Skilled instructors and trained volunteers work with youth during our instructional horsemanship classes, ranch experiences, and mentoring programs. Classes are offered in an inviting and supportive environment and encourage discussion, reflection, and peer group interactions. Below is a list of programs and classes offered by Silver Buckle Ranch. To register for a camp or to find out about lesson availability e-mail the Ranch at firstname.lastname@example.org (our preferred method) or call (360) 260 - 8932.
Ranch HANDS is our signature program. The six-week course specifically helps adolescents overcome the struggles all young people are faced with to some degree growing up today, such as self-esteem, fear, and anger. Through the Ranch HANDS program, students learn how their actions affect others and themselves. The program is structured so that each week students are presented with a different theme (i.e. trustworthiness, responsibility, teamwork, etc.). Assignments and activities for that week reinforce the topic and help students to understand the subject matter, reflect on it during group discussions, and implement it at home in their own lives. Ranch HANDS meets once a week for two hours, the cost is $245.
Our Little Wranglers day camps are a great way to introduce young ones to horses. Designed for ages four to six, Little Wranglers offers age appropriate guidance and instruction for youngsters just starting out. Campers learn about the importance of safety, leading, grooming and ride with the assistance of a trained volunteer. Little Wrangler camps are offered on Saturdays and the cost is $40 for two hours.
Next Camp is on Saturday, February 25th from 10am to noon. Email Ranch to Register.
Afternoon at the Ranch
On Saturdays we also offer Afternoon at the Ranch for our older students between the ages of seven and twelve. New students and graduating Little Wranglers again learn about the importance of safety. Students also assist with the care of our horses, such as cleaning, feeding, and watering and are taught the importance of looking after our herd. Additionally campers groom, lead, and ride our horses. Afternoon at the Ranch camps are two hours long and cost $40.
Next Camp is on Saturday, February 25th from 1pm to 3pm. Email Ranch to Register.
Students who are interested in pursuing riding and would like to advance their skills are encouraged to join one of our lesson programs. Our instructors offer both private and group lessons for beginners through intermediate and advanced riders. Private lessons provide one-on-one guidance with a knowledgeable instructor using either a ranch program horse or your own horse. Group lessons accommodate two to four riders who are matched by age and skill level. Private lessons are one hour and the cost is $50. Group lessons are also one hour and the cost is $40. All of our riding lessons include elements of horse care, such as saddling, training, and health care.
We have four riding instructors providing lessons. Standard lesson times include, but are not limited to, Friday mornings, Monday & Tuesday evenings, and various weekend times (dependent on other Ranch activities).
Email Ranch for more information.
What better way to celebrate your child's birthday than with a memorable experience at Silver Buckle Ranch? Birthday parties are two hours long total. The first hour is spent with our Silver Buckle program horses grooming and riding. The second hour is the opportunity for you to have your party in our barn or classroom. We provide the tables and Ranch environment; you bring the rest of the party needs. Birthday parties are available Saturdays and Sundays. The cost for hosting a party at Silver Buckle is $175 for up to 10 children. (Please add $10 for each additional child.)
Plan your next activity away from the classroom! Kids love to visit Silver Buckle Ranch where they can learn how to rope, groom Buttons our mini horse, play fun games, hop on the Silver Buckle Express, and even ride one of our program horses! Bring a sack lunch and leave with a smile! Field trips are two hours long and cost $20 per child.
Silver Buckle would love to help your scouts complete their horsemanship badges. Bring the whole troop and we'll help them earn their scout merits. Scout camps cost $40/scout for two hours or $60/scout for three hours. Discounts for groups of eight or more.
Have a large group and want to organize a private camp? That's no problem! Rates for private camps are $40 per rider for two hours and $60 per rider for three hours. Camps can be one time or scheduled weekly for a fixed number of weeks.
Vancouver Public School's GATE program is a community based program where young adults ages 18 - 21 can learn vocational skills, time management, effective communication, and move towards independence while giving back to the community at various work sites. Silver Buckle Ranch is proud to be one of the work sites where students can learn new skills and gain work experience. Gate students help around the ranch with maintenance, cleaning, and caring for our horses.
Silver Buckle ranch partners with Clark County Juvenile Courts Restorative Justice program. The ranch serves as a place for youth to give back to their community in a positive, constructive, and restorative way. Teens learn valuable skills such as communication and work ethic through physical labor at the ranch. Silver Buckle provides a positive, calm and reassuring atmosphere where the youth can flourish and grow. On more than one occasion, while cleaning a pasture, a horse has come up and put their head on the shoulder of one of the participants, which results in a big smile and a sense of purpose in the job they are doing. As Silver Buckle Ranch continues to grow, we look forward to expanding this partnership and serving more youth in a meaningful and productive way.
We are proud to offer the exciting sport of cow sorting at Silver Buckle Ranch. Sorting is open to all ages and skill levels. Sign ups begin at 6:30, sorting starts at 7:00. Cost is $25 for three runs. Questions? Contact Keri at email@example.com
Sorting happens every other Thursday at 7:00pm (arena opens at 6:30 for warm-up)
Next event is Thursday, January 26th in our indoor arena.
No reservation required. Bring $25 cash or check only please.