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Meet Warm Beach Camp's new Horsemanship Director - Part 1

Lisa Tremain, a New Zealand native, returns to Warm Beach Camp as the new Horsemanship Director

150 Lisa Tremain crop2We are excited to have Lisa back on staff at Warm Beach Camp! Lisa first came as a Wrangler in Training (WIT) in 2003, and since has served in other camp ministries throughout New Zealand.

Recently, we sat down with Lisa and asked her some questions we thought you would like to know. And with her gracious, gentle spirit and her cool New Zealand accent, she shared about herself, her hopes for kids who attend camps and lessons, and her goals for the future of the Horsemanship program.

Q: Were you interested in horses when you were little?

A: My parents started getting into the horse camp ministry and learning about them when I was fairly young. I wouldn’t say I had a particular interest in horses before then. I would often ride double as a child with someone else – they would take me on trail rides and that type of thing. So I liked horses when I was younger. However, when I started riding by myself I was small and so they put me on the small ponies who were very mischievous and they would often run under things that they could fit under but without me fitting under it. So, I actually became quite terrified of horses. When we visited a new camp I went on a trail ride and they put me on a taller horse and I burst out in tears and was terrified. But the owner said he would walk beside me for the beginning of the trail ride, so I agreed to go. Halfway through he said, “Oh, I’ve got to go help someone else.” And off he went to help them so I was left riding by myself on this big horse. But that was the best thing ever because I suddenly realized they weren’t so scary and this horse wasn’t out to take me under a tree. From then on I loved horses and started riding more and more and more. That was a turning point. So, I definitely know how it feels to be terrified – they are a big animal - but I also know how much I changed when someone took time to help me overcome fear.

Q: Do you have a favorite horse activity?

A: I love to jump – yes, jumping is my favorite. I grew up doing English riding. I did Eventing, which is dressage, show jumping, and cross country all mixed together. Jumping is my favorite. There is nothing quite like being on a powerful horse and leaping off the ground.

Q: When did you start Western riding?

A: When I came here to Warm Beach Camp. I was 17 at that time. I came to be a WIT (Wrangler in Training). I did do some Western riding off and on in New Zealand. But Warm Beach Camp is when I actually took instructed lessons and made progress. There is a lot of cross over between English and Western riding. If you start out in one it’s easy to adapt to the other.

Q: How did you hear about Warm Beach Camp and come here to be a WIT?

A: In New Zealand it is really common to do what we call an “OE” – an overseas experience. Usually people will do that right after high school or before college or at the end of college. I had planned to do an OE and come to America to do camping ministry when I was 17 years old. Laurie Fertello, who was the Warm Beach Camp Youth Program Director at the time, came to New Zealand and toured some of the Christian camps. Laurie stayed with our family at Sonshine Ranch when she visited. She and my Mom hit it off. So, when I was talking about coming over, my Mom printed off all the information from the website about the WIT program. When I saw it, it sounded really fun. So I thought, “Sure, I’ll give that a shot.”

Q:  How was your experience as a WIT here?

A: I loved it! I went home and got my Visa and came back. I worked year round at the barn at that time, and was a Wrangler the following summer. Then I did an internship in program and marketing.

Q: How did camp play a role in your spiritual growth?

A: Camping really did shape who I became and gave me a really good firm foundation. In New Zealand, we have school for 10 weeks and then have two weeks off, so we would have camps year round. I was in camps, church, and actively involved in youth group. I was constantly being poured into and had people around who wanted to help youth grow in their relationship with God. So, when things got tougher in later years, I definitely clung to that foundation of knowing who God is and how much He loves me.

Q: After being a part of other ministries in New Zealand the past several years, why did you want to move back to America?

A: My husband and I weren’t actually planning to move back to America. But for various reasons we did consider it and when I saw the job opening I applied. This is the job I have always wanted, to run a horsemanship program. And Warm Beach Camp was foundational for me in how camping can be run well. I think this is a great camp that has a lot of good standards and truly shows God’s love through the way that it interacts with staff and the guests. So I was really excited by the opportunity to work here. It was a hard decision, but exciting too. I’m really thrilled to be here and see where the program can go. I hope to impact others’ lives in the same ways my own life was positively impacted by the people at Camp.

Q: Do you have a favorite horse at Warm Beach Camp and why?

