Our first week of camp has come and gone and while it is difficult to rate things like this, especially over the ten years of camps, this camp has to be one of our best ever, certainly in the top five! We had three return campers (not unusual) and one new eight year old rookie. There is still some question as to the newbies name, all along I thought it was Irma Jean Thudpucker, of the Bailey Colorado Thudpuckers. She insists it was Mackenzie, of the Evergreen Colorado …whatever, a fact that was never worked out to either of our satisfaction. Whatever her name was she dived right in with the older girls and made herself quite at home.She caught on to each concept quickly and by mid-week she was allowed to accompany the more experienced riders on a trail ride. We experienced another first during this camp. Our horses had previously been given their Spring shots and Rabies vaccines. Thursday it was time for their boosters. I watched all the YouTube videos on giving shots to horses and armed myself with the four vaccines and needles. In the spirit of full disclosure I admitted to the campers I had never given horses shots before and invited them to watch. As it turns out, I still haven’t given shots to horses as Irma or Mackenzie or whatever that kids name was took the needles and administered the shots herself. Oh well I guess it still gives me something to look forward to.
The remainder of the camp was uneventful with exception of Jasmine’s (a camp regular) 13th Birthday on Thursday. Jasmine had made her own cake from scratch and shared it with the camp. It was wonderful. I set aside a piece for my wife Lezlie to enjoy when she returned from her business trip, and lo and behold* there just happened to be a second piece on the plate when she returned. Our Friday Pony painting and Pizza party was enjoyed by everyone and our show/demonstration for parents and friends went off flawlessly. It was a great kickoff to what will surely be a great summer of horses and kids. Now I have a week off to recover and we are on to camp number two June 27th.
*Now that I think about it, I’m not even sure I know what “lo and behold” even means. I just know that my dear Grandmother Roberta Carter Lane used to say it to describe something truly amazing or special. A second piece of Jasmine’s cake suddenly appearing on a plate certainly qualifies as a “lo and behold” event in my mind. Thanks Grandma!