Summer Camp

2018 Summer Camp Information

Duzan Riding Academy offers a variety of camps for all levels of experience and interest. Campers ride daily on our safe school ponies and horses–under the supervision of our experienced instructors. Hands on emphasis is on horse care, education, and fun- of course! All riding instruction is based on hunterseat equitation (and dressage, jumping and schooling cross country for experienced riders) in an English saddle. Camps are kept small in numbers to provide a quality, individualized experience for your child. Campers will have the option of having their own horse for the week or riding a variety of mounts. Campers will receive a workbook, a photo with a photo with their favorite camp horse, and a camp t-shirt.

We are sure to have a camp that will grow your child’s passion for horses!

Here’s what parents need to know

  • Registration Deadline: Deadline to register is May 15. We will accept late registrations if there is space available in your requested camp for an additional $10 fee.
  • Ages: Children ages 5-18 are welcome – See camp descriptions for appropriate ages for each camp.
  • Extra Care: Extended hours are available for $10/hour per child in the morning and afternoon. Available Hours are 8:00-9:00 a.m. and 3:00-4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. During this time, students will help around the barn, play games, complete crafts, watch a horse movie, go fishing, and/or feed the chickens and rabbits. There are no extended hours for the Little Horse Lovers Camp.
  • Ways to Pay: We accept checks (payable to Duzan Riding Academy), cash, and credit cards. There will be a 3% charge for Paypal (credit card) transactions added on to your invoice total.
  • Liability Waiver: Participants must have a signed liability waiver on file before participating in camp activities. Click on the link to download and send in the form. DRA Disclosure & Release
  • What to Bring: Treats for the horses and cameras are more than okay, they’re encouraged! Campers should pack their own lunch and bring a drink and/or water bottle. Children will not be allowed to share food with other campers.
  • What to Wear: Campers need hard soled riding (paddock) boots with a heel and jeans or riding pants for riding, but may bring shorts and tennis shoes to change into. A helmet will be provided for each camper. Campers may bring their own riding helmet, but bike helmets are not appropriate. Attire, helmet, and boots may be purchased at Equus Now in Lewis Center.
  • Camp Shirts: Each child will receive one camp shirt. Extra shirts may be ordered in advance for $12 each. Include payment with registration. Extra shirts may not be available for purchase after the May 31 deadline.

Registration Details

  • Multiple Camp/Multiple Child Discount*: Receive $25 off camp for the second child in a family or the second week of camp. Only one type of discount may be used per camp.
  • Early Registration*: Register by March 15 and receive $25 off camp!
  • Registration Deadline: Deadline to register is May 15. We will accept late registrations if there is space available in your requested camp for an additional $12 fee.
  • Cancellations: Campers cancelling on or before May 15 will be charged a $50 cancellation fee. Campers cancelling after May 15 up until two weeks before your scheduled week of camp will be charged a $100 cancellation fee. Cancelling less than two weeks prior to your week of camp will not receive a refund. Campers leaving camp early for non-emergency reasons will not be refunded.
  • Full Sessions: If registration is received after a session is full, registrant will be contacted with the option of registering in another open session, being placed on a wait list, or receiving a refund.
  • Please note that your spot in camp will not be reserved until you have paid for camp, and have submitted the registration form and waiver.*Only one type of discount may be used per camp.

How to Register

2018 Summer Camp Schedule

Little Horse Lovers Camp – This camp is full. If you would like to be wait listed, contact our office via email.
June 18-22, 2018

Novice Equestrian Camp
June 4-8, 2018
June 11-15, 2018
July 9-13, 2018
July 16-20, 2018

Intermediate Equestrian Camp
July 30-August 3

Pony Club Camp
June 25-29, 2018

Equestrian Team Bootcamp
July 23-27, 2018

Duzan Riding Academy Camp Descriptions

The following descriptions are guides to help you place your child in the appropriate camp. Please feel free to call to discuss camp levels and where your child should be placed. Please note that the riding skill lists do not necessarily include everything we will work on, and not every child may complete every skill. Each daily riding lesson will be specifically tailored to the individual’s readiness to do each skill, and we will progress in a safe manner at a rate comfortable for each student. We may even be able to include more activities based on the skills and learning styles of students in each particular camp. 

Little Horse Lovers Camp (Ages 5 – 7 year olds)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $325
Description: This camp is ideal for our youngest riders who just can’t wait for more time in the saddle, and for young horse enthusiasts who want to try being around horses for the first time! Activities will be centered around horses and we will use games, crafts, and stories to teach these littlest riders the basics. Each rider will have an older, experienced student leading their horse and working with them individually, as well as our regular instructors. There are no extended hours for this camp.

Novice Equestrian Camp (Ages 7-14)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $400
Description: This camp is appropriate for riders who are new to horses, do not ride regularly (weekly) or for riders who are attending a camp for the first time. We will cover a vast curriculum to create a strong foundation in horse care and riding. Each Novice Equestrian Camp will have some varied activities from week to week for repeat campers.

