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Wildhorse Ranch

Box 7 Site 9, RR#3
Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, T4T2A3
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Wildhorse Ranch  

Box 7 Site 9, RR#3, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, T4T2A3

  • Type:
    Overnight camp
  • Focus:
    Horseback Riding/Equestrian
  • Cost:
    $1,350/week
  • Ages:
    12 to 16
  • Gender:
    All Girls
  • Main language:
    English
  • Capacity:
    24
  • Programs:
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  • Summary

    Wildhorse Ranch answered our questions

    Who are you as an organization?

    "Wildheart Girls" - Be Inspired by Horses in Alberta! We are horse immersion! Experience the Western Way and stay the week in glamping cabins in our Fort that has 8 foot high walls. We have provided 25 years of Expert, Safe, Fun, & lots of practical horse riding. Girls gain resiliency and confidence with the consistent horse activities - their self esteem rockets upward! We coach, encourage, and empower life skills through horsemanship. Horses make our program! There are 50 personable, well trained horses & 480 acres of magical fields and forests to ride on. Our campers come from Canada & around the world. Enjoy campfires, songs and more! Eat fresh food and fruit from our gardens and enjoy the taste of "fresh picked". Ages 12 -16.

    • Special needs: Not available

    What do you do differently or uniquely well?

    "Wildhorse Ranch is one of the best horse camps in Canada. Our secluded camp attracts girls who have a passion for horses, who want to spend all day with horses! Savor everything about horses and engage in exceptional experiential, full day, horse programs. Small groups, excellent instruction, and we love being outside all day. Horses can help decrease stress levels and anxiety and increase emotional wellness. Girls practice superpowers and the 3 C’s – communication, cooperation and compromise. Plus they learn to set boundaries! Our Techno free policy allows room for lots of creativity, conversations and new friendships. Parents are amazed at the personal growth that occurs during the week. No pressure here. Horses are our Lifelong Passion! "

    Who are your staff and counsellors?

    "Summer camp staff are passionate about connecting to horses and teaching practical horsemanship skills. The staff girls come from different parts of the world and bring a unique international flair to our camp. These girls are usually in a gap year at university and bring diverse skills and knowledge that adds to camp Fun! We believe Practice makes Progress and its time spent with the horses: on the ground and in the saddle that make a successful, connected rider. We have an all girls staff and ratio is 4:1. We are a small camp so the campers get to know each other and the staff on a "personal level". There are great conversations around the campfire and during mealtimes. "

    What do families need to know about registration?

    "Registrations are now open for 2024. Spots are limited this year. We are only offering Two week long camps in July and One in August. Plus we have Two spring break camps.
    Call or email for a registration pkg.
    We have a no refund policy. We do offer a payment plan
    We like to do a phone interview before you sign your child up to make sure she is a good fit for our camp
    Please make sure that your child has stayed away successfully at a previous camp or with friends ( relatives do not count) that will ensure that she has a great time at our "horse immersion camp"!
    You can contact us through email or phone for a registration pkg or there is also a package on the website at:
    www.wildhorsecamp.com "



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  • Programs, Rates & Dates

    Programs and Sessions Calendar

    Choose the right programs and sessions for your child; Wildhorse Ranch currently has 2 programs available; 8 TBD.

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    Name
    Type/Gender
    Specialty
    Location
    Date
    Bus
     Cost
    Email
    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 10 - 18+
    Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    $100
    Meditation|Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 12 - 16
    Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    $1,325
    Arts & Crafts|Empowerment|Leadership Training|Meditation|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 11 - 18+
    Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    $100 to $250
    Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|Entrepreneurship|Leadership Training|Public Speaking|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian|Debate
    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 12 - 17
    Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    $650 to $725
    Arts & Crafts|Painting|Photography|Empowerment|Meditation|Mindfulness Training|Strength and Conditioning|Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 10 - 18+
    Adventure (multi)
    $450
    Wilderness Skills|Arts & Crafts|Woodworking|Nature/Environment|Meditation|Mindfulness Training|Hiking|Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 18+
    Wilderness Skills
    $99
    Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Photography|Nature/Environment|Animals
    Day Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 18+
    Sports-Instructional and Training
    $99
    Survival skills|Wilderness Skills|Strength and Conditioning|Sports-Instructional and Training
    Class/league/program
    Coed
    Ages: 10 - 18+
    Traditional (multi activity)
    $10 to $100
    Wilderness Skills|Sculpture|Storytelling|Woodworking|Meditation|Mindfulness Training|Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    Overnight Camp
    Coed
    Ages: 12 - 18+
    Wilderness Out-tripping, Adventure (multi)
    $99
    Survival skills|Wilderness Out-tripping|Wilderness Skills|Photography|Nature/Environment|Mindfulness Training
    Overnight Camp
    All Girls
    Ages: 11 - 16
    Horseback Riding/Equestrian
    $825
    Arts & Crafts|Horseback Riding/Equestrian



