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Earn your “Horsemanship” badge with Colorado Reining Heroes

Submitted by Gabriella Grieve

Metro Denver


Girl Scout Juniors can earn their “Horsemanship” badge with Colorado Reigning Heroes in 2018! Learn about horses and complete requirements for this badge. The class will cover grooming, handling, learning the body language of a horse, riding, and more!

Dates: September 8, 16, 22, and 30; October 6, 20, and 28; November 3 and 17; December 1 and 15; and January 5

Time: 1-3 p.m.

Cost: $40/Girl Scout. Class is limited to 10 girls.

Register: Please email Paula Quillen at Colorado Reigning Heroes at reigningheroes@yahoo.com to register and for payment instructions. Registration will include permission, liability, and photo release forms that will need to be completed before the event.

Registration Deadline: August 25

Classes may be held outdoors or inside an arena depending on weather. Girls need to wear appropriate clothing including long pants and closed toe shoes. Helmets will be available for riders.

For more information about Colorado Reigning Heroes visit http://www.coloradoreiningheroes.com/.

Questions? Please contact Paula Quillen at
reigningheroes@yahoo.com. Paula is happy to have prospective troops tour the barn before registering by appointment.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Rocky Mountain Horse Expo: Youth horse experience

Submitted by Julie Fischer

Northern & Northeastern CO


Are you interested in learning about horses, new to horses, never ridden or have ridden some, earning a new badge, or just love horses? Join us for hands-on horse activities, learning stations, a scavenger hunt, and horseback riding at the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo (RMHE).

Girl Scout Juniors can also complete requirements towards the Horseback Riding badge. Take home a fun, fact filled horse workbook plus handouts and giveaways from the Rocky Mountain Horse Expo.

Explore the many other activities at the Expo (www.rockymountainhorseexpo.com) including the “Mane Event”
There is also a special session for Girl Scouts who have never ridden before. Please contact us for more information.

Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018 from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-4:30 p.m.

Location: National Western Event Center

Costs and Registration:

□ Registration: $40 for the Youth Horse Experience, admission into RMHE for 1 girl and 1 adult, and 2 tickets to the Mane Event.

□ Extra tickets for Expo and Mane Event are $10 with combo pricing.

Registration: https://www.coloradohorsecouncil.com/rmhe/

Other activities and Events
Horse breeds scavenger hunt – this scavenger hunt will take you around the Expo to learn about famous breeds of horses from around the world as well as horse feed and nutrition.
Equine Art in the Park -Gallery – tour the art gallery to view top horse and cowboy artists from across the United States.
Other riding disciplines to learn about could include Vaulting, PoloCross, outfitting/packing, etc. Other industry professionals to learn about could include veterinarian, farrier, etc.
The “Mane Event”: Finish the Day with a magical evening performance with nearly 100 horses dancing, spinning, leaping and showing us what remarkable creatures they are, along with many more family friendly activities.

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

BeHerd: Equine-assisted activities program

Submitted by Catherine Berra

Metro Denver


Hello! What began as a new adventure in my own life, one of adopting and riding a rescue horse, has transformed into a program to assist others in finding their path to self-confidence. Horses are magical and magnificent creatures and offer a wonderful partnership in our journey as humans. One of the truly important parts of any successful endeavor is to assess our own herds, the people we choose to be in our life. The BeHerd program partners with horses and offers a forum for conversation regarding our own choices in our lives. Partnering with a horse on the ground, we discuss the herd mentality, vision and respect. Participants are able to verbalize their thoughts while grooming the horse and discussing their current and future “herds.”

This program will help Girl Scouts earn requirements toward their Junior Horseback Riding badge!

Contact BeHerdllc.com 720-421-5033

Amazing girls do amazing things! I believe our self-confidence stems from our choices. Horses listen and reveal to us like mirrors and I’m excited to share these lessons!

This story was submitted using the Share Your Stories form. You can share your Girl Scout moments, too.

