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14 Days Children's Summer Ranch and Horseback Riding Vacation in New York, USA

Fun Horseback Riding Holiday in New York

This summer horse camp consists of qualified staff, experienced horses, and an excellent equestrian facility where campers, ages 7 to 17, have opportunities to expand their knowledge of horsemanship, improve their riding skills, and meet new friends. Willow Hill Farm offers twice daily riding and instruction in dressage, cross-country, and stadium jumping. Also, in this holiday, campers will have a chance to enjoy trail rides along mountain roads, scenic rivers, and wooded paths, within a six million acre state park.

Highlights

  • 2 daily horse riding sessions
  • A weekly day off excursion activity
  • Stadium jumping and trail riding lessons
  • Instruction in dressage and cross-country
  • Experienced and certified riding instructors
  • Transportation from and to the airport
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 13 nights of accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


13 days with activities in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 6

Airport transfer included: Plattsburgh International Airport

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Accommodation

During this holiday, you will be accommodated in a rustic cabin provided by Willow Hill Farm.

Program

Typical day

A typical day of camp begins with morning chores, breakfast, and a morning lesson in dressage, stadium jumping, or trail riding. Lunch is served at 12:30 followed by a short rest period and afternoon ride. Campers then graze horses, clean tack, or have a horsemanship lesson before feeding and turning out horses. Dinner at 18:30 brings everyone together again and an evening activity celebrates the end of their day.

Horse shows

There will be competitions each week starting with the B Session and be running throughout B and C sessions. Campers wishing to compete must demonstrate knowledge of safety and horsemanship. Classes are for all levels from walk-trot to jumping 3’ courses. Entry fees for beginners start at 40 USD and levels in between vary from 40 - 80 USD. Instructors confer with campers to determine which and how many classes to enter. Entry for jumping derby, usually in the B session, is 30 USD.

Benefits

Developing riding skills and competing in horse shows are both personal journeys that come with determination and hard work. Such skills enhance problem-solving abilities, organizational skills, responsibility, confidence, and poise - and encourage a life-long appreciation for agriculture. Students participating in these sports develop attributes that will make them bright future leaders and worthy candidates for future scholarships.

Riders level

Campers progress rapidly often from never having ridden to becoming safe and competent riders with excellent horse care skills. While advanced riders, with or without their own horses, learn and progress greatly.

Competitive-minded riders have opportunities to compete in schooling and recognized events and develop the skills and sportsmanship needed for progressing and winning.

Noncompetitive-minded riders improve rapidly and are equally welcomed. Campers establish many friends and develop respect for all levels and ambitions.

Why Willow Hill Farm summer horse camp?

  • Every camper gets their own horse to ride and care for
  • Experienced, certified instructors, competent in show jumping, cross country, and dressage
  • Small classes of six or less
  • Family atmosphere on a working family farm with exposure to other farm animals
  • Beautiful mountain terrain, the finest riding country to be found
  • Organic garden that contributes to healthy meals
  • Well supervised, busy days that encourage interaction and eliminate discipline problems
  • Opportunities for swimming, rock climbing, hiking, and gardening

Included excursions

A weekly day off may include going to a horse show, a local attraction / museum, swimming, or hiking.

Location

This horse riding camp will take place in Willow Hill Farm, Keeseville, New York, USA

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Twice daily riding and instruction in dressage, cross-country, trail riding, and stadium jumping
  • A weekly day off excursion
  • Laundry
  • Airport transfer from and to Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG)
  • Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
  • 13 nights' accommodation

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Plattsburgh International Airport (PBG). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Willow Hill Farm will pick you up from the airport.

You can also book your flight to arrive at Burlington International Airport (BTV) or Canadian airports. Transfer from and to these airports are available upon request. The fee to and from these airports is 75 USD each way.

Airport: Plattsburgh International Airport Airport transfer included: Plattsburgh International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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