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Summer Horse Camps

As vacation nears, California's top riding camps prepare for this summer's experience. Here are some of the best!

From Horsetrader staff - April 18th, 2013 - Feature Article

Rawhide Ranch
Bonsall
(760) 758-0083
www.rawhideranch.com

Rawhide Ranch has been a Southern California camp tradition since 1963. Overnight one week or multi-week summer camp sessions are available, as well as a Winter Camp week. Week-long camps feature Western riding lessons, animal and horse science classes, animal care, vaulting lessons (gymnastics on horseback) and much more. The programs are great for beginners and are ACA and CHA accredited.

In addition to our week-long summer camp, special programs are offered throughout the year at Rawhide Ranch, including its “Girls-Only” Equestrian Experience Workshop, Spotlight Weekends and Family Camp. Three-day Camps are for school groups, and weekend programs for youth group are also available September through May. Call (760) 758-0083 for more information or to reserve your spot!

Four Star Farm
Woodland and Napa
(707) 312-1119
www.fourstarfarm.com

Four Star Farm does a marvelous job with its horse camps in Napa or Woodland in Yolo County! Beginners, serious competitors and adults each have camps at Four Star Farm.
Activities include daily riding lessons, vaulting and lots of fun with friends. Ages 7 to 14 years are welcome at all levels. Camps are offered Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and management urges you to register early, as space is limited.

The Advanced Camp, an overnight camp offered in Woodland, is an intensive camp for competitive riders. This camp includes Cross Country schooling on the brand new XC course at Woodland Stallion Station, including coursework that identifies and helps resolve issues that lead to maximum competition success. The camp includes daily lectures and discussions on fitness, conditioning, soundness, and pertinent veterinary topics. You can bring your own horse or use one of the Four Star Farms horses.

Adult camps are tailored to the group.  It can either be a three-day weekend of relaxing dressage lessons and trail riding intermixed with spa treatment and wine tasting, or it can be a boot camp for serious adult amateurs that want the camp experience that will bring them to the next level.

Four Star Farm also has an annual camping trip to Eventful Acres that is scheduled for Aug. 2-5, 2013. This trip usually has 35 to 45 riders and 25-30 horses, welcomes all family members who can expect fun games by campfire, great food, tent and RV camping, trips to the lake, fishing and — of course — all the fun with horses! Call (707) 312-1119 to learn more.

Riding Academy of Orange County
Orange
(714) 744-8120
www.ocridingacademy.com

If you are interested in horses, you like being outdoors, and you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, then the Riding Academy is just the ticket.

The event-filled RAOC Summer Riding camps are often the highlights of participants’ summers. The RAOC takes a “hands-on” approach to learning about the wonderful world of horses and offers plenty of riding opportunities throughout the week. Camps run weekly from June 24-Aug. 16, Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If you sign up for two or more camps, there is a 10 percent discount.

The Riding Academy teaches students discipline, patience and self-confidence through the use of the horse. It enhances learning and encourages the development of a healthy work-ethic, independent thinking and problem-solving skills. The Riding Academy is a place where you can enjoy the pleasure of riding English or Western without owning a horse. Contact the RAOC early to register or get more information at (714) 744-8120.

Monte Vista Equestrian
Watsonville
(831) 206-9707
www.montevistaequestrian.com

Monte Vista Horsemanship Camps offer a tremendous opportunity to learn about horses and to ride for hours every day. The camp has a beautiful facility with comfortable cabins for resident campers, and it also offers full-day and half-day camps for local campers. Campers get to enjoy riding Monte Vista Equestrian’s wonderful horses as well as a variety of other activities including archery, swimming, special horsey crafts — and marshmallow roasting around the evening campfires. Riding lessons are top quality, and safety of horse-and-rider is emphasized in the arena and on the trails.

Resident Campers arrive Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m., then spend the entire week learning about horse care and developing riding skills — along with all the other camp activities. Saturday morning, campers have an opportunity to show off their skills in our Horse Show with parents and friends among the spectators. For info or to register, call (831) 206-9707.

Compton Junior Posse
Compton
(310) 632-1247
www.comptonjrposse.org

These are challenging times for everyone — especially for youth. The Compton Junior Posse (CJP) was developed to provide inner-city youth with year-round after-school alternatives to the lure of gang and drug lifestyles. For over 20 years, the Compton Junior Posse has given inner-city kids hope by teaming them with horses. Through these equestrian activities, youth develop responsibility, discipline and self-esteem. Students learn to set and achieve both academic and career goals. There can be no better investment in their future. “Keeping kids ON horses and OFF the streets!”

CJP is offering week-long summer day camp programs and well as year-round after-school programs in equine science, horseback riding lessons and life skills development; MRCA Jr. Ranger programs involving environmental studies, career training and survival skills; and ranch field trips and group visits with equine science, ranch activities, riding demonstrations — as well as lots of fun! Contact the CJP by calling (310) 632-1247.

MTV Riding Academy
Wildomar
(951) 445-0085
www.iridehorses.net

Cowboys and cowgirls! Come join us for the most fun and exciting weeks of summer horse camp ever! You can choose to attend our Overnight or Day Camps at MTV Riding Academy, located at Oak Meadows Ranch in beautiful Wildomar, CA. Your child will learn the basic fundamentals of horsemanship and the responsibility of caring for a horse, including stable chores. Riding instructors alongside your child enable them to excel in a safe and winning environment, while building confidence in their own abilities.

MTV Riding Academy offers camps in six weekly sessions throughout the summer. The Overnight camp starts at 9 am Monday through 3 pm Thursday and includes meals, snacks, beverages and desserts. The Day Camp is Monday-Thursday, 9 am-3 pm and includes lunch, snacks, and beverages. The camp includes 3 hours of horseback riding daily along with horsemanship training and safety, games and prizes, arts and crafts, swimming, archery and a scavenger hunt.

Black Star Equestrian Riding Academy
Huntington Beach, CA
(714) 325-0061
www.blackstarequestrian.com

BSE Riding Academy and Black Star Equestrian typically has a wait list for their popular Summer Camp, for good reason — the camp is known to inspire young rider’s dreams and create memories for a lifetime. The Summer Camp motto of “Teaching Responsibility and Reward” pervades the days filled with daily horseback riding, arts, crafts and horsemanship. Manageement prides itself on its ability to make learning about horses fun and entertaining, thanks in part to an experienced and professional staff that engages “hands on,” and class sizes that are limited to ensure the safety and personalization for each camper. All levels are taught, from beginner to advanced.
Campers are required to wear long pants, closed toe shoes (boots preferred) and wear ASTM certified helmets while riding (BSE can provide helmets). Call (714) 325-0061 to register today and ensure your young rider’s spot, or email Haley@BSERidingAcademy.com

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  1. Lori Sutter Smitherman Says:

    To Rawhide Ranch,
    In about 1970, I first attended your Ranch for the weekend. I loved it so much, that my parents let me stay for 2 weeks in the Summer. So much fun! I loved all that I learned, and my family was so happy for me when I won first place in the end-of-the week Horse show! I went on to ride upper-level Dressage, cared for John Wayne’s horse Handsome Boy, and many others as well when I was in 4th grade. My father filmed all of this on 8mm film. To see mission Viejo in a time capsule of riding our horses on the now Major Streets and in Parades is such a treat. Rawhide Ranch was perfect for a horse crazy girl like me. Thank! Lori Sutter Smitherman

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