G / Stables

Welcome to the Geneva Glen Barn!
Here, you can meet the horses and learn about our barn program.
For more information or to ask a question, please email Reid McKnight, GG Equine Director.


Banshee

Banshee

My real name is Li'l Guy and I'm the mascot of the barn! When the wranglers ride me, I love to spin around and step to the sides - this is why my nickname is Banshee! I love to eat, so giving me a treat will surely make us friends!

Wrangler Horse Lead Horse
  • Age: 23
  • Year at GG: 14
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Sorrel
  • Breed: Grade Arabian

Boomer

Boomer

My name is Boomer and I'm a ranch horse. I grew up in the mountains moving cows around and doing a bunch of other cowboy work. Today you will find me hanging out with my BFF Earl! He and I are the best at leading this herd when we are in the pasture at night.

Wrangler Horse Boss Gelding Lead Horse
  • Age: 15
  • Year at GG: 8
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Bay
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Burt

Burt

I'm one of the big bosses in the herd because I'm a retired police horse! I get to eat the best food with all my old friends everyday, so I'm a little heavy. Youll recognize me as the horse with really long hair, it's a style only I can pull off! I also love to scratch my butt on bushes, and hangout with my BFF, Ellie. She is the most beautiful horse in all of the land!

Camper Horse Boss Gelding Polocrosse Horse
  • Age: 27
  • Year at GG: 21
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Sorrel
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Chapita

Chapita

My name is Chapita a.k.a Chaps and I'm one of the favorites for older campers. I love trail rides where I get to trot and lope and the wranglers love me so much they sometimes steal me off the camper rail to ride me. I absolutely love beans which is the secret ingredient to the gas that makes me run so fast!!

Camper Horse Polocrosse Horse Lead Horse
  • Age: 25
  • Year at GG: 23
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Buckskin
  • Breed: Grade Quarter Horse

Comanche

Comanche

Mooo! Oops, I mean neiiggghhh. Sometimes I forget whether I’m a cow or a horse, and that’s why some people call me Cow, even though my real name is Comanche. I love making new friends, so if you’re looking for someone to hang out with, I’m your horse!

Camper Horse
  • Age: 20
  • Year at GG: 3
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Black / Tobiano
  • Breed: Paint

Dakota

Dakota

My name is Dakota and I love attention! I'm a sweet horse, and it’s because of my home roots on the border of North and South Dakota. Although I may not look it, I’m a tough dude, I even ran straight to GG from my home in a week flat!

Camper Horse Polocrosse Horse
  • Age: 25
  • Year at GG: 20
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Pinto - Skewbald
  • Breed: Grade Quarter Horse

Digger

Digger

Hi, I'm Digger and I'm Flossie's half-brother. I'm totally laid back and love people and attention. I got my name as a baby because I would try to "dig" under my stall to get to my horse friends. Although my digging hasn't stopped, I’ve grown to be quite a tall horse, but no worries, I like when even the tiniest of young ones ride me!

Camper Horse Polocrosse Horse
  • Age: 12
  • Year at GG: 12
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Gray Roan
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Doctor Barry Rumack

Dr. Barrry Rumack

Hi Campers! I am named after a famous GG Camp Family Member, Past Board Member and GG Board President, Doctor Barry Rumack. It's quite an honor for me to have his name! I'm very friendly and when you come see me and mom, Polly, down at the barn, I'll give you a little lick and let you know I like you! Can't wait to see you this summer!

In Training
  • Age: 3
  • Year at GG: 3
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Bay
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Durkee

Durkee

I'm Durkee and I was a good old trail horse! I’m retired these days but still spend some of my summer at Geneva Glen. I love being dirty - I'm always rolling in the corral and my favorite camp event is the "Dirty Derby!" I'm also very curious and love it when you bring me grass to eat.

Retired
  • Age: 24
  • Year at GG: 22
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Sorrel
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Earl

Earl

Hi, I'm Earl, Digger's older brother. I'm one of the tough guys at the barn - I like to eat first and nobody can stop me…except Boomer. He can still boss me around I guess. My full name is "Steven Erkle" - your parents will probably know who that is. I guess it's because I'm accident prone… "Did I do that???"

Wrangler Horse
  • Age: 13
  • Year at GG: 7
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Bay
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Ellie

Ellie

Hi, I'm Ellie and I'm the Captain of the G/ Herd - I've been at the barn longer than any of the other horses! I'm one the most favored horses in the barn by the campers because I'm such a gentle ride. I'm a little moody in my old age so the wranglers keep me by other horses that are my friends… I don't like some of these young "whipper-snappers!" The Wrangles like to keep me young by tickling me behind my leg and having all the younger campers ride me in the arena.

