6841 Brown Bridge Road Traverse City
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.
What To Bring
- 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.
How to Sign Up
- 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 (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.