Published: Friday, 13 May 2016 15:47
Lisa shares more about her life in New Zealand and her heart’s desire to impact lives through a horsemanship experience.
Q: What were some of your influences growing up?
A: My parent’s worked at camps while I was growing up. Having so many fun activities, like horses, right in your backyard is so cool. We moved around a lot so I got to experience a number of different camps. It is interesting to see how different camps operate and how many incredible ways there are to reach people with the love of God. I think growing up in the camping environment definitely influenced my love for horses, nature and people.
Q: Do you have siblings?
A: I have one brother and one sister. They are both married. My brother has two kids and one on the way. My sister just had a little girl. They live in New Zealand. All of my immediate family lives in New Zealand.
Q: How did you become a Christian?
A: I grew up in a Christian family. We went to church regularly and my parents worked in Christian camping, so I was pretty well surrounded and heard about God from a very young age. When I was about nine I was at a camp and decided to make that my personal faith too. I would have claimed I was a Christian prior to that but that’s when I remember clearly making a decision that wasn’t just my parent’s faith, it’s my faith – I do believe in God and I love Him and know He loves me.
Q: After you were an intern at Warm Beach Camp, what did you do?
A: I ended up getting married to an American. My husband, Tyler, grew up coming to Warm Beach Camp and was really involved here. Right after we were married, we went to New Zealand and worked at a horse program for three months but had to come back because Tyler had difficulty getting a visa. Tyler worked at a church in youth and young adult ministry. It wasn’t possible for both of us to be doing ministry - someone needed to work to pay the bills - so, I worked in the “business world” doing accounting, purchasing and general business administration. Which I also love – I have a passion for paperwork. While I did that, I helped Tyler in the ministries he was running.
Q: How did you get back to New Zealand?
A: We really both missed working in ministry together. I grew up in camping ministry, and to me that is the ultimate lifestyle – I think it’s a great way to show and teach people about God and also have a loving community. Tyler loves camping too. At the time when we looked into getting back into camping ministry it was the recession here so camps weren’t hiring, but in New Zealand they were. It’s always nice to see how God leads and you know it’s the right thing to do. One day I sat down and wrote a list of all the obstacles that were preventing us from going – there were probably 10 different things in the way. When we pursued going back to New Zealand we were just planning a three week trip but then all the things on the list kept getting crossed off. Within a month, every single one of the things that had been on the list for years suddenly weren’t a problem anymore. So, God opened up the doors for us to move back there.
Q: What did you do when you returned to New Zealand?
A: We worked at the horse camp where we were when we first got married. After a year and a half we moved to another camp where my husband was the Kids’ Camp Director and I helped him with the administration for the camps. Even though I loved it and it was great, I did miss the horse aspect and how much you can use horses to teach simple analogies about God - our relationship with the horse and rider and how that compares to our relationship with God. I did really miss that.
Q: When you came to America, were there things we said you didn’t understand?
A: Even though we both speak English, we say different things. I think it’s easier for New Zealander’s coming to America because we see all the American movies, so when we come here it’s not so foreign. I think people from America who go to New Zealand have a harder time understanding what different things mean. Funny things like the words and phrasings, not even the accent. If you say “this is a cruisey horse” it means they are really laid back and easy going. I often say “don’t run around the horses as you’ll give them a fright”, meaning you will startle them.
Q: What are some similarities and differences between New Zealand and here?
A: The Pacific Northwest is very similar to New Zealand, I think that’s why it has been easier for me and why I feel so at home here. The rain is definitely a similarity. Winter is wet in New Zealand, so that’s an easy adjustment to make. It’s beautiful and green most of the time. When I’m in America I miss the beaches – New Zealand has incredible beaches. Here you can drive six hours and get to a nice beach but even then it’s super windy and you have to wear a jacket – that’s just not my idea of being at a beach. You’re supposed to lay on a beach in the sun to get a tan, not a layer of sand! In the part of New Zealand where I grew up, there aren’t mountains like here. I love seeing the snow on the mountains. I never had snow where I lived in New Zealand. It was a cool experience for me the first time it snowed when I was here. It was like a dream come true.
Q: What do you like to do on your days off?
A: The funny thing is, I find myself wanting to go down to the barn on my days off, which is ridiculous considering I’m probably there more hours than I should be. But it’s hard because jumping into the role of Horsemanship Director keeps me busy doing chores and other tasks that even though I’m surrounded by horses all day, I don’t usually have much time to actually ride them. So sometimes on my days off I just want to go and ride to have fun. Other than horses, I really like to play board games - I’m very competitive! I also enjoy being out in nature seeing God’s beautiful creation. At the moment on our days off, we are mostly catching up with our friends and family we haven’t seen for a number of years, hanging out and talking a lot. I love coffee so I love being back where there is drive-thru coffee every block! I also enjoy crafts and other things, but I don’t have much time for those at the moment.
Q: Looking into the future for the Horsemanship program, are there things you would like to see happen?
A: We currently have western riding and vaulting, so I would like to see some English brought in to give kids a well-rounded experience of horses and the different things you can do with them. At the moment we have our summer programs and Saturday riding lessons and we will continue to do those and grow those programs. Also, I would like to explore other ways we can use horses all year round. I’m interested in how we can use horses to help kids that are in a difficult place in life. I recently visited Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Oregon – they work with rescued horses and at risk youth. I looked at their program for ways we may do something similar, working with kids and helping them in their life. I would like to see ways we can reach out to more kids in our community. I’m excited by the possibilities.
Q: Is there anything else you would like people to know about the impact horsemanship can have for kids?
A: A lot of people see horses as a luxury item, like it’s a fun thing to do. But it can be much more. There is so much we can teach through horses that kids often can’t learn in a classroom. Sometimes in a classroom kids shut down but when they are out on a horse you have the opportunity to input into their lives and help them overcome the struggles they are facing or help them through it. Even just brushing the horse can be soothing or relaxing, or giving them a hug and feeling its breath on their hand can take them to a different place and give them hope. I would like to find ways we can actually help change lives through it.
Published: Wednesday, 30 March 2016 17:01
Lisa Tremain, a New Zealand native, returns to Warm Beach Camp as the new Horsemanship Director
We 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.
Published: Tuesday, 08 March 2016 18:06
Have 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
Published: Friday, 12 June 2015 11:44
By Ruthann Goodrich
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.
I 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.
Published: Wednesday, 18 March 2015 14:33
Equestrian 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.”
Published: Friday, 27 February 2015 15:02
Have 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.
Published: Friday, 24 October 2014 15:35
Handstands, 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!
The 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.
Published: Friday, 08 August 2014 16:35
For 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.
Published: Friday, 27 June 2014 16:04
By Bev McDowell, Nurse Program On-Site Coordinator
Nurses 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.
Published: Wednesday, 21 May 2014 17:06
Warm 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!