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Summer Camps for the 2016 season

2016 Calendar

Offering two types of summer camps! A week camp for kids ages 7 through 17 AND a 2-day kiddy camp for the youngsters ages 3 through 6. Read about them below!


Horse camp is a journey into the world of horsemanship for children ages 7 to 17. Students will learn how to catch, lead, tie, saddle, and ride their horse. Each child will be assigned to a horse according to their skill level. Participants will receive a “fill in the blank” work sheet each day as we go through and explain the different aspects of horsemanship including: behavior, nutrition, hoof care, conformation, equine sports, tack termanology, and more. Your child will learn responsibility and leadership through working with horses in a group environment. A daily routine will involve warming up their horse before riding lessons; cooling them down after the ride; cleaning up after them and turning them out to pasture. They will learn how each horse has his own personality and how we need to be good leaders so that the horse understands and respects us. Your child will learn when, where, and how to apply the appropriate amount of pressure to get the horse to do a specific command. Beginner through advandced riders are welcome for camp. We work with each child to improve their skills on and around horses. During the last day of camp parents are encourage to come watch their child demonstrate the skills that they have learned. Also on the last day of camp, we will have a fun pizza party and each child will receive a little gift to remember their advantures here at camp.

Psst, Parents of horse-camp kids, check out the adult section "Horsemanship Clinics" designed specifically for parents with horse crazy kids!

A $50 deposit is required to sign your child up for camp. The remaining balance is due at the beginning of camp.
Bring your own lunch or let us provide lunch for an additional $45 per student.

Please make sure your child brings water, a lunch (unless other arrangements have been made) a hat, and sunscreen. Helmets will be provided by us, or you can bring your own certified riding helmet. If a camp is full, please check out our lesson page for private or group lessons with friends!

2016 CAMP DATES:
June, July, and August Camps are 4 days and cost $300 per child per camp
June 7-10: 9:00am - 2:00pm canceled July 26-29: 9:00am - 2:00pm *3 slots available*
June 14-17: 9:00am - 2:00pm *FULL* Aug 2-5: 9:00am - 2:00pm *FULL*
June 28 - July 1: 9:00am - 2:00pm *FULL* Aug 16-19: 9:00am - 2:00pm *3 slots available*
July 12-15: 9:00am - 2:00pm *FULL*

Camp Summary

First 15-20 minutes - Learn about an equine topic. Horse behavior, safety, breeds, colors, nutrition, tack and etc. We will also review previous topics.
Next 30 minutes - Groom and saddle horses. Review riding safety instructions.
Next 90 or so minutes - Riding Lesson. Learn to walk, trot, halt, maneuver obstacles, and riding games. More advanced groups will also do some cantering.
Noon - Lunch and worksheet.
Next 90 minutes - riding lesson, bareback riding, or trail ride Each day slightly different, so they have variety.
Last 30 or so minutes of camp - Horse or Farm activity: Ground work, cleaning tack or pens, or watching an educational video clip involving the topic we covered in the morning. Each day is a different activity.

Friday - Last Day of Camp
First 60-90 minutes - Demonstration for parents. Watch your kids as they halter, groom, and saddle their horse. Watch them perform their riding routine.   And don't forget to bring the camera!
Next 60-90 Minutes - Riding Lesson and Trail Ride.
Noon - PIZZA PARTY, worksheet, and Scavenger Hunt
Last 60 - 90 minutes of camp - Pool Party OR Equine / Farm Activity
We provide plain cheese pizza for the last day of camp. If your child has dairy allergies, please pack a lunch for your child.

KIDDY CAMPS!

Kiddy Camps are for kids ages 3 through 6 who love horses. This camp is two days and a dream for the youngsters to get their horsey fix! They get to help catch their horse or pony, brush, and learn to ride their horse or pony. They will progress from being lead around the arena to steering their horse or pony all by themselves. Each camper will have a side-walker for safety, but they will feel so independant as they learn to navigate obsticles and go for trail rides. We have the best lesson horses to help your young child grow independent in the saddle. Join us for a fun two-day Kiddy camp for your youngsters!

2016 KIDDY CAMP DATES:

June, July, and August Camps are 2 days and cost $90 per child per camp. A $30 deposit is required to reserve your childs spot.
June 1 & 2 : 9:00am - 12:00pm *FULL* July 19 & 20: 9:00am - 12:00pm *4 slots available*
June 21 & 22: 9:00am - 12:00pm *1 slots available* Aug 9 & 10: 9:00am - 12:00pm *4 slots available*
July 6 & 7: 9:00am - 12:00pm *1 slots available*
Please pack your child a water bottle, snack, sunscreen, and a hat.

To sign your child up for camp:
1. Please contact us, first, to be sure the camp of your choice is still available!! Sometimes we are not able to keep our website immediately up to date. Thank you!
2. Print and fill out the Camp Registration form and the Liability Release Form - Even if you are a returning camper! (Click on the forms below to view in a new browser.)
Release form (Must be signed by all participants)
Camp Registration
3.Mail the forms with the deposit to our ranch.
4. We will try our best to contact you when we receive your deposit and forms in a timely fashion.

Don't forget to check out our "Photo Album" on the left hand side of the page for pictures of our previous summer camps!

OCHS REGULATIONS:

  • Must pre-purchase package deals.
  • ALL Packages expire 6 weeks after purchase date.
  • To reschedule lessons, please notify us 48 hours in advance.
  • Cancelation within 24 of scheduled lesson results in a $20 cancelation fee. This applies for private, group, or packaged lessons.
  • Failure to notify us of your absence for any appointment results in $20 cancelation fee.
  • During camp, we keep our student to instructor ratio small to ensure each student gets plenty of personalized instruction.
  • Summer camp dates are subject to change.
  • Deposits for camp are required 14 days prior to the start of camp.
  • Rescheduling of camps must be done 7 days prior to the start of camp and only if there is available space in another camp - otherwise receive refund of half of total camp fee.