Rancho Horse Programs
Following are all of the horse camp adventures offered this summer at Rancho del Chaparral. At the bottom of the page are explanations of the levels, from beginner to advanced, so that you can place your camper in the appropriate horse camp program.
Saddle Sampler - Beginner. Grades 1-3 $290
Session 1: June 1-6. Session 6: July 20-25.
This is for the youngest campers who would like to get to know our animals at camp. Take part in a riding lesson if you choose, or just get comfortable by learning how to be a friend, by walking, grooming our horses, burros or alpacas. Enjoy all the fun of camp as well.
Saddle Up - Beginner. Grades 4-8 $350
Session 1: June 1-6. Session 2: June 8-13. Session 5: July 13-18.
In this beginning level western riding program, you will learn about horse care and safety and develop skills in the arena. You will also have a chance to participate in traditional camp activities like arts and crafts, nature exploration, archery, songs and s’mores around the campfire.
Take the Reins - Novice. Grades 5-7 $350
Session 2: June 8-13. Session 3: June 22-27.
In this advanced-beginner level riding program you will continue learning about horse care and safety and develop riding skills both in the arena and on the trail. You will also have the chance to participate in traditional camp activities like arts and crafts, nature exploration, archery, songs and s’mores around the campfire.
English Equestrienne - Novice. Grades 4-10
Session 4: June 29-July 3 ($290). Session 6: July 20-25 ($350)
In this advanced-beginner level riding program you will continue to learning about horse care and safety and explore the world of English-style tack and technique! You will also have a chance to participate in traditional camp activities like arts and crafts, nature exploration, archery, songs and s’mores around the campfire.
Trailblazers - Intermediate. Grades 6-12 $350
Session 1: June 1-6. Session 5: July 13-18.
Hit the trails in this intermediate western riding program! You will spend time perfecting the control of your horse at a walk and trot in the arena before hitting the trails, exploring new parts of camp. Learn about grooming, tack, and care of your four-legged friend and participate in the rest of the magic of camp…laughing with friends in the dining hall, singing around the campfire and more!
Rancheras - Advanced. Grades 9-12
Session 3: June 22 - July 3 ($500).
A cowgirls dream! In this intermediate/advanced riding camp, you will polish your trot in the arena and on the trail, and develop skills at the lope. Learn to pack saddle bags and head off on an overnight trip. You will get to live the rest of the camp life too!
Wrangler In Training - Advanced. Grades 9-12
Sessions 2&3: June 8-18 ($300)
Ever wonder what it takes to manage horses and younger girls at the same time? Do you want to one day work at camp in the riding program? This program will help you develop your leadership skills as well as polish your riding and horse care knowledge. You will learn how to assist our Equestrian staff with arena lessons, trail rides, ground school, and care for the horses and burros. Step outside the riding ring and also learn what it takes to plan programming and even plan at all camp event with your WIT friends. Prerequisite: Completion of “Rancheras” or equivalent riding experience. Separate application required. Campers will return home between sessions.