A few comments about the RESIDENT CAMPS:
After being called Judy for 4 days I think Lauren finally figured out she was back home in CA... She was so unpleasant at the airport, she really did not want to leave Oregon and the specialness of Three Gaits....
Thank you for a wonderful week at camp. The girls enjoyed themselves, had very positive things to say about the experience, and are making plans for next year. I particularly appreciated your effort, Bruce, to pick up the girls last week on last-minute notice, the time I got to spend with Judy yesterday after I arrived at the unheard-of eight o'clock (grin), and the sense of place that I took away from my brief visit and the girls' accounts of the week. ...we've gotten the high points. The staff, the place, the food (!), the riding, the horses, the schedule, the other campers.
My daughter's first horse camp with Judy was at the age of six. The little tiny girl I dropped off on that first day came away eager for the next day, and the next. Needless to say, that summer was booked solid with equine activities. I stood by helpless, not knowing thing one about horses. Judy assured me that all safety measures were practiced and calmed my fears. She was excited to take these children and turn them into little worker bees, grooming and cleaning tack. And into riders.
Eight years later, when I look back on all those years of horse lessons and camps, I can't help but reflect what a huge part Judy played in them. If it were not for her expertise and experience in dealing with small children (and the fears of their non-equine parents), there is no doubt that my daughter would not be riding today.
Judy saw us through many lessons, camps, and even the purchase of our first horse. She pretty much held our hands and led us through horse ownership. She instilled in my daughter an immense love, and more importantly, respect for the horse. Judy taught first and foremost the care and responsibility of the animal. Then she taught how to ride.
Although Judy moved out of state, my daughter still asks to attend her camp each year. And whenever there is a lull in her school year, she thinks of Judy and wishes she could just jump in the car and make the trip to see her. In reflection, it has become clear to me that Judy was more than just a riding instructor.
- Renee Estrada
It's the best horse camp ever!
- Karina, age 11
It is wonderful to find this website and know that Judy is still hard at work inspiring young campers. My adult daughter was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to learn so much from Judy and the horses. Judy gave all the students the correct and solid fundamentals, the subtleties of good riding, and so importantly, the deep respect and understanding of the animals with whom they were teamed. It was an important part of her life experience for my child to be educated by such an intuitive and trustworthy role model.
- Joanna Wigginton
Judy has a great blend of discipline, fun and humor that engages her students and brings out the best in them, building confidence and self esteem along with riding skills. My daughter attended Judy's summer camp and it was one of the best experiences of her life.
Although her riding improved dramatically, it wasn't just about the riding. The camp experiences ranged from mundane (tack cleaning) to thrilling (competing in a local combined training event) but she and her fellow campers loved it all. She is already talking about camp next summer.
Three Gaits offers a well rounded experience to all it's participants. Judy Herman offers excellent instruction in dressage and hunter techniques while teaching your child respect and safety in all phases of horsemanship. Judy has successfully applied her broad experience to every task that will be taught your child. I have great respect for her quality instruction and her responsible and trustworthy character.
Our granddaughter has attended day camps with Judy in California and several week long camps in Oregon. Summer would not be summer if Hannah didn't spend at least a week with Judy at camp each year. As she reflects on her memories I can always expect a smile on her face and a sparkle in her eye as a story is shared. What fond memories our granddaughter will enjoy in later years.
Judy Herman is dedicated to making your child's experience at Three Gaits fun and positive. Your child will create friendships with other campers and come away with lasting memories. Judy's gift of pairing horses and riders by age and personality makes for a rewarding equine experience. The children leave camp with a new confidence in themselves, and a love and respect for horses.
- Toni Mercer
And one about the DAY CAMPS:
Last summer, my friend and I took our nine year old daughters along with our dogs up from the Bay Area to Southern Oregon for a week so that our daughters could attend horse camp at Three Gaits. Judy Herman, who runs the camp, was great! She personally taught our daughters from 9-1. They loved it! My daughter is a beginning rider while her friend rides twice a week. Nonetheless Judy was able to have them in the same riding group, because her assistants were able to give my daughter a little bit of extra attention to bring her up to speed. During the lesson, my friend and I were able to tour the local "tourist spots". Judy was very helpful in making suggestions, giving driving directions and finding us accommodations for our week-long stay. We observed the lessons on several occasions. The lessons were safe, fun and very instructive. Although my daughter did not continue her lessons in the Bay Area (her friend did) she is now able to comfortably ride on the occasional horse ride we take on weekends. By the way, my friend and I, who are both inexperienced with horses, also took one lesson. We enjoyed the experience. I heartily recommend a week-long camp at Three Gaits. It was a very relaxing vacation for us all. We are hoping to repeat the experience this summer.
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