife used to be a jockey and broke many bones before she stopped. They showed us their horses and I got to pet them. They were big and tall and had lots of muscles! Then we visited the jockey's silks room- where all their riding silks are kept. We met a man who used to be a jockey who broke his hip twice, cracked his head open twice and knocked out all his bottom teeth. He started as a jockey when he was 10! And he only stopped being a jockey when he cracked his neck 1 mm from becoming paralyzed. That was only 4 years ago when he was 58 years old!!!
We also got to see horses swim! The horses really like it and they snorted a lot. Some of them liked going into the water, but not all of them. They swam so they could get stronger and their muscles could build up for the race. One horse swam for his exercise instead of hurting his knees with more running around the track.
They also fed us snacks and lunch. We had pizza, chips, cookies and juice boxes. Everything was really nice.
Then we went to watch a race. In the first race, there was a big crash. A jockey was really mean and so he pushed his horse towards the other horse and both horses tumbled. One horse had to go to the hospital and the other one had to be put down and it was very, very sad.
The other races were fun to watch. The trainer we met earlier, his horse won one of the races and we got to take pictures in the winners circle.
The whole day was tiring and fun. The biggest thing I learned was meeting the guy who checks the horse's teeth. I got to touch one of his tools and it was really rough.
I hope we get to go back soon and other 4-H kids can come with me!
Trick-or-Treat So Others Can Eat! - by Julia Werkhovern
It's a bright sunny day in the Buena Vista Ranchos park. My fellow 4-H members and I meet up and start stapling flyers to paper bags donated by Trader Joe's telling people about the fundraiser the Buena Vista Mavericks are doing. The flyers say that the 4-H group is collecting non-perishable food and toiletries to donate to the Kyrene Resource Center.
We all gather in the park and start stapling the green flyer to the paper bags' and hten on the other side of the beg, we staple a white piece of paper with some information about the birthday of Buena Vista Ranchos. Then we start delivering!
When we started delivering the bags to thr front doors we were in groups. I was in a group with a girl named Anna. This was her first year, and also mine. So it was nice that we had something in common.
Once Anna and I were done we came back to the park and took eight of our own bags to deliver in our neighborhood to tell people about it. Ours said they had to deliver the bags full of food to uor house.
Once I got home I started going around and passing out bags to the people I know in my neighborhood. I got seven out of eight bags back. I thought that it was really good since each of the bags was fillled to the brim with items.
A week later we went to Mrs. Holditch's house to weigh in the bags. I was the first person there so I started sorting the food from the toiletries. When everyone got there, there were only three of us, so Mrs. Holditch made some calls, and then there were five of us.
We had a little process line. I was the one who weighed the food and then told Ciana the weight of that bag, then I passed it on to the other girls that put it in the back of the truck!
Then we all drove to the Kyrene Resource Center to drop off around 720 pounds of food! They were very thankful for our donation. They told us how they were running low on food and how this made a great difference.
This was a great experience and I suggest doing this project to every member of 4H!
photos courtesy Katy Holditch
4-H National Youth Science Day - By Bailey Hill, Green Team 4-H
Even kids from other clubs want to be heard. 4-H National Youth Science Day was not attended by any Mavericks this year. But come on Mavericks, based on this information we have to do it next year! It is great to give an opportunity for other 4-Hers to publish their work. Bailey Hill (wearing the black hat, left) wrote an article about the Science Day that he loved having an opportunity to share.
- Amberly Meiter
The 4-H National Youth Science Day is held every year to
help kids learn about how important science is. On the 10th of October,
I participated in the Science Day at the Phoenix Zoo, hosted by the 4-H group,
Zoo Crew. There were at least 30 kids, most of them were members of 4-H clubs,
but there were also just kids who are interested in science.
Our Youth Development Agent for 4-H, Bryan Chadd, gave a speech about the importance of science to all the people in attendance. My fellow 4-H Green Team members, Ross Lively and Arman Ghazi introduced the topic for this year’s Science Day about eco-bots and gave a speech about robots and all of the tasks that can be achieved using them.
We were given materials to make our own robots: a sawed off toothbrush, a battery, and a small motor. Those are strange materials to make a robot, but part of science is trying out new things and finding new ways to solve problems.
We did an interesting experiment where we created a field where the robots would move around. We used Play Doh, straws and a paper mat with rice on it. We built a dam around the mat and then had rice poured all over it. The point of our experiment was for our eco-bots to clean as much of the rice off the mat as we could in a certain amount of time. Our robots wiggled and moved, and even fell over, and we kept track of how well our robots performed.
