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Equine Leadership 15

Open to 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. 

Registration open for Spring sessions Location Barcode
May 4 - 7 (Fri - Mon) YMCA Camp Chief Hector 137858
Jun 1 - 4 (Fri - Mon) YMCA Camp Gray Jay 137859
Jun 8 - 11 (Fri - Mon) YMCA Camp Chief Hector  137860
FALL EQ15    
Sep 25 - 28 (Tues - Fri) Camp Chief Hector YMCA TBA
Oct 12 - 15 (Fri - Mon) Camp Chief Hector YMCA TBA
FEES:  $435    
CREDITS:  Students in grades 10-12 (Alberta High Schools) can apply for three credits for completing this experiential education program.
TO REGISTER:  403-269-6156   |   1-866-430-9622  



Introduction to Horseback Riding

Open to children 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.

Registration open for Spring sessions Times Barcode
May 4, 11, 25, Jun 1 & 8 (Fridays) 6 - 8 PM 137072
May 6, 13, 27, Jun 3 & 10 (Sundays) 2 - 4 PM 137073
Sep 7, 14, 21, 28 & Oct 12 (Fridays)     (max. 10) 6 - 8 PM 144957
Sep 9, 16, 23, 30 & Oct 14 (Sundays)   (max. 5 per)    
  1:30-3:30 PM  144958
  2:00-4:00 PM 144959
  3:30-5:30 PM 144960
FEES:  $200    
WEATHER:  Lessons will run 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.
TO REGISTER:  403-269-6156   |   1-866-430-9622