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5811 Welch Hill Rd. Ripley, NY 14775  716-736-4418
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Visits since: Nov 1, 2009
Our day camp programs will help the campers advance their horseback riding skills, expand their horsemanship knowledge, and enjoy riding with their friends.
We teach a wide range of rider levels. Young beginners play mounted games and learn all about their favorite horses while others may learn to trot or lope. More advanced riders may get to go through gymkhana (barrels & poles) or natural obstacles.
All of the day camps provide students with a lot of information. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun, and educational routine.

Days 1 and 2

8:30-9:00 Brush and Saddle horses

9:00-11:00 Ride in the Arena (Learn riding basics)

11:00-11:30 Book Work

11:30-12:00 Lunch

12:00-2:30 Ride on trail

2:30 Fun assignments and dismissal

Days 3 and 4

8:30-9:00 Brush and Saddle horses

9:00-11:00 Ride in the Arena (Continued basics with more games and practical use of learned skills)

11:00-11:30 Ground Work

11:30-12:00 Lunch

12:00-2:30 Ride on trail

2:30 Dismissal or Graduation and Goodbyes

Book Work: Book work will consist of learning colors, breeds, horse parts, hoof parts, and saddle parts. Students will learn some of these things while on horseback, but we will cover them further in depth on the ground. All riders will be expected to remember a certain amount of information.  

Ring Work: In the arena, students will be expected to learn how to control their horse or pony and make their horse or pony perform certain tasks while they learn horse safety. These tasks will depend on the level of the rider. We have the levels pre-set for riders. Riders will learn these tasks through various horse games and exercises. Examples of games to be played are horse basketball, Simon Says, 4 corners, red light green light, and many more.  

Ground Work: Ground work allows us to give our lesson horses a longer rest.  Ground work will consist of oral review, grooming, saddling and more as needed.

Trail Work: On the trail, riders will be expected to continue following the safety rules they learned in the arena. Also, riders will be expected to go up hills, down hills, and across streams and creeks.  All riders will perform the same tasks on the trail.

*Note* riders younger than 7 will be placed on a lead on the trails at the beginning of the week. Their goal for the week will be to complete a trail without being led. This is a safety factor. 

On the last day of camp, weather permitting, we will have a picnic down by the creek. At this time, the students will be tested on their horse knowledge to pass to the next level.  

Camp Levels:

Blue Level: All of our riders start at this level. No prior knowledge is required.

Red Level: The rider knows 5 parts of the saddle, 3 parts of the bridle, 10 parts of the horse, 3 horse colors, 3 horse breeds, 3 parts of the hoof, 1 facial marking, 1 leg marking, 3 natural aids, 3 artificial aids, can properly brush a horse, properly saddle a horse, properly mount/dismount a horse, walk a horse, perform a circle, and reverse a horse.

Green Level: The rider can name 20 parts of the horse, 10 parts of the saddle, 5 parts of the bridle, 2 different bits, 6 hoof parts, 6 horse colors, 6 horse breeds, 3 natural aids, 3 artificial aids, 2 leg markings, 2 facial markings, can properly brush, saddle, bridle, and mount their horse or pony, walk and trot a straight line, walk and trot a circle, and stop their horse or pony from a walk or trot. The rider can perform a figure 8 at a walk, perform a 4-loop serpentine at a walk, dismount horse properly, unbridle horse correctly, and unsaddle horse properly.  

Gold Level: The rider can name 30 parts of the horse, 15 parts of the saddle, all bridle parts, 9 hoof parts, 12 breeds, 12 colors, 3 leg markings, 3 facial markings, 3 different types of bits, 4 natural aids, 4 artificial aids, can brush, saddle, bridle, and mount their horse or pony. The rider can walk/trot/lope their horse or pony in a straight line and in a circle. The rider can perform a figure 8 at a lope, perform a 4-loop serpentine, dismount a horse properly, unsaddle a horse properly, and walk a horse on the ground properly.