Horseback Riding Camp
Horseback Riding Adventure Camp is situated alongside the C&O Canal with amazing trails, fields and facilities. No matter your skill or experience level, all horseback riders can have a blast at our Horseback Riding camp. On Monday, campers are divided up into different groups based on their skill level and age. From there, campers are teamed up with a horse to build a relationship for the rest of the week. Each day is comprised of fun-filled games, challenges, and horse education both on and off the horse. Most of the campers’ time is spent on the Calleva Farm, and there is an option to splash around in the creek or pond to cool off on those steamy days. On Thursday and Friday the horseback riders will spend the night camping out under the stars.
The Horseback Riding camp has a progressive, three-level program to allow campers to build skills from week to week. Within each level of the horseback riding program, campers will be pushed to challenge themselves to build their skills and confidence in and out of the saddle.
*As Campers are divided by instructors into skill based groups for the week, it is usually not possible to accommodate friend requests.
Horseback Riding does have a Thursday Overnight including Week 11.
Monday: Demonstration of horsemanship and basic skills. Campers are divided into groups based on skill level & age, grooming/tacking.
Tuesday: Riding skills, behavior around horses. Lessons plans specific to each level.
Wednesday: Riding in different environments (indoors, cross country, trail, fields), games.
Thursday/Friday (Overnight): Reading horse behaviors, obstacle races, trail rides, games, etc.
Locations: Calleva Farm
Riding Information: Campers will ride in a 60 minute lesson most days. Upon arrival to the barn in the morning campers will be paired with a partner and assigned to one horse which they’ll share for the whole week. They will catch their horse together, groom him/her, tack him/her and turnout at the end of the day together. The first group of campers will ride in the morning in a 5-rider lesson of 60min. They’ll do different riding activities each day, focusing on a variety of skills. The level of riding varies from group to group. While that half of the group is riding, the other half will do a various activities around the barn/farm which may include some chores (tidying up their areas and their horses’ stall), games, craft projects, as well as working on their song for the weekly Calleva Song Competition. After lunch the groups will swap so that everyone has the opportunity for a 60 minute lesson as well as unmounted activities.
On Monday the lesson is typically 45 minutes due to teaching riders how to catch their horses as well as how to properly groom and tack them.
Thursday the campers get an additional riding session (about 30min) which may be an evening trail ride or a session of vaulting (gymnastics on the horse).
Optional GearBag to purchase: Calleva is offering campers the option to purchase a GearBagduring checkout which includes all the camping gear you will need for your overnight. These duffle bags come home with your camper on the bus before the overnight so it can be packed with personal clothes and toiletries!
Rain/Storm Plan: We are aware that there are concerns regarding Rain & Storms at camp. All Calleva activities take place outdoors, and sometimes the weather requires a change in itinerary. If for any reason, severe rain or storm requires us to stop a group’s activity, the Instructor & Head Counselor for that group will activate their pre-planned alternate activity. Each group has its own alternative plan, which includes a safe location under cover. For adverse weather (such as severe storms), groups have access to nearby temporary shelters or can use Calleva bus as a temporary shelter. We will continue with outdoor activities as long as it’s possible to be safe and with happy campers.