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Registration now open for 2013 Youth Horsemanship Academy

April 4, 2013

The UW-River Falls Falcon Youth Horsemanship Academy, under the direction of Associate Professor Kris Hiney is hosting summer day camps for youth ages seven to 18 at the UWRF Campus Farm.

From June to August, participants can choose from eight week-long camps held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginner, intermediate and advanced level camps are offered.

Get Ready, Get Set, Show! is an additional three-day camp available only June 24-26 focused on preparing youth for success in the show ring.

All camps are taught by experienced UWRF faculty and staff.

Daily instruction, a lab book, camp t-shirt, and the use of Western tack and a horse for the duration of the camp are included in the cost. Students are allowed to bring their own horse if granted prior approval. Youth participants are required to provide their own lunch and water. Facilities include an 85’ x 180’ heated indoor arena, heated 50 stall young horse training barn, and outdoor rodeo arena.

The primary goal of the Falcon Youth Horsemanship Academy is to emphasize control, softness, and response of the horse to basic aids, increase communication and trust between the horse and youth, and to develop youth not only as riders but as knowledgeable caretakers of horses.

The equine emphasis program is part of the animal science major in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and is one of the strongest equine programs in the nation.

Students in the equine emphasis program choose from three plans, depending on their chosen career path, including science, management, and minor options.

The deadline for registration and fees is Wednesday, May 29. For details and to register, visit falconyouthhorsemanshipacademy.wordpress.com.

For questions, email kristina.hiney@uwrf.edu or call 715-425-3704.