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 )
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 can help you locate a riding facility or instructor. Contact Julie Fischer with questions.
If you missed out on the horse events this summer for Daisies and Brownies: Ponies and Pals and Horse Fun in the Sun. You can still register and attend at your convenience. Colorado Riding Academy will be able to offer these events and will have the patches to distribute upon completion. If you are an individual or a troop and interested, contact Julie Fischer or contact Jessica Sealy directly to register. Fee is $15 per girl for active Girl Scout members.
Jessica Soucy - Colorado Riding Academy
If you are interested in trail riding or lessons at Meadow Mountain Ranch, please contact Julie Fischer for information and registering. MMR will be handling all rides as a walk-in registration process. . .there will be no online option to register. We can offer a variety of options such as hour trail ride, lessons, half day rides, and even all day rides. The age requirements change dependent on the ride requested. This will allow us to accommodate requests with flexibility instead of locking in to certain dates. The riding option will only be available on weekends until the beginning of September at MMR.
"HAPPY TRAILS" patch!
We are creating a patch that you or your troop can do at the trail riding facilities around Colorado called "Happy Trails" - check back for more information and details.