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Equine Careers Camp offers unique opportunity for serious horse lovers

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Posted: Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00 am | Updated: 5:34 pm, Wed Dec 3, 2014.

Love Horses?  Wish you could spend your life with horses?  Join us for a fun-filled, exciting, and information packed experience learning about Careers in the Equine Industry.The Equine Careers Camp is designed for 4-H youth involved in horse projects.  It is a time to learn first-hand from the people currently making a living in the equine industry about the types of equine careers, jobs available, and training needed.

For the tenth year, Ontario County 4-H will be hosting the camp to be held for three days: June 6-7-8, 2014 at 4-H Camp Bristol Hills located near Canandaigua, NY. 14424

The program is targeted toward middle school youth in grades 7-8-9 who are thinking about equine career opportunities and have not yet decided on a career. Older youth are also welcome to apply. Check-in will be Friday night, June 6th, starting at 4:00 p.m. in Gleason Lodge.  The remaining evening will focus on horse careers with guest speakers and some fun camp activities! Saturday we will travel to various equine locations. Camp will end Sunday June 8th 4:00pm.

New York State has over 150,000 horses and 9 racetracks.  The equine industry alone provides 12,800 full-time opportunities in New York State.  The career opportunities we plan to explore during the Careers in the Equine Industry Camp include equine veterinarian, veterinary technicians, equine nutritionist, breeders, riding instructors, trainers, and barn managers.  Other highlights being planned for the 3-day camp experience may include a trip to the race track, veterinary clinic, a stop at the Finger Lakes Thoroughbred Adoption Center, and a draft horse harnessing and driving demonstration.  Visits to a Standardbred farm and a Thoroughbred breeding and foaling farm are also planned. Sunday, we will visit a riding and lesson barn with a trail ride through the Bristol Hills so bring your helmet and riding boots along with your questions.

Meeting, traveling and learning with other 4-H horse lovers has been an awesome experience in the past according to our former participants. The camp is a little different every year, but the focus is the same; have fun and learn!!

4-H horse lovers from around the New York State are encouraged to apply.  Participants will be selected on their desire to expand their knowledge of the horse industry through an application process.  Registration is open now and space is limited.

Cost for the 3-day camp is $125 including all meals, if registered on or before

May 10th.   Cost after May 10th will be $150. This event is funded in part by The Agriculture and New York State Breeding Development Fund, Cargill Feeds, and other generous donors.

Call: Amy Morrisey, Ontario County 4-H Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension at 585-394-3977 ex. 429 or email at alm72@cornell.edu for more information or an application.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a non-profit educational organization with a mission to extend new knowledge and research-based information in agriculture, family and consumers sciences from Cornell University to county residents.  County residents with concerns or questions related to agriculture, horticulture, water quality, 4-H youth development, parenting or family financial management can call 585-394-3977 any time or visit our website at www.cceontario.org.

Featured photo:  Equine Camp Instructor Kyle Quataro

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