Horseback riding camps offer a great place for teens to meet new friends.

Horse Back Riding Camps for Teens

by Leah Campbell

Selecting the right summer camp for your teenager can be an arduous task with many factors to consider. Providing your child with new experiences to learn and grow from during his teen years, however, can help as he begins to form his own identity, according to Robert J. Hedaya, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Georgetown University Hospital. Horseback riding is one activity which appeals to many teenagers, and the good news is that there are several horseback riding camps spread across the country to choose from.

1. Rockbrook Camp for Girls

Geared toward teaching young women about the joys of horseback riding, this camp is located in Brevard, North Carolina, and offers one- to four-week sessions. The camp is open to girls who have finished 1st through 10th grades, and it promotes itself as a place for teen girls to make friends and build self-esteem. While at camp, your daughter will share a cabin with eight to 10 other girls and two counselors. Activities include daily interaction with horses for riders who range anywhere from beginning to advanced stages in experience. Campers also have opportunities to go swimming, make crafts and participate in sports.

2. Foxfield Summer Horseback Riding Camp

Located in Lake Sherwood, California, Foxfield Summer Horseback Riding Camp is open to girls for one- and two-week sessions between June and August. There are 30 girls in attendance each session, and daily activities include formal riding lessons followed by a fun ride to allow girls to explore different types of riding. Formal riding lessons are focused on equitation and jumping, while the fun sessions allow girls to practice activities such as vaulting and driving. Campers are permitted to bring their own horses. However, the camp has plenty of horses to provide each girl with as well.

3. Coppercreek Camp

This camp located in Greenville, California, is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 15. This camp offers a variety of programs, with the equestrian program giving campers the opportunity to spend their days completely immersed in caring for and riding horses. Your child will learn vaulting, English riding and jumping during these one- to four-week sessions, while still being able to take part in traditional camp activities as well.

4. Lake Bryn Mawr Camp

This summer camp in Honesdale, Pennsylvania, is geared toward girls ages 8 to 16. Sessions last one, two, or three weeks long, with campers residing together in a large lodge with bathrooms and private showers. Daily activities include semi-private formal riding lessons, stable management instruction, horsemanship periods and typical camp activities such as swimming and archery. There are also special events available throughout camp sessions, such as horse shows and movie nights.

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