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Children can learn about, spend time with horses at Hernando County's Horsin' Around camp

Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department will host a Horsin' Around camp July 13-25.

The camp is for kids 8-15 and the cost is $175 per camper, with a 16-camper limit. The camp is run by Dorothy Blair, owner of Blair Performance Horse, at her farm, at 9073 Cooper Ter. in Brooksville.

The longtime instructor says campers will engage in just about everything to do with horses, including grooming, riding, learning how to saddle them and even cleaning the stalls.

"We have kids who have just gotten horses and need to learn how to own them and we have kids who are thinking about getting serious and joining riding," Blair said. "Either way, they'll be around horses for a whole week."

Blair has been instructing kids on her farm for more than 17 years. It's interesting, she says, because sometimes, after a week of horses, kids want nothing to do with them.

"We usually find out who's really committed to horses," Blair said. "This camp can either fuel their fire for horses or douse it, once they find out how much work it is."

For more information, contact Blair at (352) 585-7928 or bphorse@bellsouth.net.

FITNESS: The Hernando Branch YMCA in Spring Hill offers a Boot Camp class three times throughout the week, for six weeks of cardiovascular and strength conditioning.

The sunrise class is Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5:45 a.m., the late-rise class is Mondays and Fridays at 9 a.m. and sunset class Mondays and Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.

For information, call Jennifer Siem at (352) 688-9622.

SOFTBALL: The Nature Coast Lodge 164 of the Fraternal Order of Police will take on past and present Tampa Bay Buccaneers players and other celebrities in a charity softball game. About 30 FOP members will play against the athletes at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville.

Celebrities include former Tampa Bay Ray Jason Romano, current and former Bucs Chris Hovan and Mike Bennett, Bucs super fan Keith "Big Nasty" Kunzig, and DJ Chad Brock. Tickets are $20 per family. All proceeds will benefit the lodge, which will disburse it to various charities, including Shop with a Cop and St. Jude's Hospital.

Steve Klapko, the president of the Nature Coast Lodge, said the group has done events like this in the past, also playing the Miami Dolphins and the Jacksonville Jaguars.

For information, call Klapko at (352) 279-1153.

HOCKEY: The Sunshine Shoot-out Indoor Ball Hockey Tournament is June 26-28 at Sportszone2, 7716 Rutilio Court in New Port Richey.

Teams can register for $550, and the tournament is open division for all teams to compete.

Games will be filmed as well, and prizes will be awarded to the overall team winner, the runner-up and the most valuable player, defense man and goalie. The event is sponsored by Matt Garry Inc.

For more information, call Matt Garry at (813) 818-1312 or (727) 809-0775.

POKER: The Alzheimer's Family Organization hosts its Texas hold'em Competition at 6 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Aripeka Elks Lodge No. 2520, at 9135 Denton Avenue in Hudson.

The event is co-sponsored by WJQB-FM 106.3, and tickets cost $30 or two for $50. The overall winner takes home "bragging rights" for Pasco County, since no monetary prize can be given.

For more information, call (727) 848-8888.

Submit upcoming events, registrations, info to communitysports@tampabay.com.

Children can learn about, spend time with horses at Hernando County's Horsin' Around camp 06/15/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 15, 2009 4:02pm]
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