Equestrian Programs

Learn about horses and riding in a fun, safe atmosphere.

Throw on a helmet and saddle up! Camp Tecumseh’s equestrian programs provide a range of experiences for those who have never ridden a horse to the most experienced riders. In our state of the art equestrian facilities, campers learn empathy, leadership, listening, and awareness as they grow in confidence as a rider, care for their horse, all while making new friends. Accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association and the American Camping Association, there is no safer place to ride.

 

Mission

Character Building on Horseback

Building character in the equestrian program starts with the relationship between horse and rider. Every horse in our herd has it’s own personality and preferences, as does every camper. By tapping into this unique relationship, we teach our campers how to read and respond to non-verbal feedback, how to understand the ways actions and behavior affects others, and how to build a successful partnership with those different than you. The equestrian program strives to teach the following values: listening, empathy, leadership, and awareness.

Listening

90% of human communication is non-verbal. Learning to read a horses non-verbal cues provides excellent practice for campers striving to communicate more effectively with people.

Leadership

Great leaders help others succeed. As campers learn to read a horse’s honest feedback, they learn when to be assertive, when to back off, and how to lead their horse through a successful ride.

Empathy

Is the horse scared, excited, bored, or hungry? Understanding how a horse is feeling goes a long way towards understanding a horse’s behavior. Learning to empathize doesn’t just help us build better relationships with horses. It helps us build better relationships with people.

Awareness

Riders must constantly be aware of their environment to ensure both the rider and the horse stays safe. Tuning into these environmental factors and looking out for the safety of their horse give campers practice thinking beyond themselves.

Safety

There’s no safer place to ride a horse

With rigorous safety protocols and certifications from trusted organizations, Camp Tecumseh provides a safe environment to stretch beyond your comfort zone, learn new skills and techniques, and enjoy riding.

Safety gear

Every rider wears an ASTM/SEI certified helmet no older than 5 years of age that properly fits their head in addition to long pants and closed-toe shoes.

Safety checks

Before every ride, a proper safety check is performed that checks the rider, the horse, tack, the environment, and the horse/rider relationship.

Expert instructors

Our director is a Certified Horseman’s Association instructor. In addition, all of our counselors and instructors go through a week long training modeled after CHA’s instructor certification training.

Certifications

Camp Tecumseh is proud to be certified by the American Camping Association (ACA)and the Certified Horseman’s Association (CHA). Our site and safety practices meet all ACA and CHA guidelines.

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Equestrian Camp

For boys and girls age 11-15 who love horses.

A partner to our Overnight Camp program, Equestrian Camp helps campers grow in faith, trust, friendship, joy, responsibility through a mix of equestrian programs and traditional overnight camp programs. With both Western & English lessons, equestrian campers ride every day according to their skill level, learn to care for their horses, all the while making new friends. Girls attending Equestrian Camp live in one of our female equestrian cabins. Boys attending Equestrian Camp are mixed in with traditional overnight cabins.

The right horse

Camp Tecumseh’s stable includes over 60 horses, and our expert staff knows each and every one of them. Every camper is paired with a horse that is compatible with their personality, ensuring success for both the rider and the horse. In addition, each camper is intentionally placed with the instructor that fits their personality best.

English & Western

Equestrian Camp features lessons for both western riders and English riders. For campers staying two-weeks, campers may choose to ride one style the first week, then switch styles the following week. Riders will choose their preferred style when talking to the Equestrian directors at the beginning of the week.

Incredible lessons

All of our talented instructors, in addition to equestrian experience, go through a rigorous week long training modeled after CHA’s certified instructor training. With a 1:4 ratio in classes and lessons campers receive lots of individual attention while lessons plans based on riding level help each camper grow at their own pace.

Overnight Camp

In addition to equestrian activities, equestrian campers are an important part of the overnight camp experience. Equestrian campers get to take part in chapels, aquatics time, meal times, evening programs, campfires, and devotions, while making friends and taking part in activities with campers in overnight camp cabins.

Mornings on horseback

After breakfast and chapel, every equestrian camper heads to the barn. Each morning starts off with a horsemanship parable that relates an aspect of riding to a Biblical verse.

