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Girl Scouts offers chance for teens to learn about horses

Wrangler participants taking some time to enjoy the trail at Camp Marydale. (Source: Girl Scouts Louisiana East) Wrangler participants taking some time to enjoy the trail at Camp Marydale. (Source: Girl Scouts Louisiana East)
Head Wrangler, Lauren Dottley, enjoys some riding time with her favorite horse. (Source: Girl Scouts Louisiana East) Head Wrangler, Lauren Dottley, enjoys some riding time with her favorite horse. (Source: Girl Scouts Louisiana East)
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Girl Scouts Louisiana East is offering girls age 12 and older the chance to participate in a horse program at their equestrian center in St. Francisville.

“The girls in our Wrangler and Spur program get to learn how to do things that vet students are taught. They learn how to take care of the horses from head to hoof,” said Lauren Hill, director of the equestrian, our door program, and resident camp at Camp Marydale.

After attending a one-day orientation on either September 10, December 3, or March 4, girls will begin the program and become Girl Scouts. According to Hill, the program is “for girls, by girls.” The Wranglers (girls age 14 and up) pass on knowledge to the younger Girl Scouts, or Spurs.

The Wranglers are in turn paired with adult mentors to teach western horseback riding workshops at Camp Marydale, and to aid in horse events.

“This program is the only one that I know of where you can learn all of these skills, which really develops a girl’s leadership, and then get to ride for free,” said Hill.

Girl Scouts Louisiana East serves girls in grades K-12 in the following parishes: Ascension, Assumption, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Mary, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge, and West Feliciana.

For more information on the Wranglers and Spurs program, including registration information, visit www.gsle.org/wrangler or call 800-644-7571.

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