Westernaires is an outstanding mounted precision drill organization composed of over 1000 Jefferson County, CO youth from 9 to 19 years of age. There are approximately 500 volunteers who make the whole thing possible.
Self-respect, responsibility and leadership are encouraged through horsemanship and family participation.
Westernaires provides training in western riding, precision drills, trick riding, dressage and horse care.
I've never seen such a successful youth education program.
You don't need to own a horse to join. Westernaires has over 150 horses and ponies for participants to groom, saddle and ride. And, it's affordable: Membership is $25. Horse rental is $10.
Classes in grooming, saddling, wrangling are free.
In addition to learning about care of horses and honing their skill at precision mounted drill, Westernaires members develop important intangible qualities. These include the discipline that comes from training every week for years to achieve promotion to the top teams of the organization, the sense of teamwork from riding week after week with a group of riders trying to gel into a polished performance, the sense of personal responsibility from caring for horses, and community pride from gaining a personal appreciation for our western heritage.
Westernaires provides a constructive alternative for today's suburban youngsters. There are no drugs, alcohol or tobacco at Westernaires. There is a sense of family and community, which nurtures young people into responsible leaders. It provides a place for parents and youth to work together in so many ways that seem unavailable elsewhere.
This teamwork between generations is exemplified by the 500 adult volunteers who make it possible for our young people to ride; wranglers, instructors, first-aiders, maintenance crews. Westernaires' horse and facilities caretaker is its one paid employee.
Review from Guidestar