Grooming & Tacking

Campers begin their day by grooming and tacking their horse. Brushing, cleaning, picking feet, saddling, and bridling are all part of the morning routine before riding.

Early morning trail rides

Once a week, campers take an early morning trail ride. Rising with the sun, the early morning trail takes campers through the Oak Forest. Afterwards, they had back to the barn and eat breakfast.

Lessons

Every morning, campers participate in a high-quality hour long riding lesson. Based on their skill level, riding lessons give kids practical experience

Barn Responsibilities

In addition to grooming and tacking horses in the mornings, campers are responsible for keeping the barn clean. From sweeping out horse stalls, to picking up around the arena, campers learn to take responsibility for themselves, their horse, and their space.

Ground School

In addition to riding lessons, campers take part in activities like the barn Olympics, the Amazing Horse Race, career day, arts and crafts, climbing, and team building, in addition to spending time in the classroom learning more about horses.

Equestrian Levels

Levels Program

Camp Tecumseh’s levels program helps pair campers to lessons best suited to their riding ability. Upon arriving at Camp, campers are interviewed by one of the equestrian directors to gauge the child’s riding ability. There are six different levels ranging from brand new riders to riders who regularly show and ride at home. In addition to riding ability, each level includes instruction on parts of the horse, general horse knowledge, understanding horses non-verbal signals.

After passing both a written and riding portion of a skills check, equestrian campers receive a bolo tie signifying that they have mastered the skills at that level and are ready to move to the next level.


Colt

Understands basic practice of leading a horse. Can describe a safety check. Can mount with assistance. Can ride confidently at the walk.


Yearling

Can perform a safety check. Mounts and rides the horse with balance and basic control while walking and trotting.


Mustang

Shows increased independence in executing basic horse care procedures. Demonstrates control and effectiveness while trotting and is beginning to produce a canter.


Bronco

Shows increasing independence in executing basic horse care procedures. Demonstrates leadership in assisting other campers. Shows increased balance and control while trotting. Can produce and maintain a canter at will and on the correct lead.


Junior Wrangler & Wrangler

Shows initiative in assisting staff. Shows balance and control while walking, trotting, and cantering. Is familiar with the purpose and use of lateral suppling aids and uses them to make positive improvements in the horses’s way of going, while maintaining balance and an independent seat. 


 

Afternoon Clinics

In addition to mornings at the barn, every equestrian camper spends two afternoons at the barn taking part in clinics. Representing some of the most creative riding experiences available, clinics provide kids with an opportunity to meet new friends, try new things, and experience the possibilities of what horses can do beyond traditional events like jumping and reining. Campers choose four clinics each week.

Camper favorites like driving put kids behind the wheel of a cart pulled by a mini horse. Medieval archery allows kids to fire bow and arrows from horseback, and broom polo pits teams against each other as they work together to push a yoga ball across the arena to score points.

Driving

Grab the reins of a horse cart pulled by one of Camp’s miniature horses.

Medieval Games

Transform into a medieval knight with activities like jousting and mounted archery (with foam toys).

Bareback

Learn to ride a horse without using a saddle.

Clipping/Braiding

Care for and dress up a horse’s mane and tail.

Drill Team

Learn to march in time and in line with a team of riders.

Mounted Trail Obstacles

Learn to ride a horse through an obstacle course.

Additional clinics include bathing, cowboy mounted shooting, broom polo, race relays, pony club games, and pony round up and more.

*Not all clinics are available every week and not all clinics are listed

Equestrian Day Camp

For local horse-lovers ages 11-12

Following the traditional Day Camp schedule, Equestrian Day Campers spend time at the barn gaining hands on experience with horses during group activity time. Riding every day, they receive instruction from our highly-qualified teachers in a class of riders with similar riding ability.

Riding Instruction

On Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, campers spend an hour receiving riding lessons from our expert instructors.

Riding Fun

On Thursday, campers take an extended trail ride through the pine forest. On Friday, campers have the chance to try riding bareback or drive a pony cart.

Ground School

Campers spend time learning how to groom and tack a horse, as well as learning about the different parts of a horse, tack parts, breeds, colors, markings, and basic horse care.

 

Equestrian Day Camp Experience Levels

Equestrian Day Camp will run for two separate sessions during the summer. Make sure you sign up early, as spots are limited. If you have questions about which level your child is, please contact our Equestrian Director, Amie Gleason.

