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.
2022 Young Rider Camp details
Ages: 8-11 years
Capacity: 16 campers
Tuition: $1,000 (base rate), $1,300 (restoration rate)
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 our Apply Here! page for information about applying for a space in summer camp and a link to our registration system.
Lead Staff for Young Rider Camp
For a taste of Young Rider Camp, check out this 2018 slideshow: