These Young Leaders work hard to train miniature horses, act as camp counselors, train other kids, act as guides for hosting other clubs such as boy scouts in a variety of settings. They care for miniature horses, take photos, conduct seminars and presentations for the community, write press releases, raise funds and volunteer at various community events representing Outside Initiatives. They help plan, organize and run camps. They are aged 10 -15.
Here is what horse professionals are saying about our programs
“The way these girls supported one another was wonderful. There were many solicited praises from the group for each rider who accepted the compliments gracefully. The value of this program really is apparent when you experience the interaction. Also, they were only too happy to share experiences with each other; no one was pushy about taking turns doing things. Also, the girls who were a little nervous faced their fears and felt really good about it.
Susan and Mark, I do believe you have played a huge part in the girls' development as leaders. And those skills will stay with them”. . Joan Thompson Certified Practitionr-Connected Riding, Owner Two Creeks Horse Farms and retired High School Teacher,
“I was able to see the pictures, and smiled in memory of the day. One thing I liked was my individual time with one of the girls and her mini. Together they found the tiny (mini) connected walking oscillation enough for the horse to flow and the girl to smile in recognition. This was wonderful for both of us to see.
You are an amazing leader for those kids Susan. I appreciate the energy and love you have to offer. I also appreciate your ability to translate and check the girl's understanding of our language. Humbled,”
Judy Good, Connected Rider Praticitioner in Training, Barefoot Farrier LLC
I enjoyed the day. I liked the energy. The girls were enthusiastic and the minis were a joy to work with. Susan S seems to have an open mind and is willing to make the effort to learn Connected Groundwork. I think what we did was helpful and I would like to work with them again. The girls really tried. I think that is a group that is worth supporting and giving them a bit more to make it work for them. Thank you, Joan for sharing this group with us. I think it is a good match.
Karen Cheeke, Connected Rider Praticitioner in Training
Wild Plum Sports Horse Ranch, Corvallis OR
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