Horseback Riding Camps – Summer CampsGrahamEq

Summer Horseback Riding Camps

If you are looking for Day Camps click here.

GEC offers day camps and week long summer camps throughout the year. Camp activities include horseback riding lessons, demonstrations from local professionals (Vets, dentists, farriers…etc) and educational games/activities. We ask all participants bring plenty of their own drinks to stay hydrated all day, as well as lunch and a change of clothes.

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: $400, $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 with an additional processing fee.  Online payments via PayPal that include a 2.9% fee are available (see below).

Space is limited – be sure to reserve your space early!


2019 Camp Dates

Week 1 – June 24 – June 28 – this week is full! Registration closed.
Week 2 – July 8 – July 12 – this week is full! Registration closed.
Week 3 – July 22 – July 26 – this week is full! Registration closed.
Week 4 – August 5 – this week is full! Registration closed.
Week 5 – August 19 – August 23 – this week is full! Registration closed.

Advanced Camp – June 18 – June 20 – Registration closed.


To sign up:

  1. Verify that space is available for your selected date using the Camp Interest Form below and await confirmation email.
  2. Submit the completed forms (click here to download) *incomplete forms will not be accepted and your spot is not guaranteed until forms are completed properly*
    1. Forms can be scanned and emailed to lessons@grahameq.org OR
    2. 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
    3. Forms can be dropped off at the farm and left on Rachael’s desk in the classroom if it is open
  3. Make payment of $200 deposit or pay in full, $400
    • Click here to Pay online via PayPal (2.9% fee charged)
    • Mail checks to GEC, Attn: Camps, 10301 Harford Road, Glen Arm MD 21057 OR
    • Drop check payment 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
      • If paying by check please write the camp week on the memo line
  4. Mail in your final payment or pay your balance online before the day of camp or bring it with you on the day of camp.

*If you are paying online via PayPal for camp, and you are registering for multiple weeks of camp, they must be processed as separate transactions*

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FAQ’s

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 on traditional riding lesson, and most 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 2:30pm.

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.