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Fourth of July at Forrestel
Thursday, July 4th 2019

Happy Fourth of July!

Today at camp, we had a great afternoon celebrating the Fourth of July. As one of their morning activities, some campers helped Mary decorate the eating house before lunchtime.


The campers had a great time getting everything ready and brought some funky clothes to celebrate!


Go team!
Wednesday, July 3rd 2019

Our afternoon at Forrestel was extra special! Our sports staff led a series of team-building activities, aimed at bringing the campers together to tackle a challenge.

The first challenge was for a camper to hold as many tennis balls as possible with only one point of contact with the ground. They had to rely on their teammates to assist them with positioning the tennis balls efficiently! We saw many unique approaches to this problem…

tennis balls

Another task was to build the tallest structure with only a certain set of pieces. We had lots of fun showing the sports staff our creative skills!


The perfect way to end a busy day is with a campfire. Two of our campers showed off their skills as they assisted in making tonight’s fire. It was one of the best we’ve seen! We are already looking forward to tomorrow.


Mountain Biking and more!
Tuesday, July 2nd 2019

Today we had our first mountain biking trip of Session 2. The campers had a blast biking through the woods and enjoyed a relaxing swim in the pond afterward.

Mountain biking

The minis have also been a hit at camp this session! Campers enjoy grooming, bathing, and jumping them. The minis love the attention. They are so cute, it’s easy to see why everyone loves them.


Since we had a busy day of riding and sports, we took full advantage of our rest time today. Everyone is resting up for another full day of camp tomorrow!

Rest hour

Day 1 of Second Session
Monday, July 1st 2019

Today kicked off the start of our first full day of Second Session! Unlike our Advanced Clinic, campers had the chance to either play sports, do some wood-working, or participate in arts and crafts.


We had lots of fun trying new activities and making new friends today!

Arts and crafts

As always, all the horses and ponies were wonderful in our lessons and we can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.


Advanced Clinic with Nancy
Thursday, June 27th 2019

For the past two days, the campers have had the wonderful opportunity to work with Nancy, an experienced IHSA/IEA judge and skilled clinician. Nancy stressed the importance of having a strong leg position, as well as a good two-point, to our campers and helped them strengthen their skills. The campers really enjoyed their session with her and liked learning new warm up techniques.

Nancy clinic

As the session comes to a close, we’ve been showing our ponies a lot of extra love. They have been exceptional this week and we have learned so much!

Kat and Emma

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