Equestrian Center and Horse Gallery
Camp Marydale has an outstanding equestrian program that is enjoyed by Girl Scouts year round, with approximately 25 horses in our stables. It costs $1,500 a year to care for just one of our horses, so any financial support we receive, earmarked for our equestrian program, helps to offset these expenses.
We are partnered with Louisiana State University's School of Veterinary Medicine who provide specialized care, such as vaccinations and teeth floating, to each horse. Doctoral students have also completed studies on the herd. All of our horses are adopted with many of them coming to us with health, weight, and age complications. Our staff work daily to make sure our horses are properly treated, fed and comfortable in our up-to-code barns.
Our Wrangler program teaches girls, ages 14 and up, leadership skills in addition to horse knowledge as they pair with adult mentors to teach Western horseback riding workshops at troops and service units. Wranglers also help out with special weekend events such as Love Hug & Groom, and Hoof Pick Horse Camp. Spurs are girls, ages 12 and up, who shadow the Wranglers and help, as well.