A: Oh, how do I pick?! I actually haven’t had a lot of time to ride very many of them yet. And I like them for different reasons. I have enjoyed a horse called Jackson – he is really fun and well trained, so he’s more of a fun horse for me to just get on and ride. There’s another cute one that everyone loves, who is black and white and adorable – Oreo – she’s a young horse and still in training. I love paints - black and white, brown and white… they’re just cute. Oreo is cute. There are some horses with cool personalities and others that are great to teach kids on – good for a nice, gentle ride. I like the challenge so I like horses to challenge me. But, there are others that are my favorite for teaching.

Q: What do you hope the kids who come to Warm Beach Horsemanship Camp will learn?

A: My hope is for kids to learn and grow in their experience and knowledge of horses, how to handle them and interact with them on the ground, and how to ride them. There is so much more to horseback riding than people think as far as how you communicate to the horse. You’re having to use your body language and different cues you are giving the horse and learning how to be in sync with the horse, and to ask nicely and to treat them with respect. To have that partnership form. This can help teach kids core life skills, while also developing and helping them grow in their horse riding ability.

Q: How can horses help kids learn about God and other relationships?

A: There are so many ways of translating it to our relationship with God and how He interacts with us and how we respond to Him. There are many parallels to be able to teach kids not only in general life  - how we treat other people, trust other people, respect other people – but how that works with God too, and how He can help us to do that with others.

Q: Are there other things you hope kids experience at Horsemanship camps and lessons?

A: I’m really hoping that we can help kids achieve goals, overcome fears, or that they can feel a sense of growth. That they would be challenged and learn while they are here. And also feeling loved. I want Camp to be a safe place for them to come, where judgments are put aside and they are treated as people no matter where they come from, how they look. I want them to know that they are loved and safe here and have a place they can call home. And through that we can develop mentoring relationships. That’s what I would love to see.

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You are invited to "Vault into Spring", an Equestrian Vaulting competition

Warm Beach Vaulters at AVA Nationals webHave you always wanted to see an Equestrian Vaulting competition and haven’t yet? Here is your chance! The Warm Beach Vaulters are presenting “Vault into Spring” at the NW Washington Fair and Events Center, April 1-3, 2016. This is the first of four U.S. Equestrian Federation (USEF) recognized selection trials held in the U.S. to determine the US National team for the World Vaulting Championships in Le Mans, France.

Many of the top athletes in the country will be competing as well as vaulters of all ages. All levels of competition will be on display from beginners on a horse at a walk to thrilling teams of vaulters at a canter. There are even adaptive classes for those with mobility challenges. Join us for any or all parts of the competition. The Warm Beach Vaulters will also have a silent auction on Saturday as a fundraiser to help with club expenses.

The Warm Beach Vaulting Team has grown out of the camp vaulting program which has been going strong at Warm Beach Camp in Stanwood for over 20 years. The team started practicing in 2006 and has been traveling to compete in diverse places such as Colorado, Kentucky, California and British Columbia, Canada. The Warm Beach Trot Team was the National Champion in 2007, and the Canter B Team claimed a national title in 2013! Two Warm Beach Vaulters joined the US National Team for 2015 Junior World Championships in Ermelo, The Netherlands.

Equestrian vaulting is one of the more unique sports you’ll ever witness. We hope you will join us!

The “Vault into Spring” competition is open to the public at no charge.
Location: Lynden Fairgrounds, NW Washington Fair and Events Center
Dates: April 1-3, 2016
Times: Friday 4:00-9:00pm; Saturday 8:00am-5:00pm, and Sunday 8:00am-4:00pm
Silent auction on Saturday, also open to the public.    
web: www.warmbeachvaulters.com; facebook: www.facebook.com/warmbeachvaulters

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What I learned as a horse camper

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By Ruthann Good
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My time spent as a horse camper were some of my favorite childhood memories. Each summer, I would wait in anticipation for my week of horse camp, packing my bags far in advance before I would go. I could not wait to spend a week with horses, staff, and fun all day long.

Ruthann webI started going to horse camp as young as I was allowed, all the way through high school, and then worked as a Jr. Wrangler or Wrangler in Training. I can’t even begin to count all the things I learned as a camper but these few things have impacted my life forever!

I learned a lot about horses - how to ride, groom, saddle, and learned enough to teach it. More than all that though, I learned how much Jesus loves me and how horses and God impact people for a life time. I had counselors who spurred me on when I was going through hard seasons, ones who taught me about servant leadership, and how to love as Jesus does.

I would never in a million years take away my time at camp, and honestly, it has helped shape me into the person I am today.

