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We are very excited about our new signature event, Cowpokes & Cocktails! Join us at Windhorse on Saturday, July 23, from 6-9pm, for a festive evening of wining and dining in support of Windhorse programs for kids. The ladies of Escaramuza Reinas Del Valle of Nampa, Idaho, will treat you to a performance of escaramuza charra, a traditional Mexican charreria event where women ride side-saddle and perform synchronized maneuvers to music.

Over the last six years, nonprofits in Gallatin County have raised millions during Give Big Gallatin Valley, our community's 24-hour online day of giving. This day is a chance for everyone to be a philanthropist and support the myriad nonprofits that improve the quality of life here, in this place that we love. For nonprofits, Give Big has become a welcome source of annual income, one that ensures we can continue to provide critical services and advocate for people, animals, the environment and more.

Welcome to Maddy Bremel, our new Windhorse Program Coordinator! From teaching classes to running our summer camps, Maddy will be involved with every aspect of our youth programs.

  • 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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