TRAIL RIDES – We have over 10 miles of beautifully wooded trails with streams, log jumps, rock formations, deer, turkey and other wildlife to discover. Wranglers take out at least 4 guided trails a day, with campers voluntarily joining rides based around their riding class schedule. At the end of the two-week session, campers team up for a competitive trail ride, following a pre-determined route and stopping along the way to solve riddles and perform level-appropriate obstacles. Trails are an excellent and fun way to gain more time in the saddle for practice communicating with their horse. Campers enjoy scouring the woods in search of the “golden horseshoe,” and requesting their favorite trails that lead to special spots such as “The Compass” and the “Lookoff Ledge” in Lower Pasture.
HORSESHOWS and DEMONSTRATIONS – At the end of the 2-week sessions, campers can show off their skills on special horse show days, competing against their own level classmates. At the Hunt show, advanced campers ride over fences in our “cross-country” course in the front field, while lower level riders have their flat and jumping in the ring. Rodeo day is a definite favorite, as many campers dress up themselves and their horses to get in the spirit, cheering each other on as they race against the clock. They try for the tightest turns and compete for the fastest time. Older riders who have graduated to our “Upper Pasture Rodeo” program put on an exciting show, running a multi-barrel super pattern. Vaulters display their newly-acquired gymnastic techniques in a fun exhibition. Sometimes there are special stock seat or pony club performances where riders have practiced for a drill team (synchronized riding) demonstration.
RECREATIONAL GAMES – archery, hiking, environmental education and nature study, Red Cross swimming, canoeing, and kayaking, capture the flag, kickball, basketball, tether ball, foosball, ping-pong, group games in the Round-Up (gymnasium), horseshoes and corn hole, hula hooping, dance, theater games, and yoga.
CRAFTS – pottery and clay, sketching, painting stalls signs and plaster molds, horseshoe art, knitting, jewelry and beadwork, lanyards and friendship bracelets, leather and nature crafts, dream catchers, tie-dye
NIGHTLY ENTERTAINMENT – talent show, skit night, “carnival” and “Barn Dance”, movies, scavenger hunts, air band and karaoke, campfires and cookouts, story-telling and songfest, costume bingo, auction, “Granny Dollar” horseback costume parade
SPECIAL EVENTS – blue and gold group games, “Dinosaur Egg” treasure hunt, July 4th field day and fireworks, camp-wide relay race, hot dog and marshmallow cookouts by the brow fire, golden horse shoe treasure hunt, end of the session Awards Banquet and Dinner Ceremony
TRIPS AND EXCURSIONS – Campers staying for two weeks have the opportunity to take a trip with us on the Sunday in-between. Younger campers go to Chattanooga to visit the Tennessee Aquarium, Incline Railway, Point Park, Rock City, Discovery Museum, Southern Belle River Boat, or Lake Winnepesoka Water Park. Campers 12 years and older can go on a guided whitewater adventure down the Ocoee River. Campers staying over between two or more sessions will enjoy outings to nearby Desoto Falls, Cloudmont Ski & Golf Resort, and Cloudland Canyon State Park.