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A U.S. PONY CLUB RIDING CENTER

SUMMER PROGRAMS 2024

Summer with the Horses

Summer with the Horses

 

Ride | Care for Animals | Create | Connect | Play

 

We are so happy you're interested in registering your child! We have programs for ages 2+ all summer.

 

Summer with the Horses is hosted by expert horse trainer & riding instructor Lotte Swauger and Waldorf teachers Sushila Wood and Heather Ofitserov. We welcome beginners on lead, up to riders who are confident jumping.

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Each day our rhythm provides a framework for confidence, learning and fun - we feed the animals, gather in circle and connect through games and ranch chores, then prepare to ride. Everyone learns to groom, tack their mount and ride daily. While some of the group ride, others have time to build deep connections and tap into their creativity, working on their craft projects for the week. We will be working on a range of different art projects through the summer, such as woodwork, watercolor, gardening, Shibori plant pigments and dyes, leatherwork, macrame and other creative mediums. See all craft themes listed by week below.

Dressage

ADVANCE YOUR SKILLS

 

Confident riders attend 9am-3pm, often riding twice daily, focusing on the more detailed aspects of improving their equitation, horsemanship and team skills

For riders who can walk, trot and canter independently on a variety of our horses & ponies.

 

Craft projects are available to all riders attending each week, along with drawing, modeling & watercolor.

Jun 17-21    ALL THINGS PONY

Ride all week, bathe, groom, get to know our equine friends, and create related crafts.


Jun 24-28    WOODWORK

Ride all week, care for the animals as well as carving, drilling & creating with wood.


Jul 1-5         SUMMER GARDENS (no camp July 4th)

Ride all week, care for the animals and plant summer gardens, sprouts and celebrate summer in crafts.


Jul 8-12       BUILD A VILLAGE

Ride all week, care for the animals and let your imagination soar while creating a tiny village of creatures, carts, rock climbing walls, gold mines, swings, houses, paths etc.


Jul 15-19     THREE DAY EVENTING (requires approval)

Explore the three phases of eventing: dressage, stadium jumping & cross country. Ride daily and focus on the details of succeeding at this challenging sport, including teamwork, grooming, bathing, braiding & pacing.


Jul 22-26     LEATHERWORK/MACRAME

Ride all week, care for the animals and create with leather and rope.


Aug 5-8       SHIBORI - Plant Dyes & Pigments

Ride all week, care for the animals and learn the Japanese art of Shibori dyeing using plant pigments!


Aug 5-9       DERBY (requires approval)

Practice and prepare for the derby - dressage, jumping, cross country.


Aug 12-16   ALL THINGS PONY

Ride all week, bathe, groom, get to know our equine friends, and create related crafts.

Hunter & Jumper

THREE DAY EVENTING CAMP

We will explore the three phases of eventing: dressage, stadium jumping and cross country. Riders will ride daily, and focus on the details of succeeding at this challenging sport, including cleaning tack, grooming, bathing, braiding and pacing their ride.

For riders who can walk, trot and canter independently on a variety of our horses & ponies.

Mini Pony Adventures

Mini Pony Adventures

 

A two day or weekly summer experience for younger children (ages 2-7), we gather in circle, play games to connect and encourage safety, then work together to care for the ponies. We learn to groom, tack and ride among the orchards and pepper trees, with a lead. This is a parent and child program.

Cost: $160 for 2 days, early bird $150

9am-11am

Dates Thursdays & Saturdays in May/June then two day camps in summer:

Jul 15/16 Jul 17/18 Jul 29/30 Aug 1/2

Maximum 10 participants per session.

Beginner Lead Line Riding

Jr Counselor Program (ages 9-18)

 

Our Jr Counselors gain valuable leadership skills as they support beginner riders attending our summer programs. Jr Counselors ride daily at a separate time to beginner attendees. All Jr Counselors require approval to attend in this role. 

Cost: $425 per week, 9am-3pm

Dates: Weekly from June 17 to August 16th. 

Riding Lessons

WEEKLY RIDING LESSONS

Riding lessons continue throughout summer!

$80 drop in, $75 if riding weekly for the season.

Beach Ride Sunset
Beach Rides

BEACH & TRAIL RIDES

This special opportunity is a full beach or trail experience, for our current students of all ages, from stable to trail or sand (and maybe water!) and back. Horses are prepared and tacked before departure. You help load the horse or pony you will ride.  This is a 4-5 hour experience.

 

Cost: $240 early bird $25 off

*Existing students of A Lotte Horses only*

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