Acquiring Life Skills Through The Horse
Established in September 2018, Lead Changes is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) corporation, organized and operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Our commitment is to train youth ages 11 to 17, in horsemanship skills and ranch life through educational programs that enrich their lives and characters, equipping them to become confident, successful leaders.
Boys Horsemanship Leadership Camp
Summer 2022 Dates
May 29 – June 11, 2022
Girls Horsemanship Leadership Camp
Summer 2022 Dates
June 12 – 25, 2022
Particularly in urban areas, youth have less access to nature than ever before. The unique experience of learning horsemanship skills from worldwide leaders in the beauty of a forested, mountain-ringed ranch has proven life-changing for so many boys and girls.
Lead Changes is committed to using horsemanship as a tool to equip youth with leadership skills, confidence and integrity, putting them on a better path for life.
At present, Lead Changes has leased space at a working horse ranch to conduct programs which include horsemanship instruction, archery, fly fishing, teepee camping, cattle drives, and responsibilities related to the care of horses and ranch life. Our goal is to continue to grow the organization, allowing us to expand our outreach to a greater number of youth. Charitable and educational activities to enrich the lives of boys and girls comprise 100% of the organization’s activities, time, and resources. An independent, volunteer Board of Directors oversee the organization to ensure financial and programmatic excellence.
Funding for Lead Changes is provided by donations from individual and businesses and grants from corporations and foundations. Youth who cannot afford the fees to attend are encouraged to apply for scholarship funds. All proceeds are used solely for the organization’s charitable and educational purposes.
Lead Changes—An Incredible Growth Opportunity for Young People
Lead Changes offers horsemanship skills and leadership programs for youth, aged 11 to 17. On a working horse ranch outside Dubois, Wyoming, boys and girls have the chance to participate in activities that include horsemanship instruction, archery, fly fishing, teepee camping, cattle drives, and responsibilities related to the care of horses and ranch life.
For young people with little experience with the outdoors, horses, and the physical work that strengthens body and mind, our camps are unforgettable and life-changing. Each year, our campers—and their families—share with us that the experience inspired a higher level of confidence and respect for others, helped equip them with a good work ethic and a gave them strength of character to make good decisions to become our future leaders.
The program is led by the world-renowned horseman, Chris Cox, along with other staff, including youth counselors, instructors, and special guests. Every day is filled from sun-up to sundown with activities that captivate the hearts and minds of young people. No previous horse or ranch experience is required.
Why Do Horses Make The Best Kind Of Friends?
Research has shown that horseback riding and horsemanship (horse care) provides numerous health and wellness benefits to individuals.
- It develops positive character traits, including
patience, discipline, understanding, and self-control.
- It improves physical health, including cardiovascular health, muscular strength, and balance and coordination.
- It stimulates positive psychological feelings, including increased confidence and self-esteem.
- It develops horsemanship skills. Caring for a horse teaches individual problem-solving skills and improves mental focus.
- It allows a closeness to nature that provides numerous health and wellness benefits, including stronger critical thinking skills, higher cognition, and reduced stress levels.