Horsing around, fun beyond the riding ring
In addition to formal instruction, Forrestel offers many fun and exciting riding opportunities and horse events.
At the end of every two week session, our campers participate in a riding demonstration that allows them to show off their new skills for friends and family. Our instructors put together a 15 minute routine that might involve dressage, jumping, or drill team exercises. Our riding demos provide a non-competitive opportunity for our campers to share what they have learned while riding at Forrestel. Equally exciting is the opportunity for the counselors to show how their hard work and caring has improved their students’ riding skills.
Overnight Horseback Trip
One of our most popular riding events is the Overnight Horseback Trip. Many riders have never had the joy of riding out on the trail or taking their horse for a splash in a cool brook. During our overnight Trail, Tack and Tent Trip, Forrestel campers get to experience nature the old-fashioned way. After dinner in the eating house, a small group of riders and two counselors ride out. When they reach the overnight site, they untack and water their horses. Once the horses are fed, the fire is started. It’s not a real campfire until the marshmallows are out and the s’mores are toasting!
After a night of trading horse secrets and giggling, the kids cook breakfast over a warm campfire and then go on a beautiful trail ride. It’s become tradition to stop by our horse pond and swim on horseback. The “Trail, Tack and Tent Trip” has become a favorite among the kids. Any rider we judge to be experienced enough is invited for this unforgettable event.
Another unique experience offered at Forrestel is our Decorate a Horse Contest. Teams of campers are given a willing horse and a theme to guide their painting and decorating. Past themes have included Disney movies, super heroes and countries. Entries are revealed in our “Parade of Horses” where a grand champion is selected.
Pony Club Games
All campers have the chance to play pony club games at least once during a two week session. Here are a few of our favorites.
- Egg and spoon race
- Forrestel relay race
- Carrot bobbing
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