Welcome to the Adventure of Residential Horse Camp
We are excited to offer another year of residential horse camp. We would love to have you join us!
Below you will find details about the adventure of horse camp.
LEVELS- This camp is appropriate for beginner through advanced.
AGES- The ages range from 9 years to 16 years old. Girls only. Each week has a variety of ages.
EQUIPMENT- No special equipment is needed but if you already have some riding apparel please bring it. A complete packing list will be sent upon registration.
WHAT'S INCLUDED- All meals and snacks are included and will be organic or natural to provide good nutritional practices for your child. We provide water around the clock as well as other drinks. We provide helmets, all tack and the horse. We also supply all tools, equipment and equine grooming supplies.
CHECK IN-OUT- Check in time is Sunday at 6:00 pm and Pick up time is on Sunday at 12:00. We can provide Airport pick up for a small fee at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
COST- $1500. Your deposit of $500 will be deducted from the total cost. Balance is due April 1st payable by check or online. Send checks to 6910 My Lady's Way, Waxhaw, NC 28173
SAFETY- Helmets are required at all times while on the horse. Safety rules are used for mounted and unmounted activities. We employ a few simple rules for the safety of all. Instructors and/or directors have a minimum of First aide/CPR training through the red cross.
PACKING LIST- Will be sent upon registration. No extra items will need to be purchased.
MEDICAL/BEHAVIOR/MENTAL ISSUES- If your child has a significant Medical/Behavior/Mental issue please contact me to discuss the suitability of this camp for your child. We are not trained or equipped to handle some challenges. All issues regarding these things must be disclosed before or on your registration.
Information for the camper
Your own horse for camp:
Who hasn't dreamed of having her own horse? Well, here is your chance to experience that dream. You will be assigned your own horse for camp. Each day will be filled with the responsibility of caring, riding and bonding with one special horse.
You will get to know your horse on the first riding day and start the full care and become that horse’s new best friend.
Will I be the only new girl? No. While we do have quite a few repeat campers many of the girls are coming for the first time and are coming without a friend. Each girl is eager to make a friend and it’s easy when everyone loves horses and animals!
Can I bring a friend? Yes, you are welcome to bring a friend or sibling.
You will learn what it is like to have a horse of your own. Areas of health care, farrier care, training, barn management or course design will be part or your learning experience. Riding lessons cover blocks of skill appropriate for each rider’s individualized skill level.
Your riding time:
We start out with a written and then riding evaluation to determine the best horse match for you and to determine your riding goals for the week.
On Monday you are assigned your new horse and we design your lessons based on your previous experience and your riding goal. You will ride in two sessions per day and each session lasts approximately an hour. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced rider your lessons will compliment your skill level.
We will be using a skill block system. Once we have evaluated each rider’s existing skill level, the rider will then be challenged to master the next skill blocks. Riders can move up at their own pace but will enjoy learning new things while improving and utilizing their existing skills.
Some riding sessions may be trail riding, bareback riding or a free ride.
Other activities are swimming, horse movie nights, games, and visiting the exotic and farm animals.
What type of riding do you teach? English Equitation and Jumping.
How do I contact my child? In case of an emergency you can call the camp cell phone. This number is provided in the registration confirmation letter. You may also send emails that will be printed out and given to your child.
Are there any other fees? No.
Will she need spending money? No.
Can she bring a cell phone, Kindle or i pod? NO. To maintain safety for all, no cell phones or electronics are allowed. That includes turned off in a suitcase. If one is required for travel it can be turned in upon arrival at the camp. If you want to pack a camera make sure it is only a camera with no other capabilities.
Who stays with the campers at night? At least 2 adult staff members. The facility owners also live on site and are on the first floor of the bunk house.
How many girls are in each week of camp? Our camps are for up to 12 girls.
Should extra food snacks or drinks be sent? NO. We will supply healthy food, drinks and snacks. Food is not allowed in the bunk rooms so as not to encourage ants and there is limited food storage in the kitchen.
Our camp is held at the Ark which is a 125 acre equestrian center with exotic and farm animal habitats. If she loves animals she will love the Ark. This equestrian park includes: 150 ft x 250 ft covered arena, outdoor stadium jumping course, trails, dressage arena, and Extreme Cowboy course.
The bunk house has two bunk rooms, 4 full bathrooms, game room, den, activity room and kitchen-dining room. Also, outside covered picnic areas and a great swimming pool where you can cool off after a long day at the barn.
The Ark is located in Monroe, NC about 25 minutes south of Charlotte, NC. Directions will be included in the welcome letter.