Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Why My Memphis Horse Camp?

Camp Contact Information:
Ashlee Pigford
The Kid’s Horsemanship day camp being offered at Kimberlin Farm’s located on Center Hill Road in Olive Branch, MS on July 23-25th from 9am to 2pm , promises to be a unique educational experience that’s sure to leave a lasting impression on attending campers! While horse camps are not unusual during the summer in the Memphis area, this one offers some unique perspectives, lessons, and experiences that others do not!

This camp is more than just being about horses and riding. This camp is about LEARNING good old fashion values that often are
missing in today’s society. It is about far more than just horseback riding, there are numerous camps which primarily emphasize this! This camp is for kids who want to LEARN all about horses including the care and consistent work that is associated with responsible horsemanship. The purpose of this camp is NOT that of a summer daycare program OR that of an extended riding lesson! This camp is an educational and fun experience where students will learn about respect, responsibility, patience, listening, communication, and teamwork! Surprisingly, all of these values and characteristics can be taught by HORSES! With the help of an experienced facilitator knowledgeable in how to bring such lessons to light for students, in a FUN, interactive, and memorable way!

Unlike many camps, this one will NOT be turned over to assistant camp counselor’s to lead! This camp is a well-planned, educational, and strategized “horsemanship” boot camp! Led by an Instructor with 15+ years Corporate Training and Curriculum Design experience and a life-time spent with horses! Meet Ashlee Pigford, horse-lover, author, and corporate professional who never “outgrew” her passion for horses or learning! She is the founder of Memphis Horses, a local networking project promoting affordable and responsible horse ownership, and equine advocacy practices in Memphis, TN and beyond! Ashlee is not only experienced with horses, but also an experienced Teacher. Ashlee has a combined 15+ years worth of experience working with children of all ages, and adults. She has worked as School Teacher (including Special Education) and a Corporate Trainer and Instructional Designer for the following:
  • Memphis Botanic Garden’s Youth Education Program in Memphis, TN
  • Bellview Christian Academy in Pensacola, FL
  • Memphis Association of REALTORS® in Memphis, TN
  • FedEx Services TSC Center in Collierville, TN
  • Horseback Riding Instructor at Kimberlin Farms, Olive Branch, MS
This camp is geared to those wanting a different “camp” experience for their children led by a talented, innovative, and creative Learning Professional who will instill lasting memories and core values using her innovative teaching style with horses!

Ashlee’s camp covers overall horsemanship skills: care, behavior, handling….in addition to campers being able to experience a variety of horse and pony breeds, ages,sizes, colors, and shapes! Children will meet rescue horses and hear their success stories, and even get their autograph's! In addition, campers will get to experience a variety of riding disciplines including english and western riding AND carriage driving! Demonstrations of riding and driving styles will also be given! This wide range of exposure- riding, carriage driving, and horsemanship principals taught by a professional Trainer- of people and horses, promises to deliver on education & fun!

Saturday, July 03, 2010

What IS Memphis Horses?

Memphis Horses, which started out as a blog, is evolving into a local Equine Advocacy Networking Project on a mission to provide a networking and collaborative platform for both local horse-lover's and equine enthusiasts from all over the nation! Our purpose is to help both horses and people by providing information, awareness, education, and a platform to discuss responsible horse ownership, practices, and management that will hopefully encourage responsible growth in the equine industry.

This network has already assisted in the rescue of several horses locally, and has provided both advice and a sounding board for locals having questions about all things horses. We are working to make positive strides in the horse industry locally and encourage more people to get involved in paying it forward for horses!

Memphis Horses celebrates horses and promotes affordable and responsible horse ownership, and equine advocacy practices in Memphis, TN and beyond! We encourage collaboration of ideas, suggestions, advice, rescue information, etc. Do you want to make positive strides in the horse industry locally, and network with like-minded horse-folk? Well then, you've come to a great place to do just that! High Hooves to you for your interest in paying it forward for horses!