summer camps for kids and teens in Vermont

Daily Riding Lessons


Skill & Experience

On the first day of the camp season every girl is given a brief, screening test to determine her relative ability.

If she is a beginner, with no experience, she is placed in beginners’ class, regardless of age.

If she has ridden before, but has had no instruction worthy of note, she will find herself in the next highest group, and so on–up to the classes containing the most experienced campers.

The progress of each rider is followed and discussed by the riding staff. Periodically, new class groupings are made to allow for changes in skill. Thus a girl who makes unusually rapid progress may move up quickly.

Daily Lessons

One-hour English riding lessons are held daily, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, for all girls.

For advanced beginners, intermediate riders, and advanced riders, this means that they will spend a full hour “on horse”.  Contrastingly, beginners spend 30 minutes “on horse” and 30 minutes in and around the stable.

All riders are required to arrive 15 minutes before class and stay 15 minutes after class to prep and cool down the horses.

Wednesday riding lessons are optional and therefore, girls who ride on Wednesdays often have private or semi-private lessons.

Importantly, all riding classes are strictly limited in size with beginner classes limited to 4 girls per group and advanced classes limited to 6 riders.

During daily classes, riders learn how to

  • Groom and tack up a horse
  • Proper mount and dismount
  • Walk, trot, canter
  • Seat position
  • Balance and hand position

As riders advance, they’ll learn how to

  • walk over rails
  • jump cross rails
  • jump raised rails

Advanced riders will also ride through jump courses in and outside of the ring.


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