2021 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 limited to 12 participants to provide a quality, individualized experience for your child. Campers will receive a workbook, 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. There may not be space in your chosen camp after this deadline.
- 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. Monday-Friday and 2:00-4:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Please note that there is not after care available on Fridays. During this time, students will help around the barn, play games, complete crafts, watch a horse movie, go fishing, and/or feed the other animals on the farm (bunny, chickens, ducks, and a pig!) Extra care is not available for Little Horse Lovers, Pony Club Camp, or Equestrian Team Bootcamp. Arrangements may be able to be made for DRA students attending those camps. Email the office for details.
- Ways to Pay: We accept checks (payable to Duzan Riding Academy), cash, Venmo and Zelle.
- 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.
- What to Bring: Treats (carrots, apples, or horse specific treats), Bug Spray, Sun Screen, Water bottle, Lunch, Hair Ties, Helmet, Riding Boots. Children will not be allowed to share food with other campers. Phones will be permitted during certain times of the day for the purpose of taking photos or checking in with parents.
- What to Wear: Campers need hard soled riding (paddock) boots with a heel and riding pants or jeans for riding, but may bring shorts or jeans and tennis shoes to change into. Jeans must not have any buttons or embellishments on pockets that might scratch saddles. A helmet will be provided for each camper. Campers may bring their own properly fitting 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 15 deadline.
Discounts Available (one per child per camp):
- Early Registration: Register and pay for camp by March 20 to receive $25 off.
- Multiple Camp/Multiple Child Discount*: Receive $25 off camp for the second child in a family or the second week of camp for the same child.
- Registration Deadline: Deadline to register is May 15. We will accept late registrations if there is space available in your requested camp.
- 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: Full sessions will be noted on the website. Registration will be closed when a given camp is full, and you will not be able to register if there are no spots available.
- 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.
How to Register
- Online Registration Form – fill out the form that corresponds to your chosen camp.
- Sign and send in DRA Disclosure & Release
- Pay by check, Venmo (@DuzanRidingAcademy), or Zelle (email@example.com).
2021 Summer Camp Schedule
Little Horse Lovers Camp
June 7 – 9 FULL Little Horse Lovers Summer Camp Registration June 7 – 9
July 5 – 7 FULL Little Horse Lovers Summer Camp Registration July 5 – 7
Novice Equestrian Camp
June 14 – 18 FULL Novice Summer Camp Registration June 14 – 18
June 28 – July 2 FULL Novice Summer Camp Registration June 28 – July 2
July 26 – 30 FULL Novice Summer Camp Registration July 26 – 30
August 9 – 13 1 SPOT Novice Summer Camp Registration August 9 – 13
Intermediate Equestrian Camp
July 12 – 16 Intermediate Summer Camp Registration July 12 -16
Pony Club D Level Camp
May 31 – June 4 Pony Club D Level Summer Camp Registration May 31 – June 4
3 Day Pony Club C Level Camp
3 Day Equestrian Team Boot Camp
Duzan Riding Academy Camp Descriptions
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 5-6 Year Olds)
*Riders must be 5 years old by the start of camp. No exceptions.
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
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 the Little Horse Lovers Camp. This camp is limited to 10 spots.
Novice Equestrian Camp (Ages 7-12)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: This camp is appropriate for riders who are new to horses or do not ride in regularly/weekly lessons. 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. Campers will also enjoy time fishing in our pond, picnics, and playing with our other farm animals including a pig, bunny, dogs, cats, chickens, and ducks. Time in the saddle includes learning proper horsemanship in a fenced arena.
On the Ground: 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:
- 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
- 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.
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 8-15)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Description: Children with a solid foundation around horses will love our camp for seasoned riders! Riders in this camp should have experience riding at the walk, trot, and canter in a group setting. Riders should have practice jumping crossrails – 2′. Riders must be taking regular weekly lessons (at DRA or another facility).
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 and/or trot
- Canter with control
- Simple and flying lead changes
- Ride on the trail 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
- Recognize leads in the canter
- Ride without stirrups
Pony Club “D Level” Camp (7 Years old and up as of January 1, 2020)
Priority Registration for Pony Club Members will occur until March 15, 2021. 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 D-3 rating knowledge and riding. On Friday, we will have an examiner at the farm to test riders who are ready for their ratings. Participants must be pony club members. 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! We cannot guarantee stall space to bring a horse to camp, but please let us know ASAP if this is something you are interested in.
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 Level Horse Management Skills
- Mock Quiz Competition
- Dressage Ride A Test – with judge and scorecard
- Sweating and poulticing legs
- Soaking and wrapping hooves
- Body clipping and show clipping
- Taking vitals
- Treating skin and hoof conditions
- Wrapping legs
- Building and wrapping a bridle
- Counting strides on the ground
- Building courses with proper strides and course design
- Keeping record books
- Safety Checks
- Vaccinations and Illnesses
- Horse Sports
- Choosing a mount
- Stable Vices
- Colors, Markings, Gaits, Breeds
- Types and uses of various training equipment
- Stall cleaning and types of bedding
3 Day Pony Club C Level Overnight Camp at Twin Towers Horse Park
Horse Rental for Sat/Sun: $100 (tack included – a $35 savings!)
Description: New this year! Friday will consist of C level horse management skills at DRA and preparing horses to leave the farm.
We will haul horses Saturday to Twin Towers Horse Park where we will work on Dressage and Cross Country. More horse management will be included, and we will camp overnight with the horses at the park.
This camp is for riders who are rated USPC D-3 or higher (in riding and horse management) and are getting ready to test for C-1 and C-2 riding and horse management.
3 Day Equestrian Team Boot Camp (Going into 4th – 12th grade)
Days: Friday – Sunday
Time: Friday 5:00-9:00 pm, Saturday 3:00-9:00, and Sunday 10:00-2:00
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 fourth grade welcome and encouraged to attend!
Activities will include:
- Question and Answer Classroom Session with a Judge
- HOURS of riding per day!
- Video recording of courses and flatwork, then evaluation of video
- Practicing USEF and IEA tests that judges may require riders to perform at shows
- 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 2’6″.
- Lunge line lessons for balance, strengthening, and improving position
- Gaining a deeper understanding of what judges look for at an IEA show
- Team bonding!
- Physical Fitness exercises
- Learn how to judge and score a course
- Mock Horse Show with riders divided into teams of 3-4 riders