THE KENTUCKY HORSE PARK MUSTANG TROOP
The Kentucky Horse Park collaborates with Camp Consolidated to serve 24 children from low-income neighborhoods in the Lexington area every summer in the Mustang Troop summer camp program, which began in 1994. Developed by the Equine Education Department, this program will continue to follow the original mission by providing youth services to underprivileged children through equine-assisted learning, life skills development, and education/career planning. The Mustang Troop provides a horse camp-style experience for children and direct involvement in the equine community in which they normally would not have access to.
The summer program will provide the fun and excitement of a traditional horse camp, as well as the support and structure that comes with equine-assisted learning. Through this high-impact equine-assisted learning camp, these children will be given the opportunity to improve their life skills, by focusing on social skills, communication, and their ability to develop healthy relationships. This summer program will also provide children with the tools, skills, and knowledge to build lifelong coping skills, develop self-confidence, teamwork, and independence. While working with horses, the children will learn the responsibility of caring for a horse, build self-esteem by learning to ride, as well as cultivate bonds with both horses and peers. The Mustang Troop has an incredible purpose for the children and serves as lifelong building blocks for their future success.
Camp Consolidated at Consolidated Baptist Church is working alongside the Mayor's One Lexington initiative to serve the Winburn Neighborhood. Specifically seeking to engage the youngest and most vulnerable of the neighborhood elementary school-aged children. Camp Consolidated provides the park every summer with the names of 24 children between the ages of 8-14 to participate in the Mustang Troop summer camp program. Camp Consolidated provides transportation for the children to and from camp every day and additional childcare if needed outside of camp hours.
Each of the three elementary schools surrounding our program is a Title I school with a student population that averages nearly 86% participation in the Free and Reduce lunch program. The goal of our summer learning experience is to provide access to academic and enrichment opportunities by reducing the economic and mobility barriers that may have limited participation in the past.
For more information on Camp Consolidated: https://consolidatedbaptist.org/summer-enrichment/
The KHP is delighted to collaborate with such an outstanding organization and is actively fundraising to ensure the program’s overall success. For additional information about the Mustang Troop please contact program director Amanda Reardon at 859-281-7991 or [email protected]. If you would like to contribute to the KHP Mustang Troop, please contact the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation at 859-255-5727.