We often let the show jumping phase slip as we prepare for the intensity of the start box and the rigors of cross country. Focusing on learning to walk a course to really prepare for your ride, what a course designer is setting out to accomplish in setting specific lines and combinations and riding around a few courses to feel comfortable with the ring. We will offer a separate Jumper Day on July 7 to test your skills!
Junior Event Camp at Hitching Post Farm is for kids aged 8-18 who are either actively eventing or ready to begin eventing. This is a 5 day camp with the option to camp at our farm under the guidance of several counselors in our very fun camping area situated in our pasture.
HPF’s Junior Event Camp is designed to fully prepare each student to compete in the schooling trial, whether they are competing at a new level or for the first time. Campers will take part in 2 lessons per day in groups of no more than 5. Although the Junior Event Camp has grown, there is still flexibility to work in groups as small as 2 or individually, if the need arises. We take pride in our ability to make each camper feel confident, prepared and challenged while maintaining a fun and friendly environment. Laurie Hudson and Sally Scheindel teach cross-country and dressage respectively and are accompanied by other instructors who often include Kylie Lyman, Janine McClain, Keith Robinson and Taylor Faccio.
Each day campers are expected to take care of all aspects of their horses, as well as help and encourage other campers. Feeding, stall cleaning, grazing, turnout, tack cleaning and equipment will be camper responsibilities. Throughout the week, campers will also help with various aspects of preparation for the schooling trial.
We offer a rustic and fun camp, with campers “camping” beside Laurie’s house and enjoying the company of their horses 24/7. We have a handful of counselors on premise to help ensure that campers are happy and comfortable. Our barn is equipped with showers and we try to go for a swim each evening. Homemade meals are prepared in our “barn kitchen” and at Laurie’s house and we are able to provide meals to accommodate anyone with food restrictions.
Hitching Post Farm will no longer offer horses for campers. It has become difficult to find and prepare horses and we are just not able continue this service.
Camp is $950 and does NOT include the Schooling Trial on July 20. Each student must sign up with Blue Horse Entries prior to camp. Divisions can be adjusted during the week of camp.
Liability Waivers must be completed with Camp Form.
This is a day camp for kids who are excited to spend more time at the barn and get a chance to participate everything from barn chores, learning to clean tack, grooming and bathing, and of course, RIDING! Campers will have a daily lesson and following lunch they will have a free riding period during which they can take turns on other horses, ride bareback, jump and generally enjoy themselves.
Camps hours are 9:00 to 2:00 Please NO early arrivals.
Kids Camp is $350.
Riding clothes including a boot with a heel, pants that won’t chafe (leggings)
Lunch and a water bottle
Riding helmets are required. Visit Strafford Saddlery for a great selection of inexpensive, but quality helmets for children.