It’s time for pony camp!

Several Virginia farms will offer pony camp sessions this summer, for beginners through advanced riders. Read on to find a camp near you!

lakeofthewoodsLake of the Woods in Locust Grove, Va., will host several beginner pony camp sessions this summer: June 23–27, June 30–July 4, July 7–11, July 28–Aug. 1, Aug. 4–8, and Aug. 11–15; each session runs 8:30 a.m. until noon, with a show each Friday. The one-week summer program has half-day activities for inexperienced riders, ages 6 and older, who want to learn the basics, including how to ride, tack, and groom horses, and gain knowledge appropriate for their age group. Lake of the Woods is also offering an advanced pony camp for proficient riders (ages 8 and older) from July 14–18 that teaches all aspects of showing, including theory, course design, and setup; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. each day. For an application and more information, call 540.927.2238 or visit http://www.lowa.org/Amenities/Equestrian-Center.aspx.

 

Woodpecker-FarmWoodpecker Farm in Woodford, Va., offers beginner pony camp sessions this summer on July 7–11, July 14–18, July 28–Aug. 1, and Aug. 4–8; each session runs 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The program focuses on teaching young equestrians proper and safe riding techniques and care for horses and equipment, along with horseback lessons, trail rides, and mounted games. Advanced pony camp for proficient riders will be held from June 23–27 and features individual instruction, guest professionals, show and cross country training, and course designing; campers receive a free division in the Tuesday evening horse show. For an application and more information, email beth@woodpeckerfarm.com, call 540.623.5581, or visit http://www.woodpeckerfarm.com.

 

hazelwildHazelwild Farm Educational Foundation in Fredericksburg, Va., offers two pony week camp sessions on June 23–27 and June 30–July 4; each session runs 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. The program is designed for children ages 6 through 11 who want to learn about horses and horse care, such as grooming, tacking, and participate in a riding activity (bareback riding, games on horseback, obstacle courses), plus the basics of mounting and dismounting properly, steering and stopping, adjusting stirrups, and simple commands. An advanced equestrian camp (competing at 2ʹ6ʺ to 3ʹ3ʺ in equitation, jumper, or show hunter) will be held from June 18–22, and an intermediate camp (competing at 2ʹ to 2ʹ3ʺ in equitation, jumper, or show hunter) is offered July 16–20; both camps include one division at a horse show. For an application and more information, email secretary@hazelwildfarm.com, call 540.891.7101, or visit http://hazelwildfarm.com/Equestrian_Center.html.

 

Hill-Top-StablesHill Top Stables in Fredericksburg, Va., offers pony camp sessions on June 16–20, July 7–11, July 14–18, and Aug. 4–8. For more information, call 540.847.3078, email hilltopstablestharp@yahoo.com, or visit www.hilltopstablesva.com.