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The Warm Beach Vaulters are going international!

VaultersPhotoNewsEquestrian Vaulting is truly an amazing sport for spectators to watch! It is the competitive sport of dance and gymnastics performed on the back of a moving horse. Vaulting is performed both individually and in teams, with up to three vaulters on a horse at one time performing choreographed routines to music.

Warm Beach Camp has had a vaulting program as part of the Horsemanship Program since 2006. A number of youth have participated in the program, gaining athletic ability, but also learning teamwork and responsibility in a program that seeks to honor God. They participate in competitions regionally and nationally, winning trophies and gaining recognition for the Horsemanship Program at Warm Beach. The Warm Beach Vaulters has grown to be the largest club in the Pacific Northwest.

A vaulter’s dream is to compete in the Junior World Championship vaulting competition, this year being held in Ermelo, The Netherlands, August 5-9, 2015. For four of the Warm Beach Vaulters, this dream is becoming a reality. Anna Erickson and Daniel Janes will be competing in an open competition, while Kaleb Patterson and Luke Overton hope to represent Team USA in the first ever Junior World Championship. Kaleb and Luke must first qualify through a selections process that takes into account their scoring from competitions that occur in the US and Canada.

Yet, these athletes have more in mind than just competition and world travel. Kaleb Patterson says he has many reasons for aiming for Junior Worlds, but for him, the most important is: “I want to spread the light of Jesus Christ across the world. I feel that is my mission from God, my mission field that I want to take head on. I want to show vaulters across the world what the true love of the Holy Spirit looks like.”

You can follow the Warm Beach Vaulters on Facebook at www.facebook.com/warmbeachvaulters or on the web at www.warmbeachvaulters.com. If you would like to help these athletes financially, please send your tax-deductible contribution to Warm Beach Camp, 20800 Marine Drive, Stanwood, WA 98292, and be sure to mark it for “Vaulting Europe.”

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Warm Beach Vaulters prepare for international competition

Vaulting Anna 450Have you ever seen equestrian vaulting in person? If not, you have truly missed out on one of the more amazing and unique horse sports you’ll ever watch. Vaulting is the sport of dance and gymnastics on the back of a moving horse. Vaulting is performed both individually and in teams of up to six people with up to three on the horse at one time performing choreographed routines to music.

The Warm Beach Vaulters’ dreams to compete in international competition in Europe is becoming a reality this year. Four vaulters are planning to compete in Ermelo, The Netherlands, August 5-9, 2015. Anna Erickson and Daniel Janes will be competing in an open competition, while Kaleb Patterson and Luke Overton hope to represent Team USA in the first ever Junior World Championship Vaulting Competition. Kaleb and Luke must first qualify through a selections process that takes into account their scoring from competitions that occur in the US and Canada.

Junior Worlds as well as Vaulting World Championships and the World Equestrian Games offer vaulters the opportunity of a lifetime – representing the United States as well as their home club on a world stage. We are humbled and grateful to support these athletes as they follow their dreams as far as they can. These athletes have more in mind than just competition and world travel. Kaleb Patterson has many reasons for aiming for Junior Worlds, most important being: “I want to spread the light of Jesus Christ across the world. I feel that is my mission from God, my mission field that I want to take head on. I want to show vaulters across the world what the true love of the Holy Spirit looks like.”

The Warm Beach Vaulters have a fundraising dinner and performance for these European-bound athletes March 16 at The Restaurant at Rhodes River Ranch. Tickets are available at http://bit.ly/VaultingFundraiser. European competition is the culminating experience for young athletes that have generally spent six to ten years perfecting their skills. We are so pleased to have such highly committed young people who serve as ambassadors not only of their country and their club, but also their faith lived out in love.
You can also follow the Warm Beach Vaulters on facebook at www.facebook.com/warmbeachvaulters or on the web at www.warmbeachvaulters.com.

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Warm Beach Vaulters off to a strong start this season

AVA Nationals Warm Beach Vaulters Silver Kim Bell 858Handstands, dance, horses, road trips, more handstands. These activities, and more, are all part of the Warm  Beach vaulting club in Stanwood, WA. Vaulting is a great way to have fun, build lifelong relationships with all ages, and a way to reach out to the community in a unique way!

