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Horse and Ranch Camp

~an Ekone classic~
 

2022 Horse and Ranch Camp details

July 10-16

Ages: 10 years+

Capacity: 16 campers

Tuition: $1,000 (base rate), $1,300 (restoration rate)

Session Info

A remix of an Ekone Classic, Horse & Ranch Camp will look similar to our pre-Covid summer horse camps, with some updates. There will be horses and there will be firewood and there will be siesta crafting and secret pals and maybe even a Supreme Adventure!

Campers can expect to spend time with the horses for half the day, and to get their hands dirty during the other half, whether taking down old barbed wire fencing, digging in the garden, exploring the many acres of Ekone land–anything is possible and nothing is guaranteed! We never know what we’re going to do until we make our Possibilities List on the first night!

Our approach to horsemanship emphasizes the special relationship between children and horses. Everyone spends time grooming and caring for the horses and learning safe ground habits. In the past couple years, we’ve added more to our repertoire of relationship-building with horses from the ground, spending non-demanding time with them, learning & practicing some bodywork techniques, and practicing with our arena obstacles both from the ground and while riding–trust us when we say it’s a blast!

As for riding, we ride primarily bareback, especially with beginning riders. This may seem counter-intuitive, but 30+ years of experience have taught us that children learn to ride much faster bareback, gain their balance more quickly, develop a more empathetic relationship and better communication with the horse, and are actually safer without the trappings of tack to get tangled in and distracted by.**

If you haven’t already, please visit our main About Camp  page

to get a feel for our camp philosophy, history and the scope the Ekone Summer Camp program

Please visit our Apply Here! for information about applying for a space in summer camp!

 

Lead Staff for Horse & Ranch Camp

Liz Coppola

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Liz has a special understanding with chickens, but she understands horses and kids pretty well, too.

A dynamic leader and longtime staff member, Liz first came to Ekone as a camper in 1995 and hasn’t missed a summer since. She is most known around the ranch for her love of all things related to homestead living: fixing things, building things, raising goats, pigs, and poultry, cooking and preserving food, putting in firewood, driving the tractor, having ever more Supreme Adventures in the woods, reading voraciously whenever there's time, and laughing loud enough to be heard from the other side of the ranch! Liz has lived year-round at Ekone since 2013, and is now the Operations Director, as well as supporting many weeks of summer camp and other programs. Before coming to live at Ekone full-time, Liz spent six years managing a small pasture-based livestock farm on Vashon Island, WA, raising dairy cows, pigs, sheep, and poultry for the Seattle farmer's markets. 

Liz grew up in SE Portland, and graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where she received a BA in Media and Cultural Studies, as well as working at the college’s farm and CSA. She is also certified in Wilderness First Aid.

Shonie Schlotzhauer

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Shonie first came to camp in 1994, because of a picture just like this one.

She first showed up at camp as a horse-crazy teenager, and began serving as the Executive Director of Sacred Earth Foundation and Ekone Summer Camps in 2009.  She lives full-time on the ranch and has a great passion for sharing this special land with children of all ages and inspiring earth stewardship.  Shonie has over ten years of leadership with Ekone summer camps under her belt, and brings her natural sense of responsibility, practicality, and FUN to the task.

Shonie has a degree in Community Development and Food Systems from The Evergreen State College.  She has a wide variety of professional experience in the non-profit, educational, and agricultural sectors, including serving as the Food & Farming Program Manager at Sustainable Connections in Bellingham, WA.  She is certified in Wilderness First Aid.

Her favorite summer activities?  "Watching the kids fall in love with the land and learn big life lessons from our patient horses."

Jenna Milton

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Jenna brings her quirky sense of humor to the horse program, and she ain't afraid to get dirty in the process!

Jenna was a horse crazy 11-year-old when she first started coming to summer camp and has been returning ever since then, as a camper, intern and camp staff. In 2013, she graduated from Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia, with a BA in Studio Art, spent the summer working at camp, and then jumped on a sailboat from Seattle to New Zealand. Ask her about it sometime!

She has experience in the hunter ring and has been teaching riding skills to campers and lesson students for more than ten years. One of her favorite things about summer camp is watching campers' deepening connection with the horses and increase in self-confidence that comes hand-in-hoof with the riding and horsemanship skills.

In January of 2018, Jenna joined the year-round Ekone staff team and now calls the ranch home for four seasons a year!

For a taste of Horse Camp, check out this 2018 slideshow:

Coming up!

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So much fun and community and meaningful service!