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2015 Summer Horse Camps


2015/05/03





It’s time for summer camp! 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. Every attempt has been made to verify the accuracy of the information listed, but please check with the individual camp of interest, as information may change.

Adamo Equestrian at Stone Gate Farm,335 Roddy Branch Road, Knoxville, TN 37853. Summer camp runs 8-12 daily the entire month of June. There are two week-long sessions for riders already in a riding program and two week-long sessions for those new to horses. The summer camp program teaches all aspects of horsemanship including daily riding, horse care topics, visits by equine professionals such as farrier, veterinarian, equine masseuse, crafts and other activities. For more camp information, visit: www.AdamoEq.com. Contact persons: Matthew Lawson, head trainer 865-617-5908 or Ashley Jenkins, assistant trainer/driving instructor 865-306-1196. Email: adamoeq@gmail.com

Aintree Farms Pony Camp, at 8999 Claiborne Farm Drive, Germantown, TN 38138. The camp is geared for the beginner to the novice rider, ages 4 and up. Aintree pony camp will teach your child basic horsemanship skills both on and off the horse. Session 1:  June 8-12; Session 2:  June 22-26; Session 3:  July 6-10. Sessions run 9-2pm daily with an hour long riding lesson, horsey arts and crafts , creative learning about horsemanship and barn etiquette. Each day concludes with a swim in the neighborhood pool and we have a horse show to show off their new skills on Friday. Cost is $390 weekly. For more information contact Louise Turley at 901-748-0025 or email: aintreefarmstable@yahoo.com.

Ardor Equestrian, 4906 Canada Road, Lakeland, TN 38002. Rough N' TuffSummer Camp. For ages 6-15. Summer Camp weeks are June - September, on 80 acres of land. Campers will enjoy beginner to intermediate riding lessons, trail rides, and proper horse care. Camp fee: $375/week, with a 20% discount on your camp fee if you bring a friend. www.ardorequestrian.com or call 901-378-7859 or 901-302-7032 or email: ardor.equestrian@gmail.com.

Autumn Chase Farm, 5580 Forest Hill Irene Rd., Collierville, TN 38125,offers 2 weeks of camps: June 15-19 and July 6-10, 9 am – 2 pm daily. Camps are $350 per session. All campers will have a riding lesson every day, horse care lessons, trail rides, games, arts and crafts. The rider education program spotlights safety, understanding, and fun. For more information, visit the website www.autumnchasefarm.com to download the enrollment form or call (901) 751-3408.

Balloch Equestrian Athletesat Hidden Hills Farm, 8444 Westland Dr., Knoxville, TN 37923, offers a variety of Summer Camps; each run from 9-3 daily. 4-Day Camps: $250; June 2-5, June 8-11, June 15-18, July 6-9. 5-Day Camps: $300: June: 29-July 3, July 20-24, July 27-31. One day camp: $70. Camp includes: Proper Horsemanship - learning how to communicate and handle each horse/pony through haltering, leading, grooming, tacking and bathing. Riding Lessons - developing confidence, balance and coordination, while learning to walk/trot/canter and jump. Lunch. Horse Care - feeding/nutrition, anatomy, daily care. Arts and Crafts. Pool Party. For information, call Casey A. Balloch, 850-368-2063; email: cballoch101@gmail.com. Website: www.ballochequestrian.com

Bit By Bit Ranch,32 Browning Hills, Milan, TN 38355 will host 5 weeks of summer horse camp. We provide gentle, experienced horses and loads of fun with positive, safe horse activities. Campers learn the basics of horsemanship and spend plenty of time in the saddle, along with other fun activities to improve their riding skills and general knowledge of horses.  Camp dates are: Week 1- May 26-29; Week 2 - June 1-4; Week 3 - June 8-12; Week 4 - June 22-26; Week 5 – June 29-July 3. For more information, call LeeAnn Johnson at 731-402-0558 or visit the website: www.bitbybitranch.comor find us on facebook.