I know that I had lots of fun and learned lots of interesting things that day. It would be so much fun if you told your friends about Science Day because for sure we will be doing it next year and we would love to see even more people next year.
- Bailey Hill, Green Team 4-H
Bailey is 13, and has been involved in 4-H since his club was formed when he was 2 1/2 - he joined as a Clover Kid at age 5.
photos courtesy Kelly Walentiny, Wittman Barn Buddies
Barrels of Fun - and a little Fury - by Haily Vanderbur
Dirt was FLYING October 6th at the 1st HAC sponsored gymkhana of the season! It started off bright and early for those ropers doing beginner dummy roping, and intermediate and advanced heading, heeling, and breakaway. Out of 9 beginner ropers our own Mavericks, Hannah Schaefer and Haily Vanderbur, brought home a third and a first place.
The gymkhana started after roping; and that set the stage for the rest of the day. The gymkhana portion ran past 5PM making it a long day for both riders and horses that stayed. (Plus all of the wonderful volunteers that were there! It was a long day for them and they didn’t have to be out there, so here is a shout-out to all those that helped in any way!)
Something that I hadn’t experienced yet was the numerous disqualifications during the gymkhana. The following three rules seem to be the major culprits of riders being disqualified:
- Riders cannot run through the gate when they are entering the arena. This rule exists just to keep everyone safe (rider, horse, gate keepers, and observers of the event). However, there was a rider that clearly ran through the gate on her goat tie event. Immediately following her completion an announcement was made reminding the riders of this rule. This senior advanced rider was not disqualified and won first at this event. Another rider was later disqualified for running through the gate. Should this rider also have received a reminder? Was it fair that one rider was reminded and the other was disqualified; or was it something that was overlooked? There were different opinions amongst the crowd of people.
- Baseball caps are not permitted in the ring, during a show or a run. When one rider entered the ring with their cap on, they were reminded by the gate-keeper that they needed to remove it; which the rider quickly did – no disqualification. A few runs later another rider entered the ring and was not warned. He was disqualified upon the completion of his run. Does this rule only apply to some, or again, was it overlooked?
- All riders need to have their shirt tucked into their pants (not partially, but completely). One rider made their run with their shirt un-tucked and when it was brought to the attention of the gate keeper it was blown off as “let’s have good sportsmanship”. The rider did not get disqualified. Later on another run, this same rider had her shirt untucked and a gate-keeper reminded her to tuck her shirt in; however, this time the rider was disqualified. The most surprising thing was when the gate-keeper turned around to some of the competitors by the gate and asked them if they were happy now and told them that they were not being good sports – WOW!
Should all riders be warned at least once prior to being disqualified? Is it okay to warn one rider and disqualify another rider? What about sportsmanship? Is it bad sportsmanship to expect everyone to be treated the same? I’ll let you be THE JUDGE.
EDITOR'S NOTE: At the HAC English Show, we had a dilemna of a different nature; due to it being the first jumping show of the year, and an error in warmup by the show committee, we decided not to disqualify anyone. While it seemed like good sportsmanship, it could have had an effect on State Qualifying (luckily, it did not), and it did affect Senior Advanced High Point. We regret the error. The best course of action? Know the rules, and follow the rules as consistently as possible. Both shows were discussed at the Horse Advisory Committee. - Tracy Zipay
Girl Scouts Visit 4-H
Brittany Gerald, a member of the Buena Vista Mavericks 4-H, came up with the idea as a part of her high school senior project. “It was really difficult and frustrating at first when I couldn't get any Girl Scouts to commit to attending, and then even more frustrating when I had to turn five or six troops away because they heard about the event too late,” said Brittany about organizing the project. She also stated that it was difficult to find and think about how to fulfill the requirements for the different Girl Scout badges. After the last rotation, though, every Girl Scout that attended received their Love Horses Fun Patch.
When asked about the experience, Brittany said that she felt proud and accomplished that she had both initiated and hosted the event. Leaders congratulated her and the girls seemed to have fun during their stations. Gerald has high hopes that the horse education project will be continued: “I won't be a part of 4-H next year, but it would mean a lot to me if this event was hosted annually.”
Macys Shop For A Cause Fundraiser
When it came time to set goals for this year, I looked back to last year and my accomplishments. I knew that I wanted to get more involved in the leadership aspect of 4-H. At the website training meeting I got just the opportunity I was looking for.