On the Ground: Campers will participate in games, crafts, projects, and even a scavenger hunt that will give them a good base of knowledge to get started in the world of horses. Our goal is to give participants as much safe, hands on experience as possible. Students will get comfortable working with horses and participate in activities that teach:

  • Grooming
  • Nutrition and how to properly feed a horse
  • Popular Breeds, Colors, and Markings
  • Parts of the Saddle and Bridle
  • Equine Anatomy
  • How to approach a horse safely
  • How to identify a horse’s expressions
  • How to lead a horse
  • How to bathe a horse
  • How to clean a stall
  • Feeding hay and grain to the horses
  • Catching and releasing a horse in the stall properly
  • Treating a minor wound
  • Cleaning and oil tack

In the Saddle: Students will ride daily in a fenced arena on our safe school ponies and horses under the guidance of our experienced instructors. Students will put on a show for parents on the last day of camp to demonstrate what they learned on their favorite horse! Riding focus will be on learning how to properly communicate with the horse through the following skills:

  • Mount the horse correctly
  • Hold reins correctly
  • Walking, Trotting, Stopping, Backing, and Steering with assistance.
  • Proper position on the horse
  • Learn posting trot and two point at the walk
  • Hold correct position at walk and trot
  • Ride through a series of obstacles
  • Ride safely in a group (keeping distance and passing other horses)
  • Half halt at the walk and trot
  • Start learning diagonals
  • Ground Pole work to learn foundation of jumping horses (including single poles and simple courses)
  • Other skills as riders show readiness, like cantering or jumping low fences

Intermediate Equestrian Camp (Ages 8-16)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $400
Description: Children with a solid foundation around horses will love our camp for seasoned riders! Riders in this camp should have some decent experience around horses, and should be able to tack up mostly on their own, with supervision.

On the Ground:

  • Show grooming and clipping
  • Braiding for show
  • Introduction to advanced anatomy and parts of the hoof
  • Introduction to hoof and dental care
  • Clean, assemble, and review parts of tack
  • Apply polo wraps
  • Administer First Aid
  • Identify horse breeds, colors, markings, genders, age
  • Learn horse gender terms
  • Standing wraps and leg bandaging
  • Internal systems of the horse
  • Visit with a vet and farrier
  • Take equine vitals
  • Introduction to body clipping

In the Saddle:
Students will ride daily on safe horses and ponies in our fenced arena as well as out on our trails under the guidance of experienced instructors.

  • Focus on knowing diagonals
  • Work at the walk, trot, and canter
  • Perform a “mane” release and “crest” release
  • Walking and trotting without stirrups
  • Ride bareback at the walk and trot
  • Perform an emergency dismount at the walk
  • Canter with control
  • Simple lead changes
  • Demonstrate safe trail skills and riding in the cross country field
  • Jumping: Trot or Canter courses of poles, crossrails, and small verticals  (2′) as appropriate.
  • Ride simple gymnastic lines
  • Perform an emergency dismount at the walk or trot.
  • Recognize leads in the canter
  • Ride without stirrups

Pony Club Camp (7 Years old and up as of January 1, 2018) – two sections
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $425

Priority Registration for Pony Club Members will occur until March 25, 2018. After that date, registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Description: Pony Club Members and Enthusiasts may join us for a United States Pony Club based curriculum for D-1 through C-1 rating knowledge and riding. Campers will be divided into two groups based on experience and their USPC certification, or the certification they are working towards. We will have either an examiner available on Friday for those who would like to get a certification, or a mock rally. You do not have to be a member, but may join us in this camp if you are interested in Pony Club. Riders who want to participate in this camp must be capable of at least walking and trotting a horse without assistance and tacking up a horse with minimal assistance. Horses/Ponies will be provided for all riders, but riders who have their own horse may use it for this camp. Members from other United States Pony Clubs are invited to attend!

Activities will include:

  • Daily Riding Lesson focus on the various USPC disciplines (Hunterseat Equitation, Dressage, Show Jumping, Cross Country, Games)
  • Clinicians (TBD – judges, vet, farrier, etc.)
  • D and C Level Horse Management Skills
  • Mock Quiz Competition
  • Dressage Ride A Test – with judge and scorecard
  • Sweating and poulticing legs
  • Soaking and wrapping hooves
  • Learning the reproductive system of the horse
  • Body clipping and show clipping
  • Taking vitals
  • Treating skin and hoof conditions
  • Wrapping legs
  • Building and wrapping a bridle
  • Lunging and teaching horses to lunge
  • Counting strides on the ground
  • Building courses with proper strides and course design
  • Keeping record books
  • Bathing
  • Safety Checks
  • Vaccinations and Illnesses
  • Horse Sports
  • Choosing a mount
  • Stable Vices
  • Deworming
  • Colors, Markings, Gaits, Breeds
  • Types and uses of various training equipment
  • Stall cleaning and types of bedding
  • Teeth and dentistry
  • Conformation
  • Unmounted Polocrosse

Equestrian Team Boot Camp (Ages 11-18) – two sections
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $425
Description: In this exclusive camp for our IEA riders only students will “draw” horses to ride each day. Future IEA riders going into at least sixth grade welcome and encouraged to attend! Riders will be divided into two sections to accommodate the varying levels that participate in IEA.

Priority Registration for IEA Members will occur until March 25, 2018. After that date, registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.

Activities will include:

  • Question and Answer Classroom Session with a Judge
  • 2-3 hours of riding per day
  • Outside clinicians brought in for some of the riding lessons 
  • Video recording of courses and flatwork, then evaluation of video
  • Practicing USEF and IEA tests that judges may require riders to perform at shows
  • Equitation Patterns
  • Daily course work with Equitation style courses with advanced maneuvers like roll backs, bending lines, trot fences, end fences, and option fences for riders jumping up to 3′.
  • Lunge line lessons for balance, strengthening, and improving position
  • Gaining a deeper understanding of what judges look for at an IEA show
  • Team building exercises
  • Learn how to judge and score a course
  • Horse Show on Friday with ribbons and feedback from a REAL JUDGE