Blue Ribbon Riding Academy, 439 E. Sowell Rd., Canton MS, 39046, offers the camp for children 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 camp and a horseshow every Friday! Camp dates are June 8-11 and June 15-19, June 22-26, July 6-10, and July 27-31, from 8:30 am to 2:45 pm. Cost is $350/week. For more information and registration form, visit: http://www.blueribbonridingacademy.com/

Camp of the Rising Son, 444 Lake Road, French Camp, Mississippi 39745. Horse camp for girls ages 13-17 is July 13-18. Cost is $490.  At horse camp, you can explore over 300 acres on horseback and learn horse-handling skills as well as vaulting, which is gymnastics on horseback. Horse Camp participants enjoy meals on the trail, an overnighter, Bible studies, crafts, and time in Lake Anne. Campers enjoy riding in a covered arena on bad weather days. At the end of the week, parents and friends can watch as campers demonstrate their newly learned skills in the Closing Rodeo. For more information, visit www.campoftherisingson.com or call 662-547-6169.

Camp Sycamore Hills, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee, Ashland City, TN hosts a variety of week-long horse camps in June and July for various ages and levels of experience, from third grade to twelfth grade. Campers can learn about grooming, basic care and beginner-level riding; hit the trails; learn to jump; or sharpen their Western and English riding skills. For pricing, scheduling, and camp brochure, visit http://gsmidtn.org/camps/summer-camps/.  To learn more about their year-round equestrian programs, visit http://gsmidtn.org/ride-a-horse/.  For questions, call Carol Coats, Equestrian Manager at 615-947-3214 or email: ccoats@gsmidtn.org.

Fisherville Farms, 1825 N. Collierville-Arlington Road, Eads, TN 38028 offers camps geared toward beginner riders throughout the summer, as well as a one-week camp for riders wanting to advance to the next level. Camps run 9 am – 12 pm, open to riders ages 6 to 12: June 22-26; June 29-July 3; July 20-24; July 27-31. Intermediate camp for riders 8 to 15 runs July 13-17. For more information or to register for camp, visit www.FishervilleFarms.comor email: erin@fishervillefarms.com.

GG Horse Camp, 345 Watkins Dr., 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; $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 6 pm. 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. Information: call Victoria Montesi at 901-461-0655 or email: victoria_montesi@yahoo.com gghorsecamp.memphis@gmail.com. Website: www.gghorsecamp.com  

Hidden Hills Farm and Saddle Club, 5900 Edgemon Road, Ooltewah, TN 37363 offers seven weeks of summer camps. 5 days, 4 hours a day = 20 hours of horses! Camps are for boys and girls, run Monday through Friday, from 9:30-1:30; $250/session. 2015 Camp Dates: June 8-12, Beginner I with Callie,ages: 9-12. June 22-26, Beginner II with Callie, ages: 9-12. June 29-July 3, Pony Pals with Sarah 9:30 am-12:00 pm, $175; ages:  6-7. July 6-10, Young Beginners with Callie, ages 7-9. July 20-24, Intermediate with Callie, ages:  10-14. July 27-31, Beginner I with Callie. August 3-7, Advanced with Callie. For more information visit the website: www.hiddenhillsfarm.com/;  call: 423-488-3993 or email info@hiddenhillsfarm.com.

Hillside Stables, 2720 Red Banks Rd. N., Byhalia, MS 38611. Camps run Monday-Friday, 9am to 3 pm, June 1-5, June 8-12, and July 20-24. Campers aged 6-16 years receive daily instruction in English or western riding, plus barn activities and crafts. Campers can learn ground school with PK Theobale, round pen training and the equine obstacle course.  Campers are grouped by skill level, so everyone can have fun and improve their horsemanship. There is a large covered arena, so camp riding never gets rained out.  New camp director is Kendra Napper, a NY 4-H state champion in Dressage, Western, English and Drill Team. For more information call 901.857.7500, visit the website, www.hillsidestables.wordpress.comor find them on Facebook – Hillside Stables.

Horsemania Camp at Coyote Run Arena, Mason, TN offers an overnight camp for girls and day camp for boys and girls. The lessons are taught by an HSA certified instructor with emphasis on horse safety, grooming and saddling.  Horsemania Camp introduces beginners to Western horsemanship and horseback riding and builds confidence in the saddle. On the last day of camp parents can watch their children perform in a small horse show.  Weekly sessions start June 1 and continue through the last week of July.  Coyote Run Arena is a 74,000 sq. ft. indoor facility, so camps are never rained out. For more information visit www.horsemaniacamp.com  or call Terri Draper, 901-634-7484.

