Stock Seat is Western Equitation. On the first day of camp, each rancher has a riding tryout and is then assigned a horse for her stay according to her level and ability. You can also bring your own horse. Our foundation is built on years of raising Quarter Horses and Paints specifically for youth riders, but we offer many breeds and colors, paces and personalities. Experienced CHA instructors teach equitation and pleasure riding in the Brow Ring. Challenges increase with reining patterns, trail classes, mounted games, and lessons in centered riding. Ring classes, plus time in the saddle on trails build each camper’s confidence and security in their seat by facilitating communication with her horse. Riding pleasure trails is practice for what you learn in your ring lessons.
The Pony Club is our special program for younger campers. They have their own horse, their own barn, tack room, and instructors. The Pony Club has beginner to advanced horses and riders. These girls participate in all programs offered to older campers, created especially for them according to their physical abilities. They learn to halter, lead, groom, bridle and saddle, ride, untack, and cool out their mount. Small group lessons, mounted games, and trail rides are planned and supervised by our experienced CHA staff. Individualized programing is essential for the younger campers’ varied attention spans, interests, energy levels and safety.
Training in Barrels teaches the horse and rider to work together as a team to get the tightest turns and the most precise coordination. Our Certified Instructors teach the rider to use her head, hands, seat, and legs to communicate with her mount. Gymkhana games in the Rodeo Ring offer a challenge to ranchers of all ages and levels. Events start simply with basic rodeo patterns such as cloverleaf, pole bending, Georgia barrels, stake race, and hairpin. With practice and proficiency between horse and rider, classes eventually advance to cross-country rodeo patterns, which is quite an exciting privilege to achieve, and a favorite among our returning campers.