Circle C Ranch

Circle C Ranch

Circle C Ranch is located at Keyauwee Program Center in Sophia and operates year-round providing riding lessons, Girl Scout riding programs and summer camp. At the ranch, staff provide a high caliber of instruction and safety by providing professional, experienced instructors. All riders are carefully matched with one of our well-mannered, seasoned school horses for an enjoyable experience. The ranch facilities include a lighted, indoor arena to comfortably ride in any weather, an outdoor arena, 14-stall barn and miles of trails for exploring. 

You can e-mail Circle C Ranch at or call 336-861-1198.

2574 Sweetbriar Road
Sophia, NC 27350


Girl Scout Riding Programs

Circle C Ranch's main focus is providing safe, educational, and fun programs for Girl Scouts. There are two ways Girl Scouts can participate in riding programs at Circle C Ranch.

Individual Riding Programs

Throughout the school year, Circle C hosts special workshops and programs for individual Girl Scouts or small troops (less than six girls) to participate. Typically, we offer horse rider badge workshops for Girl Scout Juniors and Trail Daze for Girl Scout Cadettes and older girls. Check the online calendar for dates of upcoming individual riding programs. 

Troop Riding Programs

Most Saturdays and Sundays throughout the school year, the ranch is open for troop riding programs. We offer programs for all ages – Girl Scout Daisies to Girl Scout Ambassadors. Whether your troop just wants to have fun riding horses or they want to work on a horse badge or interest project, we have a program that works for your troop.

To schedule a Troop Riding Program, call 336-861-1198. Please include the age level of your troop, the number of girls expected to participate, the program you would like to do and at least two dates you would like to come.

Troop Riding Program Descriptions

Girl Scout Daisy and Brownie Troop Riding Programs (grades 1-3)

A 90-minute introductory horse program that includes a barn tour, grooming and a short, hand-led horse ride in the arena. Perfect for first-time riders- helps girls feel comfortable and confident.  
Fee: $16 per girl 

Pony Trails
This 90-minute program includes grooming, barn games and a lead-line trail ride through the woods. Actual riding time per person is about 12-15 minutes.
Fee: $16 per girl

Girl Scout Junior Troop Riding Programs (grades 4-5)

Saddle Up!
During this 90-minute program, girls are introduced to horse care through grooming a horse before going on a short trail ride. Also meet and greet all the horses at the ranch.
Fee: $16 per girl 

Horse Rider
This three-hour program helps girls finish the requirements for the horse rider badge. Learn to groom and tack a horse, participate in a riding lesson and go on a trail. Other barn lessons will be taught to fulfill the requirements of the badge.
Fee: $30 per girl

Advanced Horse Rider
Prerequisite: Horse Rider
Want more? During this three-hour program, girls will groom and saddle their horses, have an arena lesson focusing on trotting and 2-point position and go on a trail ride. When not riding, learn about the equestrian sport of vaulting and other ground skills.
Fee: $30 per girl

Girl Scout Cadette, Senior, and Ambassador Troop Riding Programs (grades 6+)

Horse Sense
In this three-hour program, older girls work toward earning the Horse Sense interest project. The program includes grooming, tacking, riding lessons in the arena, a trail ride and other barn lessons to help satisfy the IP requirements.  
Fee: $30 per girl

Caraway Creek Trail Ride
Prerequisite: Horse Rider, Horse Sense or equivalent experience
Saddle up for the best trails Circle C Ranch has to offer! Spend an hour riding along Caraway Creek. This ride is not suitable for beginners or those nervous about riding.
Fee: $25 per girl

Riding Lessons

Circle C Ranch offers riding lessons to anyone nine years and older. Even though Circle C Ranch is operated by the Girl Scouts, you do not need to be a girl or Girl Scout to participate in riding lessons.
We offer a semester's worth of riding lessons (usually 12-14 weeks) in the spring and the fall. The weekly lessons are one-hour and consist of grooming, saddling, instruction in the arena and an occasional trail ride. Our instructors are CHA certified and offer a high caliber of instruction and safety. We teach a balanced English seat and focus on building a strong foundation of horsemanship that leads to confidence on and off the horse.

Circle C Ranch offers private and semi-private (two students) lessons.


Private Lessons: $35/$40 Girl Scout/non-Girl Scout per lesson
Semi-Private: $20/$25 Girl Scout/non-Girl Scout per lesson/student

Fall Semester 2011

Please call 336-861-1198 for available lessons times and days.

Summer Program


Circle C Ranch could not operate without the dedication and help of its volunteers! The ranch is always looking for more volunteers – both Girl Scouts and grown-up Girl Scouts! Currently our biggest need is for adult volunteers! Our most popular volunteer program is our Wrangler-in-Training (WIT) leadership development program for Girl Scouts 13 and older.

Wrangler-In-Training Program

The Wrangler-in-Training (WIT) leadership program is for Girl Scouts 13 and older who have a passion for horses and would like to develop their horsemanship skills and also learn how to safely and effectively teach other girls about horses. In return for all the work they do, WITs have the opportunity to ride, broaden their knowledge of horses and meet friends that share a passion for horses.

Being a WIT is hard work. WITs generally help with weekend riding programs. Some of their tasks include feeding, cleaning stalls, grooming horses, tacking, leading horses on trail rides, assist in teaching ground and mounted lessons. WITs commit to working 20 hours a month to participate in the WIT riding activities.

To become a WIT, you need to attend a WIT training session. After the training you will be able to come volunteer on the weekends and continue with "on-the job" training.

Training Dates

To Be Announced

Adult Volunteer Team

If you are an adult who has a passion for helping youth learn about and ride horses then become part of our adult volunteer team! If you have tons of horse experience or a specific interest in helping Circle C Ranch – let us know! Even if you don’t have much horse experience we can provide training for you! 

Call 336-861-1198 if you are interested in becoming a WIT or adult volunteer.

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