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Equestrian Programming:  

Equestrian Educational Workshops

  • Spring Working Equitation Workshop - May 8th - All Ages
    • Karen Rach joins us for an afternoon of Working Equitation, including introduction/refresher on obstacles, and an opportunity to ride through her awesome mobile course! 
       
  • Intro to Dressage Shows Workshop - May 14th - All Ages
    • Learn everything you need to know to participate in a dressage show, including going over show forms and class lists, deciding which classes to participate in, reading tests, warmup tactics, braiding, test-riding skills and more! 
       
  • Intro to Sidesaddle Dressage Workshop - July 3 - All Ages
    • Have you ever been curious about riding sidesaddle? English saddler and sidesaddle enthusiast Emma Frimml will be joining us for a day of side-by-side teaching with Emily Jenkins for some sidesaddle dressage fun! We'll go over basic use of aids, differences between riding aside and astride, and even get to try a lesson riding in one of Emma's beautiful side saddles! 
       
  • Horse First Aid Workshop - TBD
    • More info coming soon!
       
  • Summer Working Equitation Workshop - TBD
    • This workshop will include opportunities to help build one new WE obstacle, as well as an introduction or refresher on our basic WE course! 

Meadowlark Outside Clinician Dates

  • March 19th, 2022 - Mobile Confidence Course 
  • March 23rd, 2022 - Maryal Barnett Dressage Clinic - Wednesday
  • April 8-9th - Spring Dressage Clinic with Elizabeth David
  • April 27th, 2022 - Maryal Barnett Dressage Clinic - Wednesday
  • May 25th, 2022 - Maryal Barnett Dressage Clinic - Wednesday
  • Date TBD - Summer Dressage Clinic with Elizabeth David
  • June 22nd, 2022 - Maryal Barnett Dressage Clinic - Wednesday
  • July 27, 2022 - Maryal Barnett Dressage Clinic - Wednesday
  • Date TBD - Summer Dressage Clinic with Elizabeth David
  • August 24, 2022 - Maryal Barnett Dressage Clinic - Wednesday
  • September 28, 2022 - Maryal Barnett Dressage Clinic - Wednesday
  • November 16-17 - Fall Dressage Clinic with Elizabeth David

Meadowlark 2022 Show Dates 

  • May 21st, 2022 - Spring Dressage Show - Shari Wolke Masi to Judge 
  • October 8th, 9AM - October Dressage Show - SHOW FORM HERE


Meadowlark 2022 Horsemanship Camp Weeks

2022 Registration is now open, HERE!

  • Meadowlark Horsemanship Week (5-day Camp, 9AM-12PM)  - June 20th-24th - Ages 8-18
  • Meadowlark Horsemanship Week (5-day Camp, 9AM-12PM) - August 15th-19th - Ages 8-18
  • Our 2022 Horsemanship Weeks will be open to existing students and previous camp participants who are riding at the trot independently, ages 8-18. We highly recommend weekly riding lessons, if you are interested in getting your child into riding for the first time. This change may disappoint some, but our program is shifting to put more emphasis on weekly summer lessons and intensive programs for our students, where we are able to offer a higher caliber of riding education and a more ethically balanced program for our horses. 

  • Two Horsemanship Weeks will be run this summer, June 20th and August 15th, and will run 9AM-12PM, Monday through Friday.

  • Horsemanship Week Rider Pre-requisites 

    • Level One - rider must be able to mount and ride in the walk independently, and trot independently or with minimal assistance

    • Level Two - rider must be able to trot and post independently.

    • Level Three - rider must be able to canter independently and be working on an understanding of connection and balance in the horse.

  • Participants will spend the week tuning up their riding skills under saddle, as well as spend more time working on the ground with their horses than in previous years. 

  • Each week will have one day of groundwork-only work (typically Wednesdays, unless weather interferes) where participants work the horses exclusively from the ground in place of riding. This will include working horses in-hand, lunging, showmanship, bodywork, stretching, and other very  important aspects of horsemanship that often are not covered in camps.