Camper Horse Boss Mare Polocrosse Horse
  • Age: 34
  • Year at GG: 31
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Bay
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Flossie

Flossie

My name is Flossie and I'm the princess of the barn! Don’t let my sisters Kizzi, Winnie, or Roxi tell you that they are prettier than me! I was born in 2005 and was the best friend to any homesick camper. I love kids and want to be around them all the time. Sometimes on the trail, I get a tickle on my back and do a silly shake that’ll make you laugh!

Camper Horse
  • Age: 12
  • Year at GG: 12
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Bay
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Hanger

Hanger

Oh hi there! My name is Hanger, sometimes known as Sammy Hanger. I’m one of the newest youngest members of the herd, and I came to GG when I was just a few weeks old! I have loved meeting all the campers and staff members and in a few years, I’ll be ready for you guys to ride. For now, I mostly just hang out with my mommy and my best friend for life, Luna.

Yearling
  • Age: 1
  • Year at GG: 1
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Sorrel
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Harlie (Harlequin)

Harlie

Howdy - I'm Harlie! Before camp had me, I lived with the famous horse who runs out on the field at Denver Bronco games. I think I got the better deal living at Geneva Glen! I’m a wrangler favorite, but a few lucky campers have gotten the chance to ride me, only the best get such an opportunity!

Senior Camper Horse Lead Horse Polocrosse Horse
  • Age: 20
  • Year at GG: 15
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Sorrel
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Jasper

Jasper

When I first arrived at Geneva Glen I was a bad boy! I would try to buck off the wranglers and run away. Now I see that GG doesn't just help kids -after all these years at camp, I'm one of the best trail horses at the barn. I'm easy to find with my big white stockings on my back legs.

Camper Horse
  • Age: 25
  • Year at GG: 22
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Sorrel
  • Breed: Grade Quarter Horse

Jett

Jett

Hey campers, my name is Jett and I'm a real hoot. I'm the perfect horse for you juniors and middlers who have a little bit of experience riding. Even though I'm old, I'll still work pretty hard and love to trot in the arena. When I was younger, I was REALLY fast and that's how I earned my name!

Camper Horse Polocrosse Horse
  • Age: 26
  • Year at GG: 5
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Bay
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Karma

Karma

I’m Karma and I'm very curious! I love to play with horse blankets and I'm one of the few horses who loves to get a bath - it makes me look very pretty! I guess I'm not really scared of anything and that's why the wranglers say I'm such a good horse for the campers, but watch out, I like to smell your pockets and steal hats! Kizzi and Boomer are my best friends at camp, but I'm ready to be friends with anyone!

Camper Horse
  • Age: 10
  • Year at GG: 10
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Buckskin
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Kiowa

Kiowa

My name is Kiowa and I love my camp home! My old owner was friends with GG Alum Missy Beaman Fagerstrom and arranged for me to come to camp. I love attention from the kids and I'm so popular there is a road down the street from camp named after me. Come say hi to me if you get the chance!

Camper Horse
  • Age: 25
  • Year at GG: 5
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Brown
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Kizzi

Kizzi

Hi! I'm Kizzi, I was born in 2007 and I'm a platinum blond bombshell! My sister Flossie says she's the prettiest, but I think I'm the princess of the barn. I've been working real hard with the wranglers and am one of the favorites for campers to ride on trails, I can't wait to meet you!

Camper Horse
  • Age: 10
  • Year at GG: 1
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Palomino
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Luna

Luna

Hello! My name is Luna and along with Ronald Weasley, I’m named after a character from the Harry Potter series! I'm also a baby of the herd and hangout with Sammy Hanger all day every day! Many of you met me last summer, but when you see me again I will be much bigger and you might be able to ride me!

Yearling
  • Age: 1
  • Year at GG: 1
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Buckskin
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Polly

Polly

My name is Polly and I'm one of GG's momma horses. Any nervous parent sending their kid to camp for the first time should look to me as an example. I love my kids, Barry Rumack and Luna, but at GG, I let them run around and get all sorts of dirty! I make them come inside the barn during lightning storms but besides that, I'm NOT a helicopter parent. I also love to meet all the campers that want to see my baby horses!

Brood Mare
  • Age: 11
  • Year at GG: 5
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Dun
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Poppy

Poppy

My name is Poppy and I love being a part of the Geneva Glen barn. I came to camp with my son Ronald Weasley and my friend Polly. Since then, I had another baby, named Sammy Hanger. Camp is so much fun! My favorite is when the wranglers let me out to run around in the Barn meadow!

Brood Mare
  • Age: 10
  • Year at GG: 5
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Bay
  • Breed: Grade Quarter Horse

Raja

Raja

Hello! First and foremost, my best friend is Rigby, I am almost always with that horse! I was born in Arabia. I've got quite the talent as an amazing interpretive dancer. I was the star of the performance in “Swan Lake.” Can’t wait to meet you!

