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Ann and MosbyAnn Wicks
Camp Director

An experienced educator, Ann Wicks has spent over 25 years working with children and a lifetime spent loving horses. She is mother to three girls, a high school teacher and college counselor, and a life-long owner of horses. A 1981 graduate of the University of Virginia with degrees in history and French, Ann returned to school when her children were in elementary school and earned her M.A.T. degree from Mary Baldwin. In addition to classroom teaching, her work with children over the years has included teaching middle school students, planning international educational trips, providing home daycare for infants and toddlers, working with preschoolers, and serving as a Sunday School teacher and a 4-H leader. During the summers of 2009 and 2010, Ann served as the Director of the Horse Therapy Program at Camp Holiday Trails, where she is now a member of the camp’s board of directors. 

From the time she first started riding a neighbor's Shetland pony at the age of four and then received her own pony at the age of eight, Ann has always loved riding and caring for horses. Although active in Pony Club as a youth, her favorite pastime was riding bareback along the many forgotten, overgrown back-country roads in rural Alabama where she spent her summers, far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life. As an adult, she most enjoys the non-competitive aspects of life with horses, from pasture visits and mucking stalls, to training and trail rides. She also enjoys endurance riding since it comes closest to the kind of riding she loved as a child. Memories of endless summer days spent astride her horse “Prince” and her pony “Lady” have served as inspiration to provide a similar summer experience for girls. Camp GooseChase is the culmination of her desire to share her love of horses, animals, and life on the farm with like-minded girls.

Jim

Jim Wicks
Farm Manager 

Without Jim Wicks (otherwise known as “Big Jim”) to oversee the farm and tackle the endless and ever-evolving “to do” list, camp couldn’t happen. He enjoys the myriad reasons to be on the tractor – whether grading the ring and roundpen, or cutting and baling hay – and willingly tackles any number of other projects to keep the horses safe and the farm running smoothly. Though not a horseback rider, Jim is an avid bicyclist and outdoorsman. Having grown up along the Susqueahanna River in Pennsylvania, he also loves floating and fishing our nearby rivers. After playing football for the University of Virginia, graduating in 1977 with a degree in environmental science and in 1981 with his MBA from the Darden School of Business, Jim lived for several years in the Pacific Northwest where he took full advantage of all the area had to offer, skiing, backpacking, bicycling, and climbing Mt. Rainier twice. At Camp GooseChase, “Big Jim” is the master of the cookout, the campfire, and calling in the owls. And no summer would be complete without his trademark hand-cranked ice cream using his worn and well-loved White Mountain ice cream maker – the first item he purchased upon graduating from college.

The Original GooseChase Girls

Kelsey

Now living in Wyoming and working with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), Kelsey Wicks was instrumental in the early years of Camp GooseChase, sharing with campers her love of life on the farm and her knowledge of horses. She is a 2008 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in environmental science. After completing a NOLS horsepacking course at NOLS’ Three Peaks Ranch following her freshman year, she returned to Wyoming each summer to work on the ranch. She is now a certified NOLS instructor, a seasoned ranch hand, and a skilled horse trainer and herd manager, having overseen the ranch’s herd of 80 horses for several seasons. Though no longer residing at Old Meadows Farm, her hound “Scout” lives with us, her old boots are by the back door, and we look forward to her annual visits home.

 

Corbett PCT

Program Director - Apalatchi Hikes

After graduating from the College of William & Mary in 2012 with degrees in biology and environmental science, Corbett Wicks hiked the Pacific Crest Trail, traveling over 2650 miles from the Mexican border into Canada. She returned to Camp GooseChase after spending just under four months thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, GA, to Mount Katahdin, ME, bringing her love of the outdoors and her scientific expertise to all of us here at Camp GooseChase. Since completing a 2009 NOLS wilderness backpacking course, Corbett has continued exploring the American wilderness, as well as West Africa while studying abroad in Ghana. In addition to her hiking adventures, Corbett has done extensive field research as part of the Applied Conservation and Ecology Lab at the College of William & Mary. She’s excited to share her love of all things “wild and wonderful” with the girls on our Apalatchi hiking trips in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.

 

Sydney

As the youngest family member, Sydney Wicks has spent every summer since she can remember as either a camper, a counselor or assistant director. She’s been instrumental in working with campers and horses, helping foster camp friendships and creating that magic that defines being a GooseChase girl. Sydney is a 2011 graduate of the NOLS Horsepacking Course in Wyoming’s Wind River Range and is certified in Wilderness First Aid. She shares her mother’s love of endurance riding and enjoys the time they spend together on their conditioning rides and while camping in the horse trailer at various rides. While a student at the University of Virginia, Sydney has been active with the Alternative Spring Break program, attending and then leading trips in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sydney spent a summer as an intern at NOLS Three Peaks Ranch in Wyoming and has returned each summer to again work on the ranch helping with re-ration rides for NOLS courses in the Wind River Range. Sydney graduated from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education in December, 2014 with her master’s degree in elementary special education. 

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