Back in the Saddle

Dakota

This past weekend, DuBois Center and our horse volunteers welcomed the first guest group riders since March! It was a beautiful day to make new horsey friends and to be out and about. As you have seen in regular posts, the horse team has been busy caring for and tending to the horses, barn and trails, but THIS is why they logged all those hours! Four family groups took advantage of the great weather. In addition to riding, they brought picnic lunches, explored the hiking trails and played in the leaves.

Dates are available in November for family and small group rides. Minimum number of participants is 4. For more information contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

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Horse Camps – Ready to Ride?

Cisco
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 actually 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. Ready to register online? Click here. For more information, check out the brochure online. Contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202 to have one mailed to you.

 

PONY EXPRESS (completed grades 4-6)
            July 19-22
HORSIN’ AROUND (completed grades 5-7)
            June 7-12*, July 12-17
SADDLE ‘EM UP (completed grades 7-9)
            July 5-10, July 12-17
WRANGLERS (completed grades 8-12)
            June 21-26

 

* This session, June 7-12, is nearly full.

Wrangle & Ride — Saturday, April 4

Wrangle & Ride

Spring is a great time to be outside at DuBois Center… even more so when horses are involved! Join our equestrian team on Saturday, April 4 from 9 am – 5 pm for a full day of fun with the DuBois Center herd! Designed for both beginners 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 is NOW OPEN. Click here for more information or to register by mail. Questions? Contact us at dcinfo@duboiscenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Summer Jobs — DuBois Center Equestrian Program

Taco

Looking for a rewarding summer job working with children and horses? How about hands-on experience managing a trail ride program? Spending time with the horses is a highlight for many of our campers and great barn staff make all the difference! In addition to caring for our 20-horse herd, staff utilizes basic riding instruction and time “getting to know the ponies” to help campers build self-confidence and learn to respect and care for God’s amazing creation.

We are hiring a Barn Coordinator and one or two Barn Assistant / Counselors. The salaries range from $280 – $360 per week, depending on the position, and the skills and experience of the applicant. In addition, meals and lodging are provided. These are great jobs for individuals considering a career related to education, equine, recreation or social services.

For more information, check out the attached flyer or contact Shirley at 618-787-2202 or shirley.director@DuBoisCenter.org.

SUMMER JOBS – DuBois Center Equestrian Program

Summer Barn Coordinator

Looking for a rewarding summer job working with children and horses? How about hands-on experience managing a trail ride program? Spending time with the horses is a highlight for many of our campers. In addition to caring for our 20-horse herd, our summer barn team utilizes basic riding instruction and time “getting to know the ponies” to help campers build self-confidence and learn to respect and appreciate God’s amazing creation. For those who have never experienced a horse up close, the first moments can be overwhelming. However, with nurturing guidance, campers quickly learn that they can overcome their fears and experience something wonderful. Tears often transform into giant smiles. The joy campers show is reward enough, but serving on the summer barn team also provides hands-on work experience for individuals considering a career in equine or social service related fields.

For more information, check out the attached flyer or contact Shirley at shirley.director@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202.

Horse Camps – Ready to Ride?

Suzie

Our Horse Camps are filling quickly, but there are still great options for most age groups. If the weather cooperates, horse campers have the option to ride each day! They spend more time with the ponies, but still have time for other camp favorites such as swimming, 9-Square and crafts. Some mornings, they’re up and at ’em long before chow time – the horses need to be fed and groomed before breakfast. Some evenings, untacking, feeding and barn chores come before evening games.

Younger campers can hop aboard the Pony Express for an introduction to horse camp. Older campers can choose from a variety of sessions. Ready to sign up? Register online today. For more information, pick up a camp brochure in your church office or check out the brochure online. You may also contact DuBois Center at dcinfo@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202 to have one sent to you.

Trail RidePONY EXPRESS (completed grades 4-6)
            July 22-25
HORSIN’ AROUND (completed grades 5-7)
            June 10-15July 8-13July 15-20
SADDLE ‘EM UP (completed grades 7-9)
            June 24-29July 15-20
WRANGLERS (completed grades 8-12)
            June 17-22

Register for Horse Camp

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Git along… or you might miss out! Horse Camps are filling quickly, but there are still great options available. Horse campers still enjoy popular camp activities like 9-Sqaure and archery, but they also spend significantly more time around the barn and out on the trails!

Horse 2Some mornings, it’s up and at ‘em long before chow time – the horses need to be fed and groomed before breakfast. Some evenings, it’s untacking, feeding and barn chores before evening games. As long as the weather allows, horse campers have the option to ride each day! Depending on the skill level and interests of the group, horse times may include cantering, riding bareback, playing games on horseback in the arena or educational “horse sense” sessions.

 

For more information, check out the 2017 camp brochure or contact DuBois Center at dcinf@DuBoisCenter.org or 618-787-2202 to have one sent to you. Ready to register? You can register online today!