Weekly riding and horsemanship classes for BSA and Girl Scouts of America to earn their Horsemanship Merit Badge and more!
We welcome all Scouting organizations, troops, dens and packs!
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.
We take our historic role within our community seriously and offer different services for your troop / organization to gain the knowledge your organization needs to know in order to earn their badge!
JL Performance Horses offers specialized riding, grooming and horse knowledge programs, all year round to fit the needs of your organization.
Dates fill quickly, book your date early!
Pitch your tent and enjoy rustic camping (or glamping) on the mountain at our private retreat. Taking to the wilderness with your favorite people is one of the most fun and rewarding things you can do. We are happy to accommodate special requests to make your experience a fabulous & memorable one.
Bonus: Access to Local Food- While it seems like you have left the world behind, we are less than 5 minutes from the local grocery, diner, deli and pizza place.
Let JL Performance Horses welcome you to the wonderful world of horses. We provide a safe, fun, learning experience for Scouts year 'round. 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.
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 8 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.
Looking for a single day adventure? Call us 845-260-0962
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.
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.
Examples include but are not limited to safety precautions when handling horses, 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.
Plan to bring your BSA or Girl Scout's to JL Performance Horses to earn their Horsemanship merit badge. Each Scout in the workshop will get a workbook to assist them with their equine studies in addition to hands-on, project based learning with friendly horses and ponies. Don't forget an apple or carrot for your favorite 4 legged friend when you come to the farm!
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.
Merit badges are a great way for a scouts to explore their interests and learn new skills - and to remember their scouting adventure and show the world what they accomplished.
Workshops and classes are 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.
We suggest weekly classes with one workshop for a minimum of 1-month before demonstrating proficiency to successfully earn the Horseback Riding Merit badge.
Workshops utilize approved workbooks and are supplied. $20/per scout with an 8 -10 scouts
Mounted classes are $35/per scout with 8 -10 scouts. Safety helmets, horses, ponies and all tack/equipment provided.
Smaller or larger workshops and classes are available at customized rate.
Looking for a single day adventure? Simply call us (845) 260-0962
We love our customers, so feel free to call and let us know when we can expect your visit during normal business hours. (845) 260-0962
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