Once Ms. Zipay explained the basics of the Shop for a Cause fundraiser, I knew it was for me. Throughout the summer and into the first weeks of school, I sold tickets along with fellow members. Though the tickets only cost $5, it was still a challenge selling them. During the ticket selling period I just kept reminding myself how fantastic the Feed My Starving Children cause was.
Through this experience, I was able to learn so much. Not only did I learn communication skills, I was able to get my article published by both The Wrangler and The Bridle and Bit.
The best part by far was the outcome. Between our club, Diamonds in the Ruff, and Spirit of Queen Creek we were able to raise an astounding $385. This money ultimately went to feed the hungry in impoverished places. Looking back, I am overjoyed with how all of this turned out. Also, the food packing session was a blast!
If any of you ever have a chance to do a fundraiser... DO IT!
Lastly, I want to thank those of you who marketed for ticket sales or contributed to our donation!
- Hannah Schaefer
A "JOLTing" Summer Experience
One hundred and forty-three 4-Hers from all over Arizona joined seven Mavericks at JOLT this year. When Brittany, Gabrielle, Sarah, Jamie, Haley, Shea, and I first arrived, we were handed our super-packed schedule of camp events and a souvenir water bottle. Then the fun started! We periodically gathered in our "IC" groups, or Involvement Committees, which are project groups. There are many different IC groups to choose from, such as improv, drama, newscasting, and community service. I chose to be in the playfaire group and played games like "ninja" and other fun group games. At the end of the week, all of the IC groups presented to the camp what they had been working on. For example, the playfaire group taught the camp tons of different games they can play with their own 4-H clubs and the community service IC led the camp in a blanket making activity to aid local hospitals.
But JOLT isn't just about project groups! We attended lots of leadership and self-improvement workshops plus team building activities, an etiquette dinner, dances, and listened to a motivational speaker as well. You wouldn't believe the kinds of flips, spins, and dancing that some 4-Hers can do! We even learned some basic line-dancing moves in one of the mixer events. There were also "Challenges", which is a whole night devoted to problem solving in groups. These really help develop your leadership skills and expose the kind of leader you are. Besides all of the new friends I made, Challenges were one of the most enjoyable parts of camp.
JOLT is also the most inviting camp I've ever been to. Everyone is very welcoming and you make many friends in the very first day. This camp is super charged with exctiting activites and you get to know yourself more than ever before, especially during the challenge activities and bonfire. I encourage all of our Mavericks to take part in this unimaginably fun Journey of Opportunities for the Leaders of Tomorrow. And congratulations to Haley for making it onto JOLT staff for the camp of 2013! She will be working with the other members of staff to make the JOLT experience even better!
Feed My Starving Children
At Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), I started by welcoming everybody and thanking everybody for coming. Then, we watched an orientation video on what FMSC does and about the kids they feed. Next, we had to put on our hair nets, take off our jewelry, and go into the packing room and get started.After we had washed our hands we all gathered around Table One and our team leader told us all the instructions on how to pack the food. In the hour and a half we had to pack food we packed 33 boxes with 216 meals in each. We packed enough food to feed 19 kids for a year. Everyone got to try the food too.
Horse Camp is Fun for All
Horse camp this year was loads of fun. There were about 50 people that came from all over and even as far as Prescott. It was located south of Tucson in a little town called Sonoita The fairgrounds there are perfect for this camp. There are barns that you keep your horse in and two large dorms to sleep in, one for the boys and one for the girls. There are several arenas in the middle of the race track where we rode. Each discipline had an arena all to themselves to get in some good practice. There are four different disciplines that you can choose from. There is Western, English, Gymkhana, and Sorting. Sometimes you can be in Roping but there weren’t enough people that signed up for it this year so they didn’t have it. For each discipline they hired a professional trainer that would help you learn to improve your riding skills and your horse in the discipline of your choice. The trainers there really help you improve a tremendous amount and you get lots of time with them. At the end of the week each discipline has a small competition to show off how much you have improved and you get awards at the end. Not only is horse camp a great camp for your horse but for you too! When we are all done riding there is always something fun to do when we get back. We had a scavenger hunt, a kickball game, water fights, arts and crafts, line dancing, and so much more! They also had the mounted border patrol come and talk about what they do when they’re out working along with some fire fighters. At the end we even got to spray their hose and they sprayed us with it! The food at camp is amazing too and there is always something really good for dessert. Trust me you will never go hungry at horse camp… they are always offering a snack or something! Horse camp is really fun for all ages. Just be willing to go and learn a lot and have a great time! Hope to see you all next year!
- Sarah Holditch