Horse Camps – Ready to Ride?

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Do you love to ride horses? Want to learn more about them and how to care for these beautiful creatures? Consider coming to a Horse Camp at DuBois Center!
Horse Campers spend more time with the ponies, but still have time for other camp favorites like swimming, 9-Square, vespers and crafts. If the weather cooperates, they have the option to ride each day. Some mornings, these horse enthusiasts are up and at ’em long before breakfast to feed, groom and tack the herd. An early morning ride – in the cool of the day – is a great reward for early morning chores! Later in the day, the stalls need to be mucked out. Horse campers take turns, and have fun while learning about the responsibilities of caring for horses.
Younger campers can hop aboard the Pony Express for an introduction to horse camp. Older ones can choose from a variety of sessions.
PONY EXPRESS (completed grades 4-6)
            July 21-24
HORSIN’ AROUND (completed grades 5-7)
            June 9-14, July 14-19
SADDLE ‘EM UP (completed grades 7-9)
            June 7-12, July 14-19
WRANGLERS (completed grades 8-12)
            June 16-21
Ready to register online? Click here. For more information, pick up a camp brochure at your UCC church or check out the brochure online. Contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org to have one mailed to you.
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Wrangle and Ride March 23 Registration Deadline

Wrangle & Ride
There are still a couple openings for the first Wrangle & Ride of the season on March 23, 2019. Join other horse enthusiasts (12 years to adult) for some quality time with our herd of 20 horses. Clover, Thunder and Zephyr are calling your name!
This event is limited to the first 12 who register – which means more time in the saddle for everyone! Just be sure to register by the deadline on Saturday, March 9.
Register online or by mail. For more details check out this flyer or contact DuBois Center at 618-787-2202 or dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org.

Wrangle and Ride Registration Now Open

Wrangle & Ride
Spring is a great time to explore DuBois Center from horseback! Join our equestrian team on Saturday, March 23 and/or April 13 from 9am – 5pm for a full day of fun with the DuBois Center herd. Designed for both beginner and more experienced riders, these are horse-intensive days of grooming, tacking, riding, instruction and other horse-related activities. Beginners will be introduced to basic skills, while more experienced riders work on advanced options. Minimum age is 12. The cost is $65 per day with lunch included.
Online registration is now open, or complete and mail this form. Questions? Check out this flyer or contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@duboiscenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Wrangle & Ride – Now Two Dates in Spring!

Wrangle & Ride

Spring is a great time to explore DuBois Center from horseback! Join our equestrian team on Saturday, March 23 AND/OR April 13 from 9 am – 5 pm for a full day of fun with the DuBois Center herd.

Designed for both beginner and more experienced riders, these are horse-intensive days of grooming, tacking, riding, instruction and other horse-related activities. Beginners will be introduced to basic skills, while experienced riders work on more advanced options.

The minimum age to participate is 12 years old and the cost is $65 per person, per day with lunch included.

Online registration is now open, or you may complete and mail this form. Hurry! These days often fill up fast.

Questions? Contact DuBois Center 618-787-2202 or email.

Fuzzy Ponies!

fuzzy ponies

A question we get asked a lot at DuBois Center is, “What do you do with the horses in the winter?” The answer varies depending on the severity of the weather. Horses possess many adaptations to help them stay comfortable in even the most extreme conditions.

For instance, you might notice that our herd is fuzzier in the winter. Their thicker coats help insulate them from the cold, as well as retaining oil that repels moisture. Internally, their metabolism heats the horses from the inside out. As long as a horse has an adequate supply of hay and grain (which we provide) to fuel this “furnace,” it will not suffer from lower temperatures. Short bouts of physical exertion, such as bucking and running as well as shivering, also help to heat up muscles and stabilize internal temperatures.

During extreme conditions, like during the recent polar vortex, our horses come into the barn daily for an extra feeding. The barn is adapted as a wind shelter and left open on one end, allowing the horses to meander in and out at their leisure. In addition, there is a heated waterer outside the barn, providing the horses (and barn cats) with constant access to fresh water.

So, when the temperatures drop and wind speeds pick up, have no fear – a combination of horse anatomy and proactive care ensure the health of our herd.

Wrangle & Ride – Spring 2019

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Join our equestrian team on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 9 am – 5 pm for a full day of fun with the DuBois Center herd! Designed for both beginner and more experienced riders, this is a horse-intensive day of grooming, tacking, riding, instruction and other horse-related activities. Beginners will be introduced to basic skills, while experienced riders work on more advanced options. The cost for this event is $65 with lunch included. Online registration begins February 1. Questions? Contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.orgor 618-787-2202.

Save the Date! Father-Son Retreat 2019

Father Son Retreat
Fathers, grandfathers and uncles – SAVE THE DATE for March 29 – 31, 2019! Plan now to bring your sons, grandsons, nephews or another significant young man in your life to DuBois Center for a weekend of quality guy time at our Father-Son Retreat!
Fish, hike, canoe and just hang out together. Make cool crafts, share in vespers and work on your archery skills. Hit the trails on horseback and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature (horseback riding available for an additional fee).
Lodging is in heated cottages and Hickory Lodge. All ages are welcome, though activities are geared for boys age 5 and older. Families participate together. Rev. RJ Morgan will be returning as our chaplain for the weekend.
Registration opens February 1. Watch for details for details coming soon! Questions? Contact us at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Save the Date – Wrangle & Ride Fall 2018

Horses

Do you love horses? Do you want to spend an entire day riding and learning all about them? This fall, we are hosting another group ride day at DuBois Center – Wrangle & Ride!

More details will be available soon, but save the date for Saturday, November 3! The event will start at 9 a.m. and will wrap up at 5 p.m. We hope to see you cowboys and cowgirls there!

Group Rides at DuBois Center

Group Rides

Is your youth group, family ministries program, scout troop or neighborhood playgroup wild about horses? Did you know that groups of six or more can schedule horseback rides at DuBois Center on weekends and mid-week school holidays?

Trail rides, with an orientation in the arena, last for one hour; the cost is $22 per person for day groups. Our Equestrian Team can also provide educational sessions related to badges for all ages and levels of scouts, or “Horse Sense” sessions for non-scouting groups.

For more information contact the DuBois Center office at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Registration Deadline for Wrangle & Ride

wrangle and ride deadline
There’s still time to sign-up for Wrangle & Ride, a horse-intensive day at DuBois Center! The registration deadline is THIS Saturday, April 7.
Wrangle & Ride is for enthusiasts ages 12 and older. Yes, youth and adults are all welcome! Groom, tack, ride and enjoy other horse-themed activities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21. The cost is $60 per person and lunch is included. Activities are geared for novice riders and those with more experience.
Click here for a flyer and reservation form or register online. Contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202 with questions.