I just wanted to write a quick email and thank you for the great time that Elena had at camp. Although she loved the horses and being with the other kids and counselors it appears that you made quite an impression on her and it is easy to understand this as I could see how wonderfully you interact with the girls. She cried for about 20 minutes on the way home and then last night when I put her bed at 10:00 I assumed that she was so tired that she would fall asleep right away. No. I went by her bedroom and heard that she was crying - all she could say was "I miss Val". I believe that it is very important for Elena to make these kinds of connections with people and it teaches her such important things about life and how people, and how our experiences with people that we meet throughout our lives can touch us so deeply. So, thanks again and I'm sure Elena will be in touch at some point over the summer with an email or letter.
I have helped the summer camps for two years now and i have volunteered as the male camp councillor. One of the experiences that i have enjoyed is each kid gets a good portion of riding time and has the opportunity for some one on one time with Valery. Each kid gets there horse which they are responsible for. So they have to catch, brush and tact up there horse and when everyone is ready we head out too the arena. Since there is always more than one staff member in the arena at one time the situation can be better monitored and accidents better avoided. Valery also does theory with the kids in the barn. learning how to read your horse,parts of their tat and how to take care of the tact and their horse. the outdoor arena is nice but only when the weather cooperates. An indoor arena would provide better riding conditions and wouldn't be gambling on the weather. for instance one time we had a week when it rained off and on pretty hard for three days strait the arena was full of mud and the kids didn't get as much riding time in as they normally would. we spent most of our time in the lodge doing theory and various other activities. all in all working at the ranch has been a very enjoyable experience and i will continue to recommend Valery and her services as well as work the camps she provides.
Working at Majestic Arabians Ranch has given me a lot of things. First it's given me skills and a chance at getting a good career. It's taught me good work ethic, and created a sense of union between me and the other people I work with. Majestic Arabians is a place where you can get the skills you need and have fun doing it. It provided me with a place to grow personally too. A safe and loving environment to thrive in. I am so thankful that I got the honor of working for a boss like Valerie Weiss, and at a place like Majestic Arabians. As well as helping me grow in my riding and teaching abilities, it has helped me in many other ways too. A place to have fun, to work to my full ability, and grow spiritually and emotionally. Making me a stronger person, and giving me life skills that I know I can apply in my everyday life. I am so thankful that I could have the privilege of working at Majestic Arabians Ranch.
Majestic Arabians was an incredible experience. Val and her hands are incredibly knowledgeable, friendly and experienced people. Majestic Arabians Summer Camp was a wonderful week full of fun, learning and lots of horses! I went once and would gladly go back again and again and again! Majestic Arabians is a wonderful place for any horse crazy kid, no matter the experience level because there is always someone there to help. The only way to improve it is to be there all year round!
Ava Funkhouser, 13
First time camper 2011
I have been going to the Majestic Arabians Ranch camps since 2009, and loved every second of the time that I was there. Val is amazing at what she does through giving lessons, running the camps and her ranch. She has improved my riding greatly and strengthened my relationship with God.
A Note from Carolyn: My daughter loves horses, and Val loves God. When you put the two together in a horse camp situation, where Val has the expertise to teach youngsters to ride, it becomes an unforgettable experience for the student. Val has a teacher's heart, both for horses and to show the campers the love of God. In my opinion there is no better place to leave a young lady for a week during the summer.
Kaitlin (Bob) M.
"I have attended three camps at Majestic Arabians over the past two summers. I have also taken winter lessons from Val. Until I went to camp I had never ridden English. During my second summer, at the all English camp, I was jumping two feet on a barrel racing horse. That was fun and challenging. I also attended the Western camp this past summer and took my own horse to ride. We both learned a lot that week. My experiences at camp were great. I made many new friends and learned so much. Spending so much time with the horses, friends and God all at once was awesome. Val and staff made things tons of fun while teaching us so much about God, horses and ourselves. Thanks Val for the great times."
Tania M. (Parent) "My daughter has attended camp at Majestic Arabians for the past two summers as well as taken lessons there over the winter of 2010/2011. Val has been a great friend and mentor to my daughter and taught her so much. I have really appreciated Val's enthusiasm for teaching kids both about the horses and about God. When looking for a camp to send my daughter to, I found Majestic Arabians Christian Horse Camp to fit what we were looking for, lots of time on the horses and a good Christian base at a reasonable cost. I love the way Val really gets to know each of her campers/students personally and is available to talk to them at any time if the need it, even when not at camp or lessons. Once again, Val, I love and appreciate your enthusiasm for the kids and how you teach them so much about God, themselves and horses. May God continue to bless you and your camp." Majestic Arabians Ranch
My name is Nicole, I'm nineteen years old and I'm from Germany and I came with the organisation "travelworks"to Canada. I finished my school in 2010. But instead of studying or working, I want to see something from the world that's why I travelled to Canada. I heard about "work & travel", where young people can work in other countrys and get money to travel around With this Thoughts I came to Canada. But then I read about the "Ranchstay Programm".where people like me get the chance to work at a horse ranch for example, learn about the Canadian culture can exercise their English and get a great experience. We didn't have to pay anything, because the farmer got our Help and we were allowed to live, eat and sleep there. I decided to do this great chance and started my adventure at the Majestic Arabians Ranch at the End of April.