Hunter’s Edge Stables at 5366 Forest Hill-Irene Road, Memphis, TN 38125 offers a variety of camps and clinics, open to children ages 6 and up who love horses; beginners through advanced riders.  Summer Camp Session 1: May 25-29, Session 2: June 1-5, Session 3: June 15-19, Session 4: June 29-July 3, Session 5: July 6-10, Session 6: July 20-24. $375 per session. Campers learn how to properly care for a horse, ride, and participate in fun activities. There will be a camp horse show every Friday. Instruction by Beanie Cone and Louise Cohen Carruthers. For more information and to download camp flyer and application, visit www.huntersedgestables.com  or call Louise Carruthers at 901-493-4238.

James Creek Stables 1115 Dent Road, Eads, TN 38028. Basic horsemanship camp designed for kids ages 6 to 16 with a love of horses, but no hands on experience. Our goal is to give your children a well-rounded and safe understanding of horses. Summer Camp dates are: Week 1: June 8-12, 8 am-2 pm. Week 2: July 6-10, 8 am-2 pm. Cost is $200/child.

For more information, visit: jamescreekstables.com/camp or call Paige James at (901) 282-5226. Find them on
facebook at: www.facebook.com/jamescreekdentrd

Maple Grove Farm, at 4961 Windsong Park Drive in Collierville, TN 38017, offers full day Farm Camps, 8:30 am-3:00 pm., four weeks in June and three in July. Activities are enriching outdoors experiences, and include pony rides and petting farm, fishing, zip line, swimming pool and more.  Horseback riding and swimming lessons are offered.  For information about Maple Grove Farm Camp, schedule, and fees, contact Tim and Nicole McDaniel at 901-861-7422, email info@maplegrovefarm.net or visit their website at www.maplegrovefarm.net.

Menagerie Farm, 3135 Shea Road, Collierville, TN 38017, offers day camp for ages 4-12.  Full Day Camp is Monday-Friday, 8 am – 5 pm and costs $295. Half Day camp is Monday-Friday, 8 am – 12 noon and costs $245. Camps begin the last week in May and continue weekly through July 24. Campers ride daily, with a horse show at the end of the week. Western riding lessons taught. Campers can choose from a variety of other activities at camp: Tennessee Wildlife officers teach fishing and archery; seasonal gardening; care for farm animals; nature hikes; milk goats and collect eggs; low ropes course; and scavenger hunts. For camp information, call (901) 323-2200; visit http://menageriefarmtn.com/summer-day-camp/

Midland Farms, 120 Trott Rd., Bell Buckle, TN 37020 will host two summer riding camps: June 8-12 and July 13-17 from 9 am-3 pm.  Price per week is $225. Campers will learn how to handle horses safely, tack and un-tack their horse, safely ride, and care for the horse. For more information, call Christy at 931-703-8611 or visit www.midlandfarms.net  

Music City Riding Academy, 13905 Old Hickory Blvd., Nashville, TN, offers ten sessions of summer riding camps: two in May, four in June, and four in July. The Academy has operated a summer day camp program for 27 years. Campers must be 8 years of age and camp runs 8 am – 2 pm daily. Campers have riding lessons on well-schooled horses in the arena. They learn to how care for their horses, such as feeding, grooming, observing farrier work and veterinary procedures. Helmets are worn at all times when handling/riding the horses. Each camper works at his/her own pace. Camp is $250/week.  For more information and registration form, visit www.musiccityridingacademy.com or call Rebekah Hall at 615-495-7346.

Need-A-Hand Horse Training, 3815 Woodbury Pike, Murfreesboro, TN 37127. Courtney Smith, a graduate of the MTSU Horse Science Program and a professional trainer, hosts several camps for various age groups. Full day camps are 9am – 4 pm and cost $200. Half day camps are from 9am – 12 pm and cost $125. Little Tykes half day is June 8-12. Everything Horses runs July 13-17. Advanced Riding camp is July 20-24. Daily sessions will focus on riding safety, daily care, crafts and more. For more information about camps, visit  www.needahandhorsetraining.com or call Courtney Smith at 423-309-8386 or email Ryder2428@juno.com.

