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: Friday, 24 April 2015 17:53
Bring a Friend Promotion for Summer Horsemanship Camps 2015
Refer a new friend to Warm Beach Horsemanship Camp, and you both save $50. Be sure to enter the coupon code FRIEND50 at checkout so that you'll both receive the discount. For any additional friends you recruit, your account will be credited within 7-10 business days. It is a wonderful way to "earn your way to camp."
Below are a few qualifications that you need to know about:
- Your friend(s) must be a "first-timer" to Horsemanship Camp. A sibling who has never been to Warm Beach Horse/Vaulting Camps will qualify
- Your friend(s) will need to enter your full name in the "Referred by" field when registering
- For each friend that lists you in the "Referred by" field, you will receive $50 to be used toward your camp registration fee
- This discount has no cash value upon cancellation of registration
Sorry, this offer cannot be used with any other discounts or coupons.
Learn more about our Horsemanship Camps
Questions? Contact the Warm Beach Camp Registration Department at:
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!
Published: Tuesday, 15 April 2014 11:20
Bring a Friend Promotion for Summer Horsemanship Camps 2014
Our Bring a Friend Promotion is a wonderful way to "earn your way to camp." For each new Horsemanship camper you recruit, you'll earn $50 to be used towards your summer Horsemanship or Vaulting Camp registration fee. Recruit 10 new friends for Horsemanship/Vaulting Camp and your registration fee will be paid!
Below are a few qualifications that you need to know about:
- Your friend(s) must be a "first-timer" to Horsemanship Camp. A sibling who has never been to Warm Beach Horse/Vaulting Camps will qualify.
- You and your friend(s) must attend the same week.
- You need to register first or at the same time as your friend(s).
- Your friend(s) will need to enter your full name in the "Referred by" field when registering online.
- For each friend you refer, you will receive $50 to be used toward your camp registration fee.
- No cash refunds will be issued for this program
Sorry, this program is not open to those receiving camp scholarships and cannot be used with any other discounts or coupons.
Questions? Contact the Warm Beach Camp Registration Department at:
Published: Friday, 04 April 2014 17:32
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.
Ashley 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.