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All of the above camps will be available for beginners up to advanced students. Groups will be no larger than 6 campers per instructor with 1 to 2 junior counselors. The children will ride for at least 1 hour a day.
EQUEST FARM SUMMER CAMP WHERE HORSES BRING OUT THE BEST IN YOU!!!!!
Has your child always wanted to learn how to ride a horse or been fascinated with horses? Do you dream of a summer camp experience that is truly unique? How about spending a week with one of Mother Nature’s most fascinating creatures? Horses can inspire such wonderful qualities in children such as compassion, love, responsibility, sensitivity to others, pride in accomplishments and a desire to set and reach goals. If these are qualities you seek for your child, then Equest Farms summer camp is for you. Please see below for camp dates.
Horse Show Camp
Competition and good sportsmanship are a large part of horseback riding. Horse shows provide riders with a goal. Being judged against one’s peers in the show ring is a wonderful gauge by which to judge a rider’s abilities and progress. This week of camp will teach our riders not only to ride but proper horse show grooming techniques, attire, sportsmanship, braiding, leg wrapping, and what judges are looking for when you enter the show ring. All levels of riders are welcome.
Horsemanship camp appeals to both boys and girls who love being around horses, caring for them and riding them. To be a good horseman you need to learn how a horse thinks and how to care for them properly. This is exactly what our camp offers. Our mission is to expand on your child’s love of horses by putting them in the horses’ shoes. By doing so they will get a better understanding of equine behavior and what it takes to establish a willing and enjoyable partnership with a horse. By participating in daily riding and horse activities your child will learn the proper and safe way to care for their equine partner. Western/Rodeo Camp
Unlike the other Equest Farm camps, we will explore the art of Western Riding. We will introduce the western saddle, western gaits, and events such as pole and barrel racing. So bring your boots, cowboy hat and jeans to this fun week of western horses and trail rides.
Pony Club/ Scouts Camp
This week will be a combination of pony club, which introduces riding, safety habits and daily care of a horse and tack, and boy and girl scout badges. Pony Club is a system of riding proficiency accredited with the United States Pony Club. At the beginner level, campers will learn to ride independently at the walk, trot and canter and over low fences. Boy and Girl Scout badges focus mostly on horse care and safety around horses. Campers will be given a history of how horses have been used in society and have them illustrate it through art. They will be taught some of the common illnesses associated with horses and how to take care of them. The veterinarian will demonstrate how a horse is examined for soundness. To earn the badge at the end of the week they will have to know the parts of the saddle, bridle and the horse and must be able to control their horse at the trot.
3 Day Eventing Camp
This week will be an introduction to the three different riding styles of Dressage, Stadium Jumping and Cross Country. It will be tailored for beginners as well as advanced riders. Discussions of the three disciplines will occur throughout the week, with cross country fences set up in our grass field.
This week will emphasize the many games that have been played on horseback for hundreds of years. Match races, relay races and skills competitions both on and off the horse will be featured. Strategy, good horsemanship, preparation and, most importantly, good sportsmanship are the cornerstones of this camp’s agenda. Fun for all and prizes aplenty. Olympics Camp
This week, we will hold our own Olympic Games. We will form four teams, each one representing a major Equestrian country. Each group will be evenly divided so that the teams are competitive. We will combine horseback riding, horsemanship and sportsmanship throughout the week. A brief history of horses in each of the countries will be covered and how they did in the past summer Olympics.
2013 Camp Dates
Please note that all camp hours are from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM unless otherwise stated.
Week 1 - June 3 - June 7 Horsemanship Week Week 2 - June 10 - June 14 Horse Show Week Week 3 - June 17 - June 21Western/Rodeo Camp Week 4 - June 24 - June 28 Gymkhana Week Week 5 - July 8- July 12 Pony Club/Scouts Camp Week 6 - July 15 - July 193 Day Eventing Camp Week 7 - July 29 - August 2 Olympics Camp Week 8 - August 5 – August 9 Horse Show Week