|KC Horse Camp: SADDLE UP, COME RIDE WITH US|
By Don Linker
Since opening, more than four thousand campers from 24 states, Spain and England have visited the camp. The once-hobby now-business consumes their week days getting ready for the next weekend. Ken relates that now when he gets on the trail, it’s not on a horse, but on a skid steer loader or four wheeler.
Approximately forty miles of trails exist with color coded signs to guide the way. Riders may choose short, easy rides or a longer, more challenging one. The trails are 85-90 percent shaded, so the sun is not a problem and are crossed by many streams where horses may be watered. The landscape is beautiful with trees, waterfalls, streams and pristine valleys.
Two rides a month, as well as every holiday, have cookouts with breakfast, lunch and dinner offered. After the ride on Saturday, entertainment can be found in the dining hall with karoke or by attending local activities that may be scheduled.
Ken and Carol are always adding amenities to the camp. A concrete wash area to bathe horses after a day on the trail is scheduled to be in operation by the first part of August. A travel trailer is available for rent by reservation to campers without living quarter trailers. An one bedroom cabin with appliances, TV and hot tub will be added shortly with others built as time and occupancy deem necessary.
Your local Quality Co-op supports trail riding and is always glad to supply you with the items you need to fully enjoy your time on the trail, from a full line of horse feeds (including TizWhiz), Weaver tack, Wranglers, boots and, if they don’t have it, they’ll will be glad to find it for you.
Don Linker is an outside salesman for AFC.