Eight Weeks of Summer FunGroupDecoCamp2018

  • Each session runs Monday – Friday, from 9 AM – 3 PM (closed July 4)
  • One hour-long riding lesson each day
  • Horsemanship lessons to learn about safety, grooming, tacking, & caring for horses
  • Arts & crafts
  • Games in Harper’s Meadow
  • Supervision is available until 5:30 PM for an additional charge
  • We accept campers ages 7 to 13

Our camp is the perfect fit for kids who have no previous horse experience, as well as those who are currently riding. By the end of the week, it’s fun to see how much progress our campers have made in this concentrated riding opportunity!

To ensure the highest quality program, and to provide the best in personal attention, we accept a limited number of campers each week. Our program is staffed with full-time adult professionals and additional counselors for each week.

About the riding lessons: Children will be grouped according to their riding level. Beginners will be in a “leadline” class, with one half hour on the horse and the second half hour leading the horse. Both activities help the children learn the basics of leading, steering, walking mounted, and stopping the horse. Advanced beginner and intermediate classes will be mounted the entire hour, and will learn the gaits of trot and canter. When riders are comfortable at all three gaits, they will learn to jump.


Please check back in early January 2020.

Current Northwestern Stables riders: Register through your Equilesson account.

New campers: Create an account with our online registration system, Equilesson, at this address:

Once you have registered, you will be billed for the appropriate amount.

Your registration is not complete until we receive payment.

Camp fees are non-refundable.

For help with registration, download instructions here, or contact us.

Sample Activity Schedule

Here’s a time line example of a day in the life of camp at Northwestern Stables.   Of course, activities vary to provide variety and a complete horse experience.  Children are arranged in groups based on their riding level.

9:00 – 9:15 am: Campers arrive, parents sign-in and get organized into their Group A, B or C.
9:15 – 9:30 am: Groups A and B – Prepare their horses for the riding lesson.  Group C – Camp Room Activity
9:30 – 10:30 am: Groups A and B – Riding Lesson, Group C – Barn Lesson; Activities with horses such as bathing, show grooming, braiding, polo wraps, lunging etc.
10:30 – 11:30 am: Group C – Riding Lesson, Group A and B – cool out their horses then participate in a Barn Lesson
11:30 – 12:00- Group A and B continue Barn Lesson, Group C – cool out horses and put their tack away.
12:00 – 12:15: Campers have the option of changing into shorts and sneakers.
12:15 – 12:45: Lunch in the meadow.
12:45 – 1:30: Camp Room Activity – Arts and crafts like painting horseshoes, creating frames, molding clay, etc.
1:30 – 2:15: Games in the Meadow – A popular time of day where the campers play games like horseless horse show, elbow tag, sardines and hold a treasure hunt.
2:15 – 2:45: Barn Chores – Campers can assist with feeding the horses their grain, sweeping the barn and straightening the tack room.
2:45 – 3:00: Snack time and wait for parents to arrive to sign the Camper out for the day.

After-hours Supervision, 3 – 5:30: More fun and activities around the barn and in the meadow.

Can’t wait to ride?  Join our lesson program here.