ALL persons nominated must be prepared to stand up and present a short
1-2 minute introduction about themselves, stating why they
would like to be a member of our board, and how they can help our Saddle
Club remain an integral member of our community; promoting our mission,
and bringing growth to our club and to Custer County!
persons nominated that WILL NOT be able to attend the Nov 6th meeting
must submit a short 2 paragraph essay stating the same.
Please submit your short essay as an email attachment on/before Oct 30th to:
on Nov 2nd, assisting members in making an informed choice on Nov 6th!
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE:
Staying in compliance with our bylaws, it is the
responsibility of Board of Directors to appoint the officers.
Membership will only be voting on Board Members, Alternate Board
Members, and the Jr. Board Member.
The Country Strong Teens administrators and facilitators invite you
to recommend youth who will benefit from Equine Assisted Learning Activities
Custer County has a new
program for youth in grades 6 through 12. The program leaders use
activities with horses to improve communication and life skills. It is
called County Strong Teens and is sponsored by the Wet Mountain Valley
Saddle Club and the Koons Foundation.
Country Strong Teens Program works with students in the Equine Assisted
Learning and Activities Method. The equine activities are designed to
empower students to learn and develop coping skills; creating
emotionally and socially healthy young adults.
activities model has proven to be an effective method for helping teens
overcome defiance, anger, low-self esteem and mood disorders. It is a
focused and intentional approach, producing marked positive
results. We have carefully designed group and individual activities
with horses to target issues youth may be facing every day. The
exercises are designed to bring about positive changes.
activity ends with a processing circle where the students gather with
the facilitation team to share something about the experience of the
activity. The student is asked to describe from the "I" point of view
what they may have observed or felt while participating in the activity.
with the horses take place on the ground; the program is not about
riding or training. The horses used int he program are professionally
trained for this method; they are respectful and well-mannered. Safety
is one of our main concerns in all EEAL activities.
meet each Friday for a six consecutive weeks, with a one or two week
break between sessions. This is a year round program and students are
welcome to join the program at anytime.
Time: 11:00 am to 1:30 pm (Healthy snacks and drinks are provided at each session)
Mountain Valley Saddle Club, Westcliffe, outdoor arenas. In cases of
inclement weather, the program is held at the Painted View Ranch indoor
arena on Hermit Road, Westcliffe.
Mountain Valley Rotary Club provides a van driven by trained and
certified drivers to transport students. The parent or guardian of
students must verify their pick up and return locations. Forms for
transportation are provided to the parent or guardian to complete and
Fee: There is NO fee
to participate in the Country Strong Teens Program. CST is funded
through grants, foundations, and fund raising. This is a referral based
program: participants are referred by a school counselor, social
worker, therapist, parent, and/or community health services. This is a
volunteer program for participants and they can continue at will. We
understand that a student may miss a session. They are welcome to return
as soon as they are willing and able.
Country Strong Teens meet on Fridays at 11:00, at the WMV Saddle Club
For more information or to register, please contact Annie Moran, Executive Director, 719-371-2503 Betsy Banks, Lead Facilitator, 719-330-7127 Kim Seng, PATH Certified Instructor, 719-989-0466
2017 MEMBERSHIP FORMS
It is our members and our volunteers who keep this organization moving forward!
Thank you to all who have donated your time & talents.
We hope to continue our success and increase memberships and volunteerism in 2017!
Cyn Williams has stepped up to coordinate our Saddle Club Day Rides.
year, the Saddle Club plans to organize day rides for members who want
to hit the trails. We also are considering adding horse camping
opportunities to this riding season. We would appreciate if you
could fill out the survey so that we can better plan the day rides and
This year the Saddle Club
would like to reach out to our members for your feedback. The
Saddle Club Board of Directors will address specific concerns that you
may have as a member.
Below you will find a survey for you to complete and return either via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or if you wish to remain anonymous, please return at the next membership meeting.
As we move forward together
as a club, an important goal for success is increased involvement from
our membership. Current studies show an average of 40 members out
of over 100 attending monthly meetings. The average number of
volunteers is 10%.
We value our members and realize that your talents and ideas are vital to the growth of the Saddle Club.