Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fall Camp Update!

Hello from Hoofbeat!
We wanted to update everyone on camp as it's been a little while since our last post.
We have been incredibly busy the last four weeks with after school riding lessons for the Madison area middle schools. We work with MSCR and four days a week we have lessons with different schools. Students sign up for the 4 week program and are bused to and from camp 1 day a week for riding lessons and horse science. We had some familiar faces in the crowd - each year there are several of our summer campers in the mix! Mary and Ted were calculating that we have run the program for 49 years! It was started by Mary's mother, Betty Bennett Talbot, not long after camp first opened.
So Monday through Thursday, each week, we've had lessons, and then on Fridays we have had groups coming in for the weekend. It feels almost as busy as summer, but we are thankful for all of our hard working staff. We've got a great crew!
Weekends have been booked with Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Mother/Daughter groups, Able Trek Tours, and several UW retreats.


We are really starting to see some beautiful fall colors now. You can look out over the valley and see bright dots of color on the hills below camp.

We did get quite a bit of rain over the last couple of weeks, so the pastures are pretty muddy again. Some of the horses have been rolling in the mud and looking like creatures from the swamp, but we won't name names…………on second thought - it was Dolly and Gandalf! Of course the two grey horses - they seem to love the mud. We don't mind until it's time to groom them!
Just a few weeks left for early bird registration for 2018 resident camp! The early bird rates are good until November 15th.
We've added Dante's Christmas Party to our fall schedule………..the program is on December 2 and bus service is included from Madison and Cross Plains. There aren't many spots left at this point.
Christmas Camp is also filling quickly. There are less than 10 spots left now and normally it fills up and we have a waiting list. Each year, campers and staff, have a blast enjoying Hoofbeat in the winter!
Our spring Mother/Daughter registration is open for May 2018. We have 3 weekends in row, so sign up before they fill up!

See our website for details on all of the above programs. www.hoofbeat.org

Until next time, take care and we hope to see you again soon!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Thanks for a great summer!

Wow! It's hard to believe summer came and went so quickly. It feels like yesterday that our staff were arriving for staff training, but here we are heading toward the end of August!
We wanted to say thank you to our staff for all of their hard work over the summer. We had a great group of resident and day camp staff this year . So, thank you all! We couldn't do it with out you!
Thank you to our campers and their families for coming from far and wide to join us at Hoofbeat. We had quite a few campers from out of state - they came from Texas, Missouri, Iowa, California, Minnesota, Michigan, Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, and Virginia. Thanks for making the trek to camp!
Thanks to our horses too (even though they'll never see this!) - it takes a special horse to be a school horse. We are thankful for ours!
We're busy working on fall programs now. Both of the Mother/Daughter Weekends have filled and Christmas Camp registration has been open since mid-summer.
The 2018 resident camp registration should be available soon - check the website for early bird rates!
Here are some of our favorite photos from the summer. Thanks to Amanda for organizing them and also for all of the blog updates over the summer!
Take care and enjoy the rest of the summer!