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News & Notes

It's time to GIVE BIG in the Gallatin Valley! Give Big is an annual 24-hour community day of giving which takes place from 6:00pm on Thursday May 6, to 6:00pm Friday, May 7. During that time, visit 
​​​​​​​www.givebiggv.org/organizations/windhorse-equine-learning to donate to Windhorse Equine Learning. Help us reach our goal of $10,000 and 70 donors! We have received a generous match of $5,000 from the Helori M. Graff Charitable Foundation, so all gifts will be matched 100% up to $5,000! Please tell your friends and family members about the important work we do and ask them to join us in helping to make a difference for kids in our community. Thank you!

Summer is around the corner and we’re all eager to get our ponies out on the trail or in the outdoor arena! While you are participating in your favorite riding activity this summer, you can also support kids in our community in the first annual Windhorse Summer Saddle-Up. It’s a 2-month riding challenge with prizes for the individuals and groups that log the most miles on the trail or in the arena.

In each Windhorse class level, we teach a different social/emotional skill. We start with leadership, because it's a foundational skill in working with horses, and we continue with partnership, responsibility, trust and empathy. This year, when we started our classes a few months late in early June, we decided to discuss resilience. It was a teaching moment. 

  • Windhorse is currently offered in six-week small class sessions in the spring and fall and in week-long summer camps. The program is progressive and all participants must start in the basic horsemanship class. Students who stay in the program will be taught horsemanship and riding skills and will also mentor and support students in the basic classes.

    School-year classes are two hours and take place on Saturdays, Sundays, and some weekday afternoons. Windhorse offers a week-long summer camp in June in partnership with Montana State University’s College of Agriculture, and two summer camps in July in partnership with MSU and the Gallatin Valley YMCA. Each six-week session and summer camp is $300; needs based scholarships are available. To sign-up for the program, participants must complete the following application and questionnaire. Once accepted into the program, additional paperwork is required.

  • Deb Sipes, Natalie's grandmother and legal guardian
    Deb Sipes, Natalie's grandmother and legal guardian

    "I’ve seen such a tremendous change in Natalie in the past year since she started in Windhorse classes. There’s a growth and a maturity and an empathy for others that she did not have before. She wasn’t able to comprehend how her actions affected other people or animals. And her ability to interact and have relationships has improved so much. I really attribute these changes to what she’s learned at Windhorse. "

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