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Young Rider Horse Camp

~connect with horses, maybe for the first time!~

This small-group session is designed for our younger campers looking for an introduction to horsemanship and ranch life.

2023 Young Rider Camp details

July 16-21

Ages: 8-11 years

Capacity: 16 campers

Tuition: $1,300 (base rate), $1,600 (restoration rate)

Session Info

This session was created in 2016 as an answer to the high demand for very limited spaces for beginner riders in our All-Level Horse Camps. Campers will learn basic horse handling and riding skills, plus we'll do lots of crafting, music and fun ranch projects.

Our approach to horsemanship emphasizes the special relationship between children and horses. Everyone spends time grooming and caring for the horses and learning safe ground habits. We ride primarily bareback, especially with beginning riders. This may seem counter-intuitive, but 30+ years of experience have taught us that children learn to ride much faster bareback, gain their balance more quickly, develop a more empathetic relationship and better communication with the horse, and are actually safer without the trappings of tack to get tangled in and distracted by.

This year, Young Rider camp will run parallel to Music Camp. The two groups will share most meals, but riding sessions, sleeping quarters, and almost all activities will be separate (with the possibility of guest star opportunities if campers are interested!).

If you haven’t already, please visit our main About Camp  page

to get a feel for our camp philosophy, history and the scope the Ekone Summer Camp program

Please visit the Apply Here! page to find out how to sign up!

All skill levels are welcome; passion and enthusiasm are the only prerequisites!

If you want to pair horses with making lots of amazing art, take look at Art & Ponies Camp

Please contact us with any questions! summercamp@ekone.org509.773.4536

Lead Staff for Young Rider Camp
...coming soon!

For a taste of Young Rider Camp, check out this 2018 slideshow:

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