Wrangler Camp

Wrangler Camp is designed to give our more advanced riders an intensive riding and ranch experience. They'll work hard, play harder, and have the opportunity to see the payoff at the end of the week.

Wranglers will hone their horsemanship skills, explore more advanced trails, and participate in horse training.  They'll help plan the week’s activities, including meals, work projects, and a special adventure that may include an overnight pack trip, a visit to a local horse trainer, an excursion to a new spot on Rock Creek Canyon, or another adventure we haven’t dreamed up yet!

These advanced sessions provide all the fun and adventure that Ekone camps are known for, as well as a more nuanced and age-appropriate focus on developing self-confidence, competence, and a sense of purpose in the world.  Campers will have the opportunity to work both individually and collectively on gaining new skills and facing challenges, as well as have time for guided self-reflection and deepening their connection to the land and to their community.

During our reflections and solo time, we might think about questions like:  How can we be energetic in ways that build confidence and competence in both ourselves and our community?  How can we make our voices heard in respectful ways that also make room for other voices, and work towards a valuable conversation?  How can we express our inner fire and unconquerable drive towards being someone and doing something in creative, thoughtful ways that are useful in making the world a better place?

Applicants for Wrangler Camp must be aged 13-18 and have at least two years of riding experience and at least one prior Ekone Horse Camp session.  The online application will include these two advanced-camp questions:

  • What skills and insights are you hoping to gain from this camp, and/or what challenges are you hoping to face?

  • What attributes will you bring to the group dynamic to help build a great camp community?

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

Lead Staff for Wrangler Camp

Shonie Schlotzhauer

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."

pronouns: she/her

Jenna Milton

Jenna brings her quirky sense of humor to the horse program, and she ain't afraid to look silly 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!

pronouns: she/her

Dani Parker

You can usually find her on a horse, under a rig, or in the woods!

All Dani wanted as a 10-year-old girl was to live on a ranch and ride horses. And then her dad found Ekone! She spent the next eight years coming to camp and interning for programs before graduating high school. In 2012, she attended Lamar Community College in CO and obtained her A.A.S. in Horse Training & Management. During her time in Colorado, Texas, and Montana, she worked for many cattle ranches and horse training facilities, offering training, lessons, and general ranch work. After a seven-year hiatus from the ranch, she came back to Ekone in 2019 for summer camp with her amazing doggo, Dylan, and her mare, Bugs. She is now full-time volunteering and working programs. Ekone has played an integral role in shaping the person Dani has become, and she is overjoyed to be living here—a childhood dream realized! Dani's favorite summer camp activity? "Watching and facilitating the kids' breakthroughs with challenges. Whether it is with the horses, a craft, a game, or a wonder wander- seeing a child overcome an obstacle is one of the most rewarding parts of being camp staff!"

pronouns: she/her


Rivers brings many talents and interests to our summer camp team, from wranglin' ponies to playing with goats to adventuring on the land for hours on end.

Rivers first came to Ekone as a camper in 2008. In 2017, after nine months of traveling in South America, they were inspired to return to camp as an intern. In April of 2019, Rivers moved to the ranch as a volunteer and hasn’t left yet! With 18 years of horse experience, Rivers has a special passion for behind-the-scenes horse work and can be found most summer mornings in the arena before breakfast. When not playing with horses, they are bound to be playing in the woods, often with some assemblage of dogs and goats in tow. Rivers loves fostering curiosity and exploration in kids; camp outs, story telling, tracking, and epic forest games are some of their favorite camp activities.

pronouns: they/them

Julia Hess

Julia first arrived at Ekone in 2010 as a camper with a fascination and love for horses.

She came for the horses and stayed for the incredible people that make up the Ekone community. Julia is excited to be part of the horse staff and to learn from the other staff, horses and campers. She has ten years of riding experience in western and english riding that compliments her knowledge of Ekone horsemanship. She loves how Ekone’s horse program is focused on developing communication and trust with the horses and enjoys getting to know all of their unique personalities. Julia also loves leading chore crews, helping with bedtime and doing service projects.

When she isn’t at camp, she can be found running, cooking, backcountry skiing or backpacking. She is from Whidbey Island and will be attending Whitman College this fall as a freshman.

Her favorite Ekone activity is coming up with fun, creative challenges for campers to do on horseback!

pronouns: she/her

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