Weekly Horsemanship classes for BSA and Girl Scouts of America to earn their Horsemanship Merit Badge!
We welcome all Scouting organizations, troops, dens and packs! Don't forget an apple or carrot for your favorite 4 legged friend when you come to the farm!
Girls and Boys actively enrolled in any Scouting organization, including but not limited to the BSA and/or the Girl Scouts can earn their badges here!
Whether it's an outdoor adventure, camping or horseback riding, we'll happily accommodate you.
JL Performance Horses welcomes Scouts to the wonderful world of horses. We provide a safe, fun, learning experience for Scouts year 'round to earn their Horsemanship badge.
Our instructor is a registered BSA Merit Badge Counselor for Horsemanship. She is an enthusiastic coach who has successfully led Scouts safely through the skills, rules and horsemanship academics.
2022 Scouts Only Horsemanship classes starting March 2!
Our Scout workshops and classes follow the most current approved curriculum. BSA and Girl Scouts must learn and be able to demonstrate knowledge and skills with reasonable proficiency to earn their Horsemanship merit badge.
To earn their Horsemanship badge, Scouts will learn basic horsemanship skills, such as catching, haltering, leading, grooming and basic stable management. They will learn safety procedures, horse body language and equine health. Then, they will move on to enjoy learning to ride a horse in a safe, friendly, and enjoyable environment.
Course work includes mounted and unmounted activities including safe horse handling, parts of the horse, breeds of horses and specialty uses, equine health and wellness, lameness vs. unsoundness, conformation, proper hoof care, grooming, tack parts and equipment, proper horse handling skills, preparing to ride and finally, being comfortable and harmonious while riding a horse at both the walk and trot with specific maneuvers to be preformed.
OPEN to members of ANY Girl or Boy Scout troop. All Scouts, Daisies, Brownies and Cubs are welcome to sign up.
Vail Farm & UVMS bus directly to the farm.
2022 Spring Semester
Wednesday each week from 4-6pm
5 week session - $250 total
($20 non-refundable deposit required to save your scout's spot)
Currently, Girl Scouts of America is adhering to BSA format and demonstration of proficiency when it comes to Scouts earning their Horsemanship merit badge.
We have a designated area to accommodate tents for day / overnight camping and a picnic area for meetings and meals. We also have hiking trails and stone fire pits available. We able to provide a private wash house for showers and a bathroom.
Spring 2022 enrollment is OPEN. Classes to be held March 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2022.
Strictly limited to 5 Scouts.
Official BSA/Girl Scout curriculum designed to offer comprehensive instruction to prepare Scouts to successfully earn their Horsemanship merit badge. And perhaps even pursue a career in the equine industry as an adult.
Instructor led, unmounted and mounted horsemanship, Scouts-only sessions from 4-6pm
$250/per scout, all 5 weeks - Pre-registration required.
$20/non-refundable deposit to hold 1 of the 5 spots for your Scout. Make your deposit.
We suggest at least 1 full semesters of weekly classes and workshops before attempting to demonstrate proficiency to successfully earn the Horseback Riding Merit badge.
Troops/dens/packs are welcome to schedule their own, private classes.
Scout leaders are asked to call to book their private workshop or class dates and times. Experiences are tailored to meet the specific needs of any Scout group. Typically speaking, it will take more than 1 workshop and more than 1 class to earn a Horsemanship merit badge for either BSA or the Girl Scouts. Each session is a minimum of 90 minutes. Session sizes are personalized to accommodate BSA and Girl Scouts. Workshops and class sessions must be planned in advance.
The optimal size for a group is from 6 to 10. We are happy to welcome smaller or larger groups, semi-privates and private Scouts. Due to the COVID-19 situation, we recommend that leaders and parents use their judgment and discretion when determining the number of Scouts attending. We follow social distancing, other COVID and CDC guidelines, State and local regulations.
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Safety does not start in the ring; It starts at the barn door. Closed toe shoes/hard soled, heeled boots are required on the farm property. We require all riders to wear long pants. All riders are required to wear a safety helmet when mounted. We are happy to provide proper riding helmets or you may bring your own. We ask that anyone with long hair to please put their hair in a low pony tail or braid as not to interfere with the proper fit of the helmet. We invite you to pack your lunch and picnic with the ponies following your workshop or class.