New Canaan Mounted Troop’s 2019 Horseback Riding Camp provides children 7-13 the opportunity for daily horseback riding lessons while learning all about horses and their care. For non-riders, we also offer an “Equine Care Only” camp, where campers will learn to work with horses in the barn.
This is a “hands-on” camp that also includes daily activities, games and more, in a closely supervised environment.
You must register and pay for camp online.
NCMT offers 2, one-week and 3, two-week summer horseback-riding camp sessions and Equine Care sessions, all for children ages 7 through 13. Through expert instruction and fun activities in a closely supervised environment, your child will gain a great appreciation of horses. The camp week runs Mondays through Thursdays (with exceptions indicated below*.) Please note that session dates are subject to possible changes in the event of an extension of the school calendar.
Session I June 17 – June 20 (one week only)
Session II June 24 – June 27 (one week only)
Session III July 1, 2, 3, 5* & July 9, 10, 11, 12
*The barn will be closed Thursday, July 4th (holiday)-July 4th’s camp day will be rescheduled to Friday, July 5th. There is a horse show on Sun., 7/7; to give the horses a chance to rest, camp will resume on Tues. 7/9.
Session IV July 15, 16, 18, 19 – July 22, 23, 24, 25*
*There will be no camp on July 17th due to a Horse Show. Camp day will be rescheduled to
Friday, July 19th
Session V July 29 – August 8
NCMT Members (families who are currently enrolled in our academic-year Horsemanship program)
$625.00 per session I or II
$1,125.00 per session III through V
Non-Members (families who are NOT currently enrolled in our academic-year Horsemanship program)
$675.00 per session I or II
$1,200.00 per session III through V
MULTI-SESSION DISCOUNT: Families that register multiple campers and/or any individual camper for more than one session receive a 10% discount off total camp fees.
Equine care sessions include everything EXCEPT riding lessons:
$400.00 per one-week session
$775 per two-week session
$450 per one-week session
$825 per two-week session
A limited number of scholarships may be available for those who qualify.
Please contact the office for scholarship information.
The camp day runs Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30am to 1:30 pm (except as noted above). Campers should be dropped off and picked up in the parking lot in front of the main barn. Should your child need to leave early or arrive late, please notify the instructor or a counselor in advance.
NCMT lesson horses range from beginner to advanced levels. Riding lessons take place in the outdoor arena or the indoor ring. Camp activities and lectures are run in the indoor learning center or outdoors.
Each camper is assigned a horse or pony appropriate for his or her level, which he or she will ride and care for each day under close supervision. The camp day is scheduled into time blocks during which campers are taught tasks related to horse care, stable management, equipment care, and general horsemanship. The daily schedule includes a one-hour group riding lesson, an equine care lecture, barn chores, arts & crafts and a lunch/activity break with free time for rest or play. NCMT’s unique “hands-on” approach to horsemanship allows campers to build relationships with our horses as if they were their own and encourages responsibility, independence, and teamwork.
Sample of Camp Schedule:
8:30 Arrive and check in
8:30 – 9:00 Groom & tack-up your horse/pony
9:00 – 10:00 1-hour riding lesson
10:00 – 10:30 Cool down, un-tack, bathe and graze your horse; clean and put away equipment.
10:30 – 11:00 Equine care lecture and/or demonstration
11:00 – 12:00 Arts and crafts activity
12:00 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 Barn chore (example: sweep, clean and fill water buckets, horse laundry, etc.)
1:30 Dismissal and pick-up
In addition to riding, campers participate in several other activities, such as:
- Equine Care Instruction: NCMT instructors and camp counselors give short lectures, play educational horsemanship games, or give demonstrations on topics that include equine anatomy, first aid, safety, specialty equipment, bits, feeding and much more.
- Arts, Crafts, and Other Fun Stuff: We offer a variety of arts & crafts activities, including tie-dyed
T-shirt making, jewelry making, picture frame painting, equine ornament design, etc. There may even be surprise Theme Days, so Halloween costumes could come in handy!
- Horseless Horse Shows: Campers also participate in a horseless horse show, competing for ribbons in a gymkhana-style format during each two-week session.
- Children 12-13 years old: The curriculum for 12-13 years old will have a more in-depth program about horse health, horse shows and designing a course.
Children who do not wish to participate in riding lessons can sign up for equine care, general horsemanship, games and arts & crafts activities only.
Each camper is responsible for bringing his/her own lunch on a daily basis in a cooler or thermal lunch container. Please remember to pack additional drinks on hot days. Water coolers are available in the riding and activity areas for all campers.
NOTE: If your child has any food or other allergies, please note this information on the medical treatment form provided with enrollment materials.
Each camper needs to bring the following each day:
- Riding helmet with harness*
- (ASTM-SEI approved helmets required)
- Paddock or tall riding boots
- Riding gloves are recommended
- Britches or jodhpurs
*Campers are not permitted to participate in riding activities if they have lost or forgotten their helmet. Please be sure to clearly mark your child’s name inside the helmet.
REGISTRATION AND CANCELLATION POLICY
Enrollment applications are held in order of arrival on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority registration will be given to NCMT members until March 20, 2019. Enrollment will be open to the general public after that date. Completed applications are due by April 22, 2019 for ALL Sessions.
Full tuition payment is due by May 1st for all sessions: Cancellations made at any time are subject to a 25% cancellation fee. If we are ultimately able to fill the spot, the cancellation fee is waived. We do not offer make-up sessions for missed camp days.