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. The lessons are instructional, fun and will challenge everyone from first time riders to those with years of experience. All lessons are taught in a balanced, English seat so no matter your discipline you will come away from Ranch as a better rider ready to take on your next riding challenge.

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.

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 to 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. Lessons will include; traditional riding patterns on/off the rail, working over caveletti, mounted games, drill routines, sometimes a bareback ride and occasionally jumping.

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 at 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 do participate in and enjoy main camp programs such as capture the flag, campfires, and waterfront activities.

2. SJ Riding Camp

SJ is the best camp for the girl who loves horses! Improve your riding skills or learn to ride! Learn more about horses, take on the responsibilities of horse care, and have fun!

SJ Riding Camp is an ideal place to improve your riding skills, learn to ride, 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 animals, especially horses!

All riding campers are scheduled to ride twice a day. Non-riding campers will be scheduled for farm classes. Every day choose 4 other activities that you would like to do. You 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.

Non-riding campers will take care of all the animals at camp and will tend the gardens. Horse care is included as part of our new special farm program.

SJ Riding Camp is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA) and by the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and staffed with CHA certified instructors. We are inspected and licensed by the State of Connecticut and local health departments.

Counselor in Training(CIT) program available to girls going into 11th or 12th grades. Full CIT is 4 weeks plus pre-camp training and Mini CIT is 2 weeks plus pre-camp training.

Sessions are one, two, or three weeks and campers may stay for more than one session or part of a session, if space is available. Spaces fill quickly.

3. 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.

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!

4. YMCA Camp Mohawk

Traditional Girls Camp in Litchfield Hills of Connecticut offering wide variety of activities for all interests

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.

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