Leadership Through Horsemanship
2021 Jr. Wrangler Application:
We are pleased to introduce you to the R&M Stables Junior Wrangler Program Summer 2021. Through our camp program, our passion at R&M is working with aspiring leaders who want to share their working knowledge of horsemanship with campers who will begin this adventure for the first time.
Junior Wranglers are selected on the merits of their participation in our lesson and camp program. Students who have been involved in our lesson program on a continuing basis are the most qualified for these positions. Consideration is primarily given to rising middle-school to high school students. Often, those students in upper elementary school who exhibit potential for leadership can also be considered for a Junior Wrangler position.
What will be different in the 2021 Jr. Wrangler program?
This season we will offer two levels of leadership for those who are selected for the program. Students who are riding in our program and who have served in previous summers may apply to fill the position of Wrangler. Students who are riding and have not served prior to this season may apply for the position of Junior Wrangler.
So what is the difference? We will set the bar very high for our Wranglers. These individuals will step up their game by learning how to administrate. Some of their responsibilities will be to work on scheduling, plan daily learning goals, facilitate small group interaction during our week of training, and spearhead the dialogue and evaluate our effectiveness at the end of each camp day. Wranglers will be the primary ‘go to’ person responsible for the horse assigned to their particular small group during the week of camp.
Junior Wranglers will assist the wrangler with all ground work required for the horse or pony assigned to their group. They will be responsible for the small group of ‘cowpokes’ serving them in any and all ways to ensure that each camper is experiencing the ‘best week of their life’.
I am pleased to announce that our camp director this year is Cella Garros you can click here to read her bio. Cella was one of our original Junior Wranglers and you can see by reading her story that she brings a superior level of riding experience that very few can parallel. Students who get to work with her will gain a deeper working knowledge and understanding of what it means to be a complete rider. Having Cella on board also demonstrates how our leadership model comes full circle.
First and foremost, this program is focused on leadership. Students can expect to gain competence in the following areas:
- Communication skills – Jr. Wranglers must demonstrate an ability to greet and speak with adults. Greeting parents and welcoming them at drop off and pick up are an important part of each day. Listening also to particular concerns a parent might want to express about their camper’s experience.
- Public Speaking - All Junior Wranglers will learn and have the ability to communicate the daily learning goals both from the ground and in the saddle to parents who assemble at camp during the first 10 minutes after drop-off.
- Basic first aid skills along with an emergency plan, should EMS need to be directed to our arenas if they are called for an emergency.
- All of the chores that are required for a working horse ranch to run efficiently on a daily basis
- Care of our horses and ponies while they are working and being ridden on a daily basis
- Daily team evaluations that include positive reinforcement along with areas or ‘rough edges’ that we need to address to make our team work effectively.
- Opportunities to communicate and bring creativity to help improve our overall effectiveness in how we reinforce learning goals in the daily arena games that we play.
- Hands on problem solving where challenging situations occur during camp.
- Ability to motivate those who are moving at a slower pace or reluctant to join in during camp activities
- Work ethic and sense of accomplishment as we complete tasks from start to finish on a daily basis and throughout the week.
All Wranglers who are chosen for the position are required to enroll in the first camp of the summer. While Wranglers will experience the majority of their day in the saddle, it is also the time that we practice all of the skills mentioned above in a fun, action packed advanced camp setting. Leaders will also be introduced to different disciplines of horsemanship along with different jobs and events that a horse can be used for. All Wranglers are required to attend camp 1. You can find the camp dates by clicking here.
While a normal camp week runs from Monday - Thursday, Wrangler camp will be extended to include Friday.
Junior Wranglers can also expect to participate in formation riding and a mock search and rescue with the Hendersonville Mounted Patrol unit, who partners with us and will be on site to lead us through these exercises. As always, you can expect to participate in the 'battle from the saddle’ along with some challenging obstacle work. Our goal is to engage our Junior Wranglers in learning through action along with leadership through horsemanship.
When students apply for the Wrangler positions, we will ask them to indicate the weeks where they would like to work prior to submitting their application. Once we process these forms, and choose our Wranglers we will publish a schedule of which camps your student will work. Parents have also asked if their Junior Wrangler can work at a camp where their younger sibling will attend. We realize the convenience this affords a parent in transportation and will do our very best to accommodate these requests. (If your student is applying to be a Junior Wrangler for the first time, please let them know that we are here to serve campers from the ground. We do little to no riding at all during our week of service.)
As camp directors, we are always trying to improve the services we offer to our campers. We are continually evaluating how to improve the education of our Junior Wranglers. This season, Junior Wranglers will be assigned based on their skills while in the saddle along with their ability to communicate effectively with the team. This will inform how we assign work tasks on a weekly basis. At each week of camp there will be one set of Junior Wranglers who are designated as specific horse handlers, and one set who are in charge of organizing campers. Both groups will experience a comprehensive overview of how to interact with horses and campers as we conduct camp.
As we enter our sixth year of offering camps at R&M Stables, we are very pleased to see how many former campers are now serving as Junior Wranglers. This also opens new challenges for us as to who gets to serve, how many camps are available to work, and what specific tasks each Junior Wrangler will be asked to perform based on their skill/gift mix. As directors we appreciate the interest and enthusiasm your rider shows in applying for these positions. We have some amazing talent to choose from and are grateful to reinvest our love of horsemanship into the next generation who will serve our community well into the future.
Junior Wrangler application is available on our website www.randmstableshendersonville.com beginning March 1. The deadline to return the application is March 26. We will not accept applications after the deadline. Please note that the Junior Wrangler position requires attention to detail on a daily basis, so meeting the required deadline reinforces this attention to detail. Being a Junior Wrangler in a previous season does not guarantee a position for the current 2021 season.
During our first camp together, we will also be using principles and exercises from the John C. Maxwell book Leading from the Lockers. This book is part of his series for student leaders and is based on developing the leader within. Handouts for exercises and discussion will be furnished to Jr. Wranglers prior to camp.