ELPH Horse Camp June 2014

ELPH Summer Horse Camp June 2014


cleaning tackThroughout the week our campers learned-about and experienced first-hand the different types of chores around the barn such as mucking stalls (with pitch forks), scrubbing water buckets, picking rocks out of the outdoor ring, feeding horses (including preparing grain) and cleaning the saddles and bridles (with saddle soap and oil). They learned why each chore was important and why they needed to be done everyday if not twice a day!  One camper said “This is harder than taking care of my cat!”
Tucker anatomy


Each day the campers had a lesson. Some of the things we went over included: horse safety, different types of horse breeds, horse colors and their different markings, how to bathe a horse, body parts, how to keep a horse healthy and what signs to look for if they are sick, how to measure a horse, what parts of the tack are called, what horses eat, and what different types of jobs the horses may have.

Campers rode every morning and afternoon. If they were not riding in the afternoon, they were learning about showmanship, the importance of the horse ground-manners, and how to properly lead a horse. While riding, the campers learned how to steer, stop, walk, and have proper posture on the horse. By the end of the week some campers were trotting and posting along on the correct diagonal. Campers were able to try both English and Western and rode 6 different lesson horses throughout the week.Riding








Campers went for walks on the trails and played games such as horseless horse shows, cross-tie limbo rock, red light green light, and frozen tag.

During our afternoons we made crafts such as horse collages, t-shirts, and ribbons/numbers for our horse show at the end of camp week.

Horse showOn Friday we invited the camper’s parents/family/friends to come and watch all of their learnings and hard-work come together in an ELPH camp horse show. To prepare for the show the campers had to bathe Buzz, clean tack, and prep the indoor arena for the show. They made numbers for their backs, we braided manes and tails, made sure the horses were clean and groomed very well, and the campers all had their own hair braided with ribbons. By 2pm they were ready to compete! The campers were divided up into two divisions: A and B. We had two classes within each division: Showmanship and Equitation. The campers learned an actual showmanship pattern used by the ELPH kids who compete at horse shows. The pattern was to: set up at cone A, walk to cone B, at cone B pivot, walk half way to cone C and back 2 steps, then walk to judge, set-up for inspection and do the quarter-system. These campers picked up on showmanship so quickly; I was in tears just watching how quickly they embraced one of my favorite classes.  After showmanship the campers competed in an Equitation class.  They rode around the ring in both directions at a walk, halted, backed up, and some campers were even asked to trot!  At the end of the horse show each camper was given a blue ribbon and an ELPH Summer Horse Camp trophy.

Ribbons and trophies

What a fun-filled week at horse camp! Thank you to our ELPH kids for helping out and making the week even more fun!

Our next ELPH horse camp is in July 


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Horse Camp Photos June 2014

Fall Camp 2012







Fall Camp

For children ages 5 and up. Children will be kept very busy with horseback riding, games on horseback, crafts, barn chores, caring for the horses, fun barn games, lessons on horse anatomy, breeds, tack and more! During the warmer days children will get to bathe the horses, learn the proper way to clean the tack and have some water fun of their own!

All while making friends at ELPH!

Fall Camp 2012:  Every Saturday in September and October from 9:00am – 12:00pm 

Dates: September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and October 6, 13, 20, 27

Camp 2012 Fee’s: $50 per day

Or buy a package:

  • $180 for 4 days
  • $225  for 5 days
  • $380 for 9 days — all of the Fall camps
What to bring and wear at Camp:
  • Children will need to bring snacks, lunch and a drink
  • Water bottle
  • Wear jeans – even if it is hot out
  • Footwear needs to be sneakers or rain boots (must have a heel)
  • Please bring a helmet (bike helmets are fine) if you don’t have one we will provide one (supplies are limited)
  • Dress for mess (no open toe shoes, dresses, skirts, shorts)
  • During the warmer days – Bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, hat or sunglasses

Print form here: ELPH camp form. Please bring your forms in with you on the first day of camp.

A non-refundable deposit of $75 will be required to hold your child’s spot for camp if your child is doing 5 days or more. The remaining funds must be handed in no later than the first day of camp.

There is a limit of 10 children per camp day!

Please contact us for more information.

We still have some spots left!

For the last horse camp this Summer! 

Fall camp starts on September 1, 2012!

Monday August 6 – Friday August 10 from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Camp 2012 Fee’s:
  • $75 per day
  • $200 for 3 days
  • $260 for 4 days
  • $325 for 5 days

For more information: Summer Camp at ELPH

Pony Camp April 28 2012

Our last day of spring pony camp was a COLD DAY!

The children all pushed through the cold bitter morning doing their barn chores. We kept stopping into the tack room or the huge sawdust pile to warm up!

Once the chores were finished; we decided to relax and watch a movie in the heated tack room while snacking on popcorn. We watched the movie called Felicity An American Girl Adventure. The movie is about Felicity Merriman and Elizabeth Cole they are best friends growing up in colonial Virginia. Felicity saves a horse from her neighbor who isn’t very kind to the horse. The children all loved the movie!

After the movie we had lunch in the heated tack room to stay warm!

Once we cleaned up after lunch the children made their craft. We made backpack clips using string and horse charms.

Around 1:30 it was finally warm enough to get the horses and tack up!!

We set up a trail course with a lot of different patterns:

  • Weaving through cones
  • Trotting over poles
  • Walking through and backing up through a set of poles
  • Cutting across the diagonal to different letters while trotting or walking
  • Circling around and backing up

We even had a few extra minutes to play Red light, green light.


*Special thanks to Mikayla for helping

*Special thanks to all of the Mom’s and Dad’s for sharing your incredibly sweet, fun, brave horse loving children with us!

SEE You at Summer Camp!