Drought Affects GSMH Fall Horse Program

It’s back to school time, back to Girl Scouts and for some girls that means back to fall horseback riding. This year, girls will participate in fall horseback riding at Cherokee Ridge Program Center instead of Sacajawea-East Program Center. Due to circumstances beyond our control, we are unable to safely maintain our horses at Sacajawea-East Program Center. Many of our counties are suffering under severe drought and have been for some time. Due to this drought our hay suppliers are unable to fill our orders, therefore we do not have the necessary hay required to adequately feed our horses at Sacajawea-East. The decision not to move our horses was made with the health of our horses in mind and is in the best interest of protecting our herd. The horses will stay at Cherokee Ridge Program Center where hay cutting was sufficient, along with pasture feeding, to maintain the herd over the winter. We are hopeful that after the winter we may be able to secure enough hay to resume spring programming at Sacajawea-East Program Center.

Troops and Groups of 5 or more registered members will be able to register for horseback riding at Cherokee Ridge Program Center on the first and third Saturdays of every month.  Please note the GSMH program centers will be closed for deer-hunting season and horseback riding will be suspended during this time.

If you are interested in signing up for horseback riding at Cherokee Ridge Program Center please fill out a Troop/Individual Horseback Program Registration Form http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/forms.php.

If you would like to make it a day or weekend adventure click on the view th Cherokee Ridge Program Center or Latonka Program Center information http://www.girlscoutsmoheartland.org/pages/properties.php   to see what kinds of accommodations are available and what other types of adventures you can add to your trip.

Please feel free to contact Keely Elfrink, Leadership and Learning Specialist – Outdoor Program, with any questions 877-312-4764 X 1515 or kelfrink@girlscoutsmoheartland.org



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