Summer Camp Staff

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Emily Burgess

Role: Summer Camp Coordinator

Favorite Camp Activity: Painting a horse and treat enrichment activity

This is Emily's fourth year as camp staff. Previously, Emily has been a camp counselor and assistant camp coordinator. She has been involved at Little Bit since 2012. Emily has volunteered as side walker, leader, training team member and volunteer captain. In addition to her role with summer camp, Emily is currently a schooler and intern instructor. When asked why she keeps coming back to Little Bit, Emily said “I love the Little Bit community - the staff, volunteers, riders, patients and horses. The atmosphere at Little Bit is so uplifting and inspires me to focus on abilities over limitations.” Emily is finishing her senior year at Seattle Pacific University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Exercise Science. In September, she will move to Spokane to start Eastern Washington University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy program. She strives to make summer camp as much fun for each camper as it is for her!

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Maddie Leidig

Role: Camp Counselor

Favorite Camp Activity: Painting a horse!

Maddie has worked at Little Bit for the past two summers as one of the camp counselors. Outside of camp, she has volunteered at Little Bit for four years as a side walker, leader, and a member of the training team. Maddie attends Western Washington University so she doesn’t get to spend as much time at Little Bit as she wants to anymore...which is why Maddie so excited to be back for camp this summer! Maddie is currently working towards a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. Maddie hopes to attend medical school to pursue a career in medicine. At school, Maddie is on the equestrian team which provides her with the horse time she craves and the unique opportunity to participate in shows that she otherwise wouldn’t have been able to ride in. Maddie loves being around horses and helping kids have the opportunity to spend time with and ride them. She loves that she gets to do both at Little Bit!

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Sarah Squires

Role: Camp Counselor

Favorite Camp Activity: Teaching how to bathe a horse

Overall, Sarah has been involved with Little Bit for 15 years, and has been on staff since 2011, working when her school schedule allowed. Outside of camp, Sarah is also a class assistant, horse handler, and schooler. When Sarah is not at Little Bit, she is hanging out at her barn with her own horse, a paint mare named Zoe! She is also a leader of a local equestrian 4H group, and enjoys teaching the kids in her club life, leadership, and citizenship skills all while being around and learning about horses. Currently, Sarah is studying to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant, and plans to continue working in the therapeutic riding industry. When asked what she loves about Little Bit, Sarah said, “I love spending my time at Little Bit and seeing the amazing work our staff and horses do!” She is very excited to spend another fun summer at Little Bit!