Westernaires is non-profit mounted precision drill organization composed of Jefferson County, Colorado, youngsters from 9 to 19 years of age. We encourage self-respect, responsibility and leadership through horsemanship and family participation. Founded in 1949, Westernaires has provided training in western riding, precision drills, and horse care for over 60 years. Some members also elect to receive training in specialty acts such as bull whips, trick riding and dressage.
In addition to learning about care of horses and honing their skill at precision mounted drill, Westernaires members develop important intangible qualities. These include the discipline that comes from training every week for years to achieve promotion to the top teams of the organization, the sense of teamwork from riding week after week with a group of riders trying to gel into a polished performance, the sense of personal responsibility from caring for horses, and community pride from gaining a personal appreciation for our western heritage.
Perhaps the most important feature of the Westernaires today is that it provides a constructive alternative for today’s suburban youngsters. At Westernaires, there are no drugs, no alcohol, no tobacco. There is a sense of community, of family which nurtures young people into responsible community leaders. It provides a place for parents and children to work together in so many ways that seem unavailable elsewhere.
Your generous donation will help us to continue to train young people to use their talents and skills in the best traditions of the West.