Since 1962, girls have come to Black River Farm and Ranch "the BR" to have fun with friends and horses and enjoy a variety of camp activities in a safe and stress-free environment. The BR is a family owned and operated camp for three generations.
At Black River, you will be able to experience being a horsewoman. Each camper will share in the duties of bringing in the horses, feeding, grooming and saddling them. The BR has more than 80 horses, so each girl will find a horse to call their favorite. You will have an opportunity to go on trail rides, mounted lessons, ground lessons and vaulting.
The activities program at Black River is full of adventure, creativity, and fun! During the afternoon the girls are free to go swimming, boating, visit the small animals, play field activities, jump on the trampolines and so much more. There is something for everyone to get involved and have fun with.
Black River hires only exceptional girls who are exhibit leadership potential, caring personality, positive attitudes and the love of camping to be a part of our BR family. All riding instructors are Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) Certified Instructors. Our staff and program exceed the standards set forth for ACA accreditation.
The BR is licensed by the State of Michigan, Accredited American Camping Association, and Certified by the Camp Horsemanship Association.
• Grooming, Handling, Saddling, Bridling, Health Care and Basic Training.
• Basic Saddle, Advanced Saddle, Bareback, Drill Team, Western Games, Western Patterns, Trial Riding and Obstacles, Vaulting.
Imagine going to the pasture to bring in your horse, grooming and saddling him, riding him through sunlit fields and wooded trails, jumping on the trampolines and picnics at the Outback. You can try your hand at archery, camp crafts, boating on Lake Lorely, bottle feeding a new calf, and/or baby goat.
Also, wonderful farm food, swimming in the beautiful pool that is heated and shaped liked a horse head, girl talk in the bunk house after lights out and hikes along the wooded banks of the stream. Our promise to you is that the BR staff will do it's best to make sure campers are safe and having fun.