Monday, December 14, 2015

Pippa's Christmas Party

Hello from Hoofbeat!
This past Saturday, we had Pippa's Christmas Party - it felt more like a spring camp than a Christmas Party! There was no snow to be found and the temperatures were really warm. The LongBranch was festive with Christmas lights and stockings and campers did go on a candy cane hunt. If not for that, you might not have known it's December! Not that we are complaining - the warmer temperatures made riding much easier. It gets chilly in the indoor riding arena this time of year!
Campers enjoyed a riding lesson, mounted games, grooming the horses, hot cocoa by the fire, and arts and crafts.
Pippa (Hoofbeat's one and only Clydesdale) made an appearance for group photos. She was a little muddy to say the least!

No one seemed to mind though - Pippa is always a hit with the campers!
Some of the other horses that we had in for riding were, Teko, Zoe, Chief, Linus, King, Rex, Chloe, Dolly, JB, Buster Brown, Shadow, Reba, and Jazz.
Thanks to the staff that came out to help and to all of the campers too! Have a Merry Christmas and lets hope we get some snow so it's white!!!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

More Fall Photos!

Hello again!
Here are more photos from some of our fall programs. Thanks for everyone that joined us for the Horse Lover's Day and Horse Lover's Weekend!
Meech was ready for his close - up!

Ground driving Pippa!

Arts and crafts time!

costume contest!

Chloe forgot to smile for this one!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It's December!

Greetings from Hoofbeat!
We hope that you and your family enjoyed Thanksgiving!
With the rainy weather we've had, the horses have been in the barn quite a bit the last couple of weeks! If it rains a lot and the temperatures get cool enough, we bring them in for the night so they don't get cold. Even though they seem to be glad to come in, they are always ready to get back outside once the weather clears up.
(Stormy looking for a snack!)


(Fresno & Mocha)

(These three are new horses! Left to right are Rocky, Roscoe, and Toby)

We are busy getting ready for Pippa's Christmas Party on December 12. Campers will be riding, doing horse science, arts and crafts, a candy cane hunt, and sledding (if we have snow - no one wants to sled in mud!!!).A bunch of our summer staff will be here and we have a great group of campers signed up. It should be a fun day!
Christmas Camp is coming up also. It runs from December 28 - January 1. It's been full for a while now and there's a long waiting list!
We're going to be doing lots of riding, horse science, Christmas arts and crafts, going to the Kalahari Water Park in Wisconsin Dells, campfires, our yearly New Year's Eve Party, and lots more! The LongBranch has been decorated with Christmas lights, candy canes, and stockings and it's looking pretty festive!
Ted and the maintenance crew have been hard at work with several projects over the last few weeks. They built a shed outside the barn to store machinery and are working on a new gate for the main camp entrance. Never a dull moment - even this time of year!
                                 (Roscoe looks like he'd rather be outside!)
(Whoopi, right before she clawed her way up the photographer's leg! She's always looking for someone to pet her!)

Camp enrollment is in full swing. Resident Camp is filling much more quickly than it has in the past. The June 26 to July 9 session is getting close to being full and all the other sessions are half full or more. Day Camp still has quite a bit of space at this point.
We hope that you enjoy what is left of 2015 and have a Merry Christmas!

-Ted, Mary, all the Hoofbeat staff and horses