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Shows and Trail Riding Time......
Monday, September 11th 2017

After our camp season finished, our ponies have still been busy. They all enjoyed a little rest out in their pastures, but now it is back to work for most of them!

This past Saturday, we took Hughie and Honey to a local One Day Event, “Saddle Up For Roswell” in Gasport NY.

Katie took Hughie



and Sierra took Honey


sierra 2

Katie had an awesome and clear SJ and XC round to finish on her Dressage Score and Sierra had a wonderful first dressage test with great marks and a clear SJ round.
Such a great day for a great cause!

kat and katie

We have also been busy taking out trail rides,


This is a great time of year to take a ride out around the property. Look who joined us for a trail ride this weekend….. Mary and Rolex!


If you are interested in taking lessons, or joining us for a trail ride on the property, contact us in the office to schedule your ride! 585-798-2222. All ages and abilities welcome.

Orleans County Heritage Festival Kick-off Party!
Wednesday, September 6th 2017

Hello Forrestel Family!

Come join us this Friday at 6PM, for the Kick-off of the 2nd Annual Orleans County Heritage Festival here at Forrestel Farms!!!

Orleans County Heritage Festival Kickoff Invitation

Come enjoy live music by City Fiddle while drinking some local wine from Leonard Oaks Winery and mead from 810 Meadworks!

When you work up an appetite dancing, sample some food from Bad Ash BBQ while you take a tour of our historic farm!

Please wear comfortable footwear and dress for one of our famous camp bonfires!

We hope to see you there!

Deep In Our Hearts Forever.....
Tuesday, August 15th 2017

Deep In Our Hearts Forever…….

You may think my dear, when you grow quite old. You have left camp days behind. But, I know the scent of wood smoke will always come to mind. Little paths at twilight and trails you used to find.


You may think some day you are quite grown up and feel so worldly wise. But suddenly from out of the past, a vision will arise. Of merry folk with brown bare knees and laughter in their eyes.


You may have a little house built to your taste in the nicest part of town. But someday for your old camp swim suit you’d change your latest gown and trade it for a balsam bed where stars all night look down.


You may find yourself grown and wealthy; have all that gold could buy. But you’d toss aside the fortune for days ’neath an open sky with sunlight on blue waters and white clouds floating high.


For once you have been a camper then something has come to stay deep in your heart forever which nothing can take away. And heaven can only be heaven with a camp in which you play.


red team

kids at table

Mary S. Edgar

See you next summer!

Girls Riding Weekends
Wednesday, August 9th 2017

As our summer camp session comes to an end; Mary, Kat and all of the rest of us at Forrestel are looking forward to fall on the farm. Cozy nights and cool, frosty mornings are in our midst and we would love you to join us for special weekends filled with riding lessons, trail rides, fun and games!

Be ready for exciting adventures and fun memories that will last a lifetime! Get your boots on and saddle up for a trail ride through the colorful leaves with the sun on your back. Later back on the farm, cozy up with your new gal pals and enjoy a delicious home cooked meal!

Our Girls Riding Weekends are a wonderful way for families to find out more about Forrestel. We have limited enrollment for ages 7-17. No prior riding experience is necessary. Please feel free to call our office at 585-798-2222 or email us at for more information or to request an application. Full payment is due upon registration.

Dates and Rates:

September 22-24 Back to School Girls Riding Weekend
Arrival 4pm. Departure 4pm. $325

October 6-9 Columbus Day Girls Riding Weekend
Arrival 4pm. Departure 2pm. $435

November 9-12 Veterans Day Girls Riding Weekend
Arrival 4pm. Departure 2pm. $435

February 16-19 President’s Day Girls Riding Weekend
Arrival 4pm. Departure 2pm. $435

February 22-25 2nd President’s Day Girls Riding Weekend
Arrival 4pm. Departure 2pm. $435

April 5-8 Spring Break Girls Riding Weekend
Arrival 4pm. Departure 2pm. $435

May 25-28 Memorial Day Girls Riding Weekend
Arrival 4pm. Departure 2pm. $435

Top 10 reasons to send your kid to camp this summer!
Wednesday, June 7th 2017

(by Mike Cooney)


I love Camp. I’ve been a “camp guy” for the better part of 30 years, in just about every capacity. I’ve been a camper. A leader. A camp commissioner, an administrator, instructor, inspector, and a lifeguard… and it’s been an absolute blast. But probably the best thing about going to camp is watching people grow over time. You get to watch the shy 8-year-old develop into the 18-year-old staffer who has no qualms about leading a song and making a fool of himself for the delight of 300 people. Here are my top 10 reasons you should send your kid to Camp this summer.

