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We had a great time this past weekend with a bunch of horse crazy girls! It was our May Horse Lover's Weekend and we all had a great time riding, grooming the mini ponies, doing horse care classes, playing group games, doing arts and crafts, roasting marshmallows, having a campfire, and making new friends! The weather couldn't have been more perfect on Saturday and Sunday was pretty great with the exception of a light shower that passed through. Thank you to all of the campers and staff that joined us for a fun weekend! Enjoy these photos that the staff took!


























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Hi everyone! My name is Kennedy and this will be my third summer working at the day camp. Some of my favorite camp activities are arts and crafts and water games when it’s warm enough. My favorite day camp horse is Diego because he’s small but sassy! I’m currently a senior at UW-Madison and will be starting a PhD program at UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall. In my free time I like to dance, go to the gym, and cook random things I find on Pinterest. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and having a great summer!

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Hello from Hoofbeat!

The snow has finally melted and we can see the barn from the lower part of camp (before the view was blocked with mountains of snow......and we do mean mountains!!!). The sun has been warm and the horses seem to be enjoying it more each day. They are really starting to shed now! That must mean spring is here. Yay!
Camp is filling up quickly. Resident camp doesn't have much space left in the June sessions at this point. Day camp has about 20 spots left in most sessions. Sign up soon to get your first choice of dates!
We have added two Mother/Daughter Weekends to our fall calendar. The dates are September 27-29th and October 4-6th. We just opened registration yesterday, but there were lots of sign ups. We expect both weekends to fill quickly.
Our annual Open House will be held Sunday, June 9th this year. It will be from 2-5 pm and everyone is welcome!
We've been posting staff bios so that everyone can get to know our summer staff. So, without further ado, say hi to Elinore!

Hello! My name is Elinore and this is my first summer as a staff member but my third summer at Hoofbeat. I am extremely excited to come back to camp! I am from Glenview, IL and am excited to graduate in the spring and study computer science next fall. Outside of school I love to help my school build sets for shows, trying to bake (emphasis on trying), and goofing around with my horse Barnabee. I can't wait to sing camp songs, play group games, and meet all the new campers! My favorite Hoofbeat horses are Raspberry and Indy. I cannot wait to see everyone this summer!
                                                       
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Hello from Hoofbeat!
We wanted to give everyone an update on what we've been up to at camp. In between snow and ice storms over the last few weeks, we've had several UW groups out for retreats, a camp fair in Illinois, and Ted has been busy hiring staff for the summer.
The weather has been interesting to say the least. We got a couple of pretty good snowstorms and had snow piles that looked like small mountains all around camp. 
With the temperatures bouncing around and a little rain in the mix, we've had the horses in the barn quite a bit. The last time we let them out (after being in for 3 days straight), it was like a circus! There were horses running everywhere, bucking, snorting, and being wild. Even our 4 oldest mares did laps around their pasture. When they act like that, you'd never know that they can be well mannered enough to carry the youngest of our campers around on trails and for lessons! But to be fair, they have not been ridden since December and they've been getting corn (which makes them extra wild!).

The ice made things a little rough for feeding - we're really glad that our feed truck has chains on all of the tires. One of the crew that was out feeding and shall remain nameless , was seen sliding down a short hill (on his posterior) and under a gate with some hay. When asked what happened, he replied, "Well I started to slide, so I just sat down." Our miniature ponies reportedly took off after spooking at the large person sliding down the hill toward their pasture. Once they realized he had their breakfast  they came trotting back.
So, if you've ever wondered what life is like at Hoofbeat in the winter……now you know!
We are counting down the days until spring. It'll be nice to see the leaves on the trees and the horses out in their pastures eating grass again!      
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More pictures from Christmas Camp!






















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Hello from Hoofbeat!
We've been having so much fun at Christmas Camp, there has been hardly any time to post on the blog! We will post again soon though with more on what we've been up to, but for now, here are some pictures.




















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Hello from Hoofbeat!
On Saturday we had 39 campers out for our annual Christmas party. The Hoofbeat herd of mini ponies hosted this year. We got group photos and some time to groom a couple of the minis. (Look how fuzzy they are right now!!!!!!!!)



We had a great time and the beautiful, sunny weather was a treat for December! 
Our morning was busy with riding, horse science, arts and crafts, and group games. Even though we had no snow to speak of, campers made snowmen! 
We found this cute idea online and the campers got creative and came up with their own versions! We liked these so much that we'll probably make some for our Christmas Camp program too. 


After lunch, campers spent more time riding with some mounted games and then got to groom two of the mini ponies. They also did a candy cane hunt and had a chance to roast marshmallows over the fire. It was a busy day with lots of fun activities and we want to say a big thank you to all of our campers! Thanks also to the staff for helping out! 