Camper Horse
  • Age: 22
  • Year at GG: 3
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Bay
  • Breed: Grade Arabian

Rigby

Rigby

Obviously Raja and I are best friends; we came to camp together! Once I was in a soccer halftime show and kicked a soccer goal, although I’m a much better rugby player. I’ll be romping around camp all summer long looking for human friends to give me a good scratching- hope you will help!

Counselor Horse
  • Age: 9
  • Year at GG: 3
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Bay
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Ronald (Weasley)

Ronald

Hi camp! My name is Ronald Weasley, like the character from Harry Potter because my hair is red. I'm looking forward to many summers at Geneva Glen! My mom is Poppy and my best friend is Dr. Barry Rumack, the horse – not the actual doctor. I'm a little shy, but once I get to know you, I'll let you scratch my head. Next time you see me I’ll be big enough to ride!

In Training
  • Age: 3
  • Year at GG: 3
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Sorrel
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Roxi

Roxi

My name is Roxi! I’m the new blond bombshell at the barn and my sisters Flossie, Kizzi and Winnie have been teaching me all about being a horse at Geneva Glen - I still have a lot to learn, but I think one day I’ll be most beautiful princess at camp. I love to be scratched and I love campers sparking my curiosity!

Head Wrangler Horse
  • Age: 6
  • Year at GG: 6
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Palomino
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Sidney

Sidney

Oh hey campers! My name is Sidney, which is the name of the small town in Nebraska that I was born in. Like many of you, I am new to camp. I was nervous at first, but now I can’t get enough of camp and that magical place! I’m still learning how to be a camper horse, so the wranglers are riding me, but I still love to hang out with you all and play “Little Sally Walker.”

Wrangler Horse
  • Age: 23
  • Year at GG: 2
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Sorrel
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Skye

Skye

Hi, I'm Skye and I'm a gal with attitude! I love trail rides - any camper can ride me, but don’t try to play polocrosse with me! It's a game that some of the other horses and campers play in the meadow but keep those racquets and balls away from me, I'll stick to the trail, thank you very much!

Camper Horse
  • Age: 16
  • Year at GG: 8
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Black
  • Breed: Paint

Sprinkles

Sprinkles

I'm Sprinkles and I have spent my whole life at GG. I was born at camp in 1993 and am the oldest of Geneva Glen’s homegrown horses. When I was born, I had black polka dots all over my back but I have grown out of that into a pretty white. I have the most important job at camp, carrying the Queen of the Glen up to her throne on Pageant Day. I'm a great pick for your trail rides!

Camper Horse
  • Age: 24
  • Year at GG: 24
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Gray
  • Breed: Grade Quarter Horse

Squirrel

Squirrel

I'm Squirrel - I guess I'm named that because I'm sort of a rascal. I love it here at Geneva Glen. I'm new, so I'm a little shy and get scared around the other horses sometimes, but I'm great for campers who want to ride me!

Camper Horse
  • Age: 19
  • Year at GG: 5
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Black
  • Breed: Mustang

Sweet Pea

Sweet Pea

I'm Sweet Pea! I couldn’t stand up to feed as a baby so I was hand fed by my owners. Because of that I love people and love treats even more! I have recovered and am a very well trained horse. When you see me trot and lope, you'll know why they call me "Bulldog." I guess I look funny doing that! The wranglers told me that I've been one of the most reliable horses in the past few years, so I'm very proud of myself and I can't wait to take you on a trail ride!

Camper Horse Polocrosse Horse
  • Age: 20
  • Year at GG: 12
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Black
  • Breed: Grade Quarter Horse

Taylor

Taylor

I was described by my former owner as a "gentle giant." I am very easy to handle and am very friendly. I'm a staple as a G/ performance horse and I have a really nice lope. My best friends are Flossie and Digger. You may see me chew on the fence post a lot, but don’t worry, I just like the way it tastes.

Camper Horse Lead Horse
  • Age: 21
  • Year at GG: 11
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Brown
  • Breed: Thoroughbred

Thunder

Thunder

Hi, I'm Thunder! I've kind of had a tough life at GG - when I first got to camp in 2009, one of the other horses didn't like me, kicked me and hurt my leg pretty bad. For a few years, nobody got to ride me, but a few lucky kids got to hang out with me in my pen while he was recovering from surgery. I'm doing very well now and they say I'm one of the sweetest horses at the barn…they say "Thunder" doesn't fit me well so they sometimes call me "Mr. Cuddlekins". My leg is all better now and I’m finally a camper horse! Come down to arena and you can ride me and feel my special trot.

Camper Horse
  • Age: 24
  • Year at GG: 9
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Sorrel
  • Breed: Fox Trotter

Tommy

Tommy

I'm Tommy and I'm a pretty easy going horse. I'm very calm and I'm an awesome horse for GG. For you older kids, I'm great choice if you're going on a trail ride - I can be a little bumpy when we're going fast, but there's no better horse than me to guide you over logs and rocks.

