July 14 - 20, 2019
This is a camp for the intermediate to advanced rider. It is not appropriate for beginners. Camper skill level is subject to evaluation by staff prior to the start of camp. Campers should bring their own horse and have the ability to handle it. Effort will be made to find a suitable horse for a qualified camper who does not have one.
This 10-day camp will take place at Experience Learning’s Sweet Water Farm, a 650-acre property adjacent to the George Washington National Forest in Sugar Grove, WV. Camp will focus on building a close relationship between rider and horse. Elements of natural horsemanship will be combined with technical trail rides though wilderness areas, mounted games (e.g., mounted archery, barrel racing), jumping, horse care and stewardship. Campers will ride every day, and there will be at least one night ride. Other activities include land and stream stewardship, caving, hiking, and team building. Campers will receive individual instruction with their horse and participate in group rides and activities.
Campers and horses will be housed at the Sweet Water Farm Community Center. In addition to bringing their personal items, campers should be the recommended supplies (we will send a list in the future) for their horse, including all tack, grooming tools, feed, helmet, and boots. Horse trailers can be left on-site a drop off and removed at pick up. Campers will stay in bunk-style housing with one overnight trip on horseback. All camping equipment and food will be provided for the campers.