SAMPLE SCHEDULE & PACKING LIST FOR BCI'S WEEK-LONG PROGRAM

 

BCI's week-long program is open to veterans and their family members, and takes place at White Stallion Ranch and Dream Horse Ranch, in Tucson Arizona.  Veteran participants will have the opportunity to work with mustangs (horses that have limited human contact) at Dream Horse, under the instruction of Jeff Cook, an award winning mustang trainer, and EAGALA certified equine therapist Tamara Clause.  The mustang portion of our program is centered around ground-work, which involves limited physical contact and emphasizes non-verbal communication - a central component of the educational and therapeutic experience. True to our mission, in order to ensure family members are fully included in the program, while veteran participants are working with Jeff and Tamara, our family participants will have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the horsemanship experience, at White Stallion Ranch, working alongside BCI's head wrangler Carol Bachmann.  Finally, all participants (veterans and their family members) will have the opportunity to participate in BCI tailored horsemanship clinics and lessons, and enjoy all of the additional services and activities the ranch offers its guests.

SCHEDULE

*Please note this is only a sample

 

Sunday 5/30
2:00pm – 4:00pm: Arrival & check in at White Stallion Ranch (“WSR”)

6:00pm: BCI Team & Participants Meet for Social Hour & Dinner

 

Monday 5/31

7:00am All Participants Meet for Breakfast
8:00am-10:00am: Horsemanship Clinic/Presentation by BCI Head Wrangler 

11:00am: Group Riding Lesson with BCI Head Wrangler for Kids

12:30pm: All Participants Have Lunch at WSR
1:00pm: Group Riding Lesson with BCI Head Wrangler for Adults

2:00pm - 4:00pm: WSR Activities
6:00pm: Formal Welcome Dinner for Full BCI Group 

 

Tuesday 6/1

6:30am: Veteran Participants Meet for Breakfast
7:00am: Veteran Participants Depart for Dream Horse Ranch ("DHR") to Work with Mustangs
9:00am: Family Group Slow Ride with BCI Head Wrangler

11:00am: Group Riding lesson with BCI Head Wrangler for Kids 

12:30pm: All Participants Have Lunch at WSR
1:00pm: Group Riding Lesson with BCI Head Wrangler for Adults
2:00pm - 4:00pm: WSR Activities

6:00pm: BCI Team & Participants Meet for Social Hour & Dinner

 

Wednesday 6/2

6:30am: Veteran Participants Meet for Breakfast
7:00am: Veteran Participants Depart for DHR to Work with Mustangs

9:00am: Family Group Slow Ride with BCI Head Wrangler

11:00am: Group Riding Lesson with BCI Head Wrangler for Kids

12:30pm: All Participants Have Lunch at WSR
2:00pm or 3:00pm: Brushing & Washing Lesson with BCI Head Wrangler for all Participants (split into two groups)  

4:30pm/5:00pm: Attend WSR Rodeo
6:00pm: Free Evening for Participants Without BCI Team 

 

Thursday 6/3
6:30am: Veteran Participants Meet for Breakfast
7:00am: Veteran Participants Depart for DHR to Work with Mustangs
9:00am: Family Group Fast Ride with BCI Head Wrangler for those who are eligible (others will participate in WSR activities of their choice)

11:00am: Group Riding Lesson with BCI Head Wrangler for Kids

12:30pm: All Participants Have Lunch at WSR
1:00pm: Group Riding Lesson with BCI Head Wrangler for Adults

2:00pm - 4:00pm: WSR Activities

6:00pm: BCI Mentor Dinner - Meet Members of BCI Classes 0 & 1

 

Friday 6/4

6:30am: Veteran Participants Meet for Breakfast
7:00am: Veteran Participants Depart for DHR to Work with Mustangs

9:00am: Family Members Depart for DHR for Observation on Final Day With Mustangs

10:30/11:00am: Horse Painting for Families With BCI Class 1 Representative & BCI Head Wrangler
12:30pm: All Participants Have Lunch at WSR

1:00pm: Group Riding Lesson with BCI Head Wrangler for Adults 

4:00pm: TBD additional BCI Activity

6:00pm: Formal Farewell Dinner for Full BCI Group

 

Saturday 6/5
Full Day of WSR Activities for All Participants. Reps from BCI Classes 0 & 1 to Attend

 

Sunday 6/6
8:00am-10:00am: Breakfast & Checkout

SAMPLE PACKING LIST

While much of the time during our clinic is spent with horses, the White Stallion Ranch offers a variety of activities such as e-biking, hiking and rock climbing, and after a long day in the sun, we definitely recommend having clothes on hand that feel clean and comfortable to wear during dinner. It may sound like a lot, but we think you will be happy knowing you have multiple outfits on hand for the different events..

 

Also keep in mind temperature changes! It will be hot during the day, but some mornings and evenings will cool down substantially.

 

Below we have listed out some sample items that we think should bring.

 

For All Day Every Day

-Sunscreen, Chapstick & A Hat!

 

For Riding & Working With Horses

-Boots With a Low Heel

-Jeans (ones you are okay getting dirty/sandy/sweaty)

-Long Sleeve Shirts for Layering

 

For Hanging Out & Other Non-Riding Activities

-Sneakers

-Athletic Wear (shorts/t-shirts)

-Bathing Suit

-Sandals

 

For Dinners & Evenings

-Light Sweaters or Jackets

-Pants/Skirts (anything you want to wear that you didn’t get dirty/sweaty/sandy during the day).

-Boots/Sandals/Sneakers (anything goes really, but as we said, you probably will want a pair that you did not ride in).