Oak Crest Farm, 11660 Monterey Road, Eads, TN 38028, will offer two weeks of summer camp: June 15-19, and June 22-26. Cost of the camp is $375 per week and camp times are 9am to 3pm. Oak Crest Farm offers horse and pony lovers the opportunity to develop or advance their horsemanship and riding skills in a safe and encouraging environment. Facilities include two arenas: a covered arena and an outdoor arena. The camp will include horsemanship, daily riding, crafts, and other outdoor fun activities.  For more information and to register, call Jane Olsen at 901-491-5075.

Oak Hill Stables, at 670 County Road 101, Oxford, MS 38655, offers Camp Oak Hill June 21-August 2. 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 horseshows. Private and group horseback riding lessons are available in English or western disciplines. Oak Hill Stables Bed and Breakfast, located five miles from the Square in Oxford, is available for football weekends. For more information contact Laura Sale at 662-801-2084 or 662-234-8488; email laura@oakhillstablesbedandbreakfast.com. Visit the website at www.oakhillstablesbedandbreakfast.com/

Oak View Stables at 13600 Looney Road, Olive Branch, MS 38654 offers a safe and fun introduction to horsemanship for children ages 4-17. Each camp session offers individualized instruction for all levels of riders. The activities include English riding, grooming, safety, handling, and the general care of horses. Pony Pee Wee Camp for ages 4-7, Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 12 pm, June 15-18 (one counselor per mounted student): $300.  Beginner and Intermediate riders Horsemanship Day Camp, ages 8-17, is July 6-10, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 1 pm.  Multiple riding activities and disciplines will be covered (one counselor per two mounted students. Sessions are $350/week; limited to 14 campers per week. For more information, call Sue Enright at (901) 486-6396 or Trey Lawson (901) 409-8954. http://www.oakviewstables.net

Old West Special Trails, at 1656 Collierville-Arlington Road, Collierville, TN 38017, offers summer day camps from the first week in June through the last week in July. Camps hours are Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. -12 p.m. Student horse shows on Friday. Camp fee is $300 per week. Campers learn how to care for horses as well as how to walk, trot, canter and trail ride. The culmination of camp is a horse show with awards for all. For more information visit: http://oldwestspecialtrails.org or call Debbie Cooley (901) 490-5555.

Peachtree Farms, 4819 Murfreesboro Road, Arrington, TN37014, horse riding camps are designed to improve horsemanship for riders of all ages – sportsmanlike conduct and a spirit of cooperation, patience, kindness, and partnership with the horse. Some camps specialize in dressage or jumping. Beginner day camps are offered weekly Monday - Friday during the summer starting June 1. Half-day camps are available for younger ones 4 and up. Owner Polly Peach Grammer has taught riding camps and clinics for more than 50 years. She is certified by DGWS (Division Girls Women Sports), HSA (Horsemanship Safety Association) and CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association). Polly was one of the first members US Pony Club and her programs follow the guidelines of USPC. Visit: www.peactreefarms.com; call Polly Peach Grammer at 615-419-1089 or email: polly@peachtreefarms.com

Shelby Farms Park Equestrian Camp, (ages 8-13), 7171 Pine Lake Drive West Memphis, TN 38135. Offers beginner level horseback riding lessons led by equestrian experts with 40+ years of experience. Campers will learn to be confident young equestrians who can lead, mount and dismount a horse and know how to ride safely and care for the horses. Our trained staff is passionate about providing an Equestrian Camp for children to embrace the love of horseback riding while learning lifelong skills that build character and integrity. Four one-week sessions: Monday-Thursday 8am-2pm; Friday 8am-3pm. Session I: May 25-29, Session II: July 1 – June 5; Session III: June 8-June 12, Session IV: June 15 – June 19. Camp fee is $350/session. ($315 for SFPC Members + 10% off for second child enrolled). Contact: Coral O'Connor, 901/222-7265 or coconnor@shelbyfarmspark.com