Camper Horse Lead Horse
  • Age: 21
  • Year at GG: 11
  • Gender: Gelding
  • Color: Palomino
  • Breed: Quarter Horse

Winnie

Winnie

I was born in 2009 and came out kicking and running! I have a lot of sass just like my sisters Flossie and Kizzi, but I'm way prettier than they are! I also have a younger sister, Roxi and she looks almost exactly like me! I've spent the last few summers at GG playing with the other horses and running away from the wranglers, but I am starting to give piggybacks a lot more. I'm named after Mt. Winnie, the big mountain above Boy's Hill.

Head Wrangler Horse
  • Age: 8
  • Year at GG: 8
  • Gender: Mare
  • Color: Palomino
  • Breed: Quarter Horse
The Rail

In 1945, Geneva Glen purchased the entire Byers Ranch camp horse string; all 32 horses, blankets, saddles and bits for 500 dollars. Ever since, GG has boasted a strong western horseback riding program. With 500 acres of trails and a riding arena, there’s something for any aged rider. We own our string of 40 horses - from our breeding program yearlings to our 30+ year old senior mare, who is still teaching young campers how to ride in the arena!

"Our mission is to provide the camp family a safe and enjoyable relationship with horses."

Our summer program focuses on basic western horsemanship, teaching basic control so that campers can enjoy rides on our beautiful trails. Typically, 7-12 year old campers will spend a day in the arena learning skills and then alternate to a short trail ride to practice what they have learned. Younger kids will learn basic reining and control and how to use their “natural aids” while riding. For teenagers, we offer many different riding options from basic riding to a precision riding performance team.

We believe that horseback riding is a vital area to the summer program and important for the campers. We have noticed that as our home communities become more and more urban, campers come to us with little or no exposure to these magnificent animals. There are many valuable lessons and experiences to be learned from time spent at the barn. We hope that a riding experience will help your child gain more confidence that they can carry out beyond the trails and fences.

The barn is staffed by three "Head Wranglers" and an alternating crew of counselor/wranglers. We ensure a 3 to 1 camper to camper-to-staff ratio in all equine activities in order to provide for the highest level of safety. All wranglers go through training in riding and instruction skills, safety knowledge, emergency procedures and general risk management. All participants are required to wear provided ASTM SEI certified protective helmets, long pants, and boot or shoes with a heel and hard sole. The G/ Barn meets or exceeds the American Camp Association standards in order to provide the best possible riding experience.

The G/ Herd

Junior / Middler Riding Instruction

Riding InstructionAll Junior / Middler campers will have an oppportunity to learn and practice horseback riding skills while at camp. Our philosophy is to provide a balance of beginning instruction with fun recreational trail riding. A tyipcal junior/middler riding schedule looks like this:

  • Monday - Week 1: Introduction and Basic Control (Arena)
  • Wednesday - Week 1: First Trail Ride
  • Saturday - Week 1: Reining and Arena Games
  • Tuesday - Week 2: Second Trail Ride
  • Thursday - Week 2: Beginning Trotting (Arena)

The GG Grand Prix

Senior Campers participate in different events and rides to earn points and awards for different levels of accomplishment. All levels of riders have an opportunity to compete and win!

  • Keyhole
  • Flag Races
  • Mountain Cowhorse Competitation
  • Gold Rush
  • General Horsemanship
  • Barnie Races

The "GG 7"

The "GG 7" is a trail ride program where throughout the session, senior campers will have the opportunity to sign up for 7 different trail rides starting with a beginning trail ride and finishing with an advanced trail ride. If able to complete all 7 trails, the camper is awarded the "GG 7" tee-shirt and recognized by the whole camp. The 7 trails are:

  • The Higgin's Loop
  • The Sky View Trail
  • The Apache Ute Loop
  • The Snowy River Trail
  • The Lost Trail
  • The Sacred Trail
  • Saddle Run

G/ Precision Riding Team

Geneva Glen’s precision riding team! Riders are selected by a tryout on the first day of the session. The team of 8-10 riders will practice and perform a routine to be presented to the whole camp at the end of the session.

View photos of past G/ teams here!

Derby Day

Derby Day

A new program for Senior campers during World Friendship, Derby Day celebrates American and European horse culture. Riders practice for Gymkhana games and a "dressage competition." Spectators are encouraged to dress up and of course the ladies must wear hats!

Click here to view photos of the 2009 Derby Day. *Only available during World Friendship*

Polocrosse

A team sport that is played all over the world. It is a combination of polo and lacrosse. Each rider uses a cane stick to which is attached a racquet head with a loose, thread net, in which the ball is carried. The ball is made of sponge rubber. The objective is to score goals by throwing the ball between the opposing team's goal posts. Anyone who can ride a horse can play polocrosse, which also helps improve riding skills.

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