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Ali, Claudia and Madison at Horse Camp

  Announcing Clairvaux’s 2020 Summer Horse Camp!

We have made some significant changes to our summer horse camp program, and we are excited to be able to serve more riders and offer a much broader curriculum! Camp will now be open to riders from 6 to 15 years old, and will run from 8:30am-3pm, Monday through Friday.

Each week will have a different theme, so riders can have fun participating in multiple weeks, learning lots of things about horse-related topics. We will have additional activities during each session, including crafts and games.


Here are the dates and the themes for each week of our summer horse camp:

Week 1: June 15-19 – Mini-EAP: Get a taste of the US Hunter/Jumper Association’s Emerging Athletes Program! This camp covers both riding and horsemanship and helps riders get acquainted with this hugely successful national training and talent-search program.

Week 2: June 22-26 – Show Camp – Learn about showing and how the Hunter/Jumper discipline works. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how a real horse show works from course design and judging, to jump crew and gate keeping.

Week 3: June 29-July 3 – Gymkhana Camp – Learn about various mounted games! This is a great chance to blow off some steam and have fun on horseback! A special Fourth of July celebration to be held on Friday.

Week 4: July 6-10 – Trail Riding Camp – Have fun and adventure riding out of the ring! Will include cross country jumping for those who are able to jump.

Week 5: July 13-17 – Top-level Grooming, Horse Care and Conditioning – Learn how horses are readied for the show ring, including bathing, mane pulling, and body clipping. This is a hands-on program. Campers will learn how to properly longe horses, as well as the practicing the steps for proper conditioning. Riding will take place both in and out of the arena.

Week 6: July 20-24 – Cowpoke Camp (Light Riding) – This camp teaches everything about horse care and management. Campers will learn about life on a farm and how we use the land to support our horses. There are opportunities to ride, but this camp is designed for horse lovers who want to appreciate and learn about horses without so much emphasis on riding. We will also have some special animal guests this week!

Week 7: July 27-31- Olympic Camp – USA! USA! Learn about the three Olympic disciplines, our teams for this year’s Olympiad, and the history of Olympic riding. The Olympics will be under way this week, so we’ll have a chance to watch some of the Equestrian competition!

You can make a non-refundable deposit for each week of summer horse camp booked ($100 per week), OR if you pay in full prior to February 1, you get some cool stuff!:

  • One week, paid in full: Free camp saddle pad
  • Two weeks, paid in full: Free camp saddle pad, plus one free practice ride
  • Four weeks, paid in full: Free Saddle Pad, plus two free practice rides
  • All seven weeks, paid in full: All of the above, plus 10% off September’s Tuition

Cost for each summer horse camp week is $450. Week 6 will have an additional $50 charge for clinics/transportation. All campers receive a T-shirt.


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