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Calling all HORSE CAMPS

Looking for destination camps? From the coast to the Sierra, here are some favorites

- May 1st, 2017 - Special Section

Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center
By Horse Play Rentals
Huntington Beach, CA
(714) 848-6565
Horse Play Rentals at Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center offers after school and summer horsemanship clinics for children age eight and older. The program focuses on basic horsemanship skills such as grooming, haltering, leading, saddling, bridling, and horse health. It provides instruction on Western riding and groundwork. Each day of the program is filled with learning, safety, and fun. The program will prepare students for more advanced riding lessons, how to care ?for their own horses someday, and/or participate in other aspects of the equine industry.

Horse Play Rentals also offers a five-week internship program. Please contact the office for the next scheduled dates. Students attending this program must be at least 14 years old; the program fee is $225 per student. Space is limited to five students per session. During the course of the program, students will learn how to safely handle horses, grooming tools and techniques, terminology, equine body language, Western and English tack, round penning, feed and medications, and how to handle emergency situations. They will also learn the Horse Play Rentals “Order of Conduct” (interaction with staff and customers, etc.) and more about being in the equine business. At the end of the Internship Program, students must pass both the skills and written examinations in order to begin an internship at HPR. Hours worked as an intern are unpaid. However, hours worked by HPR interns are redeemable for trail rides.

Miller Equestrian
Escondido, Ca
(858) 945-1344
Miller Equestrian provides horseback riding lessons and horse training for Morgans and American Saddlebreds in a friendly, wholesome, family-oriented environment. Adults and children of all ages are welcome. Camp runs from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. with swimming at the end of each day. Extended day options available as well. Students will have their own horse for the week. They will advance their riding skills from whatever point they start at, very beginner through competitive show riders. We have several instructors that will be teaching groups at different levels. The focus of the week will be learning to understand how your horse thinks and using that understanding to get your horse to work with you in a safe, happy environment. Safety is stressed at all times along with proper horsemanship skills. We will learn about health care, physical fitness of the horse, proper nutrition, transportation, anatomy and physiology, and of course grooming and tack care. Things like proper dental care and hoof care are also covered by leading professionals. This is a very hands-on camp and we encourage all students to try their hand at everything from driving a horse hooked to a cart, giving shots, worming, and of course cleaning stalls! At the end of each day we will cool down with a swim in the pool. Camp is $375. A $50 deposit is required to hold your spot.

Sebesta’s Rocking K Ranch
Ramona, CA
(760) 579-1260
Sebesta’s Rocking K three-day and five-day Horseback Riding Camp Day Programs are for individuals 5-years old and up, supporting all ability levels. Our camps include A LOT of hands on participation and riding time while covering the many aspects of horse care. Campers are introduced to English, western, and bareback riding styles. In our limited enrollment camps, techniques for navigating trail obstacles and negotiating horsemanship patterns are also taught. For those returning campers, or those looking to enhance their current riding skills, learning challenges are presented based on the camper’s demonstrated skill level. Competitors wishing to refine their competitive strategies may do so while receiving coaching from a seasoned multi-carded, multi-disciplined horse show judge. Tuition rates include helmet use, snacks, bottled water, craft materials, and a camp T-shirt. Camp sessions are limited to 10 campers. Extended camp sessions require campers to bring a sack lunch. Discounts are available. Ranch owner, Kimberly Blanche-Sebesta, has been riding since age 2, with over 45 years of horse-related experience that includes numerous horse show wins, many hours of clinic and riding lesson instruction, camp director, as well as being a multi-carded, multi-discipline horse show judge. Kimberly says, “Safety is our No. 1 priority! I love working with good horses and helping people safely and effectively enjoy them.”

Compton Jr. Posse
Compton, CA
(310) 632-1247
Compton Jr. Posse (CJP) was created 27 years ago for inner-city youth to provide a year-round after school program using equestrian activities to inspire youth to reach their personal, academic and career goals – a powerful alternative to the equally powerful lure of gang and drug lifestyles. “Keeping Kids ON Horses and OFF the Streets!” they have fostered three generations of youth going to college, the military and into business ownership. CJP’s award-winning program has given inner city kids a framework for success by teaming them with horses and highly skilled instructors such as Olympic Gold Medalist Will Simpson. Since 2009, CJP has established the first inner city equestrian team to compete in the Interscholastic Equestrian League (IEL). This team sport helps our students become eligible for equestrian scholarships. They launched a Mounted Jr. Ranger Program in conjunction with the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. This program has grown to include the Naturalist Explorers and Outdoor Leaders. CJP was awarded the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness Silver Medal Award. Compton Jr. Posse’s summer camp programs include Equine Science, Horseback Riding Lessons, Ranch Activities, Environmental Studies, Life Skills Development, Career Development, Outdoor Survival Skills, and Riding Demonstrations. The week-long summer camps run from 8 am-2 pm, June through August; and open to all ages. Investments in our programs is an investment in kids future and an investment in tomorrow’s world communities. CJP is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Rock Creek Pack Station
Bishop, CA
(760) 872-8331
Rock Creek Pack Station loves to take families with children on their incredible trips. Experiencing the majestic Eastern Sierra’s is so impactful, it’ll create memories of a lifetime; and what better way than to do it together. On the “View Wild Mustangs for Kids” you’ll ride out into wild horse territory. This special program is designed for youth 10 years and older and originates from Adobe Valley near Benton Hot Springs. It’s a great trip to experience the old west with two nights camping in Pizona. Also offered is the “Parent/ Child Trail Ride” where parents and their children enjoy three days of riding, fishing and camping. You’ll learn how to care for your horse and enjoy comfortable camping. This trip is a wonderful multi-generational trip so invite the grandparents, aunts, and uncles. If you can’t fit your vacation time into one of our scheduled trips, we can schedule a trip for you. Take a look at our base camp options or our all-expense trips. Come ride and experience the Eastern Sierra with us! Bring your spirit of adventure, your camera and your family for a breath of fresh air, pristine mountain lakes and streams, horseback riding, and crystal clear starry nights.

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