Big Horse TLC Leadership Program – Summer 2018

Big Horse TLC Leadership Program – Summer 2018

Updated June 14, 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!

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, they take part in fun camp activities, practice their horsemanship, and receive support in developing an effective leadership style.

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, tween (or playful adult!) with a passion for horses and a strong interest in working with kids.
    • Tweens accepted on a case-by-case basis-11-12 years old – must have equestrian experience, preferably at GRR
  • Horse Leaders commit to attending at least one horseback riding camp Monday-Friday from 9am-4pm or to one or more one-day camps.
  • 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!

While horse experience is not necessary to be a part of this program, participants must demonstrate a level of maturity and confidence. This program is not appropriate for everyone, and we may deem that additional learning or more riding lessons are necessary for some participants to acquire the skills and poise needed.

No Cost

Sign up here to Horse Lead in one of our week-long 2018 summer camps.

Sign up for a one-day camp.

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.