Monday, May 6, 2019

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 16, 2019

Spring News From Hoofbeat!

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!

Saturday, March 9, 2019

More staff bios!

Hi everyone! My name is Kristina and I am super excited so spend another summer at Hoofbeat!! This will be my 9th summer overall and my 4th as staff/riding instructor. I’m currently finishing my first year at Mount Holyoke College, where I’m studying International Relations and Chinese and probably Economics as well. When I’m not at camp, you can find me riding with my school’s equestrian team, roaming the library, going for a run, or hanging out with my cats. At camp, my favorite things to do are to go on trail rides, make friendship bracelets, and teach riding lessons. My favorite horses are Peter Pan (surprisingly not pictured!) and Shadow! I can’t wait to see everyone at camp this summer! Three months to go!!

Hi everyone! My name is Halley and I'm so excited to be returning to Hoofbeat for another memorable summer! This summer is especially exciting because it will be my 15th summer spent at Hoofbeat since I first came to camp as a day camper! It will also be my 3rd summer working with the CIT program and my 7th as resident camp staff. I'm originally from Madison, Wisconsin, but have spent the last few years in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I completed my bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota in speech-language-hearing sciences and psychology. A few of my favorite camp activities include trail rides, theme nights, and cuddling with my favorite camp horses, Scout and Raspberry! I'm so excited for another amazing summer at camp, and I can't wait to see you all there!

Hey everyone! I am SO excited for another great summer at camp!! My name is Kourtney, This will be my 6th year working at Hoofbeat and my 9th summer overall. I am a freshman at Ripon College and I’m studying Business Management and Spanish. When I’m not living in Ripon I am in my hometown, Evansville, WI. When I’m not studying I love spending time with my horse, Rumba, doing stuff for my sorority (AXO WOOP WOOP!!), hiking, swimming, traveling, and just spending time outdoors. My favorite hoofbeat horse is Tiger - I can’t wait to see him and all of you this summer!

Monday, March 4, 2019

More staff bios!

Hey everyone! Who’s excited for summer? I sure am. My name is Jasmine and this will be my fourth summer at resident camp, second as Barn Director! I am graduating from South Dakota State University with a degree in Biology in May. You might ask what my plans are after summer but your guess is as good as mine! Recently, my hobbies have included running from my car to the nearest heated building and vise versa, snowshoeing when the temperature is above 0 (all three times this winter), and frequently cuddling up with a mug of hot chocolate. When the snow does melt (it will someday, I promise), I can be found outside rollerblading, running, or kayaking. My favorite activities at camp are stargazing, eating hot popcorn during Trading Post, and playing group games! I’m not-so-patiently waiting to soak up the sun and to be back at camp! See everyone soon!
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Hey folks! My name is Violeta, and like everyone else I am impatiently waiting for summer to hurry up and and arrive! I started coming to Hoofbeat as a wee day camper 11 years ago and have been coming back to camp every year since! This will be my 5th year working as staff and 2nd summer as the Program Director for Resident Camp. Right now I am a student at UW-Madison studying Conservation Biology and International Studies. Outside of school I love to go on travel adventures, dance to live music, and snuggle with my furry 4-legged friends. My favorite things at Hoofbeat include (but are definitely not limited to) theme nights, the gorgeous sunsets, and watching the horses being let out after a hard day at work! I'm so excited for all the fun activities in store for this summer. See you all soon! 

Saturday, March 2, 2019

More staff bios!

Hi all! I’m Sophie and this will be my third summer as resident camp staff, and eighth at Hoofbeat overall! Currently I live in La Crosse, Wisconsin, but I’m originally from Mazomanie! I graduate from high school this spring, and am hoping to study business in the fall. In my free time I love to read, listen to music, spend time outside, and relax with my dogs. You can also often find me in the natural foods aisle at my grocery store, or at my local thrift shop! I’m (literally) counting the days till camp starts up, and I can’t wait to participate in my favorite camp activities (cabin time, ships and sailors, and breakfast) and snuggle with all my favorite horses, especially Kirby and Gandalf! Mainly though I’m looking forward to spending time with all the campers and my fellow counselors, new and familiar faces alike. See you this summer!

Oh hey there! I’m Brooke :) and I’m very excited for summer to start. This summer will be my second summer as staff, but my seventh at Hoofbeat overall. My hometown is Whitefish Bay, WI, but I’m currently a freshman at UW-Madison studying animal science. In my free time, I love going on outdoor adventures, stargazing, going on late night walks around Madison, and cuddling with puppies. I’m so ready for all the fun camp activities, especially trail rides, theme-nights, trading post, and, of course, hanging out with my favorite hoofbeat pony, Pirate. I can’t wait to see everyone this summer!