    Financial Aid & Payment Details

    Payment Options:

    Deposit required with acceptance Yes
    Credit card payment Yes
    Maximum installments available 3

    Discounts

    Discount if paid early $75
    Discount for 2nd child $25
    Discount for 3rd child $25
    Discount for 4th child $25
  • Insider Reviews & Perspectives

    The Our Kids review of Wildhorse Ranch

    our take

    Wildhorse Ranch isn’t just a camp, it’s a retreat. Parents call it magical. Programs are only for girls and women. It starts with girls developing a connection with their horse, which is very important in any equestrian program. Once they are comfortable, they begin riding and are given on-the-spot feedback so they can improve their horsemanship skills as they go. Horseback riding isn’t just about the physicality, it is also about how it helps riders mentally. It can be very healing and somewhat meditative and Wildhorse Ranch encourages this aspect of it by doing energy and groundwork with their students. Owner and Director Diane Baker and her partner Bear are well-respected in the riding community and riders come here just to learn from her. She is passionate about horses and how they can lead you to the path of ultimate fulfillment. There are over 50 horses at Wildhorse Ranch and many have been rescued and rehabilitated.

    Three Things: Wildhorse Ranch
    Hear the three things that Our Kids’ editors see when they look at Wildhorse Ranch


    Video interviews with parents, campers, and alum

    Casey Thomas, Parent

    • 00:32 - What were you looking for when searching for camps?
    • 01:41 - What was unique about this camp that made you want to enroll your daughter there?
    • 02:23 - What was your daughter's first experience with the camp?
    • 03:03 - What would you highlight about the camps program or counsellors?
    • 04:54 - What does your daughter find most exciting about this camp?
    • 05:46 - How and when did you know that this camp was the right fit for your daughter?
    • 06:20 - Was there any change or noticeable personal growth that you saw in your daughter after her time at camp?
    • 07:25 - How can you as a parent support your child to get the most out of this camp?
    • 07:48 - How would you describe this camp to another parent?
    • 08:19 - What does your daughter say about camp?

    Review(s) of Wildhorse Ranch

    (5)

    Mishka Andrew, Current Participant

    I started going to Wildhorse camp when I was 11, I had never been to an overnight camp alone before and I was very nervous but after just a few days Wildhorse started to feel like home. The next year ...

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    Kirsten & Hailey (twins), Alum

    Thankful for our experiences at the ranch

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    Acacia Australia, Alum

    Experience real, let the magic of this place in and be forever changed

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    Ashley , Parent

    Wonderful things at this camp!

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    Izabela, Parent

    Next year two weeks!

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    Janette, Parent

    A 10/10 Experience!

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    Devlin, Parent

    Wonderful Experience

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    Jenn - Edmonton, Parent

    Growing Up with Confidence

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    Andrea, Parent

    Lots of Horse Time

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    Laurie, Parent

    Most Amazing Time

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    Jennifer, Parent

    Loves this Camp

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    Jano, Parent

    Awesome Camp

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    Julian (Edmonton, Alberta), Parent

    Forever in your Debt!

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    Sam, Camper

    I cried letting Gus go

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    Karlie , Camper

    Love coming here every year

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    Jordan, Camper

    Can't wait to come back!

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    Montana, Camper

    Missing you so much Already!

