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Annual Summer Horse Camp Review


2012/05/02

If you can’t wait to get out of school so you can spend your time with horses, then it’s time to plan for summer camp!  You can spend days, and even nights, following your passion to ride and learn about your equine friends. There are many summer horseback riding camps offered in the mid-south area. Following is a sampling of horse-related camp activities, listed in alphabetical order. If you know of other riding camps that we’ve missed, please send camp information to the Mid-South Horse Review by email:midsouthhorsereview@yahoo.com; or call (901) 867-1755.

Aintree Farms Pony Camp 2012 is a great place for summer fun in Germantown, TN. The camp is geared for the very beginner, advanced-beginner, and more, ages 4 and up. Session One is June 11-15; Session Two is July 9-13, both from 9:00 a.m. to 2: 00 p.m. Daily activities include an hour lesson with professional staff on safe school horses, horsey arts and crafts, and creative learning about horsemanship and barn etiquette. Campers can swim at the end of the day in the neighborhood pool. Camp week concludes with a horse show where campers can show off their new skills for their parents. Instructors are Louise Turley and Jody Becker, with lots of counselors. Aintree Farm is located at 8999 Claiborne Farm Dr. For information call Louise Turley at (901) 274-4533 or email aintreefarmstable@yahoo.com.

Autumn Chase Farms 2012 summer camp is July 9-13.  Their rider education program spotlights safety, understanding, and fun. The Autumn Chase Farm camp will be held at Magnolia Manor Farm, 2600 Forest Hill Irene Rd. Germantown, TN, 38139.  A fee of $350.00 and an enrollment form should be sent to Autumn Chase Farm, 217 North Lenderman Rd, Byhalia, MS 38611 For more information, visit the website www.autumnchasefarm.com or call (901) 751-3408. To reach owner/trainer Jason Schnelle, email: jason@autumnchasefarm.com or call Jason’s cell phone (901) 378-6557.
 
B & L Stables, Gadsden, TNB & L Stables Equestrian Summer Campis open to all level riders ages 7 to 16 years. Camp days are packed with horse-back riding lessons, many educational activities, and a lot of fun! If you have a love for horses, want to learn more about them, or want to improve your riding abilities, this is the camp for you! 2012 Summer Camp Dates: June 4-8, June 11-15, and June 25-29. Camp is from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm daily. Riding Lessons and Horse Boarding are also available. Visit their website for information on camps for younger riders, ages 4-6, and Mini Camps. Contact Betsy at 731-217-3862 or visit www.BandLstables.com

Blue Ribbon Riding Academy, 439 E. Sowell Rd., Canton MS, 39046, offers the 2012 Campalooza for all ages 4 and up. Blue Ribbon camps are a fantastic way to expose children to horses, or sharpen existing riding skills. There’s lots of ride time at Campalooza and a horseshow every Friday! Camp dates are June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22 and June 25-29 from 8:30 to 2:45. Early drop-off can be arranged. For more information call Edna Curry at 601-842-0564 or visit the website www.blueribbonriding.com for a registration packet. 

Falcon Ridge Farm, 22630 Highway 18 North, Toone, TN 38381. Dates are June 18-20, 9 am-3 pm and July 23-25, 9 am-3 pm.  The camp is available to those 6-16 years old. The focus of the camp is the basics of horsemanship, riding, and grooming.  They also have hayrides, arts and crafts, a petting zoo and much more.  Camps are $200.00 with a $50.00 deposit .   Contact 731-658-5200 or mail@falconridgefarm.net.

Fisherville Farms, 1825 N. Collierville Arlington Road, Eads, TN 38028There are 8 weeks of 2012 Horse Camps which take place from 9 to 12 Monday through Friday. Unless otherwise specified camp is open to campers from ages 6 - 12.The cost is $150 with a $25 deposit due with application. Camp Dates For 2012: May 28-June 1, June 4-8, June 11-15, June 25-29, July 2-6, July 23-27, July 30-August3, August 6-10. Something new for 2012 is the Young Riders Camp during the first week of May for ages 3-6, with riding, crafts and games. All young riders will have an assistant assigned to them. All camp applications are due two weeks prior to camp start date. Applications may be submitted by email to Erin@FishervilleFarms.com, however are not complete until deposit is received.  Go to www.fishervillefarms.com for an application and more information. Call 901-854-9952.

