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Find A Camp: Specialties: Horseback Riding Camps: CT Total: 5
1. Camp Jewell YMCA, Ranch Camp - Camp Jewell's Ranch Camp program is designed for boys and girls ages 7-15 that are interested in learning or expanding their horseback riding skills. Our lesson program provides a fun, instructional challenge to everyone from first time riders to those with years of experience. We recognize that each rider has unique riding goals and our program strives to accommodate each individual.
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The Ranch Camp Program is designed to give horse enthusiasts ages 7 to 15 the opportunity to live in a close community that focuses on learning and developing riding ability and horsemanship skills. Although the tradition of Ranch camp is a western theme, all riding is English style. We offer seven levels of riding classes to accommodate riders of all abilities from the first time rider to those with years of experience. In addition to mounted lessons, campers will also have un-mounted horsemanship classes, the opportunity for at least one trail ride, a chance to try out vaulting, time to go on a horse drawn wagon ride, and everyone in Ranch participates in the daily care of our 30+ horses.

We believe that all riders whether beginner, intermediate or advanced should receive the same quality of instructions and attention to detail. This means from day one we teach our riders to ride in a sophisticated manner using their minds and bodies competently to provide a solid foundation to grow as riders.

The one thing everyone has in common at Ranch Camp is the love and enjoyment of riding and working with horses. This creates a stronger, more personal relationship between campers in their cabins, riding groups and in the overall Ranch Camp program.

When not working with horses, campers also get to enjoy many fun activities of traditional camp such as climbing, swimming, arts and crafts, team building games, camping out, campfires and more!

All campers live Hide-A-Way Ranch, a separate property located across the lake from Main Camp. The property features its own dining hall, cabins, climbing tower, and riding facility. Campers, however, do participate in and enjoy main camp programs such as capture the flag, campfires, and waterfront activities.

2. YMCA Camp Ingersoll - Our 77-acre outdoor center is located on beautiful Jobs Pond in Portland, CT. With a great combination of open field space, modern facilities and tranquil woodlands, we are the ideal place for children to grow in spirit, mind and body.
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We understand the connection between playing and learning. That is why all of the programs at YMCA Camp Ingersoll are designed to encourage children to make new friends, learn new skills and spend time with counselors who model the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Our goal is to ensure all campers have an opportunity to:
Develop self-confidence and self-respect
Grow as responsible members of their families and communities
Form good habits of health and physical fitness
Recognize the worth of all persons
Develop a sense of world-mindedness
Develop their capacities for leadership
Develop an interest in, a knowledge of, and respect for the natural world
All while having FUN!

3. SJ Riding Camp - For the girl who loves horses, SJ is an ideal place to improve riding skills, learn more about horses, take on the responsibilities of horse care, and have fun! Girls, aged 8-16, are scheduled to ride twice a day and each day choose 4 other activities
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SJ Ranch is an ideal place to improve your riding skills, learn more about horses, take on the responsibilities of horse care, and have fun! It’s also a great place to make new friends, because everyone here shares your enthusiasm for horses!
All campers are scheduled to ride twice a day and then every day choose 4 other activities that they would like to do. They can choose more horse activities and traditional camp activities like arts and crafts, archery, tennis, acting games, or other sports and games. An optional free swim and boating period is offered at the waterfront each afternoon.
Since riders are put into groups according to their ability, lessons can be focused on appropriate riding skills. Both riding times are usually lessons in the ring, but all groups go out on a supper-ride, and might go on another trail ride if it’s hot. And taking the horses in our specially designated horse pond is an SJ summer tradition.
We’re not focused heavily on competition, although we do have a show at the end of each session—Our priorities are safety, fun and learning. Advanced riders will start to work on beginning dressage, and besides jumping in the ring will also go out and practice cross-country jumping. In barn classes everyone is taught the proper way to groom and tack up their own horse as well as more advanced things like horses care, bandaging, lunging, medical care, and training.
SJ Ranch is accredited by the American Camping Association and by the Certified Horsemanship Association and use CHA certified instructors. We are inspected and licensed by the state of Connecticut.

4. YMCA Camp Mohawk - Traditional Girls Camp in Litchfield Hills of Connecticut offering wide variety of activities for all interests
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5. Horse Camp of Hartford County - Bring a Horse to Camp-Campers will have ring and lecture instruction, trail riding, and judging, along with planned fun activities. Horses will be stabled in box stalls, while their companion sleeps in a cabin.
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Bring a Horse to Camp-Campers will have ring and lecture instruction, trail riding, and judging, along with planned fun activities. Horses will be stabled in box stalls, while their companion sleeps in a cabin.
Youth, age 11 or older, may attend with their horse. These coed sessions each accept a maximum of 48 campers
Western, Hunt, & Saddle Seat Instruction
Trail Riding
Drill Team
Stable Management
Tack Care
Horse Show
You Name It-plus swimming and recreation
3 well-balanced meals with ample quantity and variety are served daily, plus evening snack

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