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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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-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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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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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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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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Warm Beach Horse CampOwning a horse is a dream-come-true for many. Daily caring for a horse, riding, connecting, bonding – these are some of the joys of horse ownership. Horse lovers enjoy the freedom and thrill of connecting with a horse. Not just controlling the animal, but becoming a partner with the horse.

Horse ownership may not be realistic for everyone. But a week of Horsemanship Camp at Warm Beach in Stanwood, Washington, gives a taste of horse ownership and much more. Horsemanship Camp is first of all about learning to safely and responsibly care for and ride horses. It is also a time for friends and fun activities.

This summer, Warm Beach Camp is adding more riding time into the schedule in the mornings and evenings. Riding lessons occur both in the arena and on the trail each morning. A horse science ground class will be offered in the afternoons. Evenings feature mounted options such as drill team, vaulting, and trail riding. In addition to all the horse time, campers also go swimming, do crafts, and experience the personal challenge of the climbing tower and high ropes course (ages 12+). Mounted games, such as pole bending and barrel classes, will test the rider’s balance, harmony, and horse control. Level 2 and above riders have a chance to apply their riding skills in team sorting cattle. New this year is an opportunity for Level 2 and above riders to learn some English riding. The week’s schedule is packed with horse and horse-related activities. Horsemanship Camp sample schedule

A graduated riding instruction curriculum is taught by Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) trained staff. Whether a rider comes as a complete beginner or with experience, there’s an appropriate class scaled to their riding ability.

Campers will have amazing fun learning new skills that apply not only to riding but also to life. For more information and to register for Warm Beach Horsemanship Camp Horsemanship Camps
Warm Beach Camp, life changes here.

Owning a horse is a dream-come-true for many. Daily caring for a horse, riding, connecting, bonding – these are some of the joys of horse ownership. Horse lovers enjoy the freedom and thrill of connecting with a horse. Not just controlling the animal, but becoming a partner with the horse.
Horse ownership may not be realistic for everyone. But a week of Horsemanship Camp at Warm Beach in Stanwood, Washington, gives a taste of horse ownership and much more. Horsemanship Camp is first of all about learning to safely and responsibly care for and ride horses. It is also a time for friends and fun activities.
This summer, Warm Beach Camp is adding more riding time into the schedule in the mornings and evenings. Riding lessons occur both in the arena and on the trail each morning. A horse science ground class will be offered in the afternoons. Evenings feature mounted options such as drill team, vaulting, and trail riding. In addition to all the horse time, campers also go swimming, do crafts, and experience the personal challenge of the climbing tower and high ropes course (ages 12+). Mounted games, such as pole bending and barrel classes, will test the rider’s balance, harmony, and horse control. Level 2 and above riders have a chance to apply their riding skills in team sorting cattle. New this year is an opportunity for Level 2 and above riders to learn some English riding. The week’s schedule is packed with horse and horse-related activities. <link to the summer Horsemanship Camp sample schedule>
A graduated riding instruction curriculum is taught by Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) trained staff. Whether a rider comes as a complete beginner or with experience, there’s an appropriate class scaled to their riding ability.
Campers will have amazing fun learning new skills that apply not only to riding but also to life. For more information and to register for Warm Beach Horsemanship Camp, go to Horsemanship.WarmBeach.com.
Warm Beach Camp, life changes here.

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VaultersA popular European horse sport is making strong inroads into the Pacific Northwest. Equestrian Vaulting, the sport of dance and gymnastics on the back of a moving horse, has 40 vaulters in the Stanwood area alone from the Warm Beach Camp vaulting program. Some of these vaulters are not just preparing for local and regional competition, but world competition as well.

The Northwest’s largest vaulting club, the Warm Beach Vaulters, has three athletes preparing for selection trials for the World Equestrian Games (WEG). Considered “the Olympics” of horse sports, The World Equestrian Games are held every four years, usually in Europe. However, in 2010 WEG made its North American debut at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky. At that event, some of the Warm Beach Vaulters performed exhibitions as part of a “Friendship Team.” It was at WEG 2010 that Warm Beach Vaulter, Kaleb Patterson (then 12 yrs old) made it his personal goal to be on Team USA at the next World Equestrian Games. Four years later, WEG 2014 will be held in Normandy, France. Kaleb, along with team mates Anna Erickson and Daniel Janes, aim to be there.

Kaleb-Patterson-300Kaleb Patterson says, “With WEG 2014 as my goal for the last four years and given my daily training and preparation, joining Team USA would be the biggest accomplishment of my life. The honor of representing the United States of America is something unequalled. With the support of my hometown, I would be thrilled to really put Stanwood, Washington, on the map.”

To get there, vaulters must qualify according to international rules and be ranked in the top four men and women. Or, for the pairs routines, be the top three performing duo in the nation. Selection trials begin with the Warm Beach Vaulter’s sponsored competition “Vault into Spring” being held at the Lynden Fairgrounds March 28-30. Selection trials occur in BC Canada, Oregon, and California, throughout the Spring. Team USA is formed in July and heads to France in late August.

Equestrian Vaulting dates back to Roman times when it was used to train cavalry riders for warfare. Over one hundred years ago, vaulting became more stylized and entered the competition world. While a huge spectator sport in Europe, vaulting is relatively new to the United States. Introduced in California in the 1970’s, vaulting has been growing in popularity ever since. Over 300 vaulters join in the American Vaulting Association’s National Competition. American Vaulters have won impressively at European-held World Vaulting Championships. Soon, we hope to see Snohomish County vaulters join the ranks of Team USA at the World Equestrian Games.

For more information on the American Vaulting Association, log on to www.AVA.org. Follow the Warm Beach Vaulters on Facebook/WarmBeachVaulters and through www.WarmBeachvaulters.com.