July 10-14 | Beginner

Designed for those riders with less than 10 hours of horse experience. Activities during the week will be tailored to building riders confidence on and off the horse.

July 17-21 | Intermediate

For riders with more than 10 hours of horse experience. Activities on and off the horse will be designed to challenge their horsemanship.

Horsemanship

For overnight campers who want more time with horses

Horsemanship is the perfect option for campers who love overnight camp but want to spend time with horses. Taking up one clinic period during the mornings, horsemanship allows campers to choose two other morning clinics and take part in all afternoon and evening overnight camp activities. Upon arriving at the barn, campers will be fitted with a helmet, receive a ground lesson, and head out to the arena for a riding lesson where their horse will be tacked up and ready to go. Horsemanship campers go on an extended trail ride through the pine forest led by our qualified barn staff. On Saturday at check-out, families are welcome at the barn to meet the camper’s horse.

Levels Program

Camp Tecumseh’s levels program helps pair campers to lesson plans best suited to their riding ability. Upon arriving at Camp, campers are interviewed by one of the equestrian directors to gauge the child’s riding ability. There are four different levels ranging from brand new riders to riders who regularly show and ride at home.


Nighthawk

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

Shows increasing independence in executing basic horse care procedures. Demonstrates leadership in assisting other campers. Shows increased balance and control while trotting. Can produce and maintain a canter at will and on the correct lead.


 

Trail Rides

Get a taste of life on horseback

A relaxing ride through the pine forest, trail rides are a great first-time riding experience and a great way to see Camp in a different light. A nice walk on a flat gravel trail led by Tecumesh staff provides a memorable experience. Trail rides during the summer cost $9 and are deducted from a camper’s trading post account.

Dates & Availability

Your Camp Tecumseh adventure is right around the corner.

Next summer is closer than you think. Browse our calendar to learn more about session dates, session availability, and current pricing. If a session is open, we have a spot for your child! If it is waitlisted, it has already filled. However, join our waitlist and you’ll be notified of availability as spots open up. Registration for sessions is still available if you wish to join the waitlist. We can’t guarantee spots will become available for campers on the waitlist.