Ride n’ Swim at Western Ridge

Submitted by Lisa Westrope

Region 4 – Pikes Peak

Red Feather Lakes

Our Red Feather Lakes troop enjoyed their annual ride n’ swim at Western Ridge last week, and we all had a blast! We even had a few siblings join us for the fun! We enjoyed a half hour horse ride, and then swam in the pool all afternoon. The girls look forward to this adventure every year. What a great place to live! Girls RULE!

Westernaires Annual Horse Show


Submitted by Elizabeth Stroup


Denver Metro

We are three sisters amoung the over 1000 girls and boys who make up Westernaires, a volunteer, non-profit youth organization in Jefferson County. Westernaires promotes self-respect, responsibility and leadership through horsemanship and family participation. For 66 years, Westernaires has proudly trained young people to use their talents and skills in the best traditions of the West.

Every Summer the Westernaires precision mounted drill teams travel the western states to perform shows at rodeos, parades, and fairgrounds as well as performing dozens of acts at the National Western Stockshow each January.

We all especially look forward the last weekend in October when we get put on our Annual Horsecapes Show right here in Denver where we can showcase our riding abilities and all our great acts. These shows include Precision Drill at speed, Trick Riders, Steppes Riders, Bullwhips, Chariots, Flaming Baton Twillers, Roman Riders, and many other great acts. The shows are 2 hours with over 200 horses. If you love the west or love horses, this is the show for you.

The shows are Saturday Oct 24th at 10am, 2pm, and 7pm and Sunday Oct 25th at 2pm at the National Western Stockshow Complex. The cost is just $10!

As a special offer for girl scouts, we are giving a behind the scenes tour through the barns to meet the riders and their horses after the 10am Saturday show.

This is great family fun and all proceeds from the shows go to support the organization and to feed and care for our 200 horses and ponies.

For tickets, please contact us at: westernairestickets or
(303) 333-8723

We hope to see you all at the show!

Katherine, Josephine, and Elizabeth

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Denver Queen City Horse Show and Stick Horse Event


Submitted by Julie Fischer


Denver Metro

Girl Scouts are invited to come and see world class American Saddlebred show horses compete right here in Colorado! The 47th Annual Denver Queen City Horse Show will be held on July 16-18 at the National Western Events Center located at 1515 East 47th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80216 (go to Stacey0975 or 303-619-8699 for more information. Also visit our web site at www.coloradosaddlebred.com for more information.

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Changes to “Ponies and Pals” & “Horse Fun in the Sun” patch events – NEW FLYER

Colorado Riding Academy

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303-840-7105 – office

303-243-1513 – cell



Come Ride with Us!

Girl Scouts Program

Events are hands on and include learning to groom, tack, and ride horses!

We want you to have fun, a great ride, and to understand overall horsemanship.

Get outside and enjoy yourself here at Colorado Riding Academy.

Patches are available upon completion.

Pricing is based on the number of girls attending

2 Hour Events

10 girls or less – $35 per rider

11 – 15 girls – $25 per rider

3 Hour Events

11 – 15 girls – $30 per rider

16 – 18 girls – $25 per rider

18 – 20 girls – $20 per rider

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 Daisies join us for the Ponies and Pals Program

Brownies join us for the Horse Fun in the Sun Program

These programs are offered year round; contact us to schedule your group!

Horseback riding in Colorado reference list

ATTENTION Girl Scouts of Colorado!  We’ve been compiling list of riding facilities and instructors throughout Colorado as a reference for Girl Scouts. Below is what we have so far. If you know of a place or instructor that would be good to have on list, please add them to this blog! Some will offer discounts to Girl Scouts or large groups, but anyone wanting to register with any listed groups will need to ask or confirm with that location since this offer sometimes changes. To keep the list from being too long, there are two websites included that are a general data base for CHA certified instructors and for trailriding facilities. We will continue to add to this as we get more information. HAPPY RIDING!

