Saddle River Equestrian offers a summer riding program for horse crazy kids. This program runs Tuesday-Friday from 9am-1pm for 8 weeks from July 9th to August 30th. Our riders range from first time beginners to advance campers. Campers are placed in riding lessons with kids of similar ages and abilities.
The majority of the day will be devoted to learning horsemanship and horse care. From the start, students learn how to handle themselves around horses and how to keep themselves and their horses safe. Campers learn the various equipment used and how to lead, groom, saddle and bridle their horses. All campers will receive one hour of riding instruction per day. Other activities such as arts and crafts are included. Time is allowed for students to enjoy other activities both indoors and out.
Lessons progress from basic flat-work to jumping for those campers who are ready. Periodic evaluations are made so that each student has the opportunity to advance as their ability increases. We encourage campers to stay for more than one session, as progress tends to compound with each successive week. All of our campers will find something challenging and exciting.
Since each session is limited, we encourage you to sign up early so that you may secure your space.
If campers are lucky enough to already have a horse of their own, they may bring them along for the week as we have stalls available for an additional fee.
Depending on the ability of the students, activities will include the following:
Each camper should come with proper attire, wearing either close fitting pants like jeans or riding breeches. Also, a hard-soled shoe with a heel (no sneakers allowed) is required as well as a securely fitting ASEF approved hunt cap with a strap (if you do not own an ASEF approved hunt cap, you can rent one for $3 a day during camp). Hair should be pulled back neatly in a ponytail or braids if it is past the participants shoulders. You are welcome to come meet with us and our horses and ponies before the summer session to discuss the individual needs of you or your child.
A grooming kit is required for each camper and may be purchased at our on-site tack shop, Little Saddler.
Please note that our regular lesson program will continue during the summer camp.
Saddle River Equestrian’s Summer Camp is pleased to offer eight consecutive sessions of camp this summer for children seven and up. Each day, campers will be riding as well as learning stable management and proper horse care. We invite you to sign up for as many as all eight sessions or as few as one.
If you sign up for camp prior to April 1st, each session is $500. After April 1st, each session is $550.
All camp weeks are Tues through Friday, 9am to 1pm. There is NO camp on Mondays, as the barn is closed.