On Sunday we were so excited for everyone to arrive and for session one of EVR to begin! Everybody moved into their yurts, got to see old friends and make new ones too! There were happy faces all around! We had our opening campfire where we sang lots of campfire songs, and each yurt performed a skit to everybody else. Everybody got involved and the skits were so funny! We also had individual performances where the girls got to show off their own talents. We got to see gymnasts, singers, dancers, as well as ukulele and guitar players, which were all brilliant!! And could there be a campfire without s’mores?! To finish our opening campfire of course we made our own delicious s’mores!!

Yesterday morning the girls begun there first full day, and love it already! This morning the girls did some fun arts and craft activities where they made some great Frost Valley Core Value Signs! We will be putting these up in our dining hall for everybody to admire for the summer! After this they went to waterfront where they had time to swim, read and hang out! Today is our evaluation day, which everybody was excited about because that means riding horses! Today was a chance for the girls to get back into the saddle and this gives Megs an idea of which horse each camper would be best suited to for the session. This will be a horse that they will get to learn a lot about. They will be able to groom and tack their own horses and progressive with them for the next four weeks. The girls got to meet all of our horses and also have learnt about how we groom, tack, lead and tie our horses! The girls will take on more responsibility whilst they are here for the next four weeks, especially with stable management in the barn! This afternoon we continued our evaluation day rotation activities so everybody had their chance to ride and learn about the horses and the barn!

Last night’s evening programme was Geronimo, which is a game where everybody has a seat except one. It’s a game of speed where everyone switches seats – the campers always love it and it is always one of the most talked about activities!!

EVR is already in full swing of our first session, and the girls were all very excited to find out their horse assignments for the session this morning! The girls set goals and challenged each other at low ropes this morning. They had to work together to balance and cross different rope obstacles. After this they had a ground lesson (a time where they can learn about the horses, but from the ground), about different parts of the horse and horse confirmation. The girls are already really enjoying learning lots and are putting this into practice during their mounted lesson now!

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