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Saddle Camp

Saddle CampWhether your child is just trying it for the first time or they have experience with horses and riding, we offer camp programs to suit each child’s ability. Our instructors provide an enjoyable and, positive learning experience incorporating games and fun activities into the lesson plans. Horses and ponies in our program are gentle natured and experienced with all levels of riders. This year we will be offering two programs – Saddle Club for ages 6 to 12 years and Saddle Skills for ages 8 to 13 years.

Saddle Camps feature:

stables

  • Qualified riding instructors
  • 135 x 80’ Covered riding arena
  • Outdoor fenced sand & grass riding rings
  • Experienced horses and ponies
  • English riding equipment, all with safety stirrups
  • Stable management & horsemanship opportunities
  • Helmets available for rent (for your camper’s use ONLY)
  • Arts & crafts, garden activities and small animal demonstrations
  • Recreational free swim (NLS lifeguards on duty)
  • Use of all playing fields, courts and ball pits

Saddle Camps Ages & Schedules

Earthbound has two programs for age groups ranging from 6 to 13 years of age. Select a campers group below for details and daily schedules of each program.

Saddle Club (6 to 12 years old)

This is a beginner friendly program for children age 6 to 12 years of age. Afternoons will be spent in the barn with the horses.  Participants will enjoy a daily 45-minute riding lesson, along with horsemanship and stable management activities.  The goal of our programming in this camp is to introduce riders to good safety practices, to develop basic riding skills such as balance and control and to help riders feel comfortable and confident while working around the horses & ponies.  

Participants can be of any level of riding. Children are grouped according to riding experience and age. While we do our best to accommodate friend requests, if children are at different rider levels this may not possible.

Daily Schedule:

  • Arrival / Horse-play (9:00 am to 9:30 am)
  • Arts and crafts in the craft loft
  • Wash-up / Snack
  • Active play – playing fields, gaga ball, hockey dome
  • Garden/Small animals
  • Free Swim
  • Lunch Time (12:00 pm to 1:00 pm)
  • Riding Lessons
  • Wash-up / Snack
  • Horsemanship/Stable Management
  • Home-time (4:00 pm to 4:30 pm)

Camper / Counsellor Ratio: minimum of 1 counsellor for every 8 children. While mounted on the horses, staff/child ratios are 1:3

Schedules are examples of a typical day, actual activities may vary from day-to-day.

Saddle Skills (8 to 13 years old)

This camp is for riders, age 8 to 13 years of age. Participants must be able to walk and trot independently without a leader. In this camp, riders will be challenged a bit more with exercises, such as posting trot, navigating over poles and around obstacles, memorizing patterns.

It is highly recommended that campers have completed at least two weeks of Saddle Camp (or equivalent riding camp) or are currently enrolled in a weekly riding lesson program.

Daily Schedule:

  • Arrival / Horse-play (9:00 am to 9:30 am)
  • Wash up & snack
  • Grooming & tacking
  • 45-minute Riding lesson
  • Lunch Time (12:00 pm to 1:00 pm)
  • Horsemanship
  • Stable management
  • Wash-up & snack
  • Recreational swim
  • Home-time/free-play (4:00 pm to 4:30 pm)

Camper/Counsellor Ratio: minimum of 1 counsellor for every eight children. While on horse-back the ratio of staff to riders is 1:3.

Schedules are examples of a typical day, actual activities vary from day-to-day.

Clothing and Equipment

All riders must wear:

  • ASTM approved helmet (helmets are available to rent)
  • Long pants and riding boots OR boots with a small heel (Rainboots are acceptable as long as they have a 1.5cm heel)
  • Rental Helmets are reserved for your child’s use ONLY throughout the week – the cost is $10 +hst

Other items to bring to riding camp include:

  • Shorts, sweat shirt or rain jacket
  • Running shoes, extra socks
  • Sunhat, sunscreen and water bottle
  • Bathing suit, flip flops and towel

2017 Fees

sadle-clubSaddle Club (6-12 yrs):

  • Week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 – $400/week
  • Week 6 – $320/week

Saddle Skills (8-13 yrs):

  • Week 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 – $435/week
  • Week 6 – $348/week

For Bussing, After Care, Meal Plan and online Registration see ‘How to Register’.

How to Register