Our mission is to provide youth with the opportunity to expand their equine knowledge, enhance their horsemanship skills and make new friends.
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The 2020 camp fee is $400 and includes the following:
Campers are required to bring their own horse or pony to camp. They are also responsible for providing their own tack, supplies, feed, and bedding for their horse. We ask that the campers are able to control and care for their horse. Campers should also be able to saddle and bridle their horse with some assistance if needed. Volunteers will be in the barn to assist campers in lifting, tightening, and checking saddles.
Campers must carry their own insurance on themselves, their horse, and their tack. All campers must have an ASTM or SEI approved riding helmet. This helmet must be worn at all times while mounted on the horse. Appropriate riding boots are also required by all campers while mounted on their horse.
Horses and ponies that are brought to camp should be experienced and well broke. Horses and ponies less than four years of age, unbroken or very green horses, stallions, or mares with foals at their side will not be allowed. Campers will do better and learn more bringing a seasoned horse to camp.
Online camp applications will open February 1st and will be accepted until the camp is full. Once camp is full, youth may request to be placed on our waiting list. We offer payment by either credit card or check. There is no refund on the registration fee. A camp application will not be considered complete until the payment in full has been received. Space is limited.
You will be notified by email whether or not your camp application was accepted. An acceptance email will be sent out monthly on the 1st. After May 1st, a final email will be sent that includes supplies needed, volunteer schedules, check in forms, etc.
Girls stay in the 4H building and boys stay in the creative arts building on the fairground's property. Both buildings are air conditioned. Campers will need to provide all bedding and a cot or air mattress to sleep on in the dorms.
Camp will provide an individual box stall for the camper's horse in a covered barn at the fairgrounds also. Campers will be responsible for feeding, watering and cleaning their horse’s stall each day. Barn volunteers will be available to supervise and assist with these chores.
7:00 AM – Rise and Shine!
7:15 AM – Feed and Water Horses. Clean Stalls.
8:00 AM – Breakfast
9:00 AM to 12:00 PM – Lessons, E-cademy, & Free Time
12:00 PM - Lunch
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM – Lessons, E-cademy, & Free Time
4:15 PM – Special Electives
5:15 PM – Feed and Water Horses. Clean Stalls.
6:00 PM – Supper
7:00 PM – Evening Activity
9:00 PM – Retreat to the Dorms for Lights Out
Each day the camper will participate in two hours of riding lessons with a group of 5 to 7 riders that match their skill level, age, and riding interests. Each rider will have the same two experienced riding instructors through out the week so that they can work on their riding goals.
The E-cademy is a hands on based lesson that happens twice a day for 45 minutes. Classes will have about 30-40 students in. Each session brings in an area guest speaker to discuss relevant topics. E-cademy topics may include: parts of the horse, grooming, vet care, hoof care, breeds of the world, show grooming, roping, hippotherapy, first aid, equine chiropractic, budgeting for owning a horse, careers in the industry, yoga, goat tying, equine acupuncture, hippology, nutrition, etc.
Each day campers will also have the chance to sign up for special electives that range from showmanship at halter, advanced western pleasure, barrels, horsemanship, English, roping, ground work, line dancing, equine dentistry, trail obstacles, competitive judging, pole bending, painting, and more. Elective sign up is rotated daily.
There are also scheduled evening activities through out the week. Some of these activities may include a trail ride, slip n slide, roller skating, dance/awards, obstacle course, movies, games, or various equine demonstrations. Youth may be transported off campus to participate in one of these activities.
Every day campers will have free time to hang out with their friends, bathe their horse, clean their horse's stall, or check out the camp's snack bar. Snack cards can be purchased for $20/each at check in. Any balance remaining on the cards will be refunded during check out on Saturday.
The awards ceremony and dance are held on Friday evening. First time campers will receive their camp medallion paddles and return campers will receive their new brand during the ceremony. Parents and family are invited to the awards ceremony, but will be asked to leave prior to the dance starting. This year’s dance theme is "Christmas in June". Campers can bring appropriate costumes to camp for the dance.
Professional picture packages of the camper with their horse can be purchased at check in. These pictures will be taken one afternoon during the week. If your camper needs an outfit or show halter for pictures, please plan accordingly. A large group camp picture will also be taken that afternoon.