Beginner lessons teach how to safely ride a horse, with the focus on leading, mounting and dismounting, steering, stopping, moving forward, and being aware of others around us. Advanced lessons in horsemanship teach more effective communication with the horse through a combination of dressage and jumping, as well as aspects of training horses. Riders learn how to care safely for horses as part of their riding lessons. All lessons are supervised by a CHA instructor. Finished grade 5 and older. Limited space available. Additional fee. No refund for missed horsemanship classes due to trips or weather.
*The horsemanship program strives to provide a safe and enjoyable experience to horses and riders. Due to the nature of the program and structure of the horses and ponies, a weight restriction may be enforced to preserve the safety of horse and rider.
LEASING A HORSE OFF SEASON
Did you know that Camp's horse Versailles needs a winter home each year? This home is provided by a generous family through a free lease arrangement. This can be a great opportunity for a family with horse experience to serve camp by caring for him or for a family considering purchasing their first horse. Leasing him can be a good way to learn what horse ownership is like. We are currently searching for the right family for the 2019-2020 off-season. Here are the details:
The Pony: Versailles Winston Cedarbrook is a 12 year old pony cross who has been owned by camp since 2014. He stands at approximately 14.1 hands. He is the type of horse who everyone enjoys riding; from beginners to advanced riders. And he makes everyone look good. He is a hunter type horse whose experience includes jumping courses, trail rides, basic dressage, and a few local shows. He is very smart and keeps us laughing. He is well behaved with no bad habits.
Who can lease Versailles?
Any family with a heart to serve camp through caring for a horse! Since Versailles works well with a variety of riding levels there is no riding skill requirement, though we may recommend some riders take lessons while leasing him. This might be a good opportunity for a family who already has horses and has lots of experience caring for them. This could also be a great opportunity for a family who has been considering the purchase of a horse. A horse is a big and long term commitment – but leasing a horse just for the off-season could be a way to learn about horse ownership first hand and test the waters before purchasing their own horse. There have also been campers who took Versailles who were a couple years from leaving for college – for them a lease was a great opportunity to have experience of horse ownership but not have to make tough decisions when it was time to further their education.
Versailles is available as a free lease in the off season. The lessee is responsible for transportation, board, routine dental work, farrier work, feed including hay and grain, and any minor medical issues that arise. Camp provides yearly routine vaccinations and Coggins testing. The horsemanship specialist is available to provide support and answer questions throughout the year.
The lessee is responsible for providing a safe living arrangement which could be at their home or at another approved facility (i.e. a farm that offers boarding services). Facilities should include at a minimum: safe and secure fencing, pasture, water, and shelter. The horsemanship specialist must approve your facilities.
The off-season. The horsemanship specialist can let you know exact dates but generally the lease lasts mid-August to mid-June. If interested please contact the camp office: [email protected] or 518-654-6262. The earlier you make a commitment the less of a rush you will be in!