’17
Boys Overnight Summer Camps
2017 Boys Overnight Summer Camp Week 1 Jun 11 – Jun 17 Waitlisted $665
2017 Boys Overnight Summer Camp Week 2 Jun 18 – Jun 24 Waitlisted $665
2017 Boys Overnight Summer Camp Week 3 Jun 25 – Jul 1 Waitlisted $665
2017 Boys Overnight Summer Camp Week 4 Jul 2 – Jul 8 Waitlisted $665
2017 Boys Overnight Summer Camp Week 5 Jul 9 – Jul 15 Waitlisted $665
2017 Boys Overnight Summer Camp Week 6 Jul 16 – Jul 22 Waitlisted $665
2017 Boys Overnight Summer Camp Week 7 Jul 23 – Jul 29 Waitlisted $665
2017 Boys Overnight Summer Camp Week 8 Jul 30 – Aug 5 Waitlisted $665
2017 Boys Overnight Summer Camp Week 9 Aug 6 – Aug 12 Waitlisted $665
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Girls Overnight Summer Camps
2017 Girls Overnight Summer Camp Week 1 Jun 11 – Jun 17 Waitlisted $665
2017 Girls Overnight Summer Camp Week 2 Jun 18 – Jun 24 Waitlisted $665
2017 Girls Overnight Summer Camp Week 3 Jun 25 – Jul 1 Waitlisted $665
2017 Girls Overnight Summer Camp Week 4 Jul 2 – Jul 8 Waitlisted $665
2017 Girls Overnight Summer Camp Week 5 Jul 9 – Jul 15 Waitlisted $665
2017 Girls Overnight Summer Camp Week 6 Jul 16 – Jul 22 Waitlisted $665
2017 Girls Overnight Summer Camp Week 7 Jul 23 – Jul 29 Waitlisted $665
2017 Girls Overnight Summer Camp Week 8 Jul 30 – Aug 5 Waitlisted $665
2017 Girls Overnight Summer Camp Week 9 Aug 6 – Aug 12 Waitlisted $665
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Boys Equestrian Summer Camps
2017 Boys Equestrian Summer Camp Week 1 Jun 11 – Jun 17 Waitlisted $755
2017 Boys Equestrian Summer Camp Week 2 Jun 18 – Jun 24 Open $755
2017 Boys Equestrian Summer Camp Week 3 Jun 25 – Jul 1 Waitlisted $755
2017 Boys Equestrian Summer Camp Week 4 Jul 2 – Jul 8 Waitlisted $755
2017 Boys Equestrian Summer Camp Week 5 Jul 9 – Jul 15 Open $755
2017 Boys Equestrian Summer Camp Week 6 Jul 16 – Jul 22 Open $755
2017 Boys Equestrian Summer Camp Week 7 Jul 23 – Jul 29 Waitlisted $755
2017 Boys Equestrian Summer Camp Week 8 Jul 30 – Aug 5 Waitlisted $755
2017 Boys Equestrian Summer Camp Week 9 Aug 6 – Aug 12 Waitlisted $755
’17
Girls Equestrian Summer Camps
2017 Girls Equestrian Summer Camp Week 1 Jun 11 – Jun 17 Open $755
2017 Girls Equestrian Summer Camp Week 2 Jun 18 – Jun 24 Waitlisted $755
2017 Girls Equestrian Summer Camp Week 3 Jun 25 – Jul 1 Open $755
2017 Girls Equestrian Summer Camp Week 4 Jul 2 – Jul 8 Open $755
2017 Girls Equestrian Summer Camp Week 5 Jul 9 – Jul 15 Waitlisted $755
2017 Girls Equestrian Summer Camp Week 6 Jul 16 – Jul 22 Waitlisted $755
2017 Girls Equestrian Summer Camp Week 7 Jul 23 – Jul 29 Waitlisted $755
2017 Girls Equestrian Summer Camp Week 8 Jul 30 – Aug 5 Waitlisted $755
2017 Girls Equestrian Summer Camp Week 9 Aug 6 – Aug 12 Waitlisted $755
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Boys CILTs (Campers in Leadership Training)
2017 Boys CILT Session Jun 11 – Jun 24 Waitlisted $1,265
2017 Boys CILT Session Jun 25 – Jul 8 Waitlisted $1,265
2017 Boys CILT Session Jul 9 – Jul 22 Waitlisted $1,265
’17
Girls CILTs (Campers in Leadership Training)
2017 Girls CILT Session Jun 11 – Jun 24 Waitlisted $1,265
2017 Girls CILT Session Jun 25 – Jul 8 Waitlisted $1,265
2017 Girls CILT Session Jul 9 – Jul 22 Waitlisted $1,265
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Adventure Trips
2017 Whitewater Rafting I Jun 18 – Jun 24 Waitlisted $1,000
2017 Florida Keys Sailing Jul 9 – Jul 22 Open $2,020
2017 Horse Pack Trip Jul 22 – Jul 29 Open $1,100
2017 Whitewater Rafting II Jul 30 – Aug 5 Limited Space $1,000
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Day Camp
2017 Day Camp Week 1 Jun 19 – Jun 23 Waitlisted $130
2017 Day Camp Week 2 Jun 26 – Jun 30 Waitlisted $130
2017 Day Camp Week 3 Jul 3 – Jul 7 Waitlisted $130
2017 Day Camp Week 4 Jul 10 – Jul 14 Waitlisted $130
2017 Equestrian Day Camp Week 4 Jul 10-14 Waitlisted $160
2017 Day Camp Week 5 Jul 17 – Jul 21 Waitlisted $130
2017 Equestrian Day Camp Week 5 Jul 17 – Jul 21 Open $160
2017 Day Camp Week 6 Jul 24 – Jul 28 Waitlisted $130
2017 Day Camp Week 7 Jul 31 – Aug 4 Waitlisted $130

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Register & Prepare

Sign up and get ready for Equestrian Camp

Equestrian Camp: $765/week

Equestrian Day Camp: $160/week

Horsemanship: $75/week (in addition to overnight Camp fee)

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From registration forms, to packing lists, to check-in day, there is a lot to get ready. Don’t worry though, we make it as easy as possible to prepare for your child’s week at camp.

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