Junior campers can experience a taste of the Ranch by enjoying time down at the Greystone Barn as they ride their own camp horse on our beautiful river trail. Campers will meet their horse and then take a scenic riding trail through camp’s back nature pastures, passing the many Farm Barn animals along the way. This is a great opportunity to enjoy one-on-one time with a horse while experiencing the trail riding feel that the campers love! Girls will skip two of their pre-scheduled activities on their Riding day. Junior campers can sign up for Riding in their Extra Fee Activities online form (available in the spring).
New for 2021! We are excited to offer our new Western trail riding program called Thunderhead Ranch, which is available for all riding levels at our June, Main, and August Camp sessions. This half-day program gives campers the opportunity to enjoy life on the Ranch, as they experience many activities involving the horses and ranch life. Campers can choose to visit Thunderhead Ranch one time or multiple times, if enrolled in our June or Main Camp sessions.
While at the Ranch, girls will be paired with a horse that will become their personal horse for the day. Girls will tack, groom, and then ride their horse, exploring the numerous, expanded mountain trails on the property. While there, campers will also tube down the Green River, cook over a fire, and learn skills like leather-working, lassoing, and more. When campers register for multiple trips to the Ranch, they will ride on new trails each time they visit, enjoy tasty new menus of meals cooked over the fire, and participate in exciting and varied activities, while also continuing to work on projects from their previous visits to the Ranch. No matter how many times you visit the Ranch, each visit will be a new and varied experience!
To register for Riding, fill out your Extra Fee Activities online form (available in the spring).
Main Camp Advanced Riders can enjoy an English Riding style clinic spanning two mornings during the session. On the first day of the clinic, all riders will be working on groundwork and horsemanship skills. Then, riders will be split into two smaller groups, with one group riding at a time, allowing for more individualized attention. On this second day, riders will be assigned a horse suited to their level of skill. Girls will groom, tack up, and then ride in the ring, working on flat work, poles, and games on horseback. On the mornings of the clinic, riders will skip their morning classes.
Requirements for Horsemanship clinic: 1. Must be an ADVANCED rider, 2. Must be currently riding and taking lessons at least 3 or more times a week, 3. Must be 8th grade and older, 4. Must have a thorough knowledge of basic flat work, proper rhythm, lead changes, and collection.
All riders need to wear long pants and cowboy or riding boots. Please do not wear open toed shoes or athletic shoes. We have a large supply of helmets and boots available for use at camp, but campers who have their own riding equipment are encouraged to bring those items. For June, Main, and August campers, feel free to embrace the cowgirl feel with your cowboy boots, cowboy hat, and any other “ranch” accessories that you’d like!
New this year! Main Campers, we are excited to offer a brand new tubing experience up at our Thunderhead Ranch property! On your tubing excursion, you will first join us at the Ranch for lunch. Afterwards, you can explore the Thunderhead property before hopping in your tube for a relaxing float down the Green River all the way to camp. Our Greystone alumnae enjoyed this experience many years ago, and we are excited to bring this tubing float adventure back for our Main campers this year!
During your tubing adventure, girls will miss their afternoon classes so they can enjoy an extended period of time on the river. This tubing trip is longer than the tube ride we offer with our Thunderhead Ranch Riding program, as girls will tube from the Ranch all the way to camp, making for a half-day tubing experience. Tubing is open to all ages, but spots are very limited, so sign up right away. We can’t wait to see you on the river!
As we will not be taking campers off camp property to public locations, we will not offer rafting in 2021.