BR December Newsletter

Season’s greetings! All of us here at Black River want to wish you Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. We’re sending you wishes for warmth, joy, and peace this holiday season. It’s been quite an amazing year for us, and we owe it all to you. We look forward to all the wonderful things that 2023 will bring!

Registration Round-Up

Camper Sessions

Registration opened with a bang this year! Our 1-week sessions filled up faster than ever, and our 2-week sessions have a combined 25 spots left. With so few spots left in the 2023 season, we don’t want you or your friends to miss out.

The sessions in bold are currently full and have waitlists:

Session 1: June 18 -21
Session 2: June 25 – July 1
Session 3: July 2 – 15
Session 4: July 16 – 29
Session 5: July 30 – August 12
Session 6: August 13 – 19

Don’t wait to register! The 10% discount ends on December 15th.

The 5% off tuition discount will last from December 16th to January 31st.

Click Here to Register
For more information on the 2023 camp season click here.

Mother Daughter Retreats

MD1: June 15-17 (Thursday-Saturday)
MD2: June 22-24 (Thursday-Saturday)
MD3: August 19-21 (Saturday-Monday)

Registration for Mother-Daughter Retreats will open on Wednesday, January 18th, at 10 am EST. These sessions fill within seconds of them going live. Please update your household account information to make the registration process smoother.

Sample Schedule

BR Family Weekend

August 25th – 27th, 2023

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!

Registration for Family Weekend opens February 1st at 10 am EST. More details to come.

Sample Itinerary

Fall Fun

Certified Horsemanship Association Conference

Our leadership team attended the annual Certified Horsemanship Association conference in Tennessee this October. We spent the weekend attending seminars and mounted lessons that challenged us to expand and improve our horsemanship skills and knowledge. We learned from some of the continent’s most passionate, educated, and varied equine professionals.

*All of our riding instructors are CHA-certified. The CHA is North America’s largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers.*

BR Friendsgiving

Our staff and alumni joined us for a Horsey Spa Day and Friendsgiving lunch this November.
We brought the whole herd in to give them some much need fall grooming and love. The barn and our small animal friends were also given some TLC.
This was the second year we came together to celebrate our gratitude for lifelong camp friends.

Horse Talk

Grooming the Horse

Grooming is a great way to spend time with your horse. And regular grooming helps to keep your horse in top shape — it removes sweat, dirt, and loose hair from the coat, mane, tail, and hooves. Grooming helps increase your horse’s circulation and production of natural oils in the skin. This, in turn, gives your horse’s coat a healthy shine and brings out natural dapples. Regular grooming also serves another important purpose as an early warning system to alert you to issues that may require medical care.

Essential Grooming Supplies for Every Equestrian:

  • Curry Comb
  • Hard Brush
  • Soft Brush
  • Hoof Pick
  • Shedding Blade
  • Mane & Tail Brush
  • Rub Rag

Check out this video from the CHA where Christy Landwehr will demonstrate on how to groom a horse safely.

Camper Corner

Horse Throw Pillow


  • Throw pillows
  • fabric
  • yarn
  • needle and thread
  • scissors
  • sharpie
  • tissue paper


  1. First, draw a horse silhouette on tissue paper with the sharpie. It might take a few tries to get it just right!
  2. Once you’ve made a silhouette, use it as a pattern on the fabric.
  3. After you’ve cut out the horse in fabric, begin sewing pieces of yarn onto the edge, right below the ears. This will be the horse’s mane!
  4. You can continue this process down the back of the horse, then trim the yarn for the perfect length.
  5. Hand stitches the horse onto the top of the pillow!


  • The BR office is open Monday through Thursday from 9 am – 5 pm.
    The 10% off discount for registration will end on December 15th. Starting on December 16th, a 5% discount will be applied to all new registrations for camper sessions until January 31st.
  • The office will be closed from December 21st through January 2nd for the holiday season. If you need to get in contact with please email the office.
  • If you took a horse home this winter, send us updates and photos about how our friends are doing! We can share your messages on social media for people to catch up with their favorite horses.
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