Friday, May 5, 2017

We have an overnight horse camp coming up June 10th and 11th at the fair-grounds in Shelby!!! This 2 day camp is hosted by the MSU Extension and the Marias 4H Horse Committee but it is open to all youth (not just 4H’ers!) between the ages of 9 and 18! The cost is just $20 per child with a max of $30 per family! Got 3 kids? still only $30! Most meals will be provided although we are asking participants to pack their own lunch for Saturday. Saturday evening after a full day of riding we will have a “horseless” evening of games, a pizza and ice cream party, a horse themed movie night on a big screen in the exhibit building and a campout! You do not have to have a horse to participate in the Saturday evening activities, it’s open to everyone, even if you’re not in 4H. Sunday we will ride until lunch after which the camp will be over, but 4Hers who need assessments and tack checks completed can get those done at that time. Over the 2 days, riders will learn about equine first aid, equitation, horsemanship, trail work and how to groom your horse for a show. We’ll also learn some roping fundamentals on the ground, we’ll go over equine nutrition, do some crafts and play games and we’ll even have a tack care workshop where you will get your saddle all cleaned and oiled and clean your saddle pad as well. If you would like to register for this camp or just get more information, contact the Pondera County Extension Office at 271-4054 or email

You might be wondering how we offer such great activities for youth at such a low price. Well, it comes down to lots of help from volunteers and fundraising. One such fundraiser will be happening Monday night, May 8th! Pizza Hut has generously partnered with us and will be donating 20% of all sales on Monday night to the Marias Fair Horse Committee! You’ve never had a better excuse to eat pizza! Come down to Pizza Hut in Shelby between 5pm and 9pm on Monday May 8th and order pizza to eat in the restaurant, for takeout or delivery. That’s all you have to do to help us raise money to put on more of these awesome programs!
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