Kim BellThe Warm Beach Vaulters began their 2014-15 season with changes and new opportunities. After eight years, the team’s much-loved founding coach, Patti Skipton, moved to southern California. The team is now blessed to have Kim Bell, the new vaulting manager and coach. Kim started full time in mid-August and jumped right into the new season well. She has a huge passion for the sport of vaulting and is looking forward to the upcoming competition year. “We have some very talented vaulters and up and coming horses and I’m very proud of how all the coaching staff are doing!”

Also new to the Warm Beach vaulting staff is Ruthann Goodrich. Ruthann arrived at Warm Beach Camp this summer after graduating from Asbury University and completing an internship at Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. Ruthann shares, “I am thankful for the gift of joining the coaching staff and pursuing my own vaulting career!”
There are vaulters of all levels on the Warm Beach Vaulting club. Some come for weekly recreational lessons. Others are competitive vaulters that range from beginning trot all the way to internationally focused gold and silver vaulters. In 2015, the Netherlands will host the first ever Junior World Vaulting Championships and some Warm Beach Vaulters are pursuing selection trials for a place on Team USA.

This fall, the Warm Beach Vaulters have enjoyed vaulting competitions, high performance training clinics and a demonstration at Rhoads River Ranch, the premium team sponsor. The excitement is building for the new training season and upcoming competition year…  AND there is always room for new vaulters, so come and join the fun!
Information about the Warm Beach Vaulters and classes offered can be found at WarmBeachVaulters.com. Keep up with the team news on Facebook at Facebook.com/WarmBeachVaulters.

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Warm Beach Vaulters Light Up the National Competition

Warm-Beach-Vaulters-at-AVA-Nationals-Eugene-2014 858For nearly a year, the Warm Beach Vaulters have trained and prepared for a competition season that began in March in Lynden, WA and concluded with American Vaulting Association national competition July 31-August 3 in Eugene, OR. The Vaulters put many hours into their routines from music selection, uniform design, to the development and practice of their routines both individually and as a team. You could say they put their heart and soul into their sport. The Warm Beach Vaulters light up the arena with joy and enthusiasm wherever they go.

Each vaulting competition is unique with its own drama and sense of the surreal. Drama at this year’s Nationals began with the veterinary checks of each horse, for no one wanted their horse to fail a vet check and have to perform on a new horse. Thankfully, all of our horses passed vet check. Also, many of the Warm Beach Vaulters were new to national competition and both the size and scale of the event. They performed with great composure and joy. They showed good attitudes and sportsmanship, often cheering others on from various clubs around the country. Several Warm Beach Vaulters finished in the top ten in their class. The team routines thrilled the audiences and challenged vaulters and trainers alike. In the end, everyone was exhausted with a sense of disbelief that it was over so quickly. There was a surreal sense of having experienced something beautiful, thrilling and one-of-a-kind.

This year was the Warm Beach Vaulters eighth national competition and it ended with a surreal and melancholy note as our founder and coach, Patti Skipton, led her last nationals as the Warm Beach Vaulters coach before moving to her new home in southern California. We will always be grateful for Patti’s tireless efforts in bringing the club from a small group of recreational vaulters just “trying it out” to one of the nation’s largest clubs. Patti taught us the value of teamwork, encouragement, prayer, camaraderie, sportsmanship and so much more.  We look forward to seeing Patti take her new club, Encore Vaulters, into a bright future.

Vaulters learn that change is a “constant” in life. No two routines ever go the same and no two seasons are ever the same. In equestrian vaulting, like in life, you learn to move in harmony through the changes and challenges and enjoy the journey along the way. As we move into a new season, we welcome Kim Bell as our new Vaulting Program Manager and look forward to what the future holds for the Warm Beach Vaulters.

We thank our premier sponsor, Rhodes River Ranch, for their generous support of our 2013-14 season and the many other wonderful supporters listed on our website, www.warmbeachvaulters.com. Visit us on facebook at Facebook.com/WarmBeachVaulters and keep an eye on the website for the 2014-15 schedule and program information.

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Love for horses, passion for nursing

By Bev McDowell, Nurse Program On-Site Coordinator

Love-for-horses-passion-for-nursing-at-Warm-Beach-CampNurses Tressa Brown, LPN, and Destiny Fittis, RN, share a common passion for horses. Growing up, both were involved in the Warm Beach Camp horsemanship program as campers, Wranglers-In-Training and Wranglers. Tressa went on to work as a head wrangler and then led the horsemanship program for two years.

Recently, Destiny and Tressa reconnected through the horsemanship program where they are “doing what they love and loving what they do” at Warm Beach as they blend their love of horses and their passion for nursing. They spend time each week schooling horses, assisting with riding lessons and taking out trail rides. Together, they recently hosted a tack sale to benefit the horsemanship program.

