There are those who have an interest above all others, something they live and dream about 24 hours a day. And there are summer camps that will cater to those interests. These camps all have horseback riding as the main activity. There are camps that have riding as one of many activities and that is perfectly fine for the average camper or one who has not had any experience with horses. But for the horse enthusiast, they will get more out of a camp that focuses on horses.
All of these camps meet stringent requirements. The directors have extensive experience, they are very strict in picking the staff and they have medical staff on call 24/7.
Each one of them takes a bit if a different approach to riding, from show riding to ranch and rodeo. Take a look and see which one meets you and your camper’s expectations.
Bar 717 Ranch
Star Route Box 150
Hayfork California 96041
Camp Trinity at the 717 ranch was started in 1930 and is still owned and operated by the same family. They are accredited by both the American Camping Association and the Western Association of Independent Camps. They have 25 horses and the campers not only learn to ride, but to take care of the horses as well as other farm animals. They even learn some basic vet care. The campers learn what it takes to operate a farm. They also enjoy other activities like backpacking and hiking
Lake Placid Academy
Forest Home Road,
P.O. Box 128,
Lake Clear, New York 12945
This is a girls only camp and the girls have a horse assigned to them and they are responsible for the care of the horse including taking care of the tack, bedding down the horse, grooming the horse and everything else. They have instruction in both English and Western riding. The campers will get to visit The Lake Placid Horse Show,” and professional rodeos. They have a swimming pool and play sports and do arts and crafts, but the main focus is on the horses. The horses get taken care of in the morning first thing before the campers breakfast, just like it would be if they were on their own ranch or farm.
Orme Ranch Camp
HC63 Box 3040
Orme, Arizona 86333
The focus here is on ranch life. They are accredited by the American Camping Association and the Western Association of Independent Camps. The camp has been operated by the same family since 1929 and is now and non for profit organization. They have four different sessions each one with a different theme.
Allegheny Riding Camp
P.O. Box 308
Tyrone, Pennsylvania 16686
This is an all girls camp and the focus is all horse. They are accredited by the American Camping Association and have different programs depending on the campers horseback riding experience.