on 98 acres of Wisconsin's beautiful rolling farmland and pastures, Appy
Orse Acres has been home to many a young rider for over 40 years. Owned
and operated by Bernadette Ruckdashel, this tradition continues today with
the finest in training and safety for the young aspiring and advanced rider.
Visitors are always welcome!
Here is what Metro Parent magazine had to say:
"Every now and then, you meet someone with a true "can-do" spirit – someone who knows the value of perseverance, the type of person you'd like your children to learn from. That's what Bernadette Ruckdashel is like, and her horseback riding stables; Appy Orse Acres, reflect this. Students who rise to meet her high expectations gain self-confidence, while trail riders recognize her genuine concern for both them and the horses' well-being.
From riding lessons to birthday parties, family picnics to a residential summer camp, Appy Orse Acres (appy is short for appaloosa, a breed of horse) offers opportunities/or all ages and riding levels.
Whether your group is 10 or 120, safety and a good time are paramount on trail rides. Groups walk, jog, and lope their horses along trails that wind through 98 acres of beautiful country scenery. Before each trip, Ruckdashel explains in detail how to maintain control of the horse and any safety measures riders must take. Guides accompany groups to offer additional safety.
Appy Orse also offers riding lessons for ages three through adult. Riders are first taught the basics to get over their fears. Then, they learn to groom, bridle, and saddle a horse "so kids learn there's more to horseback riding than what they've seen on TV" Ruckdashel says. Hunt, Western and jumping lessons are taught year-round.
Appy Orse's reasonably priced day and residential summer camps provide in-depth instruction. Ruckdashel teaches campers the power of positive thinking, teamwork. and goal setting. She helps each camper set new goals daily, and campers ride for up to 3 hours a day, depending upon their stamina.
Campers have a good time, but they also learn how to ride correctly, a skill they carry for a lifetime, as well as the work involved in horseback riding. A horse show at the end of camp boosts campers' self-esteem. Five one-week camp sessions are available. June through August. "