Horseback Riding Lessons
Each riding camper will attend two periods of Horseback Riding Lessons per day, as well as one session of on-the-ground Horsemanship and one period of Barn Management, for a total of four hours of horse riding and care instruction.
Campers are paired with horses based on ability and personality. Each camper will ride five to ten different horses while at camp, interacting with a variety of equine personalities while building confidence and versatility as a rider.
A typical camp day includes one formal arena lesson and one informal lesson that will involve trail riding, bareback riding, or games on horseback.
Beginner riders will focus on basic position, safety skills, and the fundamentals of hunt seat riding. More advanced riders will improve their equitation skills on the flat and over jumps while also enjoying specialized lessons catering to their areas of interest. Horsemanship will provide campers with instruction in showmanship and horse training. Girls will have the chance to learn how to lunge, how to start a young horse under saddle, and how to set hunter and jumper courses. Campers will also attend clinics on a variety of disciplines, such as polo, western gaming, and thoroughbred racing. In Barn Management, your camper will learn the basics of equine nutrition and feeding. Girls will also receive hands-on instruction in equine first aid, and will learn how to bandage legs, take temperatures, and recognize signs of colic and other common maladies. Throughout the session, campers will participate in Special Activities such as horse shows, gymkhanas, demonstrations and clinics. Each session will culminate in a hunter-jumper horse show for campers of all skill levels, as well as an exhibition ride for parents.
All equestrian activities will take place at Bryn Mawr Farms, an upscale 50 acre full-service riding facility. The property includes over 30 stalls, three wash stalls with hot and cold water, two large tack rooms, and ten paddocks for turnout. Bryn Mawr farms also boasts an on-site nurse and examination room.
The facilities at Bryn Mawr Farms include three outdoor arenas, as well as a spacious indoor arena. Each of the outdoor arenas is larger than 100x150, providing plenty of room to work a dressage test, host a hunter/jumper show class, or hold two simultaneous group lessons of three to four students. The indoor arena is over 10,000 square feet in size, allowing it to hold a full course of eight jumps. It is the perfect spot for working on jumping gymnastics or equitation on days when the weather is less than ideal. The indoor arena also includes a heated/air conditioned viewing room, specialized footing and a built-in sound system.
Along with the arenas, Bryn Mawr Farms has acres of trails winding through a pine forest, perfect for relaxing on a hot summer day. We also have several fields equipped with cross-country jumps for riders that are interested in eventing.
Bryn Mawr Riding Camp has developed a relationship with the University of Findlay, one of the most well known equestrian schools in the United States. Horses that compete during the year as part of Findlay’s IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) Horse Shows spend their summers at Bryn Mawr Farms, helping campers reach their riding goals. These horses all have extensive backgrounds in hunters, jumpers, dressage, and/or eventing. They are primarily thoroughbreds, warmbloods, appendix horses and quarter horses. Findlay also has several ponies they send to Bryn Mawr, most of which are welsh crosses.
The Riding Director at Bryn Mawr Riding Camp and the Head Coach of Findlay’s English Equestrian Program work together to select the very best horses to come to Bryn Mawr. These horses are chosen based on skill set, show experience, and temperament. They range from Hunt Seat veterans and schoolmasters, perfect for beginner riders, to advanced dressage, hunter and jumpers horses suitable for teaching upper level riders the intricacies of the discipline.
For the summer of 2014, Bryn Mawr Riding Camp will be receiving 36 horses from the University of Findlay.
