Summer Horseback Riding Camps
GEC offers week long summer camps June through August. Camp activities include horseback riding lessons, demonstrations from local professionals (vets, dentists, farriers, international riders…etc) and educational games/activities.
Week 1 – June 29 – July 3
Week 2 – July 13 – July 17
Week 3 – July 27 – July 31 *Closed for registration – this week is full*
Week 4 – August 10 – August 14
Week 5 – August 17 – August 21
Advanced Camp – TBD
When: 9:00am-4:00pm, Monday – Friday.
Early drop-off or late pickup can be arranged for $15/hour. Confirm arrangements with instructor prior to camp.
Cost: $425 Advanced Camp $275
$200 deposit is required to reserve a space. The balance is due prior to the start of camp.
Payments may be made via check or cash. We also accept credit cards on-site and online payments via PayPal, both with additional processing fees.
Space is limited – be sure to reserve your space early!
To sign up:
- Verify that space is available for your selected date using the Camp Interest Form below and await confirmation email.
- Submit the completed forms (click here to download) *Medication forms must be completed even if your child is not on medication – you must fill them in and just state ‘n/a’ where appropriate – incomplete forms will not be accepted and your spot is not guaranteed until forms are completed properly*
- Forms can be scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org OR
- Forms can be dropped off at the farm in the lock-box located on the left side of the smaller cinder-block building on the left side of the driveway, next to the office sign OR
- Forms can be dropped off at the farm and left on Rachael’s desk in the classroom if it is open
- Online payments are available through PayPal here
- Payments can still be made via cash or check at the barn
Q: What age children can come to camp?
A: We accept children age 6 and up. The current age range of participants is about 6 to 14.
Q: Does my child need to take an introductory lesson before coming to camp?
A: No. Your child does not need to have previous experience with horses, our camps are perfect for beginners (except for the advanced week).
Q: What happens at camp?
A: Each day of camp includes one traditional riding lesson, and some days include a second ride (mounted games, bareback riding or a trail ride). Each week of camp is a little different, depending on what the children are most interested in. Campers also learn to groom, tack and bathe the horses. They are also taught anatomical parts of the horse, horse colors and markings, and participate in other fun activities.
Q: What is the camper to counselor ratio?
A: The number of campers and counselors varies somewhat week to week. The maximum number of campers in any given week is 21. There is a minimum of one counselor to every 5 children, usually more, plus the camp director.
Q: What are the camp hours and how does before/after care work?
A: Camp hours are 9am to 4pm. Before/after care provides supervision for your child to accommodate early drop-off or late pick-up for $15 hour. It does not include additional activities or riding time. You must coordinate before/after care via email with the instructor. Please provide any activities/materials your child may want to fill this time. Children before/after care are invited to participate in barn work and help with lessons/grooming, but they may choose not to as they are usually tired by the end of the day.
Q: What to send with your child?
A: The camp is all outdoors, so please pack plenty of water, sunscreen and a hat if needed. There is a water cooler available to refill water bottles. A change of clothes is recommended as well as a towel in the event of any water activities. You must provide a lunch and any snacks that your child may need throughout the day.
For riding, long pants and a shoe with a hard sole and heel are required. Tennis shoes/flip flops/sandals are not allowed. Your child does not need to bring their own helmet , but if they do it must be made specifically for riding and certified as such. Please do not wear or pack any clothing that you do not want to be stained or ruined by farm/camp activities. A bathing suit, sandals, or tennis shoes can be brought for use outside of riding/barn activities.
Q: Is there a show for the parents?
A: There is a demonstration for the parents at the end of the week that includes a horse meet-and-greet and a riding exhibition. Each child will ride with their group and demonstrate what they want to show their parents most. Usually it is held at the end of the camp week on Friday at 2:00pm.
Q: Who do I make a check out to?
A: GEC or Graham Equestrian Center – please be sure to write ‘Summer Camp’ and the camp date on the memo line. Please see the instructions at the top of the page for payment information and online payment options.