Learn to ride, feed, and care for ponies!
Our expert staff is ready to introduce you to all the joys of ponies at a series of five-day camps (Mon-Fri) during Summer Break.
Each four-hour day will be packed with lessons, skill development, riding, and just plain fun as you learn to be a pony's rider, best friend, and caretaker.
Pony-related crafts will create take-home keepsakes to keep the dream alive through the long wait until next year's camps.
Our instructor/trainers have years of experience teaching horsemanship from beginning through advanced levels up to beginning jumping.
Our camp counselors are boundless in their enthusiasm and creativity, and truly care for children. A high ratio of both instructors and camp counselors to students guarantees that you will receive the personal attention that makes for an unforgettable learning experience.
You will learn pony grooming, washing, tacking, riding, feeding, health care, and maintenance of their stalls and paddocks.
And at week's end your efforts will create a Pony Show where you and your camp mates will show off newly learned skills that will amaze your families.
We will match the riding lessons to the abilities of individual campers. If the number of campers requires us to split each lesson into two groups the campers will be grouped by experience level and the availability of ponies matching their skills.
Traditional instruction will be supplemented with lots of riding games on the ponies (Red light-Green light, etc.) to help develop newly learned skills.
Crafts and barn chores will be adjusted to fill the available time. Barn chores include pony feeding, mucking out stalls and paddocks (oh yes, ponies have two ends and we learn to take care of both), cleaning saddles, sweeping out the barn, light maintenance, etc.
Riding and group lessons will be in our sanded riding arena and hilly pastures; lunch and crafts will be in the adjacent, covered area.
Parents are welcome to stay at camp and watch or to join in, especially on the first day when new campers might feel uncertain. There's plenty of room at the barn!
Pricing and Logistics
All sessions cost $400 per camper for the five-day week of 4-hour days. Partial sessions are pro-rated at $80 per day.
We request a $150 non-refundable deposit to hold your camper's spot.
We aim for a maximum of six campers per session. Our trainer/instructors will oversee each riding session, with at least one craft person overseeing any campers doing crafts/chores.
We reserve the right to cancel or consolidate partly-filled sessions. We will accept sessions of as few as two campers, so if you need to attend on a particular week the best way to guarantee your spot is to recruit another camper (a friend, or even a sibling).
Since in large sessions we will group riders of similar skill levels we cannot guarantee that you will ride with your friend if your skill levels differ greatly. No worries: by week's end you'll all be friends.
We accept campers 5 to 12 years old. We can arrange occasional hand-led rides during camp for younger siblings, but unfortunately we can't accept them as regular campers.
We accept registrations via phone or email, but Liability Waivers must be signed papers.
Sack lunch every day
Helmet, either riding or bicycle
Clothing you don't mind getting dirty, including:
Closed-toed shoes (think mucking out stalls...)
Shirt that preferably covers the shoulders
Medicines or other necessary materials
Summer Dates, 2021 TBD
Daily Schedule (10AM-2PM)
10:00 AM - Campers arrive, start barn chores
10:30 AM - Morning Ride: tack up, ride, untack
11:30 AM - Cleanup
12:00 PM - Sack Lunch
1:00 PM - Group Lesson or Crafts
2:00 PM - Parents pick-up campers
Extended hours are available between 8AM and 5PM, to be spent in craft time and barn chores at $15/hr