Barn Buddies

Dates:  August 6-8, 2018

Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 noon

Cost: $225

Ages: 5-7 year olds (no prior riding experience is necessary to attend)

Location: You will drop off and pick up your son/daughter at Circle H Stables, (Ranch Rudolf’s barn) located about ½ mile east of the Ranch Rudolf main entrance.

Barn Buddies is a program for children five (5) to seven (7) years old who LOVE horses.  During camp students are paired with their very own horse.  Aside from the instructor, there are also some Junior Counselors available for a little extra assistance.  Most of our Junior Counselors are students who have completed all levels of horse camp here at the Ranch.  The Junior Counselors provide extra support and encouragement throughout camp.

This is a great introductory camp for your little horse lover.  Some of the topics covered will be caring for a horse, grooming, leading and handling, saddling, basic anatomy, and basic Western riding lessons.  A strong emphasis will be placed on safety, both around the barn and on the horses.  No prior horse experience required to attend this camp.  Students will work a great deal on building a safe and unique bond with their horse while learning the basic skills necessary to develop a strong foundation to build upon in future camps.  Students will also gain some insight as to the care horses require and the responsibility involved.

  • Leather boots or shoes are best (absolutely no open toed shoes are permitted-both toes and heels need to be covered and protected)
  • Snacks and water
  • Clothing for inclement weather.  Layers are a great idea for cooler mornings and warmer days.  As for rain gear, a form fitting rain jacket is better  than a big poncho that could blow and spook horses.

*Riding helmets are required when riding, but Ranch Rudolf/Circle H Stables does provide them.
*Please do not send cell phones to camp.

  • First, call LeeAnn or Melody at 231-947-9529 to check availability for the camp and get your child’s name added to the tentative camp list.
  • Then you will fill out a release waiver which can be found under ‘horse camp information’ at www.ranchrudolf.com   Please remember to read carefully and fill out completely.  About ¾ way down the page are a couple of lines where you need to write out a sentence.  Read instructions carefully.
  • Send completed release waiver and payment (made payable to Circle H Stables) to Ranch Rudolf at 6841 Brown Bridge Road Traverse City, MI 49696.
  • It is the first twelve (8) paid students that will make up the official camp list.

If you have any further questions, or to get your child added to the tentative camp list, please call LeeAnn or Melody at 231-947-9529.

Novice Horse Camp

Dates: June 25 – 28, August 13 – 16, and August 27-30, 2018

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily

Cost: $325

Ages:  8 years old and older (no prior riding experience is necessary to attend)

Location: You will drop off and pick up your son/daughter at Circle H Stables, (Ranch Rudolf’s barn) located about ½ mile east of the Ranch Rudolf main entrance.

Students meeting the minimum age of 8 years old can be enrolled in this camp with no prior riding or horse experience.  This would also be the camp that both our Barn Buddies Students and College for Kids Students (8 years old +) would progress to.

This is a basic Western Riding Camp in which students will be assigned a horse to work with throughout the week.  Some of the topics covered will be caring for a horse, grooming, leading and handling, saddling, basic anatomy, and basic Western riding lessons both in the front pasture and on the trails.  A strong emphasis will be placed on safety, both around the barn and on the horses.  Students will build a relationship with their horse throughout the week- learning basic care and the responsibility involved in having their own horse.  We work hard to promote a safe and fun atmosphere that is centered around the partnership between horse and rider.  By the end of camp students should have a great skill set of essentials in both riding and horse care.  They will also gain confidence, responsibility and a lasting bond with their horse and instructors.

While the greatest portion of the time will be spent with the horses, there will also be a classroom setting to learn necessary fundamentals and to go over the agenda for the day.

  • Leather boots or shoes are best (absolutely no open toed shoes are permitted-both toes and heels need to be covered and protected)
  • Lunch, snacks, and water
  • Pencil and paper
  • Clothing for inclement weather.  Layers are a great idea for cooler mornings and warmer days.  As for rain gear, a form fitting rain jacket is better than a big poncho that could blow and spook horses.

