Let’s Celebrate!

The month of APRIL is a time for Celebrating! Spring is here, the snow is melting, show season is around the corner


Erin, Lindsay and their incredible Mom (Charlene) all celebrate their birthdays in the month of April!

So – ELPH GANG – let’s Celebrate!

$200 Gift Certificates for $100




These can be used on all things ELPH (just not board)

**Limit 5 per person

**Can’t be used for board

**Must bring Gift Certificate in

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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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

ELPH at the fair 2012

ELPH spent 4 days at the Champlain Valley Fair last week and we had a blast! During those 4 days we had the opportunity to meet hundreds of fellow horse lovers.

Scotty was completely in his element getting as much attention as he possibly could. Poli was a huge hit! No one could believe that he is a kind and gentle stallion. Tucker, Joker, Theo and Buzz were favorites among the children. Lucy, Levi and Artie were the pretty ones and Keeper was our diva that everyone loved!

Tucker and Scotty strutted their stuff in the parade on Friday and Erin rode Poli in the parade on Saturday.

We held a daily drawing for a FREE LESSON and our winners have been contacted via email. Congratulations to our lucky WINNERS! If you entered and didn’t win and are still interested in a lesson please contact us we would love to see you at the barn!

It was a long 4 days that we thoroughly enjoyed, we dined on the finest Fair foods… Fried dough, French fries, Coke, Lemonade and Taco salads!

See you at the FAIR next year!!! More games and more chances to win a free lesson, free camp day and more!!! STAY TUNED!!!!

**A huge thank you to my helpers — Wanda, Jen, Maureen, Grace, Jen, Mikayla, Troy, Kyle, Zanna and Renata!!!**




Pony Camp March 10 2012

The children were all such troopers! They braved the freezing temperatures to spend the day at the barn!

We kicked off our morning cleaning stalls and warming up in the Sun for a few minutes. After the stalls were clean the children went into the indoor arena to build their very own trail course. They discussed, planned and mapped out how they wanted the course to be set up. The children worked together placing the different obstacles according to their plan. Once the course was set up the children went outside and picked out which horse they wanted to ride.

During our morning ride the children did some free riding and tested their trail course.

The trail course consisted of:

  1. Opening a gate
  2. Picking up a spoonful of dirt from a barrel
  3. Balancing the spoonful of dirt while weaving through cones
  4. Going around barrels
  5. Dumping the remaining dirt into a cup
  6. Trotting over trot poles
  7. And trotting home!

Next up was lunch, and after lunch we sat down for our craft. The children made horse door hangers of their own design using foam markers, foam farm stickers and heart stickers. After the craft we had Buzz in the cross ties to help with our lesson. We reviewed the major body parts that we learned last week and the new lesson was learning the different parts of the head. Which consist of: Poll, mane, crest, face, forelock, muzzle, chin, groove, cheek, jaw and throttle.

After the lesson we drove Mojo! The children learned the different parts of the harness that was placed on Mojo and went for a carriage ride. They were able to experience the different gaits while driving: walk, trot and road trot!

A special thank you to Becky and Mojo! We had a wonderful time driving.

To view more photos of camp click here  To learn more about pony camp