History of White Fork
Our place is a quiet little farm in upper East Tennessee. We are tucked away in a peaceful little "holler" with beautiful green fields and a trickling creek. This special little farm belonged to my grandfather. He had asked me before he passed away if I would ever want to live on his farm. Of course I said "yes" but I never dreamed that it would really happen. After my grandfather, Charlie White, died, my parents bought the farm. Then five years later my husband and I built a house on the property and started the planning process for White Fork. This was in 1996. We currently lease this property from my parents as well as an additional 120 acres of over flow pastureland with miles of wooded trails.
Our current facility includes a 60 by 100 indoor riding arena, 75 by 150 outdoor riding arena, a round riding ring for training, and private trails on site. We also provide a locked tack room, vet and farrier services, as well as picnic areas. Our indoor arena is equipped with a bunkhouse that sleeps 28. This facility includes a washer and dryer, full-service kitchen and a dining area. This facility is available for rent by the night or by the event.
White Fork Ranch employees one full time barn manager, one lesson instructor, and three instructional assistants year round. Our summer staff includes a camp facilitator, three camp instructors, nine camp counselors, and two camp cooks. Our boarding plans include pasture board, full board, and leasing programs. We also assist families in locating the horse that is right for them. All boarding plans include the use of all barn amenities. Our farm has a friendly atmosphere that encourages family involvement.
Clients Served and Activities Offered
White Fork takes great pride in the amount of diversity that is present within our cliental and the activities which we offer. We offer small group lessons, private lessons, and camp opportunities to all ages and ability levels. We have boarders of all ages from age 6 to the more mature at 68. We have 45 students currently participating in our lesson program grades 1 - 8. There are 12 PreKindergarten students in our "PeeWee" program. These students come from all types of backgrounds and they have a variety of learning challenges. We serve children including those with learning disabilities, autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, sensory deprivation, and severe attention deficit disorder. Our instructional program inlcudes general equine education, western discipline, trail riding and basic show skills. Our high school riders have the opetion to participate on a flag production team, go on pack trips and trail rides, and work as instructional assistants or camp counselors during our summer camp sessions. We have also had the opportunity to work with 25 adults in our monthly riding classes. Cowboy Camps and Adventure Camps are the highlight of our summer activities. We offer a "PeeWee" camp for children ages 4-6, four Cowboy Camp opportunities for students grades 1-4, two overnight Adventure Camps for campers 4th grade and up. The average number of students that participate in the summer camps each year is 200. These camps focus on equine development for the learner and exposure to many outdoor activities. The campers get to experience team building games, a hay wagon ride, hiking, fishing, creek exploring, canoeing, climbing and many other outdoor activities. No matter the age or the activity, every White Fork Ranch camper has a great time and makes a wonderful childhood memory!
White Fork Ranch has founded two St. Jude events in our area. There is a saddle up and show event for St. Jude and a trail ride that is partnered up with our area trail riders association, The Back Country Horsemen of East Tennessee. We support area churches and schools in their fundraising by bringing ponies and horses to their campuses for rides. White Fork Ranch also supports The Back Country Horsemen of East Tennessee Association with membership and board member support. The organizations allows our middle school and high school riders the opportunity for community involvement including the construction of new riding trails, trash pick up in the Cherokee National Forest as well as interaction with adults who model behaviors that are respectful of the great outdoors. In order to provide the great experience of camp at White Fork Ranch to as many children as possible, we allow families to apply for scholarship for camp and riding lessons as well.