*Riding helmets are required when riding, but Ranch Rudolf/Circle H Stables does provide them.
*Please do not send cell phones to camp.

  • First, call LeeAnn or Melody at 231-947-9529 to check availability for the camp and get your child’s name added to the tentative camp list.
  • Then you will fill out a release waiver which can be found under ‘horse camp information.’  Please remember to read carefully and fill out completely.  About ¾ way down the page are a couple of lines where you need to write out a sentence.  Read instructions carefully.
  • Send completed release waiver and payment (made payable to Circle H Stables) to Ranch Rudolf at 6841 Brown Bridge Road Traverse City, MI 49696.
  • It is the first twelve (12) paid students that will make up the official camp list.

If you have any further questions, or to get your child added to the tentative camp list, please call LeeAnn or Melody at 231-947-9529.

Intermediate Horse Camp

Dates:  July 24 – 26, 2018

Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm daily

Cost: $325

Ages: eight (8+) years old and up (must have completed novice horse camp or gained instructor approval to attend this camp)

Location: You will drop off and pick up your son/daughter at Circle H Stables, (Ranch Rudolf’s barn) located about ½ mile east of the Ranch Rudolf main

In this camp all of the basic skills learned to this point will be elaborated on and more time will be spent working on the finer details of Western Riding.  Some of the specific areas we will be working on are individual riding skills, the gaits of horses, increased control within each gait, the transition between gaits, and perfecting posture, seat, and balance.  The work will be taught in a combination of in the front pasture and on extended trail rides.

Both Intermediate and Advanced levels of horse camps are 3 days whereas the Novice level was 4 days long.  The reason being both Intermediate and Advanced Camps incorporate more riding time now that the basic foundation has been put in place from the earlier camps.  Of course, we work at the pace of our students and we will not work beyond the ability of the class.  Refreshers will be given and instructors are always available for extra help, but again typically more time is devoted to “saddle time” in these higher level camps.

  • Leather boots or shoes are best (absolutely no open toed shoes are permitted-both toes and heels need to be covered and protected)
  • Lunch, snacks, and water
  • Pencil and paper
  • Clothing for inclement weather.  Layers are a great idea for cooler mornings and warmer days.  As for rain gear, a form fitting rain jacket is better than a big poncho that could blow and spook horses.

*Riding helmets are required when riding, but Ranch Rudolf/Circle H Stables does provide them.
*Please do not send cell phones to camp.

  • First, call LeeAnn or Melody at 231-947-9529 to check availability for the camp and get your child’s name added to the tentative camp list.
  • Then you will fill out a release waiver which can be found under ‘horse camp information.’  Please remember to read carefully and fill out completely.  About ¾ way down the page are a couple of lines where you need to write out a sentence.  Read instructions carefully.
  • Send completed release waiver and payment (made payable to Circle H Stables) to Ranch Rudolf at 6841 Brown Bridge Road Traverse City, MI 49696.
  • It is the first 12 paid students that will make up the official camp list.

If you have any further questions, or to get your child added to the tentative camp list, please call LeeAnn or Melody at 231-947-9529.

Advanced Horse Camp

Dates: July 31 – August 2, and August 21-23, 2018

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm daily

Cost:  $325

Ages: 8 years old and older (must have completed intermediate horse camp to attend this camp)

Location: You will drop off and pick up your son/daughter at Circle H Stables, (Ranch Rudolf’s barn) located about ½ mile east of the Ranch Rudolf main

This is a Western Riding camp which consists of extended trail rides, and multiple exercises that encourage teamwork with both horse and rider.  Although each camp varies with regard to the students, typically we work on the transition between gaits, the importance of a good seat, and increased balance and control.  Students will work toward more independent riding and fine tuning their individual styles.  We also encourage the use of more riding aids and using both the seat and legs as a way of communicating and cueing your horse. Generally games on horseback are incorporated to have fun new ways of learning a new skill set and practicing old techniques.  At some point each student will work individually with an instructor who will help with specific riding strengths and weaknesses.

