Matthew got second place in the riding competition. It wasn't speed. It was controlling the horse properly. They had to walk the horse, reverse it, make it go in a circle and such. He was up against much bigger kids since he was the smallest kid at the whole camp and had teenagers in his group as well. We were so proud of him.
The girls at the camp LOVED Matthew! They were constantly asking for pictures with him. Here he is with one of his friends and some of the girls that were in his competition. When he got second place in the competition all of the girls cheered and yelled his name. It was very cute. When they were watching the other competitions from the side, Matthew was too small to see over the railing so one of the big girls held him.
His school ended up with two female counselors and no male counselors. I asked him what they did and he said that his counselor was in the next teepee. In other words, they called one of the female counselors their counselor. I asked about what grownup was in their teepee and he said there wasn't one. No grownups at all. She was right in the next teepee but still, that is a lot of freedom for kids at camp. Thank God he is part of a homeschooling group that seems to be very mature kids and they did fine. There were also kids from the age of seven all the way to fifteen so there were older kids there too so I guess they worked it out okay. Matthew even remembered to take a shower and didn't come home smelling like stinky horses. Yeah!