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GregGillWarm Beach Camp’s Horsemanship Program has been going strong for over 30 years. Over the years, various Directors have taken the reins and led the program in ways that brought honor to God and blessing to campers. Horses and horsemanship provide living illustrations of Biblical truths and help campers see themselves in relationship to a God who loves them and who wants what is best for their lives. This belief guides the program, not only to help campers become better riders and horse handlers, but toward a destiny of faith in God.

This summer, a familiar face will welcome campers. Greg Gill, who has been with the Horsemanship Program for several years, has taken the reins of leadership as Horsemanship Director. Past Director, Mark Skipton has accepted a call to a Camp outside of San Diego where he will be closer to kids and grandkids.

We sat down with Greg Gill, the new Horsemanship Director, and asked some of the questions we thought our campers would be dying to know. Greg, ever the bright-eyed cowboy, let us have a glimpse into his past and his hopes for the future.

greg-gill 150Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Aberdeen, Washington, which is right next to Cosmopolis. Actually, you just head down to Olympia and hang a right till you hit the beach.

Q: What kind of kid were you?
A: I was kind of a wild kid. I’m the youngest of three. I jumped off things and tried to rope things off my bicycle. That was how I learned to rope. Off my bicycle.

Q: What got you into horsemanship?
A: I always wanted to be a cowboy ever since I can remember. My sister had a horse and my dad loves horses. I really didn’t think being a cowboy was going to be probable after we sold our horse. So I went to auto mechanic school. The summer of 2009, I had a free summer and my dad suggested I be a wrangler here (Warm Beach Camp). I sent in an application and got a call from Skip (Past Director, Mark Skipton) and he asked me some really simple questions about riding and I didn’t answer them correctly and…he didn’t hire me as a wrangler. So the first summer, I was a horse camp counselor. It was fun but I spent all my free time at the horse barn. I finished auto mechanic school and came back in 2010 as a wrangler and then stayed on as an intern, and then as the Assistant Director of the Horsemanship Program.

Q: Do you have a favorite horse at the camp?
A: Yeah, his name’s Eban. He’s pretty cool. When we got him, he was pretty crazy. You couldn’t even keep a saddle on him. Now we can use him in the trail string. He was how I learned to ride. Skip just put me on him and put me in the round pen and said, “Go for it.”

Q: Do horses have a sense of humor?
A: Yeah, I think so. We have one horse that when you let him out into the arena, he’ll pick up one of the ground poles and start whacking the other horses with it. He really enjoys doing that. He does it with traffic cones too. But they like playing with him. The other horses will get in a tug-of-war with him. And I think they think it’s funny when you fall off.

Q: Do you have a most embarrassing story?
A: Oh yeah, a bunch. I was on this trail ride with a bunch of high schoolers and I turned around talking to them about some stupid movie and three kids ran right out in front of me and scared Eban, my horse. He spun around and started running the other direction and I flew off into the bushes. All the other kids stayed on their horses. It was kind of embarrassing.

Q: What have you enjoyed most about working with Warm Beach Camp’s Horsemanship Program?
A: I enjoy doing the chapels a lot. Especially when you can tell that, wow, this is really clicking with people. This time of year, I also enjoy spending time with the volunteers at the barn.

Q: Heading into the future, what is your focus for the Horsemanship Program in your new role as Director?
A: I’d like to develop a bigger English riding program, and just a bigger lesson program in general, maybe some bare back and jumping as well. I’d like to add more riding time to the summer camp schedule and put in more diversity of riding disciplines to the camp program, especially the upper levels.

Q: If you weren’t in horsemanship what would you be doing?
A: Well, I like surfing a lot but I’d really like to be a pastor. So, I’d probably be focusing on that.

Keep an eye out for more insights into this summer’s Horsemanship Camps. Space is available for summer sessions now! Horsemanship Camps


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Kaleb-Patterson-300Kaleb Patterson, Men’s Silver Champion

Congratulations to the Warm Beach Vaulters for their outstanding performances at the American Vaulting Association National Championships in Denver, Colorado, August 7-11, 2013.

  • B Team -  AVA/USEF National Champions
  • Kaleb Patterson – AVA/USEF National Men’s Silver Champion
  • Daniel Janes – AVA/USEF National Men’s Bronze Champion
  • Luke Overton – Reserve National Men’s Bronze Champion
  • Chad Anderson – 3rd Men’s Bronze
  • Hadessah Rynning – 3rd place Women’s Silver (class of 31)
  • Kalli Roberts – 10th place Women’s Silver
  • Kaylee Evan – 3rd Bronze Freestyle and 15th Over-all Women’s Bronze (class of 38)
  • Courtney Cavinaw – 5th in Freestyle and 8th Over-all Women’s Bronze
  • Maddy Bell – 14th Over-all Women’s Bronze
  • Trot Team – Reserve National Champions (by 4/1000 of a point!)
  • Trot Individuals – (class of 41)  Leah Tintinger – 4th, Kyla Waldron – 9th, Sara Lee – 10th and Hailey Olmsted – 11th
  • C Team – 4th
  • A Team – Reserve National Champions

As the Pacific Northwest largest club, the Warm Beach Vaulters  brought four teams, twenty-five competitors, and five vaulting horses to the national competition. Along with the great performances, the vaulters conveyed a team spirit of unity and camaraderie, and kindness and support to all teams and competitors.

Thank you to Rhodes River Ranch and the other sponsors for their support of The Warm Beach Vaulters.

To learn more about the Warm Beach Vaulters, go to their website at www.WarmBeachVaulters.com or check out their facebook page at www.Facebook.com/WarmBeachVaulters.

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