Rockin' Junior Wrangler

The Bar SZ Family Is Passionate About Providing A Unique And Life-Building Opportunity For Kids Of All Ages Who Demonstrate An Eager Spirit To Learn And Grow Both Personally And Professionally.


Live the country lifestyle while learning the ropes of a ranch

All wranglers have the opportunity to work towards becoming certified riders, certified instructors, and may be invited to apply for future internships at the ranch.  

2018 Schedule

Family Wrangler Camp: July 2nd-5th
- Monday from 9am through Thursday after dinner
- Pricing tbd
- Signup as a family

Junior Wrangler Camp: July 9th-12th
- Drop-off Monday at 9am, pick-up Thursday after dinner
- Open house and potluck for parents at pick-up
- Pricing tbd
- Ages 8-12

Junior Wrangler Internship: July 16th-21st
- Drop-off Monday at 9am, pick-up Saturday after dinner
- Open house and potluck for parents at pick-up
- Pricing tbd
- Ages 12+

Wrangler Internship: July 23rd-29th
- Drop-off Monday at 9am, pick-up Sunday at 12pm
- Pricing tbd
- By invitation only


Packing Tips: Your wranglers will need  to bring a sleeping bag, pillow, flashlight, sunscreen, hat, cowboy/cowgirl boots with a heel, tennis shoes, jeans (required while onsite), layers for cooler nights, bathing suit and towel, any medication as noted on their registration form (with written instructions), personal toiletries, favorite snacks, and any other pertinent accessories.  Please don't pack an abundance of stuff or tank tops, we like to keep the ranch lifestyle simple and sunburn free.  No electronic devices allowed.  If your wrangler does not bring a pair of boots with a heel they will not be allowed to ride horses.  This is a safety issue and required by CHA certification.


Levels of Development

Junior Wrangler Camp, ages 8-12

Participants will be exposed to early concepts covering: ranch management, cattle gathering on horseback, rodeo activities including cattle sorting and team penning, doctoring both horses and cattle, management of a cow herd (ear tag, brand and vaccinate), caring for goats and sheep (feeding, trimming hooves, vaccinating, and worming), general basics of land management and rotational grazing, management of fencing and water across the whole ranch, as well as the basics of growing and harvesting hay. 

The end goal is for our wranglers to have the fundamentals necessary to move up to our Junior Wrangler Internship program, the more years they attend the better prepared they will be.

Junior Wrangler Internship, Ages 12+

Participants in the Junior Wrangler Internship Program will take their horsemanship and animal husbandry skills to a much higher level. Due to the multifaceted nature of our ranch, the skills taught can be broken down as such:

Equine experience: The Bar SZ Ranch runs all of their horse programs according to the standards set forth by the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). This means that internship participants will actively learn what it takes to be a certified equine barn manager, while being fully responsible (with supervision) for the care of the ranch horses. The CHA has set standards for horsemanship by which students can learn skills and receive accreditation for those skills. Participants will start with level 1 and can end on a level 4 accreditation standard. These are real life skills that will help participants seek future employment in the equestrian world. 

Animal Husbandry: Along with the equine emphasis of the Junior Wrangler Internship Program, participants will continue to build on their knowledge and skill sets of farm livestock. During the week, participants will provide for the care of goats, sheep, cattle, pigs, and poultry. Each day, a different management topic will be covered for each of the livestock species. Livestock management topics will include common diseases and their management, veterinary care, body systems and how they work, as well as rotational grazing and the feeding of livestock. These are very complicated topics and each year, different aspects will be addressed.

Wrangler Internship, Ages 15+

The Wrangler Internship takes all of the skills taught in the Junior Wrangler Camp and Junior Wrangler Internship and applies a very practical application aspect. Participants in this Internship will be asked to fill out a simple application for the purpose of helping us tailor the experience to the skill sets desired by those participating. As a Junior Wrangler, you will learn more advanced skills pertaining to horses, livestock, and the hospitality aspect of a dude ranch. 

The Bar SZ Ranch uses only Natural Horsemanship techniques when training horses and starting colts under saddle. Students will be able to take a hands on approach while learning horse training and colt starting techniques. Along with these skills, students will learn what is involved in horseback riding and trail riding instruction. Students will learn how to put together a riding lesson plan and learn how to effectively execute that riding lesson. 

Along with the equine aspect of the Internship, students will learn all about the practical skills necessary to run a dude ranch. Participants will be completely hands on while learning how to manage guests, run livestock, maintain facilities, and facilitate ranch activities.

The end goal is for our Wranglers to have the skills necessary to get a real job working with animals.  We will invite those who are motivated, hardworking, and have a great attitude back to the ranch for a three month Bar SZ Internship.

Bar SZ Internship, ages 18+

When you apply to be a Bar SZ Intern as an adult, you are adding truly invaluable life skills and experiences to your resume.  With the successful completion of an internship, we will provide you with as many job recommendations as you request. 

Participants will benefit from a solid three months of living on the ranch.  Daily, you will be involved with and take responsibility in all aspects of animal care, guest relations, facility maintenance, and ranch activities.  For those with adequate skill level, we can provide you with the opportunity to train your "own" horse or to start a colt under saddle. 

We also offer certification as a riding instructor through the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). Should you desire to become fully certified as a riding instructor, there will be added effort and study required on your part as part of the Internship.  Becoming a certified riding instructor requires quite a bit of practice and skill.  We offer CHA Certification in levels 1 through 3.  We will tailor your Internship according to your desired goals.

In the future our Wrangler Internship program will be a feeder for this exciting summer opportunity which will also be expanded throughout the year.  If you have experience and are looking for a ranch internship, we'd love to hear from you.


Meet Michelle

our horse trainer, CHA certified instructor, and Animal Science major

Michelle and the Bar SZ Horses

Contact us with questions and inquiries