Sunday, December 25, 2011

Glad Tidings

December 2011

Methow Valley Riding Unlimited has enjoyed another productive year of promoting meaningful connections through quality horsemanship experiences and community service opportunities. Some of our highlights include:
*35 young people receiving weekly horsemanship lessons, from May through October, enjoying the camaraderie of building friendships and confidence around their fascination with horses.
*18 second through sixth graders from the Methow Valley Public School Resource Room participating in 10 weeks of the Let ’Em Ride program. Designed for children with special needs and made possible through funding from the MV Public School Funding Alliance and MVRU, this program builds self-esteem, horsemanship skills and connections with people, animals and nature.
*18 5-8 year olds enjoying 2 summer day camps with horses at Moccasin Lake Ranch
* The generous gift of a lovely, well-trained Haflinger driving pony along with her harness and cart bringing to life our dream of a driving program.
* Volunteers and mentors of all ages working towards our goals of growing healthy, happy, contributing community members.
*8 incredible, well-trained, generous and multi-talented equines staying sound and happy in their valuable work.

If you have helped make this happen, we are indebted and grateful to you. If you would like to be part of the joy we are creating, please feel free to offer a contribution.

Wishing you Peace, Comfort and Joy

Friday, November 4, 2011

MVRU 2011 Horses of the Year !

Two beloved mares have been acknowledged as official SuperStars by our students and volunteers! The lovely 12 year old sorrel Quarter Horse, GINGER, was voted 2011 HORSE of the YEAR! Reserve Horse of the Year, by only 2 votes, was earned by the 21 year old, Morgan/Welsh cross pony, Midnight. Both horses have given over 200 lessons and guests rides this season. We are so fortunate to include these well schooled, impeccably mannered, willing in our valuable string of fine horses. Ginger is owned and generously loaned for MVRU classes by Gaye Pigott of Moccasin Lake Ranch. Midnight is owned and generously loaned by the Butler family.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011


Chicory is a lovely Haflinger mare recently donated to MVRU by the generous Gwenyth Bassetti of CDB Farm in Goldendale, Washington. She is a safe and sane, experienced driving pony and deluxe bareback ride!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Fall Session 2011

Fall Session classes are under way! 25 lucky kiddos and several of their moms and other adult riders have begin taking regular weekly horsemanship lessons through MVRU at Moccasin Lake Ranch. September and October are such great months for riding in the Methow Valley.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Summer Sessions started on Monday with a grand total of 25 students in 5 hours, looking forward to a busy summer with this crew and our faithful, four-legged friends!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Gretta and pony, Pippin practice trotting in the sunshine, finally starting to feel like summer 'round here!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011


SUMMER SESSION 2011 will run for 6 weeks between June 13th and July 25th. (NO LESSONS on JULY 4th). All weekly classes will take place on Mondays. Tuition : $210.

Other opportunities for horsemanship lessons include day camps and private lessons through Moccasin Lake Ranch.The registration deadline for weekly classes is JUNE 6th. This means that registration form & tuition must be received by June 6th! All late registrants will be placed on a waiting list.

LITTLE STAR HORSEMANSHIP CAMP I: June 21, 22, 23, 9am to 1pm. This introductory horsemanship camp is being offered as a Little Star summer camp. It is open to children 5-8 years old. Registration and tuition payment must be done through Little Star Montessori School. This camp is expected to fill very quickly so don’t delay!

more details for the MOCCASIN LAKE RANCH CAMPS to come...

Camp I: July 19, 20, 21, 22, 9am to 1pm. *to secure your spot in this camp for 9~13 year olds send a $200 deposit to: MVRU PO Box 58, Winthrop, WA 98862. Checks made payable to Moccasin Lake Ranch.
IF Camp I fills quickly and we can fill another we have a tentative plan to add

*Camp II: July 26, 27, 28 9am to 1pm *dependent on registration...

PRIVATE LESSONS: As always, private lessons and trail rides at Moccasin Lake Ranch are available throughout the summer by appointment. Call 996 9881 or email: for information, pricing, and scheduling.

Keep in mind... enrollment in all programs is limited and we expect classes to fill quickly. So register NOW and be as flexible as possible! Full tuition is due upon enrollment unless other arangements have been made with the Program Director prior to registration. MVRU is committed to providing quality horsemanship programs to individuals, regardless of their financial situation, therefore we have a scholarship program available to those in need, applications available upon request.


Friday, March 11, 2011


Spring is coming. Get ready to start riding! Info about Spring Session to be posted on MVRU website soon ...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2010 MVRU Reserve Horse of the Year

Voted 2010 Reserve Horse of the Year by MVRU students, volunteers and staff ... big, bold beautiful Buttons ! A gentle giant proudly owned by MVRU.

2010 MVRU Horse of the Year

The sweet and sane, gentle and responsive, ever-dependable Quarter Horse mare, Ginger was voted 2010 MVRU Horse of the Year by students, staff and volunteers. This versatile horse is as handy in beginner lessons as out moving cattle around the ranch. She is owned and generously loaned to MVRU by Gaye Pigott of Moccasin Lake Ranch. We are grateful and blessed.