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A PUBLICATION OF STORMWALKER MEDIA – STORMWALKER RANCH, INC.

CANEY KINDERGARDEN DAY

On Thursday, April 26th, Stormwalker Ranch welcomed 75 kindergarteners, teachers and parents from Caney Valley Elementary (Caney, KS) for a full-speed day of equine learning and fun! Take a look at some of the pictures. We had a blast!

We were so moved to received some thank you notes from the kids, so we shared a few with you.

Mindy Stewart

WHY WAIT?

The Apostle Paul wrote; “I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” – Philippians 4:11-13

In training horses, we start them within a round pen with groundwork. We want them to realize that when they focus on us in the center of the pen, things start getting easier. Sometimes it’s not easy to get their attention, and the work gets harder for us both. So we must never give up. Stick with them, and watch for a “try” so that we can reward them with rest. Once they begin to gain focus, they begin to learn, their body relaxes, they become more respectful, and eventually become content to follow the person guiding them from the center. And all of this, while still confined to that same round pen.

Let’s think about our “Round Pen” in life.  How many of us feel confined and are running around and around. Things get claustrophobic as we begin to feel that there is no way out. We feel stuck, confused, and lack understanding. The world spins, people stare at us from the outside, and we are overwhelmed by that heavy feeling of your confinement.

But how are we supposed to find contentment while confined? We must remember that God never gives up on us. He is always there with us as we struggle in our “Round Pen of Life”. All He wants is for us to do is put our focus on Him and trust Him, through life’s pens and situations. If we put our focus on Him and trust Him, then we can find rest and contentment no matter the circumstance.

Throughout the Apostle Paul’s ministry, he focused on what Christ had in store for him in the future, not what occurred in the past or at the time.  Even as Paul was confined in prison and restricted under house arrest for a time in his ministry, Paul gained contentment even while confined in very difficult circumstances.  Paul was always focused on Jesus Christ. And like Paul, by focusing on Christ, you can find contentment in your confined circumstances.

“I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” – Philippians 3:14

We all have different struggles, different paths for which to train, different races to run, different trails to journey, different herds to gather, and different obstacles to jump. Training is challenging, whether for the horse or for ourselves.  In the end, we all have the same focus, Jesus Christ our Leader and Savior, and an eternal future heavenly home with Him.

RIDER SPOTLIGHT: Kaylee Morris

She has been playing piano since she was six years old and enjoys teaching herself to play the Ukulele. She has won several local talent competitions and recently took high ratings at the Oklahoma state achievement auditions in Norman. Her love of singing and musical theater led her to perform and play on the live-performance stage at last October’s SWR Harvest Festival. She did a wonderful job! She will be part of the Bartlesville Children’s Musical Theater cast for “The Little Mermaid” this coming July.

We were pleased to have Kaylee begin her riding lessons at Stormwalker Ranch in early 2018. She is looking forward to becoming a teenager in August and will begin a classical approach to her studies, which includes Latin, with homeschooling friends this fall.

What’s the Latin word for “horse”? Equus!

Drifter

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE'S MOUTH

Hello, everyone! My name is Driftwood Pal, but most people know me as Drifter. I am a lesson horse here at Stormwalker Ranch.

I wanted to tell you about something that happened to me in the first part of March. Somehow, I injured my eye, everyone who knows me realizes that is not a surprising occurrence. For some reason, I am a little accident prone. Well, Ms. Mindy and Ms. Valerie took outstanding care of me, they washed out my eye and called Dr. Loafman. He came and put some stuff in my eye to make me feel better, I also had to take antibiotics, whatever those are. I had a few days where they had to put stuff in my eye, then I felt better.

Well, a month after that I noticed that while my eye was healing there was something growing out of the corner. So once again I had to see Dr. Loafman, which was kind of cool because I got to leave the ranch and go to the doctor’s clinic at his barn. When I got there the doctor gave me a shot. After that, I felt pretty sleepy.

Then he cut that thing off my eye and put more stuff in my eye. After that, I went back to the Ranch and Ms. Valerie had to put medicine in my eye for a week.

