Summer day camp at Old Homestead


A four-day camp which gives beginners the chance to learn about and enjoy farm life took place at the Old Homestead Farm located just north of Iroquois. 

The July 2-5 western riding camp only had one student but 10-year-old Kate Zandbergen of Toronto wasn’t complaining.

“It was really fun. I learned a lot,” she said. This is the second year Kate has taken part in a week-long camp at the farm and the third year she has spent time at the Old Homestead learning about horses and riding.

For those who missed the July camp, there are plans in the works to offer another in August, if there is enough interest. Old Homestead owner Joy Casselman and her daughter Leanne are hoping to get a few more people to participate.

They can accommodate about six people at one time, as they provide all the horses and equipment for those who participate.

The camp is lead by Marilyn Ashby who has her level four in western riding and is working on her instructor’s level.

At the beginner’s level camp, the students get experience in stable management and riding lessons. “They do everything right from cleaning the stalls, on,” said Ashby, as they prepared to head out for an hour-long trail ride. 

The camp wrapped up last week with a barbecue and treats provided by Country Fresh Home Bakery.

Ashby and Casselman suggest that the camp is suitable for beginners aged eight and up, but they are also willing to offer adult camps or lessons for anyone interested.

“We try to do a little of everything here,” said Casselman, who just wants to help others enjoy the farm life as she does. 

Anyone interested in learning more about the programs offered, is welcome to contact Joy Casselman at 613-543-3357 or Marilyn Ashby at 613-803-3757.

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