Ranching is about raising horses and cattle. It's about being sustainable by managing the land and growing your own produce. But it's also about something that you just can't get in the city. There is an understanding and teamwork here between people, animals, family and the land. It cannot be explained - it can only be experienced.
If you ask a kid what they remember most about Ranch Hand Summer Camp - every one will say, "My horse!" There is an amazing bond formed between people and horses, especially after a hard day's work in beautiful country.
Meet our horses.
The kids living on this ranch love this ranch. They love to ride and they love to compete.
Delaney (10 years) riding Russ.
Mason and Delaney with cousins Grace and Claire keeping an eye on the competition.
Delaney and her Welsh Pony Strawberry Shortcake cooling off in the river.
Mason (7 years) and his Welsh Pony Melody took blues at the show!
Ranching is all about family and hard work. There are three generations living on the ranch.
From Granny and Poppy right down the grandkids, this family loves the Ranch.
Doug Shook is known by the kids as "Poppy." He runs the ranch and manages the horses and cattle. With more than 40 years in the ranching business, he may just have a story to share at the campfire.
Sandie Shook is known as Granny. Don't let her sweet demeanor fool you. You don't want to mess with the cook!
Jef Van Arsdall has years of experience as a motivating coach for kids and adults alike. Learn to throw a rope - learn to have a lot of confidence. Jef's experience ranges from Police Field Training Officer and Survival Skills Instructor to National Mountain Bike Instructor and Pee-wee football coach.
Raeann is the camp mom. She grew up running cattle in Eastern Oregon with the family. She likes to inject creative writing and artwork into the camp curriculum through journaling and storytelling. Raeann is a published freelance writer, writes the column "Raised Country" and is the Publisher of MOM Magazine.
The whole family will be front-row for the Pendleton Round Up this year, to celebrate the 100th anniversary. Watch for Royalty Reunion in the parade, Raeann-1993 and sister Alison-1996.