march break camps

See our registration page for forms and registration instructions.

Dates: March 13-17, 2017

Quick Facts about our Camp (Full descriptions are detailed below) :

  • The camp is suited for children of  ages 7 – 14 years old.  In summer camp, we can take younger children because we have a cohort of volunteers to help, but for the March break , we are unable to take on younger children.
  • Come one day, or all five. It’s your choice!
  • Whatever level, your child will have two riding lessons per day.
    • In Jumping camps, some lessons will be “flat lessons” which do not themselves involve jumping over fences but develop skills needed while jumping (cantering around a corner, control while approaching, approaching on a straight line).
  • Greenbelt offers a riding experience beyond the lesson. Throughout the day, we involve our campers in as many aspects of horse care as is suitable to their age level: grooming, foot care, first aid care, feeding, mucking, tack care. Older experienced campers may also get riding time by helping in beginner classes (e.g. ride in front to provide an even pace) or training school ponies.
Camp Logistics
  • Drop off:  8:30 until 9:00 AM.
  • Pick up   4:00 until 4:30 PM
  • Early Drop off (8:00 am) and Late Pick up (5:00 pm) is possible, with additional payment.
  • Weather in March is variable: Please equip your child to be outside all day.  Please bring: warm outdoor clothing, lunch, snacks and water bottle, riding apparel and a pair of warm socks and another pair of pants.
  • Riding helmets and boots can be rented.  Helmets and boots are to be put away each day, and not to be taken home.
  • Brushes have to be purchased ($25.00  for new, $12 for used) if you do not have your own.
Registration Instructions:
  •  Registration is first-come, first served.
  • Your spot is not reserved until payment is received – cash, cheque or email transfers.
  • There are no refunds.

Camp Divisions:

Riders of different ages and experience will be accommodated throughout the following divisions.

 Division  Description  Cost

 

 Conditions  Number Spots Left
Beginner  Riders  Intended for those with no or little horse experience.  Learn how to interact, play with, tack up and ride (walk & trot) the ponies.

Activities will also include bareback pony games in the snow.

 $75 / day  Register for any combination of 1 to 5 days. Any days from Monday to Friday. 6
Novice Riders   For children who already have some riding experience (Walk &Trot) and wish to learn how to canter.

Activities will also include bareback pony games in the snow.

 $75 / day   Register for any combination of 1 to 5 days. Any days from Monday to Friday.  6
Beginner Jumper  For children who already have some riding experience (Walk, Trot, some canter) and wish to learn the basics of jumping. Jumps will be limited to 18″

Activities will also include bareback pony games in the snow.

 $95  / day Must register for a minimum of 3 days. (Wed, Thurs, Friday, with Saturday optional)

Unless you are a regular student, entry must be approved through a lesson before March Break, based on riding experience.

6
Intermediate Jumper  For riders with some training in jumping.   Jumps will be up to 2’3″ depending on progress.

Campers will also be asked to lead-ride for the Beginners division.

 $120  / day Must register for a minimum of 3 days.
(Wed, Thurs, Friday, with Saturday optional).

Unless you are a regular student, entry must be approved through a lesson before March Break, based on riding experience.

4
 2’6″ Jumper  For experienced riders wishing to raise the bar, literally! Two-hour classes will include both:

  • Learning Dressage for Jumping
  • Jumping

Campers will also be asked to train school ponies.

 $120  / day Must register for a minimum of 3 days. (Wed, Thurs, Friday, with Saturday optional)

Unless you are a regular student, entry must be approved through a lesson before March Break, based on riding experience.

 4

Example of a Daily Schedule Per-Division (Subject to change, based on registration numbers)

 Beginner   WT or Novice   WTC
 Beginner or Intermediate Jumper
 2’6″ Jumper
 8:00 AM  Early Drop-off  Early Drop-off  Early Drop-off
 8:30 AM  Drop-off & Chores Drop-off & Chores  Drop-off &  Chores
 9:00 AM  Tack up  Assisting / Instruction  Assisting
 9:30 AM  Riding Lesson  Assisting / Instruction  Assisting
 10:00 AM  Riding Lesson  Tack Up  Tack Up
 10:30 AM  Untack  Flat Lesson  Flat Lesson
 11:00 AM  Snack  Flat Lesson  Flat Lesson
 11:30 AM  Instruction  UnTack  Jump Lesson
 12:00  Instruction  Lunch  Jump Lesson
 12:30 PM  Lunch  Tack Up  Untack & Snack
 1:00 PM  Chores  Jump Lesson  Assisting in Jump Lesson
 1:30 PM  Chores  Jump Lesson  Assisting in Jump Lesson
 2:00 PM Tack Up Untack / Jump Take down  Lunch
 2:30 PM Riding Lesson  Snack  Lunch
 3:00 PM Riding Lesson  Chores  Tack Up
 3:30 PM  Untack  Chores  Jumping Lesson
 4:00 PM  Pickup  Pickup  Jumping Lesson
 4:30 PM  Late Pickup   Late Pickup  UnTack / Pickup
 5:00 PM

Monday: Orientation with Health & Safety Rules around the Barn
Assisting – Camper will assist in the lessons of other campers, by teaching safety by example, by leading or front-riding, by helping to tack.
Chores – Camper will be involved in the life of the barn, from mucking out a stall, feeding grain or (if suitable) helping with turn in and turn out.

Sample Instruction Sessions (As appropriate to age and experience)

  • So you want to be a horse whisperer? Learn how horses communicate.  Who are the horse whisperers of today?  Through games on foot and on horseback, this day is devoted to “understanding horse behaviour.”
  • So you want to learn to jump? Study and discuss jumping techniques, setting up tracks, pacing. Located in the clubhouse. Everything we do will revolve around JUMPING!
  • So you want to show? Learn about all the background work needed to enter shows, including how to braid manes and tails, shine hooves and make the coat shine.
  • Homemade Snacks for Horses: Make your own treats for your favourite horse.