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!