Yesterday (Wednesday) saw the first full day of rain that we have had for the whole session… And when I say rain, I mean it POURED. We were able to start out our day with Flag Raising, and then after breakfast we played our all camp game which was Honey I Love You… And just as we got to the barn to ride, the clouds rolled in and it was RAIN RAIN RAIN for the rest of the day. BUT, needless to say, we didn’t let a little rain get us down so we played with the ponies inside instead. We did some show grooming in the barn – which is like a makeover for the horses. (see smugmug.com) After this, we had lunch and got dried off and warm and had spa afternoon in the couch room of the lodge! Nail painting, book reading, music and hair styling made for a relaxing afternoon.
We also went to the arts and crafts building and designed our own barns, some were even 3D barns which was quite impressive.
For the girls that are in the four week program, we have, on staff, our very own Equine Physiotherapist – Sam Nash, allllllll the way from South Africa! Yesterday she had the girls for the whole afternoon and taught them the basics of equine massage and faradic therapy. They also met their project horse that they will be working on for the month – Cajun!
The rain was not giving us a break yesterday so after dinner and shower time, we headed over to the lodge to watch Secretariat by the fire… It was a pretty lovely day despite the rain!
Thankfully, today (Friday) the SUN IS OUT!!!! So we will be making up for lost time in the saddle! This morning our all camp game is Rounders (a British version of Baseball), and then we will be at the barn for the rest of the day.
Tomorrow is bareback day, where the girls get to practice their skills on horseback without a saddle. And Sunday is the horses’ day of rest and our super secret THEME DAY! Check back later on in the week for an update on how the girls are getting on.
WE LOVE EVR!!!!! <3
Things have been going really well in Mustang Village. The girls have been getting along great which helps them to quickly form strong friendships. Waterfront was a blast as the girls played relay races and had swimming contests. It is a great time to just hang out and float around with friends. The girls also enjoyed theater games which helps to bring out their creative side. It encourages them to be silly, act out, and try new things. In addition the games are designed to get the girls working together and problem solving. It is amazing to see the difference at the start and end of the program.
The barn is always a highlight of the day. The girls spent some focused ride time in their new lesson groups. The instructors work hard to help the entire group learn and progress. Every horse and every camper is different, so girls are constantly working on improving their technique and control with their own horse. They are very excited for tomorrow when they have the opportunity to hit the trails and enjoy a ride on their horses through the wood. New pictures were uploaded today, so check SmugMug!
We have had a busy first few days over here at EVR… Opening Sunday (although rainy) was tons of fun. We ate BBQ dinner of burgers with all the fixings and then had homemade cookies for desert ! We then finished the day with OPENING CAMPFIRE!! We sang songs, shared our goals for the session and shared some talents too. And of course, no opening campfire would be complete without S’Mores!!
Monday was EVALUATION DAY, where the girls get to show us their skills on horseback… I have to say it was probably the best eval day that we have had at EVR, lots of girls looking really great on their horses. See smugmug.com for the latest pictures. After evaluation rides, we played a game called GERONIMO! An EVR favorite.
Last night’s evening program was Paper Bag Skits, where the girls get a bag of random items and they have to make a skit from those items in 15 minutes. There are always some pretty hilarious outcomes.
Today was the first full day of regular schedule! The girls found out who their horse was going to be for the whole time that they are here and then they spend the day, riding, learning about breeds, colors and markings, and going to waterfront. Tonight’s evening program is a game called CAMOUFLAGE. See smugmug soon for the pictures of the girls.
WE LOVE EVR!!!!
Our third session of Mustang Village is off to a great start! The girls have really settled in quickly and are already enjoying camp. Monday was a whirlwind of firsts as the girls get into the routine of camp. The also did riding evaluations, swim tests, and a ton of getting to know you activities. Today the girls went to waterfront first thing to cool off in the lake. Now that swim tests are complete, the girls can just enjoy time swimming and hanging out with their new friends. After waterfront they change and have a brief period of time to clean the lodge and their bunks. Then they headed out for some fast paced games including Gaga and Dodgeball. This afternoon is exciting as the girls will be assigned to their lesson groups and meet their horse for the session! During this session we have a larger age range in Mustang Village, so the different “rooms” in the lodge (which are decided by age) will each be doing some special activities designed just for their age bracket! Check back and this blog will be updated every few days to give you an idea of what is happening in Mustang Village!
It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of Session Two here at EVR… We have had a pretty exciting few days though.
Monday had us back on regular schedule again, everyone making up for lost ride time in the arena, and spending plenty of time down by the river at Waterfront.
We had a big thunderstorm on Monday night which really helped to break the heat and made everything much more bearable for horses and campers. But we didn’t let the rain get us down so we came inside the dining hall for Evening Program which was FLASH MOB – the girls learned a ton of new dance routines which soon turned into a crazy dance party with some pretty impressive dance moves.
Tuesday night was our Staff Demo, where the campers get to see their instructors ride (an EVR favorite). The staff showed off some drill team maneuvers and then we played a game called Transitions where the staff have to complete a task and the slowest person to do it is out. So if they had to circle with their horse then the last person to do it is out and has to stand in the middle of the arena, and the last person standing wins!
