Summer Camp

2017 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 and jumping for experienced riders) in an English saddle- with handle if needed! 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, and will leave with a photo with their horse, a camp t-shirt, and workbook.

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 31. We will accept late registrations if there is space available in your requested camp for an additional $10 fee.
  • Ages: Children ages 7-18 are welcome, except for Little Horse Lover Camp which is 5-7 year olds.
  • Extra Care: Extended hours are available for $5/half hour per child in the morning and afternoon. Available Hours are 8:00-9:00 a.m. Monday-Friday and 2:00-4:00 p.m. Monday through THURSDAY. 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.
  • Discount Limit: Only one type of discount may be used per camp.
  • Registration Deadline: Deadline to register is May 31. We will accept late registrations if there is space available in your requested camp for an additional $10 fee.
  • Cancellations: Campers cancelling before May 31 will be charged a $50 cancellation fee. Campers cancelling after May 31 will be charged a $100 cancellation fee. 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.

How to Register

2017 Summer Camp Schedule

Little Horse Lovers Camp
June 26-30, 2017 (Full – you may register but will be waitlisted)

Beginner One Camp
June 5-9, 2017 (Full – you may register but will be waitlisted)
July 3-7, 2017

Beginner Two Camp
June 12-16, 2017
July 10-14, 2016

Intermediate Camp
July 17-21, 2017

New! Pony Club Camp
June 19-23, 2017 (Full – you may register but will be waitlisted)

Equestrian Team Bootcamp
July 31-August 4, 2017

*New for this year: Intermediate Two Camp has been combined with Intermediate One Camp for a general Intermediate Camp. Intermediate Two and Advanced Camp skills and riding will be incorporated into the Pony Club Camp.

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. You should choose a camp based on the educational horsemanship skills your child needs to learn (not riding), as students will be divided into appropriate groups for riding lessons.

Little Horse Lovers Camp (Ages 5 – Young 7 year olds)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $300
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 if needed. There are no extended hours for this camp.

Beginner One Camp (Ages 7-14)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $350
Description: This camp is ideal for new students with little to no horse experience, or for beginner riders attending a summer camp for the first time.

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. Students will get comfortable working with horses and participate in activities that teach:

  • Basic Grooming
  • Basic Nutrition and how to properly feed a horse
  • Popular Breeds, Colors, and Markings
  • Parts of the Saddle and Bridle
  • Basic Equine Anatomy
  • How to approach a horse safely
  • How to identify a horse’s expressions
  • How to lead a horse

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

Beginner Two Camp (Ages 7-14)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $350
Description: Beginner Two camp is perfect for beginner students who have some experience walking and trotting a horse on the lunge line or on their own, or for students who have completed Beginner One camp. The focus of Beginner Two camp will be more advanced anatomy, grooming, tack, and horse care.

On the Ground:

  • Give a bath
  • Clean a stall
  • Feed hay and grain to the horses
  • Catching and releasing a horse in the stall properly
  • Treat a minor wound
  • Clean and oil tack

In the Saddle:
Students with a some experience will get to ride on their own Students will participate in a horse show on Friday to show off what they have learned!

  • 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)

Intermediate Camp (Ages 7-16)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $350
Description: Children with a solid foundation around horses will love our intermediate camp!

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
  • Intro 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
  • Canter on the lunge line or alone
  • Work at the walk, trot, and canter
  • Perform a “mane” release
  • Jumping: Trot a cross rail, Trot courses of cross rails, canter course of poles
  • 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
  • Perform a “crest” release
  • Jumping: Canter a course of ground poles, Trot or Canter a course of crossrails, Trot or canter into a single jump, land, and canter on, jumps a vertical at the trot or canter, ride simple gymnastic lines
  • Perform an emergency dismount at the trot.
  • Recognize leads in the canter
  • Ride without stirrups

Pony Club Camp (7 Years old and up as of January 1, 2017)
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $375
Priority Registration for Pony Club Members will occur until March 25, 2017. 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 an examiner available on Friday for those who would like to get a certification. You do not have to be a member, but may join us in this camp if you are interested in Pony Club or would have done Intermediate 2 or Advanced Camp since we are not offering those camps this summer. 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)
  • D and C Level Horse Management Skills
  • Mock Quiz Competition
  • Mock Tetrathlon (no swimming)
  • Unmounted Polocrosse
  • Thursday night sleepover in the barn (Campers must be a DRA Student or Pony Club Member to stay overnight)

Equestrian Team Boot Camp
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $375
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.

Activities will include:

  • Question and Answer Classroom Session with a Judge
  • 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 and bending lines
  • 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
  • Horse Show on Friday with ribbons and feedback from a REAL JUDGE
  • Thursday night sleepover in the barn



Advanced Camp (Ages 12-18) Not offered for 2017. Try our new Pony Club Camp, where these topics will be covered!
Days: Monday-Friday
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Cost: $350
Description: Riders in this camp should be fully comfortable around horses and should be able to warm up a horse independently, ride at the walk, trot, and canter, and be confident in their jumping abilities.

On the ground:

  • Sweating and poulticing legs
  • Soaking and wrapping hooves
  • Using a rope halter
  • Working a horse in the round pen
  • Teaching ground manners
  • Training green ponies
  • Learning the reproductive system of the horse
  • Body clipping and show clipping
  • Taking vitals
  •  Treating skin and hoof conditions
  • Wrapping legs
  • Building a bridle
  •  Lunging and teaching horses to lunge
  • Counting strides on the ground
  •  Building courses with proper strides and course design

In the Saddle: Riding time will consist of lunge line balance lessons, riding in the fenced arena and on the trail, as well as jumping cross rails, verticals, oxers, and natural fences in the arena, jump field, and around the property. Students will learn and practice skills such as:

  • Canter courses of cross rails and 2’0-2’9” verticals with proper striding and distances
  • Perform and teach flying lead changes
  • Lateral work & Turns on the haunches and forehand
  • Counter Canter
  • Count strides
  • Ride and jump bareback
  • Canter transitions from the walk and halt
  • Ride bending lines and roll back turns
  • Demonstrate collection, flexion, and impulsion
  • Ride advanced gymnastic lines
  • Walk, trot, and canter without stirrups