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Sometimes one overnight session just isn’t enough for that avid horse lover of yours. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Horseback adventurers who attend two weekly summer camp sessions can stay with us in the bunk room on Saturday night at no extra charge.
Overnight Campers arrive Sunday afternoon to get settled in. They can take a walk down to our gorgeous 1.5 acre pond and relax in a paddle boat, meet some of the horses, or just enjoy some rest and relaxation on the back porch of the ranch house with some cards or board games. From the porch, campers will get a glimpse of hundreds of acres of valley view. Take a look at the view from the porch, below!
Spending time away from the tube, the phone, the internet and all the other commonalities of the modern world is liberating. We do not allow cell phones, and encourage parents to resist calling us to check in with their campers as this will actually often incite home sickness. Don’t worry though, we keep your campers so busy that they will have little time to worry about being homesick. More often than not, homesickness of the summer camper is more of a concern than a reality. In the case of extreme homesickness, we will schedule a time with you to speak with you child over the phone.
Horse enthusiasts who stay with us for the week (or two) are going to get extra hands-on time with the horses, including calling them in for the day. Our horses come running in from the valley in the morning, and it’s quite a site to see. In the event that one of our furry friends is feeling less than hungry, we may be required to saddle up a horse or two to go fetch them. Riding students love this (even if it’s not our favorite response to the trusty whistle), because it gives them the real feel for running the ranch. All the other odds and ends that pop up while managing a 100 Acre Dude Ranch also become part of the experience. Overnight campers get more one-one-one time because of our very small numbers (8 max), and more chance to get to know the critters we have around the ranch.
One of the greatest moments an equestrian will enjoy in his or her life is that quiet feeling of simple solitude with the horse. In the moments that the hustle and bustle from the day is through, our overnight campers will delight in being able to find a beautiful space that is “theirs” to take “their” horse for some extra TLC. Quietly braiding their horses mane, it’s amazing the things the horse will hear! Children, and adults, will often take time to talk to their trusted friend about all types of things. They just need the time and space to do it.
If you’re looking to create an unforgettable overnight horse camp experience for your son or daughter, please don’t hesitate to contact us to find out how we can help make your dreams come true.
Summer is the time to get away from it all: out into the wild blue yonder to get active, get connected, enjoy nature and, HORSEBACK RIDE, of course! We love our summer camp program because it gives students the chance to get a real hands-on feel for what it takes to care for, train and ride horses in a way that’s going to produce a happy, healthy human-equine partnership. We teach horse training with empathy, and sharing this with your summer camper is the highlight of our program.
We have overnight options available for summer campers ages 10 and up for intermediate riders or 12 and up for beginners. Our overnight accommodations require a minimum booking of three. Overnight campers will participate in our traditional program as explained on the details page, but they’ll have the opportunity to learn in greater detail about grooming, mane and tail maintenance, social media marketing and etiquette, equine photography and editing with presentation and layout, bareback riding and vaulting.
Campers will dine on a variety of meals from the heart of downtown Austin. Meals are varied, with healthy options from our wonderful restaurant options. Market Street Cafe offers home cooked southern style meals with lots of vegetables. Loop and Lills has pizza and salad options. Mr. Taco has great Tex Mex with limited veggie options, but it’s worth a visit at least one night! Henry’s is a local favorite that has classic American cuisine. Generally, we do not visit fast food restaurants. If students wish to eat fast food, there is a local Dominos and Pizza Hut that deliver.
Sleeping accommodations in our bunk room house up to eight students. We have a bunk in our barn loft as well as in the main house on the ranch. Rooms are clean and tidy with simple storage spaces for your children to keep their belongings. We recommend that you send a lock for their bag if they have any valuables. Bathrooms are shared. Campers are required to clean the bathroom one time each, from top to bottom. This teaches riders to share a communal space in a considerate way. Cleaning it regularly ensures that bathroom conditions never become unsightly. We use only natural cleaners in the home and bathroom.
We will be adding photos of our overnight accommodations, so please check back in!