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.
Activities and Features
Outdoor Activities General Outdoors Hiking
Performing Arts Dance Drama
Health and Nutrition Vegetarian
Horseback Riding General Horseback Riding English Western
Individual Sports General Individual Sports Archery Tennis
Team Sports General Team Sports Basketball Volleyball
Water Sports General Water Sports Recreational Swimming Canoeing Fishing Kayaking
Arts and Crafts General Arts and Crafts Fabric Design Jewelry Design Woodworking
Miscellaneous General Miscellaneous Actvities Environmental Farming Leadership Skills Photography