Hi everyone! My name is Alyssa, and I am so excited for another summer at Hoofbeat! This upcoming summer will be my 11th year at camp, and my 4th summer as staff. I’m currently a freshman at UW-Madison studying Chemistry and Environmental Science. In my free time you can find me grabbing a bite to eat or wandering around Madison in search of a dog to pet. I love everything about camp, but I especially enjoy camper-counselor hunts, teaching riding lessons, and hanging out with my favorite Hoofbeat horse, Shadow! I can’t wait to see everyone in a few months!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Get to know the staff!

This time of year we like to post staff bios so that you can get to know our staff!

Hi everybody! My name is Melissa and I’m already counting down the days until the start of another wonderful summer at camp! This will be my 12th summer spent at camp since I first came to Hoofbeat as a camper. I will be working at resident camp for my 6th summer and working with the RIT program for my second summer! During the school year, you can find me at UW-Madison where I am currently a junior studying Animal Sciences and Environmental Studies. When I am not at school, I spend most of my time adventuring with my horse, Sterling, or searching the nearby Culvers’ for the best flavor of the day! Some of my favorite camp activities are Capture the Flag, Numbers, trail rides and stargazing. I love all of the camp horses but if I had to pick some favorites, Jazz, Lightning and Indy would be at the top of my list! I can’t wait for summer to start and I hope you see you all there! 

Hi everyone! My name is Sydney, and I am so excited for camp this summer! This will be  my second summer as resident camp staff, but my sixth summer at Hoofbeat! I am from Chicago, IL, but I will be moving east to Philadelphia this fall to begin my freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania. During the school year, I love working on
photography and graphic design, playing my flute and piccolo, and riding my barn’s horse Oakley. At camp, I’m always looking forward to camper-counselor hunts, trail rides, applesauce cake, and of course, hanging out with my best buddy, Batman! I cannot wait to see everyone this summer!
Hi! My name is Katie and this will be my third year working at camp, and my ninth year at Hoofbeat! I’m from Glenview, Illinois and go to school at Glenbrook South where I run track, and play tackle football. When I’m not in school or at the barn you can usually find me cheering on my schools sports teams, reading a book, or out for a run. I’m most looking forward to group games, theme nights, and trail rides. I love all the horses at camp, but my long time favorites are Addie and Gandalf. I can’t wait to meet everyone!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Counting down to 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!

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Even More Christmas Camp Photos!!!!

Christmas Camp!

We had a great time at Christmas Camp these past few days! After everyone got checked in on Friday evening, each of the cabin groups spent some time doing ice breakers and making a code of living for their group. Then campers met in the Lodge for some all camp games, followed by an indoor campfire in the dining hall.
On Saturday morning, everyone was ready to see the horses and have some riding time! 
We had split the girls up into four groups and each group rotated to a riding lesson, horse science, arts and crafts, and some group games on the lower athletic field. Once lunch was finished, it was time for more horse fun! Campers did mounted games, pictures with the horses, and opposite that made cookies (lots and lots of cookies!) for dessert that evening. After dinner, it was off to the woods for an elf hunt and campfire. The elves even shared their marshmallows for us to roast on the fire. Whew! What a busy day! Once the girls headed back to camp, they had time to relax in the dining hall, play some games and visit the camp store.
Sunday was a beautiful, sunny day and the girls enjoyed riding, horse science, a scavenger hunt, and skit planning for the morning. After lunch, we had a quick rest break and then hopped on the bus for the drive to the Kalahari water park in Wisconsin Dells. Campers (and staff!) enjoyed the waterslides, lazy river, and activity pools.
Monday morning we started things out with riding lessons, cookie decorating, skit practice, group games, and time with the Hoofbeat herd of mini ponies. After lunch everyone was pretty tired from being on the go so much, so we had a rest break. The weather was a little challenging for us as we had some freezing rain that changed over to snow, but we made the best of it. Campers had a chance to do barn fun, a treasure hunt, decorated for the New Year's Eve party. Once dinner had finished up, it was time to start our New Year's Eve party. Campers dressed in "Olympic" themed costumes, preformed their group skits, played a bunch of "Minute to Win It" games, and had some hot apple cider, and popcorn.

On Tuesday morning, everyone got to sleep in a little later since we had such a busy New Year's Eve! After breakfast was finished, we took advantage of the fresh snow with some sledding. Campers also got a chance to do some bareback riding and spend more time with our herd of mini ponies.

Christmas Camp flew by this year and we want to say a big thank you to parents, campers, and staff for making the trip to Hoofbeat! We hope to see you again soon and Happy New Year!