Big Horse TLC Leadership Program – Summer 2018

Big Horse TLC Leadership Program – Summer 2018

We have found that teens have a lot of time and energy to give to others, but they also want time to be amongst their peers and to ride!  This year, we are offering up to 4 spots in each camp for individuals who will volunteer horse lead in the morning and pay to participate in a mini-camp in the afternoon that will involve riding and learning equestrian skills.  We will also offer two Junior Camp Counselor positions for experienced horse handlers (no charge).

Each morning, Horse Leaders help younger campers safely catch, groom, and lead their horses in classes taught by our experienced riding instructors.  In the afternoon, Horse Leaders receive a group riding lesson or horse training session, riding at least 3 times/camp.  They also debrief camp activities and receive support in developing an effective leadership style.  They will rejoin the younger campers at the end of the day to do some horse chores and celebrate the day.

These mini-camps for Horse Leaders are available during the 5 week-long camps.  If Liz is the main facilitator for that particular camp, Alyssa will generally be the afternoon instructor for the Horse Leaders and vice-versa.

Horse Leaders can also sign up to volunteer in one-day camps (no charge).

There are also 1, 2 and 3 day camps for teens and tweens throughout the summer listed on the camp page.


A big part of our mission is to create a space for young people to support one another, feel accepted and improve their leadership skills.

  • A Horse Leader is a teen or a tween with a passion for horses and a strong interest in working with kids.
  • Horse Leaders commit to attending at least one horseback riding camp Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm.
  • Horse Leaders have equine experience or are eager to learn how to catch, groom, tack and lead a horse.
  • Horse Leaders learn how to connect with and gain the trust of their horse.
  • Horse Leaders often horse lead or sidewalk with beginning riders during an hour lesson that involves walking and running in a sand arena in our indoor arena or outside in the summer heat.
  • Horse Leaders role model to other campers how to be respectful toward others, make healthy choices and have fun!

Why Become a Horse Leader?

  • Horse Leaders are engaged in a positive, healthy activity for 35 hours per week.
  • Volunteer to be a Horse Leader in the morning and join in a mini-camp with your peers from 1-4pm each day.
  • Receive an hour riding lesson or horse training lesson each day of the weeklong camps.
  • Receive guidance in how to best work with peers and younger mentees.
  • Available  during Horse Buddy and western-themed camp.

Cost: $195/week.  Sign up here to Horse Lead in one of our 2018 summer camps.

Please note we are also looking for Horse Leaders for 6 one-day camps throughout the summer.  There is no charge to participate in these camps.  There is no guaranteed riding time, but Horse Leaders are welcome to join in the camp fun!  Sign up.

Age Requirements: 

  • 11-12 years old – must have equestrian experience, preferably at GRR
  • Teens may participate as a rider or may request to be Junior Camp Counselor
  • There is no charge for Jr Camp Counselors but no guaranteed riding, similar to our program in past years

If you are curious if you/your adolescent is ready to be a Horse Leader or Junior Camp Counselor, please contact Mica at

If you are new to our program, we encourage you to sign up for a free tour or riding lesson so that we can get to know each other.


Junior Camp Counselor Role

  • Those aged 12+ experienced working with horses and/or kids.
  • Increased responsibility with little to no riding during the camp week.
  • No charge to attend, and for each camp you will earn one lesson to be used at a later date (a $65 value).
  • There are two positions available per camp.
  • Email Mica at to apply.