  • Leather boots or shoes are best (absolutely no open toed shoes are permitted-both toes and heels need to be covered and protected)
  • Lunch, snacks, and water
  • Pencil and paper
  • Clothing for inclement weather.  Layers are a great idea for cooler mornings and warmer days.  As for rain gear, a form fitting rain jacket is better than a big poncho that could blow and spook horses.

*Riding helmets are required when riding, but Ranch Rudolf/Circle H Stables does provide them.
*Please do not send cell phones to camp.

  • First, call LeeAnn or Melody at 231-947-9529 to check availability for the camp and get your child’s name added to the tentative camp list.
  • Then you will fill out a release waiver which can be found under ‘horse camp information.’  Please remember to read carefully and fill out completely.  About ¾ way down the page are a couple of lines where you need to write out a sentence.  Read instructions carefully.
  • Send completed release waiver and payment (made payable to Circle H Stables) to Ranch Rudolf at 6841 Brown Bridge Road Traverse City, MI 49696.
  • It is the first twelve (12) paid students that will make up the official camp list.

If you have any further questions, or to get your child added to the tentative camp list, please call LeeAnn or Melody at 231-947-9529.

Horse Camp Information

We started horse camps many years ago for many different reasons- being able to work with children, to be able to share our love of the horse, but most importantly to be able to help educate children, the future horse owners. To give them the tools they would carry with them for many years to come that would make them knowledgeable, respectful, and passionate not only about horses and riding, but also about their care and what it takes to raise them. No doubt about it, horses are a big responsibility and children need to learn what all is involved before taking the plunge into ownership. It’s a big commitment and critical that a solid foundation is laid from which to build upon. We are here to educate and be a voice for the horse and his unspoken needs.

We offer camps for many ages and experience levels. Each of the listed camps offers a description and age requirements that coordinate with it. If you need additional help in deciding which camp would be best for your son or daughter, please call us at 231-947-9529 and we’d be happy to discuss the options with you! Please note, the novice horse camp is a pre-requisite for intermediate horse camp and intermediate horse camp is a pre-requisite for the advanced horse camp unless you gain instructor approval beforehand.

  • The following is a standard equipment list your child will need while at Horse Camp.  At minimum the following is required.  However, different camps may require additional equipment.  If your child should need items beyond what is listed on this page, the information will be emailed to you upon completion of registration.

    • Appropriate, comfortable footwear.  Riding boots are best, but some type of leather hiking boot will work as well.  Absolutely no sandals; toes and heels must be covered.
    • We recommend jeans or long pants that will protect legs from the saddle’s leather.
    • Clothing for inclement weather-Layers are always a good idea for cooler mornings and warmer days.
    • If weather looks questionable a rain jacket is recommended.  A form fitting rain jacket is much better than a poncho that could blow and spook the horses.
    • Sunscreen
    • Insect Repellent
    • Horse/Barn clothes that can get dirty
    • Drinks (we can re-fill water bottles)
    • Lunch and Snacks-remember to pack heavy, students really work up an appetite when working in the barn and with the horses and it’s always better to have too much than not enough.
    • Pencil and paper
  • First, call LeeAnn or Melody at 231-947-9529 to check availability for the camp and get your child’s name added to the tentative camp list.
  • Then you will fill out a release waiver which can be found under ‘horse camp information.’  Please remember to read carefully and fill out completely.  About ¾ way down the page are a couple of lines where you need to write out a sentence.  Read instructions carefully.
  • Send completed release waiver and payment (made payable to Circle H Stables) to Ranch Rudolf at 6841 Brown Bridge Road Traverse City, MI 49696.
  • It is the first twelve (12) paid students that will make up the official camp list.

If you have any further questions, or to get your child added to the tentative camp list, please call LeeAnn or Melody at 231-947-9529.

Please click ‘Release Waiver’ to download the release of liability waiver.  You must fill this out and mail it to us at least thirty (30) days before the start of camp.  Every student must have one of these on file for each camp that they attend.