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Pony camp a chance for youth to learn more about horses

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Pascalle Wisse and some of her former students at her RainierVDK Dressage Equestrian Centre. Pascalle Wisse and some of her former students at her RainierVDK Dressage Equestrian Centre.

Parents looking for an interesting week-long camp for their children in southeast Alberta can check out an offering by Pascalle Wisse through VDK Dressage Equestrian Centre.


Based in Rainier, Wisse is offering a pony camp for the second year. She first offered this unique camp in 2014 with about seven children, and due to its popularity that year decided to bring it back for 2017 now that she has some time to run it.
The camp will take place July 10-14 in Rainier running daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All snacks and drinks will be provided, including lunch.
Geared for an wide age range, from four to 14 years, Wisse says she has numerous helpers who will ensure each child receives the help and attention needed for safe and fun experience. Wisse adds she is first-aid trained.
“It’s about having fun in a safe environment.”
Children do not need to have any experience with horses to take part. If a child has his or her own pony and wants to bring it for the camp that is also possible as it will open up more spots for others. Right now, Wisse can accept about nine or 10 registrations.
“There will be riding everyday of the camp,” she says, about the activities. That will include different kinds of riding including jumping, trail riding, dressage and even swimming with the ponies. There will also be a lot of games both with and without the horses.
Youths will even have an opportunity to learn what owning a horse is like as they see how horses are taken care of in terms of trimming hooves, what they eat and even how often stables need to be cleaned.
“I find it is important, as I give riding lessons, to train kids how to own a horse one day,” explains Wisse. “At this camp, children get to experience what it is like to own your own horse. It shows if they will like it or not because it’s a big responsibility to have a horse.”
The pony camp is a unique offering in the area. Wisse points out that Rainier is not far from the Scandia campground (about 20 minutes) as well as the Rolling Hills Reservoir, so if people live further away and are interested in their children taking part, they could make it a family outing and camp nearby while their children attend the camp during the day.
The cost for a child to take part in the camp is $350. If two family members sign up the cost decreases to $300 per child and if three family members or more attend, the cost is $250 per child.
Anyone interested should register as soon as possible, as the deadline to do so is July 1.
To register, contact Wisse at 403-363-2621 or you can like the VDK Dressage Equestrian Centre on Facebook.

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