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Christian Horse-lover's Club Inc. is a 501 c) 3 non-profit organization that has developed Christian curriculum with a horse emphasis. It was originally designed for middle school and high school aged girls, but now the curriculum format can be used for any type of group. Christian Horse-lover's Club was founded in 2000 by Kim Shanks at Hidden Falls Ranch, a small ranch owned with her husband Robin in Whitewater, WI.
Our CHC vision is to facilitate other Christian horse owners who have a desire to reach out to youth (or others) in their communities for Christ by operating a Chartered CHC Inc. using the CHC Inc. curriculum and information to help them get started.
We hope to see Chartered CHC Inc. clubs all across the United States, even the world!
We know that where there are horses, that is where horse-crazy girls or boys gravitate! We know there are sincere Christian horse people across the country who desire to reach out to, teach and mentor youth for Christ using their horses. Horses are an excellent medium to teach others about God, responsibility, improving communication abilities and much more.
CHC Inc. Head Quarters Update: Our goal for 2014 is to help get at least 14 CHClubs get started! We have a new club that just started in New York and a previously aproved leader is working with camp to start a club this Sept. CHC Inc. Club #1 did a fund-raiser to help CHC Inc. H.Q. get the word out. We went to a Christian Campground Conference in April to tell people about CHC Inc. and in May we went to a large denomination's District Summet and made many contacts. Pray with us that the LORD will inspire more Christian horse people to use thier horses to help horse-lover's come to a personal relationtiop with Jesus Christ and to grow in their Christian faith.
Please help us raise the funds to purchase booth space, gas and hotel expenses.
The CHC Inc. curriculum: Has 21 Bible based non denominational units. These Units teach God's Word line upon line in the Devotions. The CHC Inc. curriculum is kept at a low cost for Chartered CHC Inc. clubs. The first unit each new member must complete is the Truth Unit, which explains what CHC Inc. is all about AND gives a clear presentation of the Gospel. The members work to fulfill the requirements, such as: Scripture memorization, 6 Devotions, three Project/Activities (usually horse related) and Bible reading to complete. When a unit is completed the girls earn a charm to go on the CHC Inc. charm chain. There are different award options for a boys club too! The final unit is the Leadership Unit. The CHC Inc. curriculum is printed on high quality paper made to fit in three-ring binders. The New Club Packet comes with many helps to advertise, organization records, releases, songs and a CHC Logo page to slip in the front of each member's three-ring binder.
The Devotions are Bible studies related to some aspect of horses and horsemanship.
The content of the Bible studies teach: of how God cares for each of us personaly and then how we properly care for horses, how God wants to communicate with people, then it teaches how we learn to communicate with horses, how to make right choices and apply it to how to choose a horse that best fits your needs and much, much more! Check out the FAQ page to find out what we do!
If you are interested in beginning a CHClub in your area please do the following:
FIRST: Pray about it seriously! Remember this is a ministry, not a for profit endeavor.
NEXT: Read all the information supplied on this website; this page, the Home Page and especially the FAQ page.
Please contact us to ask questions and tell us about your interest or order a CHC Inc. Unit Summary for $1.50. Our email is: -email-
If you feel you want to start a CHClub in your area.
THEN download the Leadership Application, take the time to fill it out and send it to us with $10.00. An approved CHC Inc, leader will need to purchase the Leadership Guide and New Club Packed for $15.00. The Leadership Application download is at the bottom of this page.
The TRUTH UNIT Requirement page lists the requirement and has a blank for the leader to initial upon completion. It looks something like this:
Scriptures and Memory Work:
PLEDGE: Having accepted Jesus as my Savior, I will follow Him
and obey His Word with His help. I will love the Lord Jesus;
my family, be kind to others...and to horses!..................................
MOTTO: Love God the Creator: Thank Him for His Creation
especially horses! ............................................................................
SCRIPTURE CODE: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart
and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all
your mind’; and ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Luke 10:27......
ADMIT you have sinned “For all have sinned and fall short of
the glory of God.” Romans 3:23 .....................................................
BELIEVE in Jesus “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be
saved– ”Acts 16:31..........................................................................
CONFESS your sins to Jesus “ If we confess our sins,
He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify
us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9........................................
Devotion: The TRUTH UNIT Devotion is short and will only
take one club meeting to complete. A leader may desire to
take two meetings to complete the rest of this unit. There
is a Prayer list to fill in and a page discussing horse safety............
1. Complete the “horse parts” handout; name the
horse parts requested from a list...................................................
Luke 1, 2, 22, 23, 24, Matthew 1, Acts 1, 2....................................
The CHC Inc. curriculum is written by Kim Shanks for CHC Inc. A published work © 2007, no further reproduction in any way without permission, Romans 13:9. Edited by Bonnie DeNully and Rev. Beth Juoni.