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    Kristen, Camper

    Heaven on Earth

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    Luisa, Camper

    Unforgettable Experience

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    Cass, Camper

    Never a Dull Moment

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    Kirsten & Hailey (twins), Alum

    Thankful for our experiences at the ranch

    Thanks Diane!! You are so sweet. It was so great to catch up ♥️ we both are so thankful for all of our experiences at the ranch and the friendships and memories that will last a lifetime ☺️ you are an incredible woman and we look forward to seeing you again soon! NOTE: these lovely ladies have just graduated from university, one as a Veterinarian and one as a Medical Doctor ... Show More


    Acacia Australia, Alum

    Experience real, let the magic of this place in and be forever changed

    I stayed at Wildhorse Mountain Ranch for 2 months and it was the most wonderful time. I was blessed with the opportunity to learn from both Diane and Bear about horsemanship, gardening and Canadian ranch life. Being in such a beautiful place, surrounded by such special people and animals really has a lasting and profound effect on one's self. I could not thank them enough for this unique experience. Come to Wildhorse with an open heart and mind, something very special awaits you there. ... Show More


    Ashley , Parent

    Wonderful things at this camp!

    My daughter goes to this camp. She can be shy, and have some social anxiety, but when she comes here, she’s the happiest girl in the world. It’s such a wholesome, positive environment for children and adults. There’s over 50 horses for the girls to choose from, trail rides, movies and crafts, and bonds that will last a lifetime. I recommend this place to anybody from experienced, to new riders. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this camp! ... Show More


    Izabela, Parent

    Next year two weeks!

    Great horse back riding experience. Beautiful surrounding nature. My daughter when asked if she liked it answered : "next year I would like two weeks mom". No more needed to be said.


    Janette, Parent

    A 10/10 Experience!

    I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciated your summer program. A 10/10 experience for Hannah! It is so wonderful to see these pictures of her BEAMING! She came away with so much confidence- "making 30 new best friends" and developing a special bond with Amigo. The experiences you provide will carry with her for so long.... hopefully until next summer! :) Thank you so much! Cheers to you and what you do! ... Show More


    Devlin, Parent

    Wonderful Experience

    What a wonderful experience for our daughter. Her whole energy changed, maturity levels, responsibility, perspective and approach to life has a wonderful boost resulting from her time at camp. Highly recommend. This is a well run, responsible operation. Devli ... Show More


    Jenn - Edmonton, Parent

    Growing Up with Confidence

    Phoebe had such as great time at camp and will definitely be back next summer. She really grew up in the short days that she was away. I am so pleased with the care and love that she was shown by your excellent staff. She wasn't home sick at all and came home more confident then ever. ... Show More


    Andrea, Parent

    Lots of Horse Time

    My daughter has attended Wildhorse Ranch twice and had a fantastic time there each time. She has enjoyed how much time the girls have had with the horses, both riding and groundwork. As a parent, I have found communication from Diane to be very responsive and appreciate that the group size is kept small. Keep up the great work ... Show More


    Laurie, Parent

    Most Amazing Time

    My daughter did a week camp here and LOVED it! She doesn't have much experience with horses and was so happy with experience she gained. She had been to a horse camp last summer and did not enjoy it anywhere near as much. This one, she had the most amazing time, the camp leaders were all wonderful as were the other campers. She said the food was great too. Great place! Would highly recommend ... Show More


    Jennifer, Parent

    Loves this Camp

    This is a wonderful place where my daughter can experience the beauty of wilderness, friendship, horses and a sense of autonomy. She loves this camp! Well worth the investment.


    Jano, Parent

    Awesome Camp

    My 12 year old daughter said it was an awesome camp- great food, very friendly staff had lots of fun and learned lots about horses. She had a great time with Poncho🐴. We just got back and she is already asking to return next summer, this time for 2 weeks ... Show More


    Julian (Edmonton, Alberta), Parent

    Forever in your Debt!