Daily Schedule of Horse Camp Activities
8:00am: Wake up
9:00am: Cabin cleanup
10:00am: Formal riding lesson (generally semi-private, concentrating on anything from dressage to cross country to jumping to hunt seat equitation to riding fundamentals)
11:00am: Stable Management period (a group on-the-ground lesson focusing on equine health, nutrition, and maintenance)
12:45pm: Free time (a supervised but unstructured period where the girls can work on small art projects, nap, write home, play jacks, etc)
2:00pm: Informal riding lesson (a group activity such as trail riding, bareback riding, games on horseback, etc)
3:00pm: Horsemanship period (an on-the-ground group lesson that will include instruction on lunging and training a horse, as well as a variety of riding demonstrations)
4:20pm: Camp activity (swimming, tennis, fine arts, archery, high ropes, etc – all taught by qualified staff members who have been trained extensively in these areas/skills)
6:00pm: Dinner in the dining hall
6:30pm: Campus time
7:15pm: Evening activity (camp fire, talent show, horse scavenger hunt, horse themed movie, etc)
Along with four periods a day of riding/horse care and one period of traditional camp activity, campers at Bryn Mawr Horseback Riding Camp have the opportunity to participate in a variety of special events. Some of these events will be horse related, while others will be traditional camp activities. Special Events often happen during “Evening Activity” time, but occasionally are integrated into the camp day. Below are a listing of some of the Special Events that your daughter might participate in:
Horse Related Special Events
Gymkhana: Games on horseback. Riders are broken into teams and participate in games such as keyhole, cupcake relay, flag race, egg and spoon, and musical horses.
Horse Show: Riders compete against other Riding Camp campers, as well as LBMC campers, in a variety of divisions. Each division (from beginner to advanced) consists of three classes, including equitation on the flat, hunter over fences, and equitation over fences. “Fences” range from a course of cavaletti poles to a full 3’ hunter course.
Equine Beauty Contest: Riders break off into groups of two or three to “beautify” their favorite horse with paint, beads, ribbons, feathers, etc. They create a new name and story for their decorated steed, which they share during the beauty parade.
Horseless Horse Show: Campers sign up for horse-show divisions with just one catch: there won’t be any horses involved! Rather, campers will walk, trot, canter and jump themselves through several classes. Judges will score campers as if it was a “real” horse show, looking for correct leads at the canter, finding spots over jumps, etc.
Traditional Special Events
Camp Fire: Campers put on warm clothes before heading down to a campfire. While there, girls sing songs, tells stories, watch skits, and eat s’mores.
Miss Firecracker Contest: Campers in different age groups choose a representative for our 4th of July competition. She is dressed up in patriotic clothing and competes against other representatives to be named “Miss Firecracker.”
Rock Star Camp: Girls choose a popular song and practice singing it with a live band! The event cumulates in a “rock concert,” where girls perform on stage for the camp community.
Movie Nights: Campers get in their PJs and grab their stuffed animals and pillows, then head to the dance studio. Once there, they munch on various snacks while watching a movie on the big screen. Because this is Horse Camp, the video tends to be horse themed – favorites include Secretariat, Seabiscuit, Dreamer, and the Animal Planet mini-series Horse Power: Road to the Maclay.
Cabin life is one of the most important aspects of a great camp experience, and our counselors are pros at helping each and every camper feel right at home.
Our West Lodge is home base for Horse Camp participants during their stay at Bryn Mawr. Cozy, comfortable, and completely modern, the West Lodge features four separate rooms as well as its own bathrooms and private showers.
Campers are grouped into rooms with other girls close in age and supervised at all times by our friendly, caring staff.
Bryn Mawr Horse Camp Staff
Our leadership staff is comprised of Horseback Riding Instructors who have years of experience preparing students to successfully compete in hunter/jumper, dressage and combined riding events. Bryn Mawr Equestrian Instructors are qualified to teach students of all abilities and levels of expertise, from first-time riders to A-circuit regulars. Every riding instructor at Bryn Mawr attends a two week training session prior to start of camp, insuring that all instructors are using the same vocabulary and are knowledgeable of each horse and all safety protocols.
Additionally, Bryn Mawr staff are trained to help campers adjust to camp life. Your camper will always be able to count on having a trusted counselor nearby to answer her questions, tell her a joke, or help her make a friend. Camper safety - both physical and emotional - is our staff’s top priority. Counselors live and sleep in the bunks, ensuring that campers are supervised at all times, day and night.
