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Equine Leadership 15 - students currently in grades 10-12

This exciting course combines leadership with horsemanship. Students in grades 10-12 (Alberta High Schools) can apply for three credits for completing this experiential education program. Equine Leadership 15 is an engaging and dynamic opportunity for students to learn more about themselves, equine practices, the Alberta landscape and ecology, and local history through applied horsemanship and riding, leadership skill development and team building.
This four-day program provides students with practical learning opportunities in horsemanship and riding skills, horse behaviour and herd dynamics, equine care practices, safety awareness and hazard mitigation, ethics and ecological impact of Leave No Trace, and the historical significance of horses in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

All learning activities and after-learning times are supervised by male and female YMCA staff and teachers.

Fees include activities, shared accommodations (in bunk beds) and meals. 

Dates (Fri-Mon) Location Barcode
May 4 - 7 Camp Chief Hector - Mainsite 137858
Jun 1 - 4 YMCA Camp Gray Jay 137859
Jun 8 - 11 Camp Chief Hector - Mainsite 137860
Fee: $435 To register: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622



Introduction to Horseback riding - ages 8-12Y

Learn more about horses and riding in a safe, relaxed, fun-filled atmosphere!  Instruction includes safe practices around horses, grooming (brushing, picking hooves), saddling, and basic western riding skills (in the arena and on trail). Time will be split between horsemanship and riding. This introductory series is designed to broaden horse skills and knowledge while increasing comfort and confidence working with and riding horses.

Dates  Times Barcode
May 4, 11, 25, Jun 1, 8 6pm - 8pm (Fridays) 137072
May 6, 13, 27, Jun 3, 10 2pm - 4pm (Sundays) 137073
Fee: $200 To register: 403-269-6156 or 1-866-430-9622

Note that lessons will operate regardless of weather, however, riding is weather dependent. If the weather is unsafe or unsuitable for riding, the lesson will be conducted indoors and focus solely on horsemanship and theory.