Horse Camps

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About: The camp programs at Red Gate Farm will give your child memories for a lifetime. We offer a variety of half and full-day camps throughout the summer and over long school breaks. Camps are organized by age, experience and interest. This is a single-focus camp focusing on horses!

*****EARLY BIRD SPECIAL *******  DEDUCT $25 REGISTRATION FEE FROM ANY DAY CAMP, OR $100 FROM ANY SLEEPAWAY CAMP IF PAID IN FULL BY 12/1/17 (SLEEPAWAY) or 3/1/18 (DAY)  NOTE: WILL NEED TO MANUALLY DEDUCT FROM TOTAL WHEN SIGNING UP ONLINE.

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REGISTRATION: To secure your child’s spot in any camp program, please send in the following OR fill out the forms online using the link below:

  • Payment (camp fee or $100 (day) or $500 (sleepaway) non-refundable deposit plus $25 registration fee) in the form of a check payable to “Red Gate Farm”
  • A signed Camp Contract AND
  • A signed Camp Registration form

Our address is Red Gate Farm, 19255 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont, VA .

NEW ONLINE FORMS: Click here for the ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM

Summer Camp Information

Horse Sleepaway Camp: Ever wonder what it’d be like living on a farm with your favorite horses and ponies? Well here’s your chance! This camp is designed for riders ages 8-14 who are riding at the beginner/intermediate levels (no experience necessary but will also have more advanced groups for those with experience). Riders will get to participate in the day camp, but will have extra horsemanship and lessons in the afternoons/evenings. Most days will ride in two lessons, and campers will learn basic horsemanship topics (ex. Parts of horse, bareback, tack cleaning, etc). Nights will consist of fun activities including campfires, horseless horse shows, horsey movie night, horse fashion show, and camp Olympics. There may be field trips during the week. Cost is all inclusive for the camper’s room/board in a guest house on the property, all meals, lessons and field trips. If you’d like to bring a horse/pony and board with us for the week, there is an additional cost of $150 (field) or $250 (stall, limited reservations).

Advanced Sleepaway Camp: This camp is designed for riders ages 10-15 who are riding at the intermediate/advanced levels (must be comfortable jumping at least 18″ courses). This camp will allow riders to train in many different types of riding including hunters, jumpers, trail riding, cross country, dressage, fox hunting, and mounted games. Most days will ride in two lessons, and campers will learn advanced horsemanship topics (ex. Braiding, bandaging, course design, lunging, galloping pace, etc). There may be field trips during the week. Camp includes entry (coaching, horse use, entry fees) into a Wednesday night jumper show (a $150 value!). Cost is all inclusive for the camper’s room/board in a guest house on the property, all meals, lessons, field trips, and the show. If you’d like to bring a horse/pony and board with us for the week, there is an additional cost of $150 (field) or $250 (stall, limited reservations).

Eventing Sleepaway Camp: This camp is designed for riders ages 12-17 who are riding at the intermediate/advanced levels (lowest levels must be comfortable jumping 2’6″ courses, highest levels are competing at 3’+). This camp is singularly focused on eventing (dressage, show jumping, cross country). Most days will ride in two lessons, and dressage lessons will be semi privates. Campers will learn advanced horsemanship topics (ex. Braiding, bandaging, course design, lunging, galloping pace). There may be field trips during the week. Camp includes entry (coaching, horse use, entry fees) into a Wednesday night jumper show or dressage fix-a-test show (a $150 value!). Cost is all inclusive for the camper’s room/board in a guest house on the property, all meals, lessons, field trips, and the show. If you’d like to bring a horse/pony and board with us for the week, there is an additional cost of $150 (field) or $250 (stall, limited reservations).

