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Sad to see the state of this camp has deteriorated so. Feb 08, 2012
reviewer: Mary Kuehn from
My family has been a HUGE supporter of Circle R Ranch since my oldest daughter was 8. She is now 19. My youngest daughter went here last summer and OMG. I don't know what happened in the last 3 years, but this place looks like it's ready for the glue factory. First, let me say that my daughter did have a wonderful week there. HOWEVER! For her safety and a whole host of other reasons, I will not be sending her back. I will start with registration. I sent in my daughter's registration and fee and never heard back from them which week she was to attend. I ended up having to email them the week before her 1st choice to see when she was suppose to attend. When we checked in the state of which the dorms were in was horrible and inexcusable! First, there was garbage laying around EVERYWHERE and the garbage baskets were overflowing like you wouldn't believe. The bunks appear to be the original bunks and mattresses that they started this camp out with 42 years ago. I half expected to see zip ties holding these bunks together. When we went to the horse show the following Saturday, I noticed that the hooves on the horses were horribly cracked, that was a concern. I was told by my daughter that the bathrooms had all backed up during the week and that they had to use the bathroom in a different dorm. I did smell that when we were there. She also commented that they always had leftovers for breakfast, so if they had chicken for dinner the night before and there was leftovers, they would have chicken for breakfast. This was not the case when my older daughter went here some years ago. She said they were always fed very well and hardly ever had the same thing. This raised a red flag with me, as well, that they could be in financial straits. And last, but not least, usually we would get a group picture (8x10) and a button picture to take home. I asked Jack (owner) about the 8x10 and he had told me that their was someone who could not be in the picture on the first day so they just took the pictures the day before and they will send them out. I explained the issue with the registration and he asked me for our correct address, in case they didn't have the correct address on file. I wrote this down for him. We never received the group picture. And my daughter told me that was not correct; that they did take their group and single pictures on the first day. We DID, however, receive their brochure that they send out in December for the next years camp. They obviously have our correct address. My daughter also said she sent me two letters from camp. She was instructed to put the letters in a box in the office and they would send them out. I never received the letters. In my opinion, this camp has gone down hill something terrible and it is very sad to see. This was once an excellent camp for kids. Sadly, not the case anymore. This place is in dire straits of updating and I wouldn't send my children here ever again. We are now on the hunt for a new horsecamp. We are even looking in SD. So, if our driving 4 hrs to find a decent camp tells you something, it should.

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