About Our Program
Horsemanship Camp offers the opportunity for young people to spend their time out of school occupied; in activities that encourage teamwork, cooperation, communication and creativity.
Your child will receive instructions in safety, grooming, equipment used, riding and control of the horse. This is so much more than just a good time however! Animals have a unique way of helping children blossom into better versions of themselves. The outgoing child will feel success in accomplishing something new (and there is always something new to learn about horses and about ourselves as riders) and the more timid child will open up and try new things while developing a special bond with their horse, and greater self confidence. Team work and cooperation are key ingredients in horse camp, but also there are plenty of opportunities for independent development of each participant.
Horsemanship Camp participants are in for an intense week of horses, hands-on projects and fun! The week will start off with a foundation of learning safety around horses and ponies by understanding equine behavior and understanding the control needed when handling a horse or pony. Campers will become familiar with both English and Western riding disciplines as well as experience the "feel" of riding bareback! This is a horsemanship camp, we want campers to learn what it takes to own a pony of their very own and the responsibility that goes into that commitment. Campers help to feed the ponies, clean their stalls, take care of the equipment used, learn how to safely lead and groom as well as how to saddle and bridle a pony. Campers will also learn what it takes to keep a pony healthy by knowing how to take vital signs and how to use that information to determine how much to feed, how much to dose for medications and much more.
Ages 5 and up may participate in Horsemanship Camp. On rare occasions we may take a 4 year old but we would have to meet with you and the child first to determine suitability. Meet and greets are highly recommended for all potential campers.
Drop off at the farm is 10:30 am and pick up from the farm is at 2:30pm.
A MINIMUM of 4 campers is needed to make a camp. If there are not enough campers signed up to make a camp you will be notified and added to the next camp session upon your approval. Camper to staff ratio vary but rang from are 1 staff member per 4 campers pending ages and experience.
Campers will need to bring:
* Their own lunch.. refrigerator is available. Please pack extra for snack...children are generally hungry again at the end of the day. Refillable water bottle
* Medications in their original container showing that it has been prescribed to the camper and instructions in writing on how it is to be administered.
* Boots with a heel are highly recommended. NO open toe shoes, soft cloth shoes, 'Crocs' or sandals will be worn around the horses at any time.
* A riding helmet is provided by the camp, riders may bring their own helmet but it must meet ASTM standards for equestrian use. * A change of clothes , bathing suit , sunscreen , bug spray and a towel .
* Medical Release Form (found at bottom of this page) completed and signed
* Photographic Release From* (found at the bottom of this page) completed and signed.
*Consent MUST be given on the Photographic Release Form. If any parent or legal guardian who has direct control over the child does NOT wish to give consent for photographic release then please do not sign your child up for camp. Parents and grandparents are always welcome to stay at the very beginning of camp (first 30 minutes ) to observe camp activities and as such they take pictures too. We can not control whether or not a child is incidentally in a picture taken by another party. We do photographically chronicle our week and the learning activities that take place during that week; and to have to ask a child to step aside is not only difficult but embarrassing to that child.
Horsemanship Camp Cost
$350 per week
Horsemanship Camps are offered during spring breaks and summer breaks. When signing up for a Horsemanship Camp, that camper must attend all week. No credits given for missed days of camp .
A non-refundable $175 deposit is required to hold your child's spot. However we do prefer that you book and pay in full via the website . Please call ahead to check availability for the dates that you would like your child to attend Horsemanship Camp before sending in your deposit. You may schedule an appointment to stop by the farm to drop off payment by calling 910.986.6018 and speaking with COURTNEY ANN, Camp Director. You can also elect to be invoiced to the email address that you provide through our electronic invoicing system for the deposit through PayPal or Venmo. If the deposit is not paid within three (3) days of the invoice date the camp date will be offered to the next position in line. The balance will be due in full by cash or check the first day of the Week Camp.
Horsemanship Camp Dates for Spring Break
Will be posted early part of January
Horsemanship Camp Dates for Summer Are posted