  • Horsemanship Weeks and Workshops will be 100% horsemanship centered, meaning the emphasis is on the rider/horse connection, and how we care for our horses physical and mental wellbeing while also gaining skill as equestrians.

  • Riders will still spend ample time in the saddle, but the focus will be more on quality rather than quantity. 

2022 Registration is now open, HERE!


A letter from our camp coordinator:

Dear Meadowlark Campers and Parents,

After fifteen incredible years of running our summer camp program, as camp coordinator and owner I have decided it is high time for a shift in focus!

Each summer our beloved camp horses work so hard for us. They put in hours and hours of work, carrying young riders safely through their first lessons. While this may appear to be relatively light work it is all done in addition to their busy workloads as lesson horses.

In recent years, as the horse world has gained new insight into how equines process and internalize stress, we have become aware that camps, no matter who runs them, are a significant source of physical and mental stress on horses. 

Since the very recent introduction of The Equine Discomfort Ethogram, a scientific tool now used by vets and professionals to interpret discomfort in the horse, I have shifted my program to move a little more at horse-speed.

We've introduced bit-less bridles for some of our beginner riders whose hands may not be as balanced on the horse's mouth, and we have further limited the amount of work that each horse does. We have also added digestive support for my horses in an effort to compensate for stress related gastric discomfort caused by an increase in work. These issues are not unique to our program, and unfortunately plague the horse world in all facets. 

With all of these changes, our program has flourished and our horses are healthier and happier than ever, but we still have to acknowledge that working with beginners in a camp setting is very stressful and difficult for our beloved horses. 

Going forward, we will be seeking new ways to format educational opportunities for our young riders . These new programs aim to be both rewarding for our riders as well as enriching and supportive for our horses.

This includes doing away with our traditional 5-day-beginner-camp format and introducing workshops, focus lessons and shorter intensive programs geared toward fun, safe, equestrian education that is horse-centric and fair to our equine partners.

This may seem extreme to some, but for us it is a question of ethics and moral obligation. These incredible beasts carry us safely in a partnership of trust and it is time for us to stand up for their needs.

A horse is kind by nature and and will give beyond their means, if asked. We have to respect that, and all of the responsibility that comes with it. 

Thank you all for your incredible support through the years. We look forward to seeing you all again soon, in our new and improved programs!

Sincerely,

 Emily Jenkins
Meadowlark Horse Camp Coordinator


Continuing Ed Programming

  • Learning to Bird - Identifying common Michigan birds - April 5th, 7AM-9:30AM
    • Put on your hiking boots and join us in our classroom and then later on our expansive wooded property as we learn about common Michigan birds and how best to get started in birding!
       
  • Spring Yoga with Horses - June 21st, 7PM
    • Bring your mat or use one of ours and experience the peace of exploring breath and movement side by side with some of our beautiful horses! Local Yoga Instructor, Sadie Besl, will be joining us again for one of our most fun wellness experiences of the year! This class is run in the pasture with a small group of horses and is open to all ages. 
       
  • Summer foraging - Berries, greens and more - July TBD
    • Foraging enthusiast Emily Jenkins will be teaching participants to identify several edible plants and berries common to SE Michigan, as well as a handful of toxic plants to avoid! Learn when it is considered ethical to forage, vs being competitive with the ecosystem, and talk about a number of recipes utilizing foraged food! Weather permitting, the class will then venture out on our wooded trails to try to spot what nature has to offer. 
       
  • Summer Yoga with Horses - July 21st, 7PM
    • Bring your mat or use one of ours and experience the peace of exploring breath and movement side by side with some of our beautiful horses! Local Yoga Instructor, Sadie Besl, will be joining us again for one of our most fun wellness experiences of the year! This class is run in the pasture with a small group of horses and is open to all ages. 
       
  • Meadowlark Holiday Artisan Market - November 26th, 11AM-4PM
    • Click above for more information! Please contact Emily for vendor info.
       
  • More information coming soon!

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