Sonny Brooke Stables, 11904 Yarnell Road, Knoxville, TN 37932, offers four weeks of Summer Horse Camp: Week I, June 1-5; Week II, June 15-19; Week III, July 6-10, Week IV, July 20-24. Camp runs 10 am -3 pm Monday – Friday. Campers will enjoy: Daily horse chores (groom, tack, bathe, turn horses out, clean stalls) • Daily riding lessons • Equine Veterinary & Farrier Demonstrations • Braiding & Lunging • Gymkhana • Highlight Horse show • Bareback riding • Horse related games and crafts. Also available: Wee Camp for ages 3-5 and Summer Intensive for intermediate riders with own horses. Trainer is Krystle Bridges. Information: 865-200-5398; email: sonnybrookestables@gmail.com; website: http://www.sonnybrookestables.com/Horse-Camp.html

Tap Root Farm, 4104 Clovercroft Road, Franklin, TN 37067 offers Summer Farm Camp. Children learn about everyday farm life – where real food comes from and how it grows. They work with large and small animals, learning how to care for them and responsibilities. Horseback Riding is a huge part of camp activities. Campers learn Western and Hunt Seat disciplines, as well as horse health and hoof care, tack care, and barn care. Advanced riders learn drill team exercises. Tap Root Summer Farm Camp gives young people an opportunity to share and experience nature’s reality, surrounded by creation. K -11th grade age groups: June 8 - 12, June 22 - 26, July 13 - 17, July 20 – 24. Visit www.taprootfarm.com ; email: summercamp@taprootfarm.com or call Susan Ingraham 615-594-3210.

Trinity Farm, 10365 Monroe Road, Lakeland, TN 38002. Summer camp dates are: May 25-29, June 8-12, Pinecrest at Trinity June 15-19, July 6-10, and July 20-24.  Hours are 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. Camp is $375 per week, and is designed for ages five and up. There is a $50 surcharge for any child requiring one-on-one assistance. Referral discounts and sibling discounts are offered. Camp activities include riding lessons, basic horsemanship, arts and crafts, and water activities. For more information, visit www.trinityfarmtn.com. For information about the Pinecrest overnight camp at Trinity Farm, please visit www.camppinecrest.org or find the Pinecrest camp brochure at www.camppinecrest.org/summer-camps. Pinecrest camp is for grades 2-6 and is $799

UT Martin Equestrian, Martin, TN, offers summer equestrian camps. Advanced Camps are June 14-17 and June 21-24 for riders ages 14-18. Intermediate camp for ages 8 and up is July 12-16. Participants gain fundamental instruction on basic horsemanship skills, regardless of experience level. Overnight camp offers 1-on-1 instruction and riders experience a day in the life of a college athlete. For more information and camp brochures, visit: http://www.utmsports.com or call 731-881-7273 or email meghanc@utm.edu

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 27-July 19. Some camps for boys only, some for girls only, some coed. Camp information and forms are available on their website:
www.victoryranch.org/summer-camp/ or call 731-659-2880

Walnut Trace Farm, 8388 Collins Road, Nashville, TN 37221, is located in Bellevue and offers weekly riding clinics during June. Clinics run Monday -Thursday from 9am -3pm with before care and after care available. Session cost is $375.00. We offer individualized instruction for beginners and advanced riders. Our mission is to teach children, ages 5-12, English horseback riding skills, horse safety, and confidence both on and off the horse.  We pair riders with safe and appropriate mounts. Daily activities include riding lessons, unmounted/ground lessons with horses, games, grooming, scavenger hunts and other horse related activities. If you are interested in a great week of riding and learning horsemanship, contact Grace Johnson at gjohnson@walnuttracefarm.com or visit www.walnuttracefarm.com

Winterview Farm, 140 Spring Road, Flora, MS 39071. Summer Horsemanship Camps offer a full spectrum of horsemanship activities from barn chores to participating in a horse show.  Beginner Camp sessions are weekly: May 25-29, June 1-5, June 15-19, June 22-26, June 29-July 3. Advanced Camp sessions are: June 8-12, July 6-10. For advanced camp, riders must be involved in the farm’s lesson program or be pre-approved. Highlights include a 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. For details and registration, contact Susan Walt at 601-278-7563 or 601-992-4437. Visit the website: www.winterviewfarm.com

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