Vicki Krempel – Lesson Instructor
In March of 2020 when life changed as we all knew it, I fell in love with the series, Heartland. It’s set on a horse ranch in Canada and revolves around a family who lives there. After watching Amy, one of the main characters, work with horses, I began to think how awesome it would be to spend time around horses. I was beginning to see what amazing creatures they were.
My friend, Cindy, suggested that I talk with Beckie about volunteering at Green Meadow Farm. When I started serving at the farm that summer, I was feeding the horses and other animals and mucking the lots. I loved it….well, my back didn’t like the mucking but I was falling in love with the horses and the peace that came with spending time at the farm.
In 2021 the Family Support Team was created and I was asked to join the team. As part of the team, we meet with the parent who brings their child for lessons at the farm. During that 1 1/2 hours, we talk, walk or pray with the mom/dad. And part of that time is theirs to rest, relax or read. One of my first moms was Julie. We connected immediately over our Thursday morning coffee. Several times she brought her youngest daughter, Sophia. I really enjoyed hearing her sing, taking her to give treats to the horses or just walking around the farm. Summer lessons were about to begin and I was asked to be an instructor for Sophia. I was thrilled, except I really didn’t know how to ride. We teach the kids a lot of life lessons through groundwork and crafts which I could do. And the days that Sophia would ride, another instructor would help me! That sounded like a good plan. Sophia and I had a great summer. She learned her scripture verse, Exodus 14:14 very quickly and recited it every week!
Since then I’ve taken riding lessons and done more ground work to improve my instructor skills. And now the farm has provided a junior instructor to work with me and my young students. We have a great time providing fun, like feeding the fish, crafts and helping them to learn how to connect with the horses along with basic riding skills.
Since my husband, Dan, and I are retired and 2 of our 3 adult children and our grandchildren live out of the area (1 son does live here in Lancaster), Green Meadow Farm has provided me with an amazing outlet for my love of children and horses. My time at the farm is truly a joyful time of my week!