If you or your child are between the ages of 8 and 19, we would love to have you join our group. Members come from throughout the Treasure Valley and meet the following requirements:
1. Love horses
2. Willing to learn and be part of a group
3. Enjoy making new friendships and travel
We are a family organization so we do expect parents, guardians, and/or grandparents to be an active part of the group. Membership is by family rather than individual rider.
We hold New Member Orientation in February. These meetings are for new riders and families to learn about the organization. However, anyone interested in joining can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime throughout the year for more information.
If you want to see what we are all about, feel free to observe a practice.
Every rider of every skill level is welcome, even if you have never been on a horse before. Riders are provided riding instruction and work up to the level of joining the parade team, then the performance team. Once on the performance team, riders can challenge themselves to earn a lead position in the drill, a spot on the jump and/or liberty teams or even compete for a royalty title. Regardless of skill level, every rider gets a chance to ride with the club in at least one event during the year.
Each rider needs his/her own horse and transportation for the horse. The horse can be owned, borrowed, or leased and needs to be well trained, safe riding in a group (no kicking or biting!) and calm around a variety of sensory experiences such as crowds, banners and loud speakers.
Any breed will do but the horse must be at least 13 hands (52 inches) tall for safety. The horse and rider will learn how to properly use a tack rein in the spring practices and must be able to safely navigate the drill without a bridle, halter or bareback pad prior acceptance on the parade or performance team.
If you are in the market to purchase or lease a horse, it is always best to check with the Drill Instructors for verification prior to entering an agreement. A horse may be advertised as an “EhCapa Horse” or “EhCapa Trained” without actual experience in the club.
Weekly practices start in March and are held on either Friday or Saturday through May. In June, we move to bi-weekly practices on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These practices are held in the Nampa area.
The membership fee is $250 per family, regardless of the number of kids.
The uniform cost is approximately $240 each. Uniforms typically last a few years, depending on how fast the child grows.
Participation in PRCA rodeos is optional and requires an additional $300 for PRCA Card membership.
Travel and horse care costs are the responsibility of the members.