Merry Christmas and we will see you at camp again soon!
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Greetings from Hoofbeat! 
It's been incredibly busy this fall at camp. The rainy weather had made things pretty muddy and we are still trying to get the horses pastures more leveled out. When it's warm and muddy they dig the ground up and then it freezes and makes big lumps! Not fun for the horses to walk around on or for us to drive the truck around for feeding. It's finally getting better though!
Work is done on the bridges on HWY 14 (in Black Earth) that had been damaged or washed out during the fall flooding. If you are headed to camp in the near future, there's no need to take a detour. Yay!
We have had several retreats, Girl Scout groups, Mother/Daughter Weekends, a wedding ceremony (two former staff members that met at camp), and birthday parties the last few months. Ted and the maintenance crew have been busy bringing in firewood, repairing fences, and repairing the deck of the LongBranch building.
The Hoofbeat herd of miniature ponies are hosting our annual Christmas Party this year. It's December 15th and we are looking forward to a fun day of riding, arts and crafts, grooming the horses, and a candy cane hunt.

Christmas Camp has filled and has a waiting list. Campers and staff alike always enjoy Hoofbeat in the winter! The horses are extra fuzzy with their warm winter coats - perfect for bareback riding!
There are some weekends open still for retreats, so if you have a group looking for a facility to rent let us know!
This coming summer we will not be offering an Intro to Sleep Over Camp, but we do have a Horse Lover's Weekend for girls May 3-5th. This is a great way for girls to try sleep away camp before coming for a full week. 

Day camp registration is open now, so see the website for info. 


We've started hiring staff for next summer and are looking forward to having our return staff as well as some new faces. The day camp director for 2019 will be Amanda (who has been our resident camp program director the last few years). Check our Facebook page for staff bios and other camp updates.

That's all for now! We hope you are enjoying the holiday season and from our family to yours, have a very Merry Christmas!
-Ted and Mary Marthe and all of the Hoofbeat staff and horses

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Hello from Hoofbeat!
Things have been busy at camp since our last update! Ted and the maintenance crew have been working on fixing fences, repairing part of the roof on the Longbranch building, getting firewood in, and putting pavers in front of the Hoofroof entrances (thanks to tons of help from Ted's son Jason!). 


We have also been busy keeping the horses fed and watered in two of the riding rings since their pastures had been in really rough shape. All of the rain we had in the fall  made things like a swamp behind the barn. We're glad to have had a place to keep them, but it certainly added a bit more time to our daily chores! Now they are back in their regular pastures………yay!

Whoopi our barn cat has been extra wild the last few days and we aren't sure if she got into some catnip or maybe there's a full moon? Who knows! She does keep us all entertained though. This morning she came down with the barn staff and then sat outside the dining hall windows and looked in. She's always waiting for someone to come and give her some attention!
Today we have a Girl Scout group here to ride, as well as a birthday party. After today we will have a little break until our next program - the Mini's Christmas Party! It's nearly full now and we are hoping that there will be some snow this time. Last year you may remember that it was so warm, campers were riding in short sleeves! Not what you'd expect for December in Wisconsin!
It's easy not to mind the snow when the temperatures are comfortable (and the snow melts off the roads quickly). Hopefully this is the kind of weather we'll have for our Christmas programs!



Great news on the bridge repairs on Highway 14 - after terrible flooding and damage to two bridges in Black Earth, the road is open again. No more detours on the back roads now!
From all of us at camp, have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving! We'll see you at camp again soon!


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Greetings from Hoofbeat! 
It's been incredible busy this fall at camp. The rainy weather has made things pretty muddy (you know it's bad when the horses start asking if they can go down to the Shoebox to find mud boots), but we are making the best of it. We have had some beautiful, sunny days and we try to get the horses out to their pastures to graze when we can.

Work is being done on the bridges on HWY 14 (in Black Earth) that had been damaged or washed out during recent flooding. If you are coming to camp any time soon, be sure to check for detours.
We have had several retreats, Girl Scout groups, Mother/Daughter Weekends, a wedding ceremony (two former staff members that met at camp), and birthday parties. We have a packed schedule for October with Able Trek Tours joining us, as well as more Girl Scout groups - every weekend is booked! Even the first couple of weekends in November are booked, so there has been plenty to keep us busy.
The Hoofbeat herd of miniature ponies are hosting our annual Christmas Party this year. It's December 15 and we are looking forward to a fun day of riding, arts and crafts, a candy cane hunt, and lots more. There are only 15 spots left as of October 15th!

Christmas Camp has filled and has a waiting list. Campers and staff alike always enjoy Hoofbeat in the winter! The horses are extra fuzzy with their warm winter coats - perfect for bareback riding!
There are some weekends open still for retreats, so if you have a group looking for a facility to rent let us know! In the winter months, we have groups that stay with us and then go to area ski hills during the day. We also can do packages for other types of groups.

We are hosting some Girl Scout Horse Lover's Badge Weekends in the spring - there is a little space left in them. If you are interested in bringing your troop, call or email us.
We are tentatively planning a Horse Lover's Weekend for girls May 3-5. Stay tuned for more info on that!
The spring Mother/Daughter dates are out - the two weekends will be May 10-12th or May 17-19th. Registration will be open on the website soon.
The 2019 Resident Camp early bird rates are in effect right now until November 15th.The fee will increase a little after that, so sign up before then to take advantage of the discounted rate!
We will be getting the 2019 Day Camp early bird registration out in a bit - we'll be sure to post on Facebook and email once it's ready to go. 
That's all for now! Take care, stay warm, and we hope to see you at camp again soon!
-Ted and Mary Marthe and all of the Hoofbeat staff and horses

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