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April Callis, Camp Director
April has been part of the Bryn Mawr family since 2007. She has been involved in English Hunter/Jumper riding for over 24 years. In her teens she showed extensively on the North Carolina circuit, riding in equitation and Children’s Hunter divisions. April was an undergraduate at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, and while there rode under both Paul Cronin and Shelby French. During her Master’s and PhD studies at the University of Kentucky and Purdue University, respectively, she taught Hunter/Jumper riding lessons at several farms, including Champagne Run in Lexington.
Further, between earning her MA and PhD she spent two years running a very competitive riding program at Summerfield Horse Farm (now Greystone Farm) in Wake Forest, North Carolina, taking students to local, C and A rated shows. April is certified by the Certified Horsemanship Association as a Level 4 English Instructor and an Assistant Clinic Instructor.
We guarantee even the pickiest eater will enjoy mealtime at Bryn Mawr! To fuel campers for the long camp day, we serve three healthy meals every day in our sunny, air-conditioned dining hall, as well as afternoon and evening snacks. Our chefs, who are skilled at keeping campers both happy and healthy, serve fresh fruits and vegetables at every meal. We will do our best to meet special dietary needs.
Dates and Fees
2014 Dates & Fees
Bryn Mawr Riding Camp will offer four sessions for girls ages 9 to 15 during the summer of 2014. Please find the dates and fees below:
||June 13-June 22, 2014
| Session 2: *
||July 5-July 18, 2014
| Session 3: *
||July 20-August 3, 2014
| Session 4: *
||July 20-August 10, 2014
* Fully enrolled. Please inquire about our wait list by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deposit is half of tuition. Balance of Camp Fee must be paid in full prior to April 1, 2014.
5 Uniform T Shirts (5 additional shirts need to be purchased) and spending allowance included. This covers all trips, admissions, sundries, candies, ice cream, movies, etc.
Q: What is the background of a typical Riding Staff member?
A: Bryn Mawr Riding Camp Riding Staff come from colleges around the country. Riding Staff members have competed for Sweet Briar College, Virginia Intermont College, the University of Michigan, Western Illinois University, and the University of Maryland on their intercollegiate teams, competing at novice, intermediate, and open levels. All have extensive riding and showing experience in English riding, particularly hunt seat equitation, hunters, show jumping, dressage, and eventing. Current staff members have ridden up to preliminary level of eventing, third level dressage, and level five jumpers.
Q: What riding disciplines are taught at Bryn Mawr?
A: At Bryn Mawr Equestrian Camp, we focus on hunter/jumper riding. Riders of all levels will work on equitation, building their balance, strength, and confidence. We also allow riders to specialize in their areas of interest, be it jumpers, dressage, or eventing.
Q: What riding level is the typical Bryn Mawr camper?
A: There is no “typical” riding level for a Bryn Mawr rider. Riders range from girls who are just learning to trot independently to girls who have been competing over fences for years. Our program’s format of mostly private and semi-private lessons, along with our expansive facilities, allow us to accommodate a wide array of levels.
Q: Should campers bring their own saddles/bridles/etc?
A: While campers often have their own saddles, bridles, shin boots, grooming equipment, and tack trunks, we do not advise them to bring these things to camp. Each horse has its own specially fitted saddle and bridle that we prefer them to go in during lessons. Each horse also has its own boots, grooming materials, and saddle pads. Further, things like grooming equipment and polo wraps are easily lost.
Q: What should campers bring to ride in?
A: Campers should bring several pairs of long pants to ride in. Riders might prefer to bring breeches or riding tights, or they might prefer jeans. Either is acceptable. Riders should also bring riding boots – either tall boots or paddock boots. Riders can bring helmets, though Bryn Mawr does provide helmets for those riders who do not have them. Campers can also choose to bring riding gloves, half chaps, and/or full chaps.
Bryn Mawr Horeseback Riding Camp offers one, two or three week summer camp sessions for girls ages 9 to 15. Sleepaway Riding camp season begins June 13th and ends August 10th in 2014.
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