Stock Seat is Western Equitation. Upon arrival, each rancher is interviewed about their horse experience, and then has a riding try out from which they are assigned a horse according to her ability and preferences. You can also bring your own horse. Our foundation is built on years of raising Quarter Horses, but we offer many breeds and colors for all levels of riders. Experienced CHA instructors teach equitation and pleasure riding in the Brow Ring. Challenges increase with reining patterns, trail classes, obstacle courses and bareback equitation. Lessons, plus time in the saddle on trails, build each camper’s confidence, security in the saddle, and communication with her horse. Riding trails is practice for what you learn in your ring lessons!
The Pony Club is our special program for younger campers. Not only do they have their own horse, but also their own barn, tack room, and instructors. The Pony Club has beginner to advanced horses and riders. These girls can participate in all programs offered to older campers, and some created especially for them according to their age and ability. They learn to halter, groom, bridle and saddle, ride, and cool out their mount. Lessons, games, and trail rides are planned and supervised by our experienced professional CHA staff. Individualized programs are essential to the younger campers’ varied attention span, interests, and safety.
Training in Barrels teaches the horse and rider to work together as a precision unit. 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 cloverleaf, hairpin, Georgia barrels, pole bending, and stake race. With practice and coordination between horse and rider, campers can eventually advance to cross-country rodeo patterns.