Girl Scouts of Colorado offers equestrian programs for all levels of abilities at Tomahawk Ranch and Meadow Mountain Ranch. Our certified staff teaches the girls about horse care, Western beginner and advanced riding disciplines, stable management, trail riding in the Rocky Mountains and more.
The GSCO properties offer and feature:
GSCO offers boots and helmets at our facilities that participants can borrow. All riders are required to wear an ASTM/SEI approved safety helmet, regardless of age and ability. All riders are required to wear long pants, shirts that can be tucked in, hard-soled, treadless riding boot with approximately a one-inch heel (not hiking boots or tennis shoes), and no loose articles of clothing on body or around neck, etc. There is a weight limit of 250 pounds.
We offer a variety of equestrian programs for summer season ranging from individual camp sessions to troop camping. Girls can attend traditional resident horse camps at Tomahawk Ranch, where they will spend at least two hours in horse-related activities. Older girls can attend special high adventure horse program for a week at Meadow Mountain Ranch, where they will spend minimum of six hours/day with the horses on trail or in arena. Magic Sky Ranch offers sampler camps for girls to get a taste of what camp is like with options to go on a short trail ride at nearby livery Sundance Trail Guest Ranch in Red Feather Lakes. (http://sundancetrail.com/ phone: 800-357-4930 )
Hourly riding at Tomahawk Ranch in Bailey (Directions to Tomahawk Ranch) will return in August. We cannot offer hourly rides mid-May through July because of the summer camp season. Check back for programs in the fall of 2013. Riding opportunities include ground (unmounted) instruction, mounted instruction, hands-on activities, arena and trail riding. Cost is $20/hour for registered Girl Scout members and $25/hour for nonmembers. Sessions are listed in increments of one hour. If you wish to attend for longer please book consecutive sessions.
Riding program policies and procedures, forms
All participants in riding program need to provide a signed liability form prior to riding. The form needs to be signed by parent or guardian for the respective minor. Download the form here and either bring with you to your scheduled riding activity, or scan and email signed form to Julie.Fischer@gscolorado.org
To abide with GSCO child licensing requirements, any horse rides at GSCO property that occur at consecutive times as a non GSCO event or group, requires that a guardian be present on property for each participant in the ride. Julie Fischer will communicate with each ride if there is an issue and a non GSCO member organization, event, or group is also using the property to accommodate the ride.
We need donations! We need your help to supply horse program needs at our properties! Your donation will help build a stronger program. We are in need of new or used items: English or Western saddles (kids, adults), pads, bridles, bits, stirrups, helmets, rope halters, lead ropes, slickers (long raincoats for riding), saddle bags, packing equipment, arena barrels and covers, polebending supplies, cavaleties, and more. GSCO is wanting to add an English Riding Program for 2014 and is in need of donations! If you have or know anyone who has English tack to donate, please have them contact Julie Fischer for more information.
Are you a Girl Scout who has never been riding before and interested in learning how to ride? We have list of riding instructors in Colorado who offer an introductory package for Girl Scouts who have never ridden before - package will be for three beginner entry lessons at $20 per lesson. Check the list to find an instructor/facility near you; contact the instructor for more information and scheduling. Contact Julie Fischer with questions.
CHA INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION CLINIC AUGUST 12-16TH
Attention GSCO members, volunteers, or even non-members 18 years and older who are involved with teaching kids to ride. We are hosting a CHA Clinic Aug 12-16th, 2013 at Tomahawk Ranch!
CHA Certified Horsemanship Association for Safety and Education All Discipline Standard Instructor Certification Clinic: $600 GS members and $850 non GS members (50% non-refundable deposit is required upon registering). Lodging and meals included. Information packet will be distributed upon registration completion. Lodging is dorm style and meals are dining hall style. Clinic is all standards English and Western. Must be 18 or older to register for clinic. For more information on CHA clinics and benefits of certification, go to http://cha-ahse.org
Contact Julie Fischer for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on link to register: http://www.girlscoutsofcolorado.org/events/1302