Summer Day Camps
The Riding Academy offers the perfect introduction to horseback riding in a safe, positive and encouraging environment or a challenging progression for experienced riders. Each camper is assigned a gentle horse or pony of their own for the week and a more experienced helper to assist them every day. Barn safety rules are reviewed with a strict policy of kindness and respect for each other and the animals is enforced.
Every child comes with a personal level of trust and is allowed to progress at their own speed. Learning to correctly approach, halter, lead, tie and groom their horse to start the relationship. We believe the rider should have control of their own body before they can control the horse, so campers are longed in the round pen until they can walk and trot with no hands and no stirrups and “Earn Their Reins.” As well as led by their helpers, working on balance exercises, stretches, vaulting poses and games to build strength and confidence.
Once they prove they have control of their bodies, they are allowed to ride their horse, supervised but unassisted, in a slightly larger arena, learning to steer and navigate obstacle courses. Campers continue with more advanced riding in the big ring as they progress, with more exciting lessons like jumping and gymkhana games. Besides riding twice a day, campers enjoy non-mounted equestrian education including the parts of the horse, saddle and bridle. Feeding, cleaning stalls, breeds, colors and veterinary care. Crafts, games and nature hikes round out the day.
The opportunity these wonderful animals provide to teach and develop qualities like responsibility, compassion, communication, sportsmanship, and dedication is invaluable. We are proud and honored to share in this for the past 26 years.