March 2024 Newsletter

We hope this message finds you well and that you are enjoying the start of the spring season!

Quick heads up:

Forms for camper sessions are due May 1st! 📅
Forms and tuition for Mother-Daughter Retreats are due May 1st
Tuition for camper sessions is due June 1st.

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Horse Girl

What forms are due for camper sessions May 1st?

  • Online health history form
  • Physical examination form – this must be signed by a doctor and uploaded to your camper’s profile.
  • Camper Riding Profile
  • Participant Agreement
  • Camper photo – this should be a school photo or headshot style photo.
  • About Me and My Camper – this form is optional but helpful to your camper’s cabin counselors.
Watch how to complete camper forms

What forms are due for Mother-Daughter Retreats on May 1st?

  • Camper Profile Form
  • This is where you will indicate your t-shirt size. If we do not have this information by May 1st, you will receive an adult large.
  • Online health history form.


  • Each participant must have both forms submitted
  • We do not need a physical examination form for the retreats.
Watch how to complete Mother-Daughter Forms
Click here to complete your forms!

General Store Pre-order Sale

Keep an eye on your inbox and follow us on social media so you don’t miss the upcoming General Store Pre-Order Sale! This will be your opportunity to order new 2024 merch and take 15% off your entire order. You don’t want to miss it!

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Black River Mission

At Black River Farm and Ranch, we empower young women through horsemanship and camp experiences by cultivating courage, confidence, and independence. Our mission is to inspire resilience, leadership, and decision-making skills, both in the saddle and in life. We encourage girls to discover their strengths, passions, and unique abilities in a supportive community.

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Barn Girls

The summer camp experience is incredibly important for several reasons. Firstly, it offers children a break from their usual routines, allowing them to explore new activities, make friends, and develop social skills in a supportive environment. Camp provides opportunities for personal growth and character development, teaching resilience, independence, and teamwork through challenges and group activities. Additionally, the structured yet relaxed atmosphere of camp fosters creativity, curiosity, and a sense of adventure, encouraging campers to try new things and discover their passions. The memories and friendships formed at camp can last a lifetime, contributing to a sense of belonging and positive self-esteem. We hope that throughout your camper’s experience at BR, they are able to have fun while learning and growing through unique experiences.

Social Skills Development

  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Participation

Self-Respect and Character Building

  • Responsibility
  • Resourcefulness
  • Resilience

Self-Respect and Character Building

  • Responsibility
  • Resourcefulness
  • Resilience

Horse Talk

Turning Your Horse Without Using the Reins

Last month, our horse talk was about using natural aids, or as we like to say at BR, the 4-basic aids, to get your horse to go and to stop. This month, we will learn how to use our aids to turn the house. The four basic aids are the seat (weight), the legs, the hands, and the rider’s voice. When we use these aids together, your horse receives clear and consistent communication about what direction you want them to.

March Madness Winner

Congratulations to Billy for winning his second year in a row!

Number 1 in the stalls, number 1 in our hearts❤️

Registration Round Up

BR Family Weekend

August 25th – 27th

Friday – Sunday

Because camp isn’t just for the kids!

Bring your whole family, however you define it, and enjoy a relaxing weekend at the ranch. Explore camp independently and fill your day with horses, boating, swimming, crafts, archery, hiking, and more!

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View the Family Weekend Registration Guide HERE! Learn More About Family Weekend

New Parent Meeting

As you prepare for camp, don’t forget to watch the 2024 New Parent Meeting. In this video you can find information about incoming day, horse show, packing, and more!

Reminders and Updates

Fall Weekend Table

Private Events & Retreats
Fall 2024

Want to avoid the craziness of MD registration? Book a private retreat with you and your closest friends and family at BR this fall. The laid back, customizable experience offers you the opportunity to unplug, reconnect, and do everything you want or nothing at all.

Our dedicated team will quietly ensure that your experience is unforgettable and work with you every step of the way to curate your adventure. Call or email us today to being planning your perfect retreat! We can’t wait to hear from you!

Private Events & Retreats Info

Important Dates

  • May 1st:
    • All Camper session forms are due
    • Mother-daughter tuition due.
    • Mother-Daughter forms due
  • June 1st:
    • All Camper Session Tuition is due.
    • Alumni Weekend forms and tuition are due.
  • After June 1st deposits and tuition are non-refundable
  • June 9th – New Camper Open House
  • June 13 – Camp Opens!


  • You can log in to the registration portal anytime to view invoices, upload paperwork, or work on forms.
  • The BR office hours are 9 am to 5 pm, Tuesday through Thursday.
  • The BR General Store is closed until the Spring
  • Join our BR Parents Facebook group by scanning this QR Code:
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