The last week of camp has started! We have 64 campers this week who have stayed for the two-week experience.
One area that the Next Generation Fund supports is our equestrian program! There are so many opportunities for campers to interact with horses:
Fun With Horses is our program for Voyagers and Pathfinders (2nd to 4th graders). Campers learn about horses and horse care, including grooming and equipment use, and will have the opportunity to ride a horse on the last day of the week.
Horsemanship – for Trailblazers (5th and 6th graders), Challengers (7th and 8thgraders), and Explorers (high schoolers) – consists of six levels of instruction in English-style riding. Riders are grouped together by level, from Beginner (little to no experience) to Advanced (can canter and jump small fences).
Equestrian Camp is for Advanced riders who want more in-depth instruction. You can read more about Equestrian Camp in this blog post, written by Wren, our Horsemanship Specialist.
How can the Next Generation Fund support the equestrian program? Here are some ways:
- Leasing and Owning: We have eight horses this summer; two are our own horses, although we are in the process of selling one. We lease the rest, which, for a quality horse, costs about $900 per horse for the summer.
- Horse Upkeep: Hay and grain costs quite a bit every year, as do medical needs, such as vaccines and tests.
- Helmets: To ensure the safety of our horsemanship campers, each year we replace our helmets.
- Saddles: We are always looking to buy better saddles for our horses.
- Building Improvements: Maintenance on the stables is ongoing and expensive. Right now, we need to make improvements, especially to the stable roof. Eventually we would like to build a shelter in the paddock and clear space for a round pen
Want to support our equestrian program? Take the Cedarbrook Challenge and become a recurring donor today!
Thank you so much for your prayers and support this summer! Our staff and campers appreciate your partnership with us!