I forgot to mention that the trip to the vet clinic took place on my Birthday! I know that God looks out for all creatures big and small, and I am thankful that he put me with the fine folks at Stormwalker Ranch, they care so much for all of us horses here and we are lucky to have such a great home.

“The righteous care for the needs of their animals….” – Proverbs 12:10

GENERATION RIDE: Lessons for All Ages

Stormwalker Ranch’s Generation Ride: riding lesson programs for 8-80 years old, beginners through advanced. Each rider is connected with a skilled trainer and one of our well-trained horses. Our philosophy is “soft feel”, seeking to produce partnership between horse and rider.

Our instructors are among the best in the field and have a great command of both disciplines. We teach riding from the standpoint of implementing a posture of “soft feel” and “light hands” as opposed to using mechanics and fear to get what we need from the horse.

HUMOR BY LANA

JUNE EVENTS

JUNE 19-22: Hoofbeats – We welcome 8-10 year-olds from On the Rock Ministries out for day-camp.

JUNE 21-23: State 4-H Horse Show – This year’s North-East Oklahoma 4-H district horse show was a great experience for both Campbell Craig and Quincie Walls as they qualified for State in all the classes they entered. Campbell received 3rd place in both Showmanship and Trail and 8th place in Western Pleasure and Horsemanship. Quincie received 6th in Horsemanship and 7th in Ranch Riding. The girls will be traveling west to the 4-H State Horse Show in Guthrie, Oklahoma. What great representations you are of Washington County 4-H and Stormwalker Ranch! Good Luck Girls!

JUNE BIRTHDAYS

JUNE 5: Valerie Eshleman – Ms. Valerie is our fabulous barn manager. Thank you for taking such great care of the horses that we all love so much! May your Birthday bring you as many blessings as you give to everyone around you. Happy Birthday, Val!

JUNE 10: Nikki Wormer – Nikki is one of our adult students, she studies with Mrs. Cheryl West.  Nikki is also finishing her certification with Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners next month! Happy Birthday, Ms. Nikki!

JUNE 16: Lana Dunlap – Lana has been riding at SWR for almost a year and a half. She is also a talented artist, check out her work in our newsletters cartons! Happy 14th Birthday!

NEW TEAM MEMBER:
Sharon McCullough

Stormwalker Ranch is pleased to welcome Sharon McCullough to our team. Sharon has been a friend of the Ranch for a few years. She has been and continues to be an invaluable member of the All-Star Therapeutic Riding Program as well as a local riding instructor. Sharon will be getting started working with us on Thursdays working with our Hoofbeats kids from On The Rock Ministries in Bartlesville, OK and is a blessed member of our team.

SAFETY TIPS

With the warm weather of summer upon us, we decided to address a rule that seems to get overlooked this time of year: Always wear proper riding attire. We know that it feels like you’re on fire, but you always need to wear pants or breeches paired with a good pair of riding boots when riding your horse. It is not safe to ride in sandals or shorts There are, however, some little ways to keep cool without compromising safety, like riding in the cooler parts of the day, or wear clothing that is designed to help you stay cool. We know that Oklahoma summer temperatures can be brutal, but you should never compromise safety. Safe and happy trails!

– Harmoni and Valerie –

PARDNER-SHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Stormwalker Ranch is blessed with a great community of support.   We have a wonderful team of instructors, a gifted program and marketing team, and dedicated ranch operations personnel. We are also blessed with clients that include riders of all ages, family members, and local organizations serving our community.   We are looking for partners who want to volunteer and those who want to partner with us financially.  We invite you to become a Stormwalker Ranch Partner.

Completed Projects: Arena Footing

Recently we shared the need for new footing for our arena.   We have been able to complete this project. Woo hoo!  Our riding arena was in serious need of new footing.  For those of you unfamiliar with ranch and riding terms footing is the ground in the arena.   There are a lot of ways to provide appropriate footing for equine activities.  A lot of ranches use Synthetic footing and others use a combination of Dirt and Sand.   We added a combination of Dirt and Sand to our arena to provide the horses a much better riding foundation.

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