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Equestrian Leadership

The Equestrian Leadership Program

  • Eight students will meet weekly to complete our twelve week, comprehensive horse program.
  • Each student will interact with four to six instructors/ assistants each week.
  • The group will work through the curriculum Champions Equine Assisted Learning Group Curriculum for At-risk Adolescents; by Randy Mandrell and Patti Mandrell AND/OR the curriculum:Running with Mustangs  (8 or 16 week program with skill cards)
  • Each student will engage in riding lessons (on a rotating basis with the curriculum)
  • Each student will have the opportunity to be recognized at a graduation ceremony at the end of the twelve week program which will highlight their successes and how they have grown as individuals.

Activities

  • Weekly devotional with Bible teaching and Scripture memory.
  • Encourage students in spiritual growth as we develop friendships and interact with them.
  • Develop life skills through the use of the Champions Equine Assisted Learning Group Curriculum for At-risk Adolescents,or Running With Mustangs.
  • The life skills included are: creativity, safety, respect, attitude, personality, anger management, habits and peer pressure, motivation, impact and openness, self- confidence.
  • Students will learn horsemanship and riding skills that will help them develop responsibility and self- confidence. Each week, while completing the activities, they will learn constructive ways to deal with life's challenges by facing and overcoming fears.
  • Students will practice setting personal, spiritual, and horse-related goals.  They will also learn how to evaluate themselves.
  • Instructors and assistants will model honesty and transparency in our own lives to encourage students to do the same.
  • The group will have a debriefing each week to discuss how can we apply what we've learned with the horses to our spiritual and every day lives.

Evaluation

  • Instructor and assistants will follow the curricula mentioned above, and use the actions of the students, and debriefing periods to assess their understanding of each life skill/ lesson/ activity.
  • Students will set personal and spiritual goals in the first class. During each class, students will look back on their goals and evaluate their progress through a group processing time and one on one with their mentor.
  • A goal sheet will be completed at the beginning of the eight week program. They will be reevaluated at the conclusion of the program to assess the outcomes.

Evaluation

  • Instructor and assistants will follow the curricula mentioned above, and use the actions of the students, and debriefing periods to assess their understanding of each life skill/ lesson/ activity.
  • Students will set personal and spiritual goals in the first class. During each class, students will look back on their goals and evaluate their progress through a group processing time and one on one with their mentor.
  • A goal sheet will be completed at the beginning of the eight week program. They will be reevaluated at the conclusion of the program to assess the outcomes.

Outcomes

  • Each student will have the opportunity to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ, and grow in a personal relationship with Him.
  • Instructors and students will build relationships that will lead to continued spiritual growth through mentorship.
  • Each student will develop life and leadership skills in a unique and challenging atmosphere.
  • Each student will have an opportunity to build self esteem by acquiring new skills.

If you would like to learn more about this program or get involved, email us at info@thebridgeacademy.org.

Locust Lane Riding Center is in Coatesville, Pa. If you want to learn more about LLRC, please click here.

Student Testimonies

"The thing I like most about horse back riding is that I get to learn about God and ride and take care of the horses there. And the love I receive there is so amazing it makes you want to go home and pack your clothes and live there. Being at the horse program makes you want to hug them so tight!" - 4th Grade Student 

"Getting on the horse was really hard.  It was really scary to try and jump on.  I kept trying to get on by myself and I did it.  It didn't even take a lot of times to try. I loved riding the horses."  -7th Grade Student

"My favorite thing about horses is that I like to ride them.  The reigns are hard and can hurt your fingers.  When I wanted to stop, the horse wouldn't stop, so I had to learn how to have control.  It's helping me a little bit in my daily life.  When we did horse soccer, it was hard because we had Charlie Brown and he wouldn't listen.  When I got home that night, I wasn't listening, so my mom called me Charlie Brown.  It got on my nerves, but it made me realize how it makes my mom feel when I don't listen to her!"- 4th Grade Student