Examples of four UNIT SUMMARIES
SCRIPTURE MEMORY: 1 Peter 5:7, 1 Peter 3:8
BIBLE READING: Mark, Ephesians, Colossians, Philippians, 1 & 2 Peter, Jude, Hosea
CHARM: Cross with a heart
CARING UNIT SUMMARY
Devotions: God cares for you personally! Jesus is the Good Shepherd. A study of Psalm 23 and they are to memorize a Psalm 23 song. Realize the need to care for others and to properly care for yourself; physically, mentally and spiritually. How to care for a horse; learning to groom; identify and use horse equipment; hoof care and basic horse health and safety.
COMMUNICATION & CUES UNIT
SCRIPTURE MEMORY: John 3:16, John 14:26
BIBLE READING: Numbers, John
CHARM: Praying hands
COMMUNICATION & CUES UNIT SUMMARY
Devotions: Understand how horses communicate; learn how to communicate with a horse using a round pen with purpose and learn to lunge properly. Study God's desire to commune with the people in Old Testament times and now through Jesus Christ. Prayer: what it really is... conversations with God. Make time to pray. Also a study of "The Lord's Prayer." Discuss what can hinder our prayers.
BITS & BRIDLES UNIT
SCRIPTURE MEMORY: 1 Timothy 4:12, James 3:3,5
BIBLE READING: Proverbs, 1 & 2 Timothy, Philemon
CHARM: Snaffle bit
BITS & BRIDLES UNIT SUMMARY
Devotions: A short study of bits and bridles. Teaching the principles of "yielding to pressure" with horses AND Believers yielding to God. A study of James 3 and 4. A look at the Proverbs that teach us about our speech. We study when NOT to yield to peer pressure. We do giving and yielding exercises with horses and emphasise good, gentle hands with direct reining.
RIDING CUES UNIT
SCRIPTURE MEMORY: Pslam 119:9-11, Hebrews 12:2, (extra credit, Pslam 119:12-16)
BIBLE READING: Luke, 1 & 2 Thessalonians
CHARM: Choice of English or Western boot
RIDING CUES UNIT SUMMARY
Devotions: Teaches a person how to ride a horse in a very clear, systematic way.
The introduction of terms are paralleled with the CHC Inc. Pledge. The different riding cues correlate with Bible study topics. The members practice and demonstrate the proper use of their riding cues by riding a pattern at their level.
The other CHC Inc. Units are: CHARACTER of GOD, CHOICES, CREATION, DESIGN, HORSE KEEPING, HORSEMANSHIP, IN TRAINING, PRAISE & THANKS, RELATIONSHIPS, SHOWING, TRANSITIONS, TRUST & TRAILS, WALKING, WHITE HORSE, WISDOM.
If you are interested in the CHC Inc. curriculum, but you do NOT want to run a Chartered CHC Inc. club at this time, you may purchase the Units (You do not have to fill out the Leadership Application) download the Unchartered CHClub/Homeschooler Order Form below.
Statement of Purpose
1. To reach people for Jesus Christ, to bring them to know Jesus as their personal Savior and help them grow their relationship with Christ.
- A non-denominational program.
2. To teach Bible truth: in a unique way by applying God's Word...
A. To teach Christian principles for living each day and develop good relationships with family, friends, community, all while working with horses.
B. To teach safety, care, communication, and much more information about horses. - To teach and encourage those who love horses but do not have one of their own. - To teach and encourage those who have some horse experience or those who have a horse.
3. To disciple and mentor young Christian Believers or Christian Believers of any age: - To love the Lord their God with all their heart, soul, strength, and mind. - To help them grow in their relationship with Christ, teaching practical scriptural principles for personal growth and living and applying them to their interest and love for horses. - To build caring relationships and enjoy Christian fellowship while learning about horses.
4. To provide mature, Christian, experienced horse owners who desire to reach out for Christ in their own community with CHC Inc. curriculum and information on how to run a Christian Horse-lover's Club Inc, successfully on their own ranch or farm.
- The program is originally designed as a girls club, but the curriculum is not limited to that only, for it can be adapted to boys, a ladies or couples group or even families.
People who've influenced the CHC curriculum
Please Note: The following Units and Unit Answer Keys are ready for immediate shipping; TRUTH Unit, CARING Unit, COMMUNICATION & CUES Unit, CHARACTER OF GOD Unit, BITS & BRIDLES Unit, DESIGN Unit, RELATIONSHIPS Unit, RIDING CUES Unit, IN TRAINIG and WALKING Unit. The rest of the Units and Answer Keys are available and will take about two weeks to prepare and ship (longer with a larger order).