Riding facilities and liveries:

Some may offer scout discounts, some offer group discounts. . .groups registering will need to ask to clarify when they register or contact these facilities. Also, some are seasonal and not open in winter. 

Near Magic Sky Ranch

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch – Dan 17931 Red Feather Lakes Rd  Red Feather Lakes, CO 80545 (970) 224-1222 http://sundancetrail.com/

Beaver Meadows Ranch Resort – 100 Marmot Dr #1  Red Feather Laks, CO 80545
(970) 881-2450 http://www.beavermeadows.com/home/

Near Meadow Mountain Ranch

Sombrero Stables – Allenspark Livery  Allenspark village 303-747-2551  (ask about the Happy Trails patch)

Peaceful Valley Ranch – 475 Peaceful Valley Road  Lyons, CO  303-747-2881

Glacierview – may offer rides to public  303-459-0771

Sombrero Stables – Estes Park  Hwy 34 Estes Park, CO  970-586-4577 (year round riding)

Elkhorn Lodge – O’Dells Trail Rides 600 W Elkhorn Ave  Estes Park, CO 80517 (970) 402-1486

Near Tomahawk Ranch

Northfork Ranch – Karen  55395 U.S. 285  Shawnee, CO 80475 (303) 838-9873   http://www.northforkranch.com/

Bear Mt Stables – 11778 Wonder Drive  Conifer, Colorado  80433  http://www.bearmtnstables.com/

Bear Creek Lake Park Stable – 303-697-9666  P.O. Box 118, Morrison, CO. 80465  Office@BearCreekStablesColorado.com  (303) 697-4799  http://bearcreekranchcolorado.com

Near Sky High Ranch

Historic Triple B Ranch  – 27640 Hwy 67  Woodland Park, Colorado 80866  Phone: (719) 687-8899    Toll Free: (877) 687-8899  Fax: (719) 687-8762  Email: guestservices@triplebranch.com  Website: www.TripleBRanch.com

Academy Riding Stables-  4 El Paso Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO     (719) 633-5667  academyridingstables.com


Colorado Riding Academy – offers the patch program for Daisies and Brownies  Office: 303 840 7105 / Cell: 303 243 1513  7062 Rafter Road, Franktown, Colorado  near Parker, CO
info@coloradoridingacademy.net  http://www.coloradoridingacademy.net/

Quintessential Arabians/Camp Kit’N’Kaboodle 25935 Judge Orr Road Calhan, Colorado 80808 719-683-9043

Joanne – Milemakers – endurance riding  PO Box 282  Larkspur, CO 80118  (303) 249-7630  http://milemakers.com/

Equine 808 Horse Rescue – Colorado Offers summer program  Ellicott, CO (719) 213-9144 Horses@equine808.com / http://www.equine808.com

For lessons:

CHA Certified riding instructors – http://cha-ahse.org/store/pages/42/Instructor-Recertification.html

For Trailrides:

CDGRA Colorado Dude Guest Ranch Association http://www.coloradoranch.com/

Sombrero Riding Stables – locations statewide – http://www.sombrero.com

Dude Ranch Association – http://www.duderanch.org/colorado-dude-ranch

Keystone Stables – West Keystone Keystone, CO 80435  /  800-354-4386  / http://www.keystoneresort.com/activitiesdetail/key+-+stables+summer.axd

Gateway Canyons  43200 Hwy 141  Gateway, CO 81522   970.931.2458 / http://www.gatewaycanyons.com

Rim Rock Adventures 927 HWY 340 Fruita, Colorado 81521  970-858-9555 / 888-712-9555 / http://rradventures.com/

C Lazy U Ranch 3640 Colorado 125  Granby, CO 80446 / (970) 887-3344 / www.clazyu.com

Elk Mountain Ranch PO Box 910  Buena Vista, Colorado / Toll Free: 1-800-432-8812 / Local Phone: (719) 539-4430 / http://elkmtn.com/

Glenwood Adventure Company / 723 Cooper Ave /Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 / 1-877-346-4536 or 970-945-7529 / http://www.glenwoodadventure.com

Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch 2939 N. County Road 31D Loveland, Colorado USA 80538-9763 Toll Free: (877) 667-3999 / Office: (970) 667-3915 / Fax: (970) 635-9336 / Email: ranch@sylvandale.com

Westminster Girl Scout shares her love of horses

Photos of horseback riding courtesy of Minka Frohring

When sitting down to plan the project she would pursue to earn the highest award in Girl Scouts, the Gold Award, Rowan Seabolt knew it needed to involve horses.