Camp of the Rising Sun, French Camp, Mississippi: Ages 13-17 July 16-21.  Horse Campoffers a variety of horse activities and lessons for all levels of horse lovers! At horse camp, you can explore over 300 acres on horseback and learn horse-handling skills as well as how to vault—gymnastics on horseback! Horse Camp participants also enjoy meals on the trail, an overnighter, Bible studies, and other camp activities, such as crafts and time in Lake Anne. At the end of the week, parents and friends can watch as campers demonstrate their newly learned skills in their own Closing Ceremony rodeo! For me info go campoftherisingson.com(662) 547-6169

G and G Farms, Moscow, TN offers a fun Christian Horse Camp, with over 15 years experience in horsemanship. Offered to children ages 6 and up. Summer Camp meets May – Aug, Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Friday until 12 noon for $200 a week. Children bring their own lunch. We also offer overnight camp during the week Tuesday –Thursday , picking up on Friday, space limited. Overnight Weekend Camp, Fri 6pm. until Sunday 12:00 reservations only. Activities include bible study, prayer, bonfires, canoeing, swimming, fishing, trail riding and fundamentals on horsemanship for all types of riders from beginners to advanced. Use our horse or bring your own. $100 deposit is required with registration form, no refunds, space is limited.  Check our webpage for supply list and registration forms at g-ghorsecamp.com. Mail form with  deposit to: Victoria Montesi, 80 Jo Street Moscow, TN 38057 or for more information call 901-461-0655.

Holly Springs HorseCamp at YesterYear Lodge, is an overnight camp for girls for one exclusive week, July 2-9. The camp is held at the lodge near HollySprings, MS, just 45 minutes from Collierville.  Campers can stay in authentic 1800's log cabins or an Indian tipi and explore scenic HollySprings National Forest trails on horseback.  Yester Year Lodge is a re-creation of a frontier town typical of the early   1800's settlements of Mississippi. For reservations, call Terri Draper at 901-634-7484.

Horsemania Camp located at Coyote Run Arena in Mason, TN offers overnight camp for girls and day camp for girls and boys.  This is the perfect camp to introduce your child to Western Horsemanship. The lessons are taught by an HSA certified instructor with emphasis on horse safety, grooming and saddling.  Horsemania camp introduces your child to horseback riding and builds confidence in the saddle.  Weekly sessions start May 29 and continue through June and July.  Coyote Run Arena is a 74,000 sq. ft. indoor facility, so camps are never rained out.  Look at camp dates and register online at www.horsemaniacamp.com  or call Terri Draper at 901-634-7484.

Hunter’s Edge Stables at 5366 Forest Hill-Irene Road, Memphis, TN offers a variety of camps and clinics, open to children ages 6 and up who love horses.  Summer camp sessions are as follows: Session I, May 28-June 1; Session II, June 4-8; Session III, June 18-22; Session IV, July 9-14 and Session V, July 16-20. Session 1, 2, and 3 are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Session 4 and 5 are Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Campers learn how to properly care for a horse, ride, and participate in fun activities.  For more information, call Beanie Cone, head trainer at (901) 759-0450 or email beanie@huntersedgestables.com. Website: www.huntersedgestables.com.

JacksonEquestrian Center,1875 Hwy 70 E, Jackson, TN 38305 offers camps that teach both English and Western disciplines, trail rides, and more. A Buckaroo Camp for young riders is half days June 4-8.  Total Horsemanship Camp is June 11-15 Hours are 8:00-3:00 Monday thru Friday. This week focuses on 3 separate groups of riders. Beginners learn the fundamentals of horsemanship and a secure seat. Intermediate Riders will tune up their equitation and start to specialize within their riding discipline. Advanced Riders will polish up on their riding technique and learn the value of flexion and collection. Advanced Horsemanship Camp is June 19-23. For more information on activities and costs visit  www.jacksonequestriancenter.com or call: Michelle Weaver 731-697-7465 or Katherine Rice 731-499-2511, or email jeqcenter@hotmail.com

Maple Grove Farm, at 4961 Windsong Park Drive in Collierville, TN offers week-long Farm Camp for children ages 4-9 throughout June and July.  Daily activities are an enriching experiences in the outdoors, and include pony rides and petting farm, zip line, swimming pool and much more.  Camp instructors encourage each child's curiosity, creativity and capacity for personal growth in a non-denominational Christian atmosphere. Additional programs in horseback riding and swimming are offered.  For information about Maple Grove Farm Camp, schedules and fees, contact Tim and Nicole McDaniel at 901-861-7422 or visit their website at www.maplegrovefarm.net.

Marigny Park Stables at 5875 Center Hill Rd. in Olive Branch, MS has summer camp for children ages 6-16. Camp I is June 11-15. Camp II is July 9-13. Cost is $325 (early bird special by 5/15 is $300). 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, and features English hunter/jumper style riding, horse care, games, and crafts in a fun positive learning environment. Campers will also have the opportunity to prepare for the optional schooling show that follows each camp session. For more information, contact Ashley Fant at (901) 603-6231; email Ashley at ashley@marignyparkstables.com.  Visit their website at: www.marignyparkstables.com.