***2018 Dates***

Dates Type of camp Hours Ages Price* Notes
June 18-22 Day 8:30-3:00 6-14 $450 No experience necessary. All levels of riders. Fun!
June 25-29 Day 8:30-3:00 6-14 $450 No experience necessary.  All levels of riders. Fun!
June 26-29 4-Day Pre-school 12:30-2:00 3-6 $220 No experience necessary.  Geared toward introductory level.  Fun!
 July 2-6  4-Day Eventing Day  (no camp on 4th)  8:30-3:00  6-14  $430  Must be able to canter in a group, and jump a small course. On-site event the last day with judge and ribbons. Eventing consists of 3 phases: dressage, stadium jumping and cross country (for those who qualify).  Longer lessons, and ground lessons also.
July 8-20 2-Week Sleepaway 6pm Sun. – 6 pm Fri. 8-14 $2800 No experience necessary.  All levels of riders. Fun!  Space is limited.
July 9-13 Day 8:30-3:00 6-14 $450 No experience necessary.  All levels of riders. Fun!
July 16-20 Day 8:30-3:00 6-14 $450 No experience necessary.  All levels of riders. Fun!
July 23-27 Advanced Sleepaway 8am Mon. – 4 pm Fri. 10-16 $1300 Must be able to jump a 18″ course.  Space is limited.
July 30- Aug 3 Eventing Sleepaway 8am Mon. – 4 pm Fri. 12-17 $1400 Must be able to jump a 2’6″ course.  Space is limited.
Aug 6-10 Day 8:30-3:00 6-14 $450 No experience necessary.  All levels of riders. Fun!
Aug 6-10 Sleepaway 8am Mon. – 3 pm Fri. 8-14 $1200 No experience necessary. All levels of riders. Fun! Space is limited.
Aug 13-17 Day 8:30-3:00 6-14 $450 No experience necessary.  All levels. Fun!
Aug 14-17 4-Day Pre-school 12:30-2:00 3-6 $220 No experience necessary. Geared toward introductory level. Fun!

camps_web_dsc_7572*Note:  Please include an additional $25 registration fee per child. This fee is for the entire summer.   $20 discount for day camps and $50 discount for sleepaway camps 2nd & 3rd week (same child) or sibling in same camp. All summer camps are weekly and include a riding lesson each day, many fun horsey topics, and horse crafts. Extended care is available for $10 per hour. Kids will ride and take care of the same pony/horse all week. Swim time is offered most afternoons on-site!

Pre-School Camp is a 4-day afternoon camp for children ages 3-6. No experience is necessary. Gentle introduction to horse safety, grooming, tacking, riding, and crafts.

Horse Camp is an all-day program for children ages 6-14, which also includes swimming. No experience is necessary. Riderscamps_web_dsc00754are grouped by ability first, then by age. We always have at least one new rider group, and a group that is cantering and jumping, and everything in between!  1/2 day horse camp,  is also offered with a pickup time of Noon.  There is no swimming or lunch time with this option.  Deduct $100 from your registration fee for the half-day option.

Eventing Day Camp is for 10-16 year olds that have experience. All riders must be able to canter in a group. All riders will learn a dressage test and a stadium jump course. Those riders that can canter a course of jumps will be allowed to learn cross-country also. More intense and individualized instruction then horse camp. The last day, all riders will perform in an event, and will win ribbons.

 

Horse Camp Riding Lesson topics: Children are grouped by ability.  Lesson topics covered depend on the children’s ability, but will include trotting, pony games, and a trail ride.  Most will ride bareback and jump also.

 Horse Camp Ground Lesson Topics:  We will be busy taking care of our horses, including grooming, feeding, bathing, saddling, and cleaning stalls. Basic veterinary and farrier (horseshoeing) duties will be discussed.  We’ll learn the parts of the horse, and about different breeds and colors.  And, just for fun, we’ll  decorate horse t-shirts and create horse crafts too.camps_web_dsc_7091

Eventing Camp Riding Lesson topics: All lessons will focus on dressage (a memorized pattern of halting, walking, trotting, and perhaps cantering for intermediate riders), stadium jumping (a jump course in the ring), and cross country jumping in the field for those who are ready.   The last day, the campers perform 2 or 3 phases of the event, scoring is introduced, and ribbons are awarded.

Eventing Camp Ground Lesson Topics:  We will be taking care of our horses, including grooming, feeding, bathing, saddling, and cleaning stalls.  Most of our time is devoted to the sport of eventing, which is the triathlon of horseback riding.  It takes time to learn our dressage tests, the rules of the sport, and how it is judged.  We will do some fun horsey crafts, and prepare for our real event!

 

Expectations:  Summer camp is the perfect time to develop a bond with their horse as well as meet new friends.  We emphasize becoming safe and responsible around horses, having fun (very important!), learning all about horse topics, and progressing their riding level.

Cancellation Policy:  The $100 deposit is not refundable.  The $25 registration fee is not refundable.  The remainder of the fees are refundable if written cancellation is made 15 or more days before the start date of camp.   If the request is made 14 or fewer days before the start date of camp,  50% of the fees will be refunded.  It is possible to move a child from one week to another if there is space.