Rowan’s love for horses started in her younger years in Girl Scouts. But it was hard for her family growing up to afford all of her horse activities. So she found many creative ways to get involved in horse activities that didn’t cost a lot of money, including doing a school project on horses and visiting area barns and horse events. Rowan also was connected with Spirit Ranch, a horse therapy organization, and became a volunteer for them.

Rowan put this all together to form her Gold Award project, a summer camp program for children in the community who might not have the resources to have such an experience to explore the world around them and develop their passions. She partnered with Spirit Ranch to put on a three-day horse camp from Aug. 5th-7th for 10 disadvantaged children at Table Mountain Ranch in Golden. The camp and transportation was provided at no cost to the families thanks to support she solicited from the community.

“I love my horse ‘Joe.’ I like that he runs, is soft, nice and listens to me,” said one of the campers who hadn’t been horseback riding many times before camp.

When I showed up at the camp during its final hours, it was evident to me that this had been a memorable experience for these children. Their smiles were from ear-to-ear, but many were sad it was the last day and ‘wanted to come back tomorrow.’ During the camp week they had done a lot of riding, as well as playing horse games and learning about horse care. Their final project was painting a piece of a mural on the property to share their experience. Many of the campers drew pictures of the horses they rode and wrote messages on how much they loved them.

The curriculum Rowan developed will be carried on by Spirit Ranch in the future. Rowan is proud to have helped an organization that gave so much to her and provide a resource to help them expand and give back to the community even more.

“I am very proud of my project, and I know the campers’ parents were thankful for the experience too,” said Rowan. “I learned a lot. I learned how to deal with last minute changes, learned the power of planning ahead and how to contact strangers and ask them to help you with a project.”

Rowan has been involved in Girl Scouts since kindergarten. This summer her troop took a trip to Europe. One day Rowan hopes to be a veterinarian, while also pursuing her love of music. In a few weeks she will be entering her senior year at Westminster High School.

A story about this project appeared in the Westminster YourHub/Denver Post 

GSCO Horse Program changes – the future of the horse program

Girl Scouts of Colorado has volunteers committed to creating horseback riding opportunities for Girl Scouts across the state. We are happy to announce that Julie Fischer, former Statewide Horseback Director, has offered to stay on with GSCO as horseback riding volunteer to continue to develop horse programs away from GSCO properties. She will continue to develop connections with riding facilities and stables to offer Girl Scouts options and opportunities to ride at a discount. Julie will also continue to develop and host events and activities with facilities that Girl Scouts can attend in connection with horses. She is working on Wrangler in Training (WIT) opportunities that would allow older Girl Scouts to still learn and obtain skills relating to horses.

Julie is also working on additional riding opportunities so troops/girls have riding options they can opt into during their overnight camp experiences at summer camps, similar to what Magic Sky was able to offer this past summer. She is also connecting with outdoor organizations who do high adventure and outdoor opportunities for scouts as well.  Anyone who has information on facilities near them already offering discounts or who may be interested, or anyone who is interested in helping Julie go forward with developing other horse options as a volunteer, please contact her at dj2fischer@wildblue.net

We are also excited to see that Julie will be moving on to pursue her PhD – Doctor of Management in Organizational Leadership from University of Phoenix.

Julie “Pecos” A.C. Fischer

Horse Advocate – Volunteer

Girl Scouts of Colorado


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