    As parents of girls that visit your camps on a regular basis we are forever in your debt! You are the ones that provide a safe & enjoyable retreat for our girls that takes them to a place that they can forget about the turmoil’s of the world and concentrate on something that they are all passionate about! You are true Heroes! Just Ride ... Show More


    Sam, Camper

    I cried letting Gus go

    Man oh man missing camp already! not gunna lie I cried letting Gus go out in the front field this afternoon :( definitely a place to be! best of fun! amazing people! honestly worth the long drive every time


    Karlie , Camper

    Love coming here every year

    I have come here every summer since I was nine it's such a great opportunity for young girls like me who love horses to spend five days or more on a such a beautiful ranch with horses all day Diane and Bear have made it feel like home every time I go back one of my favourite places too be. They have great well trained horses and always do what is in the best interest of their horses and love making new friends at camp ... Show More


    Jordan, Camper

    Can't wait to come back!

    Just got back from Wildhorse Mountain Ranch !!! Had an amazing week!! Missing Ghost already!! Can't wait to come back for spring break and two weeks in the summer!!! Thanks so much you guys for the wonderful experience!!


    Montana, Camper

    Missing you so much Already!

    Missing you all so much already! What an awesome week, I love getting the chance to do nothing but ride, missing Spartan too :) he's just such a good boy!!! I'm already planning for next summer! Thank you so much for opening your home and hearts to all of us :) I'll never forget it ... Show More


    Kristen, Camper

    Heaven on Earth

    Words cannot describe this camp. Fun – an understatement, incredible – just not good enough. This camp was Heaven on Earth. I love my horse and I never want to leave.


    Luisa, Camper

    Unforgettable Experience

    You guys and your ranch bring so much peace to me, and I am sure I can speak for the other girls as well. Thank you again for a truly unforgettable experience and you can count on seeing me out and riding with you again!


    Cass, Camper

    Never a Dull Moment

    I would just like to thank you for everything you guys do, every time I come out I always have so much fun it's never a dull moment, the horses are all amazing and the food is good to of course haha I really appreciate everything you do for us!! ... Show More


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  • Location & Site Details

    Address

    Box 7 Site 9, RR#3, Rocky Mountain House, Alberta, Canada



    Accommodations

    Sleeping Accommodations

    • Cabins

    Amenities

    • Toilet in Sleeping Area

    Washrooms Facilities

    • Outhouses
    • Showers (indoor)
    • Showers (outdoor)

    More details about accommodations: Girls stay in classic pine cabins, located in our Old West Fort. 3 or 4 girls/cabin. Bunk bed accommodations. No power or running water in the cabins. Outhouses and water close by.

    Are meals provided? Yes

    Is Wildhorse Ranch technology free? Yes We have a no cell phone policy. Phones interfere with the socializing and interactions that are a big part of being at camp. Camp is for developing face to face communication skills, enhancing confidence and increasing resiliency.



    Property Details

    Sports facilities

    • Horseback Riding Arena (indoor/outdoor)

    Landscape

    • Forested Area
    • Lake/Pond/River
    • Nature Trails
    • Open Field

    More details about property: Wildhorse Ranch borders on wild land so we often see deer, coyotes, foxes, moose, and lots of bird life. We are an outdoor based camp where we love being in nature! We let you experience and feel The Spirit of the Old West, when life happened at a slower pace and technology did not rule the world. Come feel the difference! Lets Live! Campers enjoy our large fire-pit area and have great conversations at the campfire while roasting marshmallows! Our trail rides go through unique areas like: The Dragon Forest, The Park, The Horseshoe Forest, and The Enchanted Forest and we often walk through the Fairy Forest & pick up unique craft sticks that have dropped off the trees.



    Rentals & Services

    Offers children's birthday party packages: Yes
    Birthday Party packages can be with or without horses. We can facilitate a Horse lovers party focused on games with and about horses! We have a large campfire area where you can cook food over the fire, picnic tables, rustic cabins if you want an overnight event and lots of natural areas to play games, go for a hike, look for bugs/toads/frogs and other fun stuff :) Contact us for details, Parties vary from 2 hours to 2 days.


