In 2001, we introduced a summer camp here at Huntermark, and it's tons of fun! This camp gives people ages 7 and up (adults, too!) a chance to learn all about horses and horse care, get riding experience, and is also a great day care for working parents!
2018 Weekly sessions
June 18-22 (** MIHJA show at Huntermark June 23-24)
August 6-10 (*** Saddle Up for St. Jude Fun Show at Huntermark August 10)
Blue blocks - Day Camp and/or Fun Show
Red blocks - Horse Show
* Shows at another facility over the weekend. Campers who have demonstrated a good understanding and willingness to help may given the opportunity to come along to a horse show to either help and those who have excelled in riding may be able to compete in the horse show we are traveling to. If they come along to help they will have no additional expense except their meals and $5/night for hotel, but if they choose to ride in the show they will be responsible for shipping costs, entry fees, and other show related costs. See the Fees Page for more details: www.HuntermarkFarm.com/fees.htm
** Shows at Huntermark. Campers can participate in a class for free. They may choose to participate in any other classes they are eligible for at the regular price. (reg. $12/class + $10 office fee + $10 MIHJA non-member fee)
*** Fun Shows at Huntermark. Campers play all games for free. (reg. $25).
Anyone who comes to Camp, whether Beginner or Advanced, even if for just one week, will be able to compete in our horse show here at Huntermark in one class for free. They will also be able to participate in other classes at the regular cost. If you can not attend a Huntermark show the week you attend camp, you can come back to one of the later weeks that do include a horse show. If you aren't able to make either of those, you can apply the credit towards any of the remaining shows in the current season: August (MIHJA show), October (Halloween fun show).
All campers get a free T-shirt!
Please specify size when you enroll so we can order in advance.
EARLY BIRD SESSION:
The regular camp session is from 9 - 5 (they can stay after 5 and watch the lessons etc.), but some parents work early and need to get the kids on their way before 9am. During the Early Bird hours (from 7:30am - 9:00am), kids will do indoor activities such as diagrams of horse and saddle parts, horse movies, coloring sheets, arts and crafts, horse puzzles, and other games.
From 9-5 students will be with a riding instructor. Some of the morning activities include: learning about feed, how to groom a horse, how to longe a horse, how young horses are trained, how horses are judged in competitions, how to massage and stretch a horse, how to clean and condition saddles and bridles, how to clean a stall, how to bathe a horse, how to clip a horse for a show, how to pull mane, how to braid manes and tails, and everything else involved in complete horse care and showing. After lunch there will be a classroom type learning experience for around 45 minutes before the riding lesson. During the riding lesson, all of the kids will work together to groom and prepare their horses. They will have whatever assistance is needed to saddle and bridle the horse, but Advanced Campers are encouraged to help the Beginners as much as possible. The first day, some beginner riders will ride on a longe line. Students who participate in camp for multiple weeks in a row will progress quickly in their riding by taking 5 lessons a week (more than average for a beginner). For those who do multiple sessions, there will be a test they can take as many times as they want/need to, to graduate to Advanced Camp.
For kids who are already taking riding lessons (somewhere, although not necessarily at Huntermark), there will be an Advanced Camp. In the morning, the riders in the Advanced Camp can help demonstrate and teach the new students how to do the various activities covered in the morning session. In the afternoon during the riding session they will have more opportunities to jump than the Beginners, and may ride some of the greener horses. After three weeks, Advanced Campers will be given the opportunity to take a test to graduate to the lease program, which is basically an even more advanced Advanced Camp for a cheaper price for students who, after 3 weeks, are familiar with the Huntermark Summer Camp curriculum.
Huntermark's Summer Camp also includes a program for advanced intermediate riders and beyond, ages 14 and older, who have attended our summer camp and completed all of the morning activities, and passed at least 5 of the chapter tests in the camp text, What Every Hunter Jumper Rider Needs To Know About Riding Hunters and Jumpers. These campers will arrive at the farm at 9, but will be given the option to participate in the morning activity (with the exception of painting day), or work with one of the horses instead. This allows more advanced riders who are familiar with the program the freedom to use their skills independently, but in a supervised environment. After lunch, they will continue through the text until they have finished the book. In the afternoon, they will have the usual daily riding lesson so they can be given instruction and allowed to jump.
Early Bird Program 7:30am - 9:00am M-F
Day Camp (Beginner, Advanced, or Veteran) 9-5 M-F
$300 - 5 day week
$250 - additional 5 day weeks in the same season (no T-shirt or water bottle for additional weeks)
$250 - 5 day week if you refer a camp and they pay a deposit for a week of camp
Board, if you bring your own horse to camp
WHAT TO BRING:
-clothes for schooling (breeches, jods, schooling tights, chaps, jeans, stirrup pants, or spandex pants are all fine), you'll also need a hard soled shoe with a heel, preferably a pair of boots. They are available in our tack shop with prices ranging from $37 to $200.
-helmet (if you have one; if not, used helmets are free to borrow, and new helmets are for sale in our tack shop)
-clothes you can get paint on
-show clothes and boots, and black velvet/velveteen helmet (if you have them, but ONLY if you come on a week that ends with a horse show)
-lunch (refrigerator, microwave, and toaster oven are available)
-spending money is not necessary (everything you need is provided) but there will be opportunities to get horse treats, souvenirs, etc.
F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions):
Q. What if I don't have any show clothes - can I still ride in the show?
A. If it's a fun show, everyone dresses casual, like they normally would to ride. At a MIHJA show at Huntermark there are several non-rated classes at the beginner level that do not require show clothes. In some shows at other locations, show clothes are required for all classes.
Q. What if I've never ridden before?
A. No problem! Lots of people who come to our camp have never been around horses before. The horses are well-behaved and treat beginners kindly! This is a great way to get a start into the world of riding because so much exposure each day compounds more quickly than if you took one riding lesson a week for 5 weeks. Your riding ability will go from 0 to great in one fun week!
Q. What if I have ridden for years? Will I be bored?
A. Only if you don't like horses! Even for people who have been in a lesson program for years, there are many things that can't be covered in lessons such as braiding, breaking and training, judging and more. If you've been to our camp for several years and have completed the camp curriculum, come back for the veteran camp and just work with the horses and take a jumping lesson every day!
Q. What weeks are available?
A. This web site is frequently updated and all the available dates listed above are current.
Q. What if there's not a show the week I do camp? or What if I can't make it that weekend or want to come to a different show?
A. You can come back for any of the remaining shows that season (fun show or MIHJA show) and participate in your free classes.
2018 Summer Camp Applications are not yet available.
You will also need to read and sign a release form. Click here for a release form
If you have any specific questions about Summer Camp at Huntermark Farm, or if you would like to enroll, please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (309) 738-7767