Monday, May 6, 2019

May Horse Lover's Weekend

We had a great time this past weekend with a bunch of horse crazy girls! It was our May Horse Lover's Weekend and we all had a great time riding, grooming the mini ponies, doing horse care classes, playing group games, doing arts and crafts, roasting marshmallows, having a campfire, and making new friends! The weather couldn't have been more perfect on Saturday and Sunday was pretty great with the exception of a light shower that passed through. Thank you to all of the campers and staff that joined us for a fun weekend! Enjoy these photos that the staff took!

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Meet the staff!

Hi everyone! My name is Kennedy and this will be my third summer working at the day camp. Some of my favorite camp activities are arts and crafts and water games when it’s warm enough. My favorite day camp horse is Diego because he’s small but sassy! I’m currently a senior at UW-Madison and will be starting a PhD program at UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall. In my free time I like to dance, go to the gym, and cook random things I find on Pinterest. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and having a great summer!

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Spring is Here!

Hello from Hoofbeat!

The snow has finally melted and we can see the barn from the lower part of camp (before the view was blocked with mountains of snow......and we do mean mountains!!!). The sun has been warm and the horses seem to be enjoying it more each day. They are really starting to shed now! That must mean spring is here. Yay!
Camp is filling up quickly. Resident camp doesn't have much space left in the June sessions at this point. Day camp has about 20 spots left in most sessions. Sign up soon to get your first choice of dates!
We have added two Mother/Daughter Weekends to our fall calendar. The dates are September 27-29th and October 4-6th. We just opened registration yesterday, but there were lots of sign ups. We expect both weekends to fill quickly.
Our annual Open House will be held Sunday, June 9th this year. It will be from 2-5 pm and everyone is welcome!
We've been posting staff bios so that everyone can get to know our summer staff. So, without further ado, say hi to Elinore!

Hello! My name is Elinore and this is my first summer as a staff member but my third summer at Hoofbeat. I am extremely excited to come back to camp! I am from Glenview, IL and am excited to graduate in the spring and study computer science next fall. Outside of school I love to help my school build sets for shows, trying to bake (emphasis on trying), and goofing around with my horse Barnabee. I can't wait to sing camp songs, play group games, and meet all the new campers! My favorite Hoofbeat horses are Raspberry and Indy. I cannot wait to see everyone this summer!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Counting down for spring!

Hello from Hoofbeat!
We wanted to give everyone an update on what we've been up to at camp. In between snow and ice storms over the last few weeks, we've had several UW groups out for retreats, a camp fair in Illinois, and Ted has been busy hiring staff for the summer.
The weather has been interesting to say the least. We got a couple of pretty good snowstorms and had snow piles that looked like small mountains all around camp. 
With the temperatures bouncing around and a little rain in the mix, we've had the horses in the barn quite a bit. The last time we let them out (after being in for 3 days straight), it was like a circus! There were horses running everywhere, bucking, snorting, and being wild. Even our 4 oldest mares did laps around their pasture. When they act like that, you'd never know that they can be well mannered enough to carry the youngest of our campers around on trails and for lessons! But to be fair, they have not been ridden since December and they've been getting corn (which makes them extra wild!).

The ice made things a little rough for feeding - we're really glad that our feed truck has chains on all of the tires. One of the crew that was out feeding and shall remain nameless , was seen sliding down a short hill (on his posterior) and under a gate with some hay. When asked what happened, he replied, "Well I started to slide, so I just sat down." Our miniature ponies reportedly took off after spooking at the large person sliding down the hill toward their pasture. Once they realized he had their breakfast  they came trotting back.
So, if you've ever wondered what life is like at Hoofbeat in the winter……now you know!
We are counting down the days until spring. It'll be nice to see the leaves on the trees and the horses out in their pastures eating grass again!      

Monday, December 31, 2018

Christmas Camp Pictures

More pictures from Christmas Camp!