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Spring Break Camp
Hunter's Rest travels to New York's biggest stallion station and to commercial Thoroughbred farm in New Jersey.



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Hunter's Rest students were invited to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the Thoroughbred breeding and training industry from the insider's point of view. We traveled to New York's storied Hudson Valley (two hours north of the city) to Empire Stud, the state's biggest Thoroughbred breeding farm and stallion station. Home to 100+ mares and foals, plus five stallions, Empire Stud is managed by Hunter's Rest owner Betsy Burke Parker's brother in law. At Empire, Hunter's Rest students got to assist in foaling out not one but two mares. They followed the farm vet on his regular daily rounds, as well as lending a hand to the regular stable crew in turning horses in and out, cleaning the barn and polishing tack. Students got an insider's insight not available at any place, for any price. Next, the group traveled south to Journeyman Farm in southern New Jersey. Journeyman is a lesson-breaking-training-boarding facility owned and operated by Betsy's friends Beth and Lenny Rera. Beth is a certified riding instructor; Lenny is a lifelong horseman, son of a licensed jockey/trainer, a licensed race trainer himself, and an equine dentist. At Journeyman, students learned -- and practiced -- longeing a horse for training purposes. The next morning, they took a jumping lesson in the morning. Next, they got to watch as Lenny and a trainer friend of his "started" three untrained 2-year-old racehorses under saddle. In the afternoon, students played games on horseback with several of Journeyman's regular students. Later, everyone gathered for a bonfire and cookout over the campfire, stories, games and fun. Do note that students participating in any Hunter's Rest camp are privy to an insider point to view not available to any rider, at any price, anywhere in the world. Call Betsy for details.













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