Summer Camps

Looking for some summer excitement?
Come to a week of our horsemanship day camps!

Schedule
Who can come
What to expect
Camp Activities
Requirements
Cost
Reservations
FAQs

Schedule 2017

Week Dates Time Cost Details
Wrangler Training May 29-June 10* 10am-9pm $450 By invitation only;
Serve thru July 8
Week 1: Barrel Camp June 12-17* 3pm-9pm $450 Intermediate to Advanced;
Barrel Race June 17
Week 2: Gymkhana Camp June 26-July 1* 4pm-9pm $375 Beginner to Advanced;
Gymkhana July 1
Week 3: Open Camp July 3-7* 4pm-9pm $375 Beginner to Advanced

*Note: No Wednesday session

Download Horsemanship Camp Registration Form.

Who can come

Riders of all ages and experience levels are welcome at horse camp.

Wrangler Training Camp
The initial week of camp is set aside for wrangler training. Wranglers are volunteers who have been placed in varying levels of responsibility, from ranch hands to camp counselors. This one-week intensive training course focuses on advanced horsemanship and ranch skills, teamwork, evangelism and discipleship training, and personal spiritual growth. Most wranglers who attend this training have also committed to serving as part-time or full-time summer camp staff.

Only current volunteers may apply for Wrangler Week. If you are interested in volunteering at TWQC, please contact us for a volunteer application.

What to expect

For every camp, horsemanship activities are tailored to meet each camper's level of comfort, experience, and abilities. The camp is hands-on and practical. Campers will ride every day. In-depth training is interspersed with games–and all of it is fun! In addition to group activities, all campers will work one-on-one with trained staff and wranglers to ensure that their individual needs are met.

Christian principles are taught throughout the week during chapels and regular training. Working with horses is a wonderful picture of the Lord working in our lives. Camp counselors are always available to answer questions and to assist campers with any spiritual concerns.

Camp Activities

You will learn some of the horsemanship skills below in any combination, based on your level of comfort, experience, and ability. We plan each week's activities according to the skill levels of the campers. To request training in a specific skill(s), please contact us to discuss the options.

  • The "Western Experience"
  • Nature of the horse
  • Horsemanship basics, including:
    • Safety for rider, horse, tack
    • Parts of horse, tack
    • Care of horse, tack, rider
    • Haltering, saddling, bridling
    • Hooves: picking up, cleaning
    • Grooming
    • Mounting/dismounting
    • Riding basics: stop, go, turn, back, etc.
    • Balance
  • Gaining respect from your horse
  • Videos on specialty skills/safety
  • Sitting the seat in all gaits (basic)
  • Identifying and executing leads (basic)
  • Side-stepping
  • Emergency dismounts
  • Handling an out-of-control horse
  • Problem-solving
  • Round pen techniques
  • Natural horsemanship
  • Showmanship
    • Western pleasure
    • Western horsemanship
    • Trail Class
    • Reining
    • Judging techniques
  • Speed event training
    • Barrel racing
    • Pole bending
  • Ranch work
    • Cutting
    • Roping
  • Bareback riding
  • Horse training
  • Horse conformation
  • Horse massage
  • Teamwork

Requirements

All campers must follow dress guidelines:

In addition, please bring the following supplies:

If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact us.

Cost

$375-$425 with $25 discount if paid by April 1 — Includes camp t-shirt, use of horse and tack, and all instruction.

If you would like to board your own horse at camp for the week, you may provide your own feed or pay a boarding fee of $60.

Reservations

We accept only a limited number of campers for each camp week, so enroll early!

  1. Complete a reservation form.
  2. Include full payment or a $100 deposit (non-refundable). Make checks payable to TW Quarter Circle Ranch Ministries. Credit cards accepted with additional fee.
  3. Fill out and sign a waiver.
  4. Send reservation form, payment, and waiver to: TW Quarter Circle Ranch Ministries, 213 Bridwell Way, Travelers Rest, 29690

We will confirm your reservation by email (or phone, if no email is provided).

FAQs

Can I bring my own horse?

How do I know I'll receive quality instruction?

How safe is the camp environment?

Can campers stay at the ranch overnight?

Which version of the Bible should I bring?

What do you do on rainy days?

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