Naughty Pine Riding Ranch, owned and operated by Clarence and Deannie Lunyk, is located 20 minutes north of Rainy River.
It has a therapeutic riding program and offers trail rides, as well.
The ranch has been running horse camp for two years now and is looking forward to its third season.
The horse camp helps to support the therapeutic riding horses.
Deannie Lunyk is a social service worker with 40 years’ experience working with horses and children. As a teen, she was a volunteer working with the RCMP “Musical Ride” horses.
She also brings her experiences managing a competitive show-jumping establishment in eastern Ontario.
Lunyk has eight horses, six of which are camp horses that are excellent for beginners and are therapeutic riding quality.
Four are gaited PasoFino horses, which allow the children to learn without hanging on for dear life as they do not trot.
Two of her PasoFinos were show horses, shown all over North America, including the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto.
Her camp appears to be is the only one in North America that uses these special PasoFino horses.
Her other two camp horses are Appaloosas, specially-bred for a quiet disposition and good nature.
Horseback riding is excellent for teaching people assertiveness and helps to develop a healthy, confident level of self-esteem. It is a fun way to get or keep fit, improve balance, tone up muscles, and develop new ones.
Horse camp is a great way for young people to get active outdoors and have loads of fun doing it.
Adults are welcome to join their children as campers, or even come on their own. Young athletes find that they are riding at a more advanced level than others in just a few rides.
Those attending the camps, which run in July and August, will have full days of learning, interacting, care, management, and assertive handling of horses, with three hours of riding each day.
They learn how to groom their horse and clean its feet, as well as care for the saddle and bridle.
Their programs are tailored to the interest and needs of the individual camper. They will learn basic centered riding, both western or English, and natural horsemanship training.
Their riding lessons use a “learning through play” teaching model. There is one adult to every three-six children.
Lunyk said some campers are returning for a third year.
She also noted the camp is ideal for anyone considering wanting to buy a horse. Some of the previous campers now own their own horses.
In fact, one young lady, after attending two of our camps, won seven ribbons at the Emo Fair last summer on her new PasoFino horse.
Campers will enjoy farm life working/playing with their other animals: laying hens, Chelsea Cocoa Puffs the milk goat, the kitties, and the Border collies.
Overnight campers will do other activities, such as canoeing and swimming.
The riders perform in a horse show, open to the public, on the Friday afternoon at 2 p.m., with an awards and achievement certificates presentation afterwards.
Cake/snacks and beverages will be served.
One week of camp is only $450 per day camper and $850 per overnight camper. A $50 discount is offered to those registered prior to June 1.
All campers receive an official Naughty Pine Riding Ranch Camp T-shirt and camp achievement certificate.
Our cabin is equipped with wireless Internet, and campers are welcome to bring their own laptops or other devices.
To learn more about Naughty Pine Riding Ranch or to register for summer horse camp, call Lunyk at852-4234 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration forms and the camp curriculum can be downloaded from http://users.xplornet.com/~naughtypineranch/