Yesterday was EAST PLUS WEST DAY. Where the girls from the West Valley – Mustang Village come over and play a giant game of ULTIMATE SICKO BALL with us. See smugmug later today for the latest pictures.
Today is the last full day of riding for the girls, and they will be saying goodbye to their horses, and tonight we will have our Closing Campfire, where we share our favorite moments and memories, sing songs and of course enjoy some S’Mores .
Tonight is also the night that our girls that have been here for a month will perform their DRILL TEAM to the whole of camp… We’re very excited, and also super proud of them too.
WE LOVE EVR!!!
Since our last post we have been pretty busy here at EVR! We had to cancel all horse programming on Friday as the real feel temperature was almost 100. CRAZY! However, needless to say, we had an awesome day anyway. We spent the whole morning at waterfront, keeping cool in the river. After lunch we came down to the barn to give the horses a bath – this helps to keep the horses cool and also to give them a much needed wash!! In the evening, we all sat around the campfire and had BANANA BOATS! A traditional camp favorite.
Saturday was of course BAREBACK DAY! The girls got to try their new skills on the horses with out a saddle on! It takes a lot of concentration and balance to master bareback riding and the girls did a really amazing job at it. The four week girls didn’t do bareback this session, instead they practiced for their drill team performance!
Sunday was our theme day! This session our theme was UNDER THE SEA!!!! We all got dressed up as our favorite characters from under the sea – we had jellyfish, coral, fish, sharks, spongebob, starfish, rocks, seaweed, Nemo, and even THE OCEAN. See smugmug.com for the latest pictures of the theme day. After we looked the part, we were split into four teams – the Pacific, Atlantic, Mediterranean, and Arctic Oceans and completed a treasure hunt! Of course, to end our day in style, we went to waterfront as our characters to cool off!
Today we are back on regular schedule and the temperature is finally giving us a break. The girls will be riding for a little bit longer today to make up for the time that they missed on Friday and also learning about the different horse careers that there are in the horse industry. Tonight’s evening program is FLASH MOB!
WE LOVE EVR!!!! <3
Today was a completely different type of day for Mustang girls. It was sooooo hot that we enjoyed an extended time at waterfront to cool down. Then they went and enjoyed Slip N Slide….at Frost Valley’s new 100 foot slip and slide. It was fast and cool and helped the girls to burn off some energy and stay cool at the same time. Then they enjoyed theater games and had the chance to really express themselves as they tried games and activities!
This afternoon the girls learned what it is like to be a horse. They came up with their own names, and information about themselves and then tried out some things that happen at the barn as if they were a horse. It is a great chance for them to try things from a horses perspective!
Tonight they will enjoy a super secret dance party to wrap up an awesome day. Tomorrow they will enjoy bareback riding!
This is Jennie – the Equestrian Director, and I am posting on behalf of all Frost Valley horse programs. Due to the high heat, we have cancelled riding programs for today (Friday). Girls will be doing a wide range of activities and learning about horses, but the heat index is too high for girls and horses to be out in the sun for hours at time. All of the girls have been great and tomorrow once the heat breaks we will be riding extra to make up for today! We are staying cool and healthy to make sure everyone is ready for a second week of camp!
It has been nothing but HOT, HOT, HOT, here at EVR for the first few days of session two. Keeping cool has been our main priority! Not only do we make sure water bottles are always full, sunscreen is applied and reapplied but we also have to keep the horses cool too! After each long day in the arena, the girls help us give the horses a nice cold hose down to cool them off and as a way of saying thanks for being so good in the arena when it is this hot! The girls and the ponies love it.
Today is set to be the hottest day of the week, so what better to do then hit our beautiful, cool, tree covered trails! We have trails that can keep us busy for HOURS at a time! We plan on spending our whole day out on the trails, keeping cool but still working on our riding skills! We also have WATERFRONT this morning, so the girls can take a dip in the chilly Neversink River before heading out on horseback for the rest of the day.
Last night’s evening program was Challenge Night, where the counselors set each yurt a number of challenges to complete such as; weirdest talents, smelliest shoes, best singers and much, much more!
Our four week girls have been REALLY hard at work preparing for their drill team. Not only do they get their regular arena lesson in the morning, but they also come back to the barn after dinner to practice, practice, practice before the performance next week.
See smugmug.com for the latest pictures of the girls! WE LOVE EVR!!!! <3
The weather outside of the mountains might be almost unbearable, but here at Frost Valley is has been beautiful. Today was the warmest day of the week, but we have been working hard to help the girls and horses handle the heat. Frequent water breaks, time in the shade, mandatory rest hour, and other cooling activities have helped to keep the girls from getting run down. Both yesterday and today the girls could not get to waterfront fast enough for a refreshing dip in the lake. They enjoy waterfront so much that last night they had the chance to go for a night swim after dinner. During the mornings they played dodgeball and learned how to make dream catchers. In the afternoon yesterday the girls were assigned their lesson horses and given their lesson group. Then they had the chance to spend time with their new horse and instructor. All of the girls were heading out for a trail ride in the shade this afternoon which lets them relax with their horse. The girls have the chance to enjoy riding and spending time with their horse without standing in the blazing sun in the arena. Anticipation is already building for our all-camp event “OLYMPIX” this coming Sunday/Monday. We are uploading pictures now, so check back soon.