Camp

Get immersed in horses at CAMP!

camp registration 2018    Book early to reserve your preferred week

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✬ Full-day camps for riders aged 7 to 13 years, beginner* to advanced 

NCCP certified instructors

✬ Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm 

✬ Two daily riding sessions + horsemanship activities

✬ Weekly “Fun & Games” afternoons + swimming

Friday horse show and  afternoon demonstration for family

*In order to get the most fun and learning from the camp experience, those who have never been exposed to horses should book at least one introductory lesson at our special Introduction to Camp rate of $30 (tax included) for a 45 minute session. nearly 50% off our regular rate.

 

Previous Riding Experience

Level 1: little or no formal instruction or one or two previous weeks of riding camp

Level 2: formal instruction or multiple riding camp weeks ~ walk, trot independently and maybe done some cantering

Level 3: Currently in formal lessons and is walk/trot, canter and jumping a small course

 

2018 Camp weeks

All camp spaces sold out for 2017 so register early!

Week Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
1: July 2 – 6   
2: July 9 – 13  
    July 16 – 20 no camp this week
3: July 23 – 27 (Advanced Camp)
4: July 30 – Aug. 3  
    Aug. 6 – 10 no camp this week
5: Aug. 13 – 17  
6: August 20 -24*
Week 6 is open Level 2/3 riders who are to 1) already in the Westar riding program or         2) have done a week of Westar camp in 2018 at Level 2 or 3.
 If your preferred week is full, choose an alternate week or ask to  join the waiting list. Sometimes a space comes open  before the start  of camp.

 

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Fees  Please add hst to all fees listed

5 Day Camp: $425     

Helmet rental: $10 per week 

All fees payable in full at time of registration. Payment can be made by cheque, cash or e-transfer. Please do not send cash through the mail. If mailing registration, please contact us to confirm availability. 

Discounts

* Early Bird Payment: Register by February 1, 2018 and receive $10 off.

* Multi-week/Multi-rider: Book 2 or more sessions for one rider or 2 riders from same family in one session and receive $10 off per rider, per week.

* Maximum discount per child: $20       * Max. discount per family: $30

 

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Advanced Camp (Level 2/3)  

Level 2 riders are currently or recently registered in formal lessons, can walk and trot independently and have done some cantering.

Level 3 riders can canter comfortably and jump a small course of jumps and/or have intermediate dressage skills.

 

What to Wear and What to Bring

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Riding pants or comfortable stretch pants (jeans aren’t comfortable for riding)

Riding boots (long boots or paddock boots) or garden rubber boots with a small heel

Riding helmet (can be rented for $10/week)

You can get new equipment at area tack shops Vision Saddlery (Bells Corners), Encore Equestrian (Merrickville), Greenhawk Harness and Supply (Nepean) or Apple Saddlery  (East Ottawa) Horseworld (Ashton) or you can find many items second hand. Always buy a  helmet, new and not used to be sure it is still in good shape.

 

 

What to Bring

Change of clothes appropriate for weather: shorts and t-shirt for hot weather, running shoes and socks (no sandals or flip-flops)

Lunch, snacks, drinks, extra water

Sunscreen, bug spray, raincoat if rainy

 

 

Sample Day Schedule

9:00 – 10:00   grooming/tack up

9:30 – 10:30   ride

10:30 – 11:00 untack/put away

11:00- 12:00   horsemanship

12:00 – 1:00   lunch

1:00 -1:30      tack up

1:30 – 2:30    ride

3:00 – 4:00    horsemanship or games

Riding:  Riders are grouped according to level of experience using exercises and games designed for fun and skill development. Those with little experience will practice starting, stopping and steering at the walk and trot, while those who have mastered those skills will move on to cantering, steering over poles and small jumps as appropriate.

Horsemanship sessions will introduce riders to the topics of horse health and care, feeding, tack and a safe environment for horses and people.

Unmounted activities may include group activities such as building a model of a horse, jumping a horse course on foot, swimming, obstacle courses or other fun games to develop knowledge and understanding of horses, plus build lasting friendships.