DATES: March 29, 30, 31, April 1
TIME: 10:00am – 3:00pm
THIS CAMP IS FOR: Beginner, Novice, or Intermediate riders under the age of 18 interested in western riding, gaming events, and trail riding. These camps always have a great mix of total beginners and long-time students that have done many camps and everything in-between! Everyone is welcome to join us in our camps – we always prioritize making sure that all riders are always learning, being challenged, and trying new things!
SPACE IS EXTREMELY LIMITED to allow for a personalized experience for all riders and our website will automatically show as “sold out” as soon as we hit our maximum, so don’t hesitate to reserve your spot! You MUST secure payment to reserve your spot. These camps often fill up weeks in advance, so register quickly! Our spring break camps will be especially limited to a smaller group size because we are assuming that we will be mainly working in our indoor riding arena due to snow, ice, and other weather impacts! We do have a winter riding policy in place for the safety of our riders and horses. Please check it out here on our website to understand what kind of conditions we can and cannot conduct activities in! As long as temperatures are warm enough and there isn’t any severe weather conditions, we plan on this camp moving forward! If there is any kind of weather-related cancellation or rescheduling, we will work with everyone on an individual basis to potentially switch their registration to a summer camp date or apply it toward another service such as riding lessons.
This camp is geared toward TONS of hands-on and one-on-one learning opportunities. Riders will start their day learning about the day-to-day chores that need to be done in order to care for the horses and other animals on the farm. Once they have finished caring for their horse and the other animals around the barn, they will spend the rest of the day grooming and riding their assigned horse. Each day will build upon what the kids learned from the day before.
It would be very hard to find another camp that offers more ride time than we do! Our horses are SAFE and experienced, and they are ready to take care of your kiddos in any riding situation!
Not only will each camper get the opportunity to ride, learn, and have fun, but they will also be able to enjoy spending fun days on a farm that is home to many horses, ponies, goats, chickens, ducks, a bunny, and a potbelly pig!
Our main riding instructor is Miss Buffalo Rodeo 2020 and Miss Rodeo Minnesota 2021, Sam Sansevere! She offers a lifetime of riding experience and is so excited for another great season of horse camps at the family farm.
We require ASTM / SEI certified equestrian riding helmets to be worn in all riding lessons and horse camps. You can purchase a helmet at any Tractor Supply, Runnings, Fleet Farm, Dover Saddlery, and most country stores as well. We really like the brands Troxel and Ovation for their quality and affordability, but really whatever is most comfortable for your child and certified will work! They are much safer and designed for higher impact than any other type of helmet. We do have a couple on hand that kids can borrow but cannot guarantee that we will have enough or one that fits your child, and a properly fitted helmet is required for all riding activity. It’s best for your child’s safety that you get them their own so you can ensure that they have a properly fitted helmet!
Please print out our waiver and bring it signed on the day of the camp.
- Waiver printed and signed
- Sturdy boot or shoe with a heel to ride in
- Rain boots, just in case it gets cold and muddy!
- Old jeans or riding pants that you don’t mind getting dirty!
- Extra layers (sweatshirt, jacket, extra socks, gloves, etc.)
- Warm/waterproof jacket in case it is rainy and we are outside
- ASTM / SEI Certified Riding Helmet
- Water Bottle
- A good attitude!
WHAT TO EXPECT:
EQUINE EDUCATION: We will take time to discuss equine feed and nutrition, how much hay a horse eats per day, and other types of food horses eat and need.
FARM CHORES: They will learn about about cleaning horse stalls top to bottom, re-filling water buckets, re-filling hay nets and preparing grain and supplements for each horse and pony for the next feeding.
GROOMING: They will learn to properly use each grooming tool and groom a horse from top to bottom.
- They will learn (or review if they already know) how to tack up those horse or pony.
- How to get on and off your horse safely.
- Asking your horse or pony to stop, go, turn and back up.
- Learning an “emergency stop” and the situations that may require it.
- Working on the gait transitions. Walk, trot, canter (if ready) and whoa.
- Going over/through obstacles
- Fun obstacles will also be set up to ride over and through in order to challenge their hand and eye coordination and bond more with their horse or pony.
- We will set up games and activities to be played from horseback to promote skill development while also having fun!
- Trail riding (weather permitting)