I came to Val's Ranch and a Dream comes true. I was the first helper on her ranch and it was great! She was like a second mom for me, because every time when I was down and was a little bit homesick, she was there for me and I could talk to her every time. Her husband and her daughter accepted me like a fourth family member too and that was a big gift for me, because it was easier for me to feel like at home. And a few weeks later came two more helper-girls from Europe to the ranch. We all had a lot of fun together.
We worked with Val together at the Ranch. We did things like raking hay, preparing meals for the Horse-Camps in the summer, feed the animals, riding horses, we did things around the house and the yard, mowing the lawn and at least we had a lot of fun!
We didn't only work at the ranch. We had a lot of free time there and we were allowed to feel like at home. So we could have break whenever we want to and we got food and drinks and everything we needed from them. I also had my own room, so I could get a little bit privacy.
The most experience on the Ranch I got at the Christian horse camps.. I worked with kids at the Christian horse camp, which was completely new for me. Working with kids and animals together is a big responsibility. Some of this kids are only eight years old and you have to pay attention 5 days a week the whole day to 8 kids or more! That was a big challenge for me. You have to keep one's nerves you can't get aggressive or sad in front of the kids. But the Team was awesome, so there was almost no chance for sadness or homesick or something like that.
It was a big step for me to leave my family and my friends and fly to the other side of the world to work and to be in a country with people who I never met before. But I met new friends, friends for my life! I know that I'll come back to the ranch and I'm proud to be part of the Majestic Arabians Ranch!! I learned a lot for the rest of my life and I will never forget this wonderful time!!
T.O. "I have been to Majestic Arabians camp 4 times and have been impacted physically, emotionally and, most importantly, spiritually. Val has helped me to be confident in my riding and horse handling as well as to apply God's word in my life. It is a safe and wonderful environment for all the kids who go! She always keeps things fun, and steadily progresses us in riding and horse sense. I love Val, all the wonderful helpers, and horses at Majestic Arabians Ranch."
"It has been such a joy to have our daughter spend the last 3 summers at Majestic Arabian Horse Camp. Val provides a wonderful experience for the children that is safe, loving, productive and fun-filled. The campers never seem to be ready to come home when the parents arrive at the end of the week! Our daughter has loved every minute of her camp experience and it is always the first thing to go on our calendar when our family is making summer plans! Thank you Val!"
This summer, my wife Shauna and I had another chance to be out at majestic Arabians Ranch with Chuck and Val. The evening was full of life, laughter and a deep sense of appreciation. Everyone had a story to tell. It was one of those evenings where you can just sit back and enjoy sharing life with others.
The event was a wrap up event for the horse camp summer staff. I watched as Val interacted with her "girls" at the end of a very busy season. It had truly been a team effort. They had become "her girls" as she invested in each of their lives. My sixteen year old daughter is one of "Val's Girls". As with all the girls Brie had opened up and matured as she served alongside Val. What made it exciting for me was to see how things had turned out over the years I had known Val. Val was now investing in my daughter. There was a time when Shauna and I had the privilege of investing in Val. Almost ten years ago, I received a call at the church where I was a pastor. A young mom facing some very difficult circumstances was on the other end of the phone. She had reached the end of her rope and was crying out for help. She bravely came to the church and sat down to share her painful and tearful story. Within the hour, she had surrendered her problems and sins to Jesus Christ and had invited Him to save her. He did.
Val became a like a daughter to Shauna and I as we discipled her in her new faith in Jesus. God did His amazing work of restoring a broken life. Many hours were spent in deep conversations as she opened up her life to everything God had for her. It was exciting to see someone so trusting and hungry to learn. Val humbly allowed us to speak into every area of her life. We saw an amazing transformation in Val's life as she trusted, obeyed and followed God. We literally saw her life turn around. She became a wise confident woman who allowed God to bring out her gifts and strengths. He took what she gave Him and turned it into something beautiful. Today, we see Val investing her life, using her passions and her energy to influence others towards God's purposes. Her life speaks so clearly of what God is like. He gives life that truly multiplies.
One of God's blessings for Val was to lead her to Chuck. God knew that she needed a partner in life to add balance and compliment what God was going to do. Chuck adds strength and stability and the voice of reason to Val's Optimism. Chuck is one of those faithful steady guys who work so hard in the background to keep everything upfront on track. As an added bonus Chuck is a great chef and adds good food to every event and camp.
I am blessed to watch Chuck and Val's Majestic Arabians Ranch become an influential gathering place as they open up their home, their hearts and their love of God to others. I believe God is at work here.
I have known Valerie for over 11 years and know first hand how much she enjoys working with kids and animals. and her love for God.. now she has her camps and ridding lessons. She has worked really hard to come this far.,.and has come up with a wonderful program for her kids. She wanted to make sure that they have the best experience and learn as much as the opportunity allows...and equal opportunity for everyone.. so her prices are fair well bellow most camps.. but also with smaller camps it allows for more one on one which has more impact on them. For her to have an indoor arena would mean raising the prices.. ( Which she does not want to happen) or have donations. The thing about an indoor arena would always guarantee the kids lots of ridding time.. where as the outdoor one is weather permitting .. and that is disappointing for everyone. She really loves what she does and is good at it. and seeing first hand the light that shines in the kids eyes in priceless...I pray that we can help her achieve her goal and keep the light shinning in these children.
hi Val. I don't know if you'll remember me, my name is Rebecca and I went to the end of August beginner camp in 2009. I wanted to say thanks for spending so much time with us and giving us your knowledge of horses. I got my own filly this year fall. she's a Nowegian Fjord Pony and was born in May 2010. thanks much