Summer is officially in full swing! This year, Miami University is hosting four weeks of on-site half day summer camp in addition to helping out with the riding section of YMCA Camp Campbell Gard’s summer camp. At both locations the campers are learning the parts of the horse, how to properly care for the horses and basic riding in both Hunt Seat and Western tack.
Camp Campbell Gard
Camp Campbell Gard’s half day camp is run by Miami’s own Western coach Beth Akers and Amanda Wasser, while the full day/overnight camp is headed by Tom Schoen and Danielle Hume. According to Tom, the different cabins create cheers each week before they head to each meal to see who gets to be first in line for their food. The groups are able to earn spirit points that can accumulate to an ice cream social. Horse camp has won this challenge the past two weeks by turning popular pop songs into songs about the horses and camp!
On our home turf Jackie Yeager and Liz Ector have been teaching young campers everything there is to know about horses. Some of the weeks activities included a scavenger hunts for different colors and markings on horses in the barn, demonstration by the farrier, and painted the parts of the horse on Bailey. At the end of the week the campers showed off their new riding skills to their parents as they trotted around the ring, went over poles and negotiated through cones.
Bailey loved all the attention
Up next, Miami will host two more weeks of half day summer camp July 14-18 and July 21-25!