    Offers outdoor education program for schools or corporate groups: Yes
    List of Possibilities for a Leadership and Skills Development/Outdoor Education Camps Touch the Earth©: • Experience hands on activities in a peaceful, natural setting • Learn about animal tracks & signs on an interactive hike to Thunder Lake • Practice patience while sitting in a talking circle and then use communication skills when its your turn to tell your story • Let the earth seep into your soul as you sit in the grass and listen to Bear the storyteller • Build your connection to the earth by participating in different activities involving our horse herd and the land. Living History: • Enhance tactile skills & senses by touching hides from beaver, coyote, buffalo, elk, rabbit and more • Increase your understanding of how first nation people/mountain men survived by watching and listening to a demonstration about snares and traps • Experience what it’s like to live as a community, sharing the events of the day around the Evening Campfire. Learning Leadership Through Horsemanship: • Before we start the horse program everyone goes through our “Safety Lesson”. This covers the basics of safe handling of horses on the ground and in the saddle. • Experiential and educational, incorporating confidence building, self-empowerment and skills development. • Practice communication, cooperation, connection and compromise – critical skills when working with horses and humans! • Learning to read energy is an important life skill and dealing with horses helps you understand/see and practice how to move energy • Explore new opportunities on the ground with a horse: by taking risks and trying things you wouldn’t ordinarily do, it will help increase self-esteem. Learning is a matter of trial and error.


    Available for private rentals: Yes
    Our facility has 9 cabins that sleep 4 each, 4 Cowboy tipi's, 3 Whelan Shelters, 20 2 man tents, a Cowboy Bunkhouse that has running water and power that sleeps 12 in bunk bed style dorms, big firepit area, access to bird watching on Thunder Lake, land based learning in our forests and fields, small meeting room, meditation area, Spirit Dancer Lodge, all rental is based on what you require so please contact us for specific details


  • What's New

    Director's Message

    Diane Baker, Owner and Director
    B.Ed., Certified EAL Facilitator, Coach and Guide

    I am truly passionate about sharing my insight and knowledge from my thirty plus years of working with horses, women, and girls. My mission has always been to inspire them to walk the path of ultimate fulfillment, and to reach for their highest potential by creating soul-aligned connections, investing in themselves, and doing what they love because it always pays off. Success comes to those who dedicate everything to their passion in life. This is mine! Come ride and Learn with me. Our herd of 50 personable and colorful horses will make your stay amazing!



    In the News

    January 7, 2022
    U of Alberta Nursing - celebrating nursing student-athlete

    Cara Park was honored by the U of Alberta Nursing faculty. Cara is a proud member of the U. of Alberta Panda’s Soccer team... Read More

    January 7, 2022
    Long time campers recently graduate with D.VM and MD

    Twins, Kirsten and Hailey spent many years first as campers and then counsellors at our summer and winter horse camps. ... Read More



    Stories

    • Whisper and Mackie and their Life Long Friendship!

      Stories of the Wildhorse Herd:

      These two lovely geldings have been part of our herd for 3 years now, they are in their 20's and have been together for most of their lives so they are "attached to each other". Let me set the stage for today's story, they are always together, where one goes so goes the other. We have never had two horses share a food bowl but these two willingly share with each other all the time! I have been giving extra feed every day to 9 horses in the "pampered pony pen" - for a variety of reasons ( stories for another day), however we had our waterer freeze up so I had to turn most of them out back into the big herd... Mackie and Whisper were part of the extra feed group and I hated to put them back out but no water is not a good thing. However, today Mackie (who always whickers at me whenever I am out in the field or anywhere in the yard) left his friend Whisper and came up to the main gate and called me. I realized he really needed extra feed to I brought him up to the barn and gave him a bowl of his favorite foods and then I brought him a big pile of hay (plus a bucket of water). I thought Whisper would be OK out in the front field with the rest of the herd....
      At feeding time we could not see Whisper so we went on a search and we found him standing in the forest, head down, all sad and despondent... he was standing where he last was with Mackie... 
      I caught him and brought him up to the barn, Mackie saw him coming and his head came up out of the hay and he gave his friend a big whinny of welcome! Whisper on the other hand gave a half grunt/whinny that was more like "where have you been, I've been worried sick because I could not find you! You could have let me know you were leaving..
      Needless to say when I left them they were standing shoulder to shoulder, heads down enjoying the hay pile! Lesson learned: Next time I will take both of them!💖💖💖



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