Acomplished equestrian Hazel Taylor will host her very first official pony camp this summer with two sessions, July 15-19 and July 22-26 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day. As many of you know, Hazel, daughter of Lane Park and Barrett Taylor, has been riding since age 4 at Long Branch. Taught by her mother, Lane, she has also trained in Knoxville, Nashville, and Atlanta. Hazel has competed on ponies since she was 6 years old, “moving up” to horses when she was a freshman at Baylor.
During her sophomore and junior years of high school, Hazel took her classes online while she worked at show barns in South Carolina and Florida. In August, she will head to the University of Georgia where she will ride on the equestrian team of one of the top collegiate teams.
Hazel said that working with horses at a young age helps children learn a genuine work ethic, as well as learn responsibilities needed to own animals. Taking care of horses also helps the child feel more confident, relieves stress, and develops bonds that can last a lifetime. In Hazel’s opinion, a pony camp is a perfect way for children to spend part of their summer.
Hazel said that the camp will be an amazing experience for any child who loves horses and the outdoors. Participants will ride ponies, swim in the lake, play on a big inflatable waterslide, enjoy scavenger hunts, create arts and crafts with the ponies, learn the ins and outs of horse care, and much more. Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided, and she will have all the riding gear that children need. This camp promises to be fun, regardless of the weather. There is an apartment above the barn for use in case of inclement weather, and rainy day activities might include baking cookies, watching horse movies, making jewelry with horse charms, and playing with the ponies that are in the barn.
The camp is for ages 4 through 13 and guarantees to be lots of fun and a unique experience for your children. Contact Hazel at (423) 802-0243 for more information.