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Learning about riding, getting life lessons

Modified: Friday, Jun 28th, 2013

Mateo Morganstern (from right), Kirsten Pederson and Ryan Wahl lead a group of students who are fine-tuning their horseback riding skills during the Monte Vista Horsemanship Camp on Thursday. (Photos by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — On a sprawling horse ranch on the outskirts of Watsonville, a group of young people was sitting in a circle one sunny summer day in June, discussing equine science with a knowledgeable instructor.

Nearby, another group was learning what it takes to lead a horse as they rode around an arena, while others were learning how to groom and otherwise care for horses.

Later, all the kids would break from their numerous activities for lunch, followed by an art class in which they would tie-die shirts.

The activities were all part of Monte Vista Horsemanship Camp, a place for kids from 6-16 to learn a wide range of horsemanship skills.

The school offers five weeklong sessions, which also include activities that have become part and parcel of camp life such as archery, campfires and swimming.

Campers might start the day with a ride through the 100-acre campus and end up eating s’mores around a campfire as they gaze up at the stars.

“I love it here,” said junior counselor Sydney Shelby, 11, who also boards a horse at the center. “It’s super fun, and all the kids are great.”

For the complete article see the 06-29-2013 issue.

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