This summer, Tressa will be the nurse for the horsemanship camps while she and Destiny will share the nursing role for High School Leadership Camp.
We are inspired and blessed by the passion these two amazing nurses share and their commitment to excellence in both the nursing and horsemanship programs at Warm Beach Camp.

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Horsemanship Camp enriches a camper's life

450 horsemanship 0588Warm Beach Summer Horsemanship Camp aims to give campers a fun experience while learning and improving their horsemanship skills. The week is packed with horse related activities such as lessons, trail rides, showmanship, and vaulting. Campers also groom, saddle and care for their horse all week, giving them the experience of owning a horse. We believe that riding and caring for a horse develops life-skills of responsibility, faithfulness, diligence and communication.

In order to offer maximum value in riding instruction, we have a graduated curriculum that allows for various levels of instruction based on the rider’s skill. The instruction follows the guidelines of the international organization, Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). Warm Beach Camp riding staff are certified and receive training through CHA each year. For a detailed description of Warm Beach Camp’s Horsemanship curriculum, click here.

Horses and horse-related activities fill most of the camper’s day. They take some time out for other fun activities like swimming, climbing tower, and cabin time. Nightly chapels relate horses to our faith journey and demonstrate how the relationship between horse and rider illustrates our relationship with God, the master trainer.

Warm Beach Horsemanship Camp enriches a camper’s life physically, relationally, spiritually and emotionally. It’s a time of new discovery, improved skills, friendships and teamwork. Kids may come for the horses, but they leave with so much more!

Camps are selling quickly. Register now!

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The Warm Beach Vaulters, “Vault into Spring”

On March 28-29, 2014, over 125 vaulters from clubs as far away as Alberta and California converged on the NW Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden for the “Vault into Spring Competition” hosted by the Warm Beach Vaulters. For some vaulters, this was their first competition ever. For other vaulters, this was the first selection trial for World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

As the host club, the Warm Beach Vaulters rallied amazing support from parents and friends. Over 50 club volunteers helped with everything from clerking for judges to intense amounts of office work to lunging horses for vaulters.  Warm Beach vaulters competed in nearly every class offered from barrel and trot classes to gold and A-Team classes. We are so thankful for a safe competition where the vaulters were able to perform the moves and routines they’ve been practicing all winter and gauge where they need to focus their efforts as the make their way toward Nationals.

AshleyAshley and Carolyn - all smiles!The Warm Beach Vaulters club had twelve brand new vaulters competing for the first time. Club Head Coach, Patti Skipton said, “the most touching memory for me was seeing young Ashley be lifted out of her electric cart to perform in the modified barrel class designed specifically for disabled vaulters.” Patti went on to share, “I’m so pleased with the amazing way our families work together under the covering of God’s love to get everything done while living and expressing His love in all their relationships.”

As a sport, Equestrian Vaulting has so much to offer - Athleticism, creativity, music interpretation, costuming, and of course, horses and horsemanship. Plus, working together with teammates over a period of months and even years teaches life skills such as, teamwork, communication, respect, empathy, responsibility and so much more.

We are looking forward to this year’s competition season. The whole club will be going to Eugene, Oregon, for both regional competition in June and national competition in August. The A-Team is travelling to the greater Los Angeles area for competition at the end of April. Three vaulters, Anna Erickson, Daniel Janes, and Kaleb Patterson are working through the selection trials hoping for placement on Team USA for the World Equestrian Games being held in Normandy France at the end of August and early September.

Many thanks to our premium sponsor, Rhodes River Ranch, and others who support the team so faithfully. You can follow the club on facebook at Facebook.com/WarmBeachVaulters and the A-Team (Team Revelation) at Facebook.com/WarmBeachVaultersTeamRevelation. General photos and club news is also on the main website, WarmBeachVaulters.com.

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Lisa Tremain

Horsemanship Director

150 Lisa Tremain crop2New Zealand native, Lisa Tremain, is excited to be back at Warm Beach Camp to serve as the Horsemanship Director where she hopes to share her love of horses and God with others. Lisa first came to Warm Beach Camp as a WIT (Wrangler in Training) in 2003, and since has served in other camp ministries throughout New Zealand. She believes horses provide a unique opportunity to teach not only horsemanship skills, but also core life skills including trust, respect, communication and the importance of relationships.