Philosophy and Objectives: Our aim at Shadow Mountain is that our campers will grow in
such areas as self-esteem, self-discipline, good judgment, and self-reliance by
being part of the natural and positive processes of camp life. We encourage an
open, wholesome atmosphere in camp that inspires spontaneity, friendship and
free expression and that helps campers grow in the ability to get along
harmoniously with others through daily working, living and playing together.
One of our goals is for each camper to return home healthier in body, more
aware and resilient in mind and stronger and freer in spirit.
As one of a small group of only 16 or so
in a session, each camper is an important and valued part of the camp family,
and shares responsibility for making the session successful for everyone. All
campers do their fair share of kitchen and farm chores, and are expected to
take care to keep themselves and others safe, and to use simple human
consideration and good common sense (horse sense) at all times.
Another really nice thing about camp is
the good friends made here. Arriving campers are warmly welcomed and quickly
find that making friends with kids at camp who share their same interests comes
easily and naturally (many of these friendships last long after camp ends).
Everyone responds to the relaxed and happy atmosphere, and soon we’re all
enjoying together the smiles, laughter, and high spirits typical of camp life
and the good feelings shared among friends.
Personal Note: I (Betsey) have a BA degree in
Recreation Administration with a minor in Child Development from California State University, Chico. I have been involved in
children’s summer camps since 1982. I am a certified riding instructor by the
Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) since 1982 and the North American
Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA) since 1998. I also actively
teach at STAR (Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding) in Loudon County. I am certified by the American
Red Cross in first aid and CPR. I was a school teacher as well as director of
Shadow Mountain Horse Camp for five years until I resigned from teaching in
1995 to devote my energies fully to the horses, riders, and camp at Shadow Mountain—a dream come
true for me! I am also an avid endurance rider that has me traveling to many
different states to compete in 50 to 100 mile races. I have a deep love of
horses, animals, and the outdoors that through Shadow Mountain Horse Camp, I
would like to share and pass on. In today’s fast paced, technological world, I
feel horses are a very healthy outlet. Please don’t hesitate to give me a call
if you have any questions, would like references, or to arrange for a visit.
Betsey and Kassan
jumping at Shadow Mountain Farm
Betsey and Dinero
at “Million Pines Classic” 50 mile endurance ride in south
Georgia. Dinero is also a superb camp horse for all
levels of riders.
Pugnut Betsey with her
owners Annie Sue, Trudy and Bernice. Yes, they really do own me, not visa-versa!
Randy: My wonderful husband, Randy, is
also a horse person. We love to trail ride and camp with our horses. Though
Randy does not endurance ride, he is the best “crew” by caring for my horse at
the vet checks, and getting him all cleaned up and shining to stand for Best
Randy on Savage and Betsey on Dinero enjoying a day in the Smokey Mountains
Randy, Betsey, and Kassan at a vet check during the “Chicken Chase” 55 mile
endurance ride in Indiana. Kassan
came in first and won Best Condition!
Mom and Dad: My parents had a beautiful log
home built at Shadow Mountain in 1995, after retiring from up
in Pennsylvania . They live there along with their
beloved dog, Duffy, who they adopted at the animal shelter. “Mr. Justin” is the
official caretaker of the farm, and is forever mowing, bush-hogging, repairing
fences, and anything else that needs to be fixed or built around the farm.
“Mrs. Justin” is the official camp cook. Everyone is always glad to see her
coming because that means good food is on the way! She is also the
artsy-craftsy one, as is seen in all the signs around Shadow Mountain, and in all the horse pillows and
curtains in the Camp house. Both my parents dedicate so much energy and love to
the farm and camp. And it shows.
Joel and Nancy Justin with Duffy,
standing in front of their log home on Shadow Mountain
Joel: A special thanks to my big
brother, Joel, who set up the SMF website. He is the computer
genius of the family (thank goodness, because I certainly am not) and lives in Southern California with his wife, son, and daughter.
They all love to visit Shadow Mountain and go horseback riding.