10. So they’ll be homesick, and get over it.

At some point in our lives, we all experience homesickness. For kids who go to camp, they tend to experience it earlier, and they tend to have it happen around supportive people that they know. They also tend to do so much closer to home. The alternative for a lot of kids is being homesick when the get to college. My first year at Boy Scout Camp, at June Norcross Webster Reservation in Ashford, Conn. I got extremely homesick on Tuesday. There were definitely more tears than I’d care to admit. But my leaders convinced me to stick it out. They distracted me.

By Friday, I didn’t want to go home, because I was having so much fun. I cannot tell you how many times I’ve seen this exact same process at other camps.

9. They’ll Gain Confidence

Going to camp can be a daunting thing for kids. They’ll get nervous, and build it up to be a big thing in their heads. They’ll convince themselves that they’re going to die in their tents because the Daddy Long Legs spider is going to eat them. You laugh, I’ve had this conversation. They’ll tell themselves they can’t pass their swimming test.

And you know what, an adult they trust will tell them that they can. And they will.

This confidence won’t evaporate once they come home from camp – but they’ll have these little victories to look back on when they go back to school. They’ll have it with them for the rest of their lives.


8. It’s Gets Them Moving

Summer camps tend to be big, and you have to do a lot of walking. This is more of a feature than a bug. Walking the trails at camp gives kids some time to think. They might also get to go swimming, rock climbing, canoeing, running, or play sports.


All of which are healthier for them than simulating any of those activities on a PlayStation.

7. They’ll Try New Things

Where else but camp would you get to try cardboard boat races?
Maybe it’ll be archery, canoeing or basketry. But they’ll be exposed to all sorts of things that they’d likely never experience at home or in school. They could go rock climbing. They’ll sing songs, and may even wind up doing a skit in front of hundreds of people.

6. Gain Self-Reliance

As it turns out, the best way to learn how to do things for yourself is… to do things for yourself. They’ll have to take care of their own stuff. Mom won’t be there to clean their room for them.

They’ll learn that staying up until midnight talking to your friends is fun on Sunday night, but that you’ll pay for it on Sunday morning. They’ll also have the experience of truly managing their own money for the first time. When they get to camp with a certain amount of money, they’ll have to figure out how to spend it best over the course of a week.

And this rolls into the next point, camp is a…

5. It’s A Safe Place to Fail

Accidents happen at camp. They might not complete a merit badge. A towel could go missing. They might get a blister. They might spend all of their money on candy on the first day, and have nothing left for the rest of the week – and they won’t actually starve.

In life, things go wrong.

And you’ll still be okay. There will be people there to help, and to support you.

You’ll learn that the little setbacks in life aren’t the end of the world.

4. They Learn Skills

They’ll learn to look out for others. Delegating important tasks to others is a difficult concept for adults. But it’s vital to accomplishing any big, worthwhile goal. This is a skill that the s will learn at camp. They’ll learn how to manage others – how to take a list of things to do, and to match them up with the right people for the job.

But they’ll learn any number of things – from construction skills, to life-saving, to basketry, to canoeing, or archery. Above all, for many of them, it will be the first time they’ll actually get to pick what they want to learn about. They’ll actually set their own schedules. They may be exposed to a hobby or career they’ll enjoy for the rest of their lives.

3. Camp Is the Friendliest Place on Earth

Sorry Disney, but camp is the friendliest place you can send your kid this summer. Everybody tends to be in a great mood. The kids are doing what they’ve been looking forward to all year long. The staff has the best job of their lives. And the volunteers are on vacation. It’s the perfect storm for a good time. Sure, it may rain sometimes, but still, a bad day at camp is better than a good day at the office, or school, or pretty much anywhere.

2. See the World Differently

In my time at camp I’ve gotten to meet people from all over the world. From every continent. It’s one thing to read about people from the other side of the planet in a book, or see them on television, but you get a different perspective when you actually get to spend time with them as friends.

But they’ll also get to see their own area in a different way. When there are no walls, you tend to be open to new ideas. You can sit quietly, and listen to the birds, the trees and the wind… and you have some time to think. Time to figure things out.

1. Make Friends That Last a Lifetime

They’ll run into people from all over, and learn to find similarities. They’ll find themselves singing songs, doing skits, and telling jokes with people they might not otherwise ever come into contact with. When you camp with people, you find out your similarities and differences in a hurry. Camp is one of the great places to have the shared experiences that build strong friendships.


And oh yeah, camp is fun.

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