Horsemanship Clinic

For overnight campers who want extra time to horse around.


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Horsemanship clinic offers campers the chance to have a 45-minute riding lesson each morning while also getting to participate in all that overnight camp has to offer. Campers still have the opportunity to choose from two other clinics during the morning hours and will participate with the rest of camp for the afternoon and evening activities. Each morning the campers will arrive at the barn at their clinic time and, after being fitted with a helmet and listening to a parable and short ground lesson, head to the arenas where they will find their horse tacked up and ready to go. At the end of the week the campers will have the opportunity to go on an extended trail ride through our Pine Forest led out by three of our qualified barn staff. On Saturday, campers will be able to take their parents to the barn and show them the horse that they rode throughout the week. Horsemanship clinic is a great way to be connected to horses while still experiencing other clinic options that overnight camp offers.


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Levels Program


Once your child arrives at camp, they will be interviewed by one of our qualified directors who will gauge your child’s riding ability through the questions asked. Your child will then be placed into an appropriate riding class with other campers of the same level and will be matched with an appropriate horse. Our ratio of instructor: student is 4:1. There are 4 different levels in our riding program, going from those campers who have never been on a horse before up to those who’ve ridden at home extensively. We are able to place your camper in the appropriate level for them so that they can be successful and improve during their week at camp.


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Horsemanship Levels



Independently walk, stop, and guide the horse

Ranch Hand

begin trotting their horses, learn to sit and post the trot, learn to steer their horses at a faster gait.

Trail Guide

Adds the challenge of cantering our horses and learning the diagonals at the posting trot while fine tuning steering through arena figures.

Trail Master

Refine use of natural aids to communicate and influence the horse and partner with the horse to accomplish more advanced movements.



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For the Parents


Camp Tecumseh is an American Camping Association (ACA) accredited site as well as a Certified Horseman’s Association (CHA) accredited site. Our site and safety practices meet all ACA and CHA guidelines. Our director is also a CHA certified instructor. All of our counselors and instructors have gone through training that models the CHA instructors certification training. Each child is to wear an ASTM/SEI certified helmet that is no older than 5 years of age and properly fits their head. Your child is more than welcome to bring their own helmet as long as it meets our guidelines and it fits their head properly. Long pants and closed toed shoes are required for horsemanship clinic. A proper list of items to bring to camp will come to you in a welcome packet when you register.




Contact Amie Gleason or Mary Anne Hunsberger for more details about the Horsemanship Clinic.