Oak Hill Stables, at 670 County Road 101 in Oxford, MS offers 2012 Camp Oak Hill June 24-July 29. The Horseback Riding Camp is for girls 7-19 years of age, experienced to beginner riders. Choices are overnight camping in the bunkhouse and day only camp. Camp activities include riding, swimming, arts & crafts, field trips, and horseshoes. Private and group horseback riding lessons are available in English or western disciplines.  Oak Hill Stables Bed and Breakfast is located five miles from the Square in Oxford. For more information contact Owner/Inkeeper Laura Sale at 662-234-8488 or 662-801-2084; email laura@oakhillstablesbedandbreakfast.com. Visit their website at http://www.oakhillstablesbedandbreakfast.com/

Oak View Stables at 13600 Looney Road, Olive Branch, MS offers a safe and fun introduction to horses in their 2012 Pony Pee Wee Camps for young riders aged 4-8. Sessions are June 11-15 and July 15-20. Regular Horsemanship Camps for ages 6-17 are June 18-22, June 25-29, and July 8-13, and are offered as half day and full day sessions. Camps are structured for beginner, intermediate and advanced riders.  For more information, call Rose Marie Lawson at (662) 895-4544 (barn) or (901) 550-8954 (cell) or Victoria Hickerson (901) 461-2523 (cell). Camp forms and information are available at their web site: http://www.oakviewstables.net

Old West Special Trails, at 12200 Macon Road (near Collierville-Arlington Road) in Fisherville, TN, offers summer day camps beginning May 29.  Camps are for ages 6 and up. Camps run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with a new camp starting each week. Debbie Cooley teaches western horseback riding from beginner to advanced riders, with an emphasis on safety. Campers enjoy arena riding and trail riding in mornings. Afternoons include a variety of games and crafts. At the end of the week, campers participate in a horse show on Fridays to demonstrate their new skills. For more information call Debbie Cooley at (901) 490-5555 or Danny Cooley (901) 485-4103. Visit their web site http://oldwestspecialtrails.org

Point Pleasant Farm in Mt. Pleasant, MS offers horse camp June 11-15 from 9 am - 3 pm daily. Kids will be learning basic riding skills, games on horseback, crafts and more. For information, call Robyn Miller at (901) 870-6568 or email: rdmiller927@yahoo.com. (At print time, this camp was full.)

Showcase Equestrian Center, LLC, 755 Dent Rd., Eads, TN offers several weeks of summer camp, running from 9 am – 3 pm daily: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22, June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, and July 30-August 3. Campers have two riding sessions daily plus hands-on education with the horses during “Barn Talk” programs.  These programs explore the social behavior of horses, daily life and care, nutrition, safety, and responsibilities of having horses. Campers participate in individual and team exercises, skilled riding tasks, and mounted games. Parents are invited to attend a horse show and tour the facility on the last day of camp from 2:00-3:30pm. Open to children age 5 and up. Camp is $205/week, with discounts if paid by May 20. For more information, call: 901-850-9697 or 901-270-9225. www.showcaseequestriancenter.com

South Wind Stables, at 10181 State Line Road, Olive Branch, MS, runs 6 week-long Summer Camps for children ages 5 and up, beginning June 11 (July 4th week off) and ending July 23th. Camp hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Camps are filled with hunter jumper training, trail rides, stable games, and equestrian crafts. Campers learn grooming, bathing, tacking up horses, and plenty of horsemanship skills. Campers adopt a horse each week to ride every day. Beginners through intermediate riders. Instructors are Peggy Hart and Emma Miller. For more information, contact Emma at 901-828-4199.

Trinity Farm, 10365 Monroe Lake, in Lakeland, TN, 38002 offers Session 1 Mini Camp May 29-31. Week-long camps are Session 2 June 25-29, Session 3 July 9-13, and Session 4 July 23-27. Camp is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily and includes riding lessons, horsemanship, arts and crafts, and water activities.  There is an end of the week horse show.  Cost is $375, with special times and cost for Mini Camp.  Child care is available for additional fee before and after camp.  Go to www.trinityfarmtn.com or check their Facebook page. Poppy Gunter Doyle can be reached by phone at 901-867-8682 (farm) or 901-483-2705 or by email at trinityfarmtn@aol.com

Victory Ranch Summer Camp, at 4330 Mecklinberg, Bolivar, TN is a non-denominational Christian summer camp and retreat center. Victory Ranch hosts about 800 campers each summer and features top outdoor adventure areas and great accommodations. It is located on 550 acres of rolling hills and woodlands in Hardeman County. Camp includes horseback riding among a host of other activities. Seven summer camp sessions run May 29-July 21. Some camps for boys only, some for girls only, some coed. Camp information and forms are available on their website:
http://www.victoryranch.org/summer-camp.html or call 731-659-2880.

Winterview Farm, Summer Horsemanship Camps.  Beginner Camp sessions are:
May 28-June 1; June 4-8; June18-22; June 25-29; July 2-6.  Advanced camp sessions are: June-11-15; July 9-13. For advanced camp, riders must be involved in the farm’s lesson program or be pre-approved. Winterview Farm is a Hunter Jumper Facility at 140 Spring Road in Flora, Mississippi.  Summer camps offer a full spectrum of horsemanship activities from barn chores to participating in a horse show.   Highlights include trail ride, scavenger hunt, costume theme days, games and more. Each week concludes with an awards presentation and fun show for parents and   friends to attend. The hours are 8:30 am until 2:00 pm except for show day.  For more details and registration forms, contact Susan Walt at 601-278-7563 or 601-992-4437. Visit their website: www.winterviewfarm.com.



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