Horsemanship Summer Camps for Kids in Marin
Photo: Miwok Livery Stables
Is your child fascinated by horses? Has she always wanted to learn how to ride a horse, or if she already rides, would she like to improve her skills? Horseback riding is always a popular summer activity, and a number of horsemanship camps throughout Marin for horse lovers to choose from.
Miwok Livery Stables, Mill Valley
This equestrian center on Tennessee Valley Road in Mill Valley is open for registration. All-day camp hours are 9 am to 3:30 pm, and after care is available until 5 pm. Cost is $850 per week. Registration opens February 14, 2019. These camps always sell out early! Visit www.miwokstables.com for more information and to fill out an online application, or call (415) 389-9414 for more information.
Morning Star Farm, Novato
Morning Star Farm in Novato offers both half- and full-day camps for kids 8 and up. Activities include daily riding lessons, grooming, saddling, games on horseback, trail rides, and bareback riding. The certified instructors and assistants will guide your child through the process of learning about horses. Registration opens January 15, 2019. For more information or to sign up for a camp check out the Morning Star Farm website.
San Domenico School, San Anselmo
San Domenico School, located at 1500 Buttterfield Road in San Anselmo offers horseback riding camps from 9 am–1 pm. Campers ride, groom, saddle, and bridle a horse, and learn about horse anatomy and health, as well as proper hoof care with the San Domenico blacksmith. For ages 7–13. Check website for prices. For more info, call (415) 258-1944 or www.sandomenico.org.
Halleck Creek Ranch, Nicasio
Halleck Creek Ranch in Nicasio offers summer horsemanship clinics for yout with special needs and their siblings. At Halleck Creek Ranch, children learn tolerance, compassion and respect for differences while improving their horsemanship skills. Campers will experience grooming and tacking horses, daily riding in a covered arena and on the trail, vaulting, arts and crafts and team-building games. Children ages 5 and up with a wide range of special needs including developmental, physical, and sensory challenges can participate along with their siblings. $350 per session; 20% off for families with two or more registered campers. Registration open now. www.halleckcreekranch.org
Kilham Farm, Nicasio
Nicasio's Kilham Farm offers a Summer Pony Camp for kids ages 5-12. Campers can learn to ride English style, and more experienced riders can hone their technique with any of Kilham Farm’s selection of Grand Prix-winning ponies and horses. Older kids can take riding lessons scheduled throughout the summer, too. The camps are led by trainers Holly Charlebois and her mother Elizabeth "Lumpy" Kilham, who is a former Olympic team member. They will share their expertise and love of horses with campers in a safe and friendly environment. More information: (415) 662-2232 or www.kilhamfarm.com.
Longview Stables, Nicasio
Summer Horsemanship Camps at Longview Stables in Nicasio are geared for beginners ages 6 and up, and include riding lessons and equestrian-themed games and crafts. Campers will learn proper riding position and techniques, safety, horse grooming and care, and more. Advanced camps and Jr. Counselor camps are available too. Visit www.longviewstables.com or call (415) 272-2690 for more info.
Dickson Ranch, Woodacre
Dickson Ranch in Woodacre offers four summer camps that include learning safety around horses, horseback riding and horse handling, learning to care for horses and equipment, as well as swimming, art and other fun activities. Dates for 2019 will be available soon. Call (415) 488-0454 or visit www.dicksonranch.net for more information.
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