North Country Horses Summer Camp
438 Clark Road Gansevoort, NY (518) 441-5959 www.ridench.com
At North Country Horses, campers advance their horseback riding skills, expand their horsemanship knowledge, and enjoy riding with friends. Our summer camp combines qualified staff, experienced horses, and excellent facilities to provide a fun and safe camp atmosphere.
Day Camp is offered to any beginner through advanced rider, ages 6 and older. The rider must be 6 or older by their camp week. Riders will be grouped according to skill level during lessons. At the beginner level, riders will learn how to be safe and comfortable around the horses.
Riders will learn the basics of riding including walk, halt, steering, and beginning to work at the posting trot. At the intermediate to advanced level, our campers will continue to work on skills learned in the past including; trotting on correct diagonals, balance of horse and rider, bending of horse, progress to or solidify canter or lope and work on identifying correct leads & jumping if riding level warrants. Camp will begin each weekday at 9:00 am and finish at 4:00 pm.
Advanced Rider Camp is a full day camp for more skilled riders. The focus will be on more advanced riding skills, including preparation for horse shows. This camp group does go on field trips off the farm. Admission to this program is at the discretion of NCH trainers. An evaluation lesson may be required prior to acceptance. Camp will begin each weekday at 9:00 am and finish at 4:00 pm.
Pony Pals is a shorter camp day for younger riders ages 4-6 years old. Riders will learn how to be safe and comfortable around the horses. Riders will learn the basics of riding including walk, halt, steering, and beginning to work at the posting trot. Camp will begin each weekday at 9:00 am and finish at 12:00 pm.
IEA Training Camp is a full day training camp exclusively for returning IEA Team members. The focus will be on more advanced IEA riding and showing skills, including lessons from outside instructors. This group may go on field trips off the farm. Camp will begin each weekday at 9:00 am and finish at 4:00 pm. If you would like to start showing in September you must have participated in this training week.
Riding lessons during all camps will be coordinated by an NCH trainer with the exception of the IEA Training camp which will feature lessons from outside instructors. Camp also includes un-mounted sessions to cover training of key topics that every rider should know. These classes are designed to build our rider‘s self-confidence while teaching horsemanship and safety. Lessons concentrate on safety first, proper grooming, communication skills, body alignment, balance and an independent seat, which are the building blocks in becoming a good rider.
Of course we will also have lots of time for games and group activities providing fun and entertainment all week long. The camp week is structured to provide our campers with good horse sense while having lots of fun.
camp sessions run Monday through Friday on weeks listed below.
Session 1, Day Camp July 10 - July 14
Session 2, Pony Pals & Advanced Rider Camp July 17 - July 21
Session 3, Pony Pals & Day Camp July 24 - July 28
Session 4, Day Camp July 31 - August 4
Session 5, Pony Pals & Advanced Rider Camp August 7 - August 11
Session 6, Day Camp August 14 - August 18
Session 7, IEA Training Camp August 28 – September 1
Day Camp $350.00 per session
Advanced Rider Camp $350.00 per session
Pony Pals Camp $175.00 per session
IEA Training Camp $250.00 per session
A $75.00 non-refundable deposit must be paid at time of registration for all regular camp sessions, advanced camp sessions and IEA Training Camp. Payment in full is required for Pony Pals Camp at the time of registration. All registration forms must be turned in with deposit or payment. The remaining balance for all sessions is due by June 1, 2017.