The kids all arrived on their buses and in their cars excited for the day ahead! They split up into their groups and met their counselors. They headed straight to the barn to hop on some horses to take their eval rides. This basically means when the barn staff match the kids with a horse, based on their riding style and personality, this horse will then be theirs to look after for the next 2 weeks! They find out today which one they have been assigned and they are all very excited! After lunch they headed to waterfront to learn about how the beach, boat house and different swim sections […]

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After a busy check in day, the girls headed up to dinner and enjoyed pizzas! After dinner they headed back to their lodge for opening campfire where obviously they made s’mores, which everyone enjoyed! Yesterday morning, the girls enjoyed playing ice breakers and name games before heading down to waterfront. Waterfront was all about learning how the beach and each different section works before taking swim checks to place the girls into the sections that are suitable for them. Then the girls headed up to lunch and had their group photo taken, which you can see on Smugmug! In the afternoon they ventured down to the barn to do their […]

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Hoofbeats: The kids have really been enjoying the sunshine this week! It has meant a lot of water games and activities in the shade, such as flying squirrel and bucket drop. Flying squirrel is a ropes element that involves the kids being harnessed and pulled up in the air between the trees, they all really enjoyed it and it was nice to be sheltered in the trees. Bucket drop is a game that involves taking it in turns to drip water on each other to cool down! At the barn, the kids riding is really coming along nicely, they are all improving on a daily basis and are really enjoying […]

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This morning the girls had a couple of morning activities. They didn’t have waterfront today, but instead, we played water games! First, before water games we tye-dyed various items of clothing. For tye-dye, the girls chose from a few patterns and made some up as well! They made spirals, bulls eyes, stripes, polka dots, and many more. Then, under the heat of the sun, we played some water games. The girls loved running relays, and running around dumping buckets on each other. We even dunked one counselor into a water trough! After lunch, we headed down to the barn for riding lessons! The girls have already progressed so far in […]

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To start our morning off we practiced our aim at the archery range.  The girls really enjoyed channeling their inner Katniss Everdeen!  After everyone had a chance to shoot, we headed back over to Hayden Lodge for chill time and activities period. Turkey burgers were on the menu for lunch, which filled us up and gave us all of the energy we would need for BAREBACK DAY!!  The girls had riding lessons without saddles today, which helps them to improve their riding by focusing on their positions and balance.  Everyone also painted their faces!  The markings of their horses were much requested.  After faces were painted, everyone cooled off from […]

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Both Hoofbeats and Western Adventures have had a busy few days they have been really enjoying their time at the barn, their riding is improving immensly. Today the weather was very hot so the kids got to take their horses on a trail ride up the neversink, the shady trail alongside our beautiful river background. All of the kids and horses enjoyed spending some time out of the sun. They have also really been enjoying waterfront, where there are options such as boating, swimming in all depths, a water trampoline, a jungle gym and obviously sand caste making!! The kids have free choice of where they go during waterfront and […]

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We have been very busy the past three days. We have been doing so many activities in Mustang. On Wednesday morning we had waffles for breakfast and then headed over to candle making! We went to the waterfront but the water was a bit cold so a lot of girls wanted to make sand castles! They decided to make a sand fortress. The girls continued in their second lesson on their horses. Wednesday was out overnight and we had our cook out in Hayden. We cooked pizzas over the fire and had s’mores for dessert. Then we headed to the barn for our overnight. We slept in the hay wagons in […]

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This morning, after the kids had breakfast, we had chance to got to the camp store! When we were finished, we headed over to the boathouse. Since everyone had already taken their swim checks, we scheduled raft building! Then the girls still had the opportunity to go the the waterfront and get in the water without having to worry about the other villages who still had to finish up their swim checks. The girls worked together in two teams to create rafts with barrels, planks of wood, and ropes. In the afternoon, the girls got assigned to their horse and lesson group for the session. Everyone was so excited to hop on […]

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The girls started off their day with a wonderful new addition to the summer breakfast menu. They enjoyed their biscuits with ham and cheese and were fueled up for the day. Once we got back to the lodge, the girls got ready for the day: sunscreen, bathing suits, bags packed.  The girls headed outside to continue playing games and participating in ice-breakers!  After everyone got to know each other better, we walked across camp to the waterfront where the lifeguards did their boating and beach orientation.  Mustang was the first village to get an opportunity to take the swim tests and everyone got their tags today! After lunch we headed to the […]

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All of the girls are all settled in and are already making new friends. Before dinner, we did some introductions and learned a few camp songs. The girls all ate dinner together in the dining hall and went over our dining hall traditions. After dinner we headed back to our lodge, Hayden, for Opening Campfire! Everyone enjoyed their s’mores roasted by the fire and were excited to join in on a ton of camp chants and cheers! Then we ran around playing games outside behind Hayden. When the girls headed back inside, they were ready to hop into bed. They all got on their pajamas, got into bed, and we […]

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