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Outsmarting The Giants

Pictured, Rachel Tilgner, WB Horsemanship Program Assistant, Barn Manager, Instructor, Pony Club member

Our role as educators and mentors is to bring someone younger up to our level as quickly as possible and then catapult them into the future. With support, they will accomplish more with the balance of their lifetime than could be accomplished with the balance of ours. Whether we’re talking about how to ride and train horses or discipling people about the intrinsic qualities of Christ, the principles are the same.

Continuing education and keeping a growth mindset are important qualities I believe God has asked us to maintain. May 2022, Warm Beach Horsemanship hosted a Pony Club riding clinic for the membership. Fourteen riders spent the day learning how to communicate with and ride their horses. Also tucked into the details were nuggets of affirmation, “You matter; you make a difference; you are a leader…” Clinician, Kara Hagerman, continually encouraged and empowered people to assess a situation, create a plan of action, test the action with implementation, and then review whether the plan worked. This is the crux of the learning process.

As a metaphor, horses represent something big – let’s say a giant with a mind of it’s own! Directing the horse to do specific tasks presents a problem to solve. We often say, “don’t try to overpower something that’s bigger than you, outsmart it! Use your mind. Remember what has worked in the past and review what you have in hand or at your disposal.” Utilizing these resources, the riders navigate difficult exercises, validate their decision-making process, and hear affirming words from mentors.

As followers of Christ, we often face giants with minds of their own – temptation, difficult situations beyond our immediate control, etc. Sometimes these seem insurmountable problems. Yet, Christ is amid all of it. Remember where He’s been faithful. Look at what we have available as a resource. What have we learned about ourselves in His eyes (not the eyes of the world)? We are overcomers, capable, strong, intelligent, and able to do more than we thought. The Lord will empower and teach us through our circumstances if we are willing to learn.

– Ginger Reitz, Assistant Horsemanship Director
Warm Beach Horsemanship

The New Horsemanship Donor Relations Coordinator

Warm Beach Camp is excited to announce Mary-Grace Wallace as the first Horsemanship Donor Relations Coordinator! Mary-Grace was born and raised in Sedro Woolley, Washington. She attended Central Washington University, has a background in Genealogy, a Veterinary Technician degree, and is currently taking online equine classes to expand her expertise within the equine field. Mary-Grace has diverse work experience, including being a Veterinary Technician, a contractor for the Washington State Treasurer’s office for fifteen years, worked as a fundraising consultant ...

Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day

Through Kids 2 Camp, Warm Beach Camp Ministries provides life-changing camping experiences to everyone regardless of economic restrictions. When kids have the same opportunities as their peers to experience worship, fellowship, and fun - transformation happens. Last year, 1,347 individuals were helped with full or partial scholarships. To expand the ministry’s impact on reaching more kids and their families for Christ, the traditional Kids 2 Camp Auction has been reimagined into the Kids 2 Camp Benefit Day. The first Kids ...

God Speaks through Rosie

I have recently been given the opportunity to work with Rosie, one of our newer horses that we are bringing along in training here at the Warm Beach Horsemanship barn. I am always excited to get to know a new horse and their personality. However, it didn’t take long to realize this sweet mare harbored a lot of anxiety and worry. I tried to coax her into calmness with gentleness and patience, but she still didn’t fully trust me. When ...