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Equestrian Programs for Your Young Rider

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps offers three different ranch camp options for young horseback riders in New Jersey. We offer one-week, two-week, and three-week young equestrians’ programs where the youth of New Jersey can experience horsemanship and the joys of riding. Our full-day campers can expect to ride for at least three hours a day, including ring lessons and trail rides. The half-day campers can expect to ride every other day for about an hour. Our horses are leased from a farm in New York and are evaluated by our ranch staff. Most of our horses return to camp year after year, which allows us to get to know them on a deeper level.

Ranch Camp: One-Week Program

At our one-week ranch camp program, we build the riding skills and confidence of our campers, expanding on their pre-existing love of horses. This focused and fun summer camp program teaches young equestrians many horsemanship skills, including riding, grooming, tacking, and barn work. Our lessons for beginners are led by our highly-skilled instructors. Campers are instructed within our riding ring, trails, and throughout the 660-acre property. Additionally, campers will be allotted the opportunity to swim and participate in other traditional camp activities throughout the evenings. At the end of the one-week program, campers will participate in an in-house horse show, giving them the chance to demonstrate their newfound skills.

Coed, Entering Grades 4-10

2021

JUNE 27 - JULY 3 $1,251
AUGUST 15-21 $1,251

Girls, Entering Grades 4-10

2021

JULY 4-10 $1,251
JULY 25-31 $1,251

Ranch Camp: Two-Week Program

At this two-week ranch camp program, our girls are given the opportunity to advance their abilities as young equestrians. We build off the curriculum taught during our one-week ranch camp program, further expanding on the basics of horsemanship. From lessons to trail rides, campers will increase their knowledge of horses while learning the basics of animal care. Campers will be able to recognize common diseases among horses, how to read their vital signs, and how to administer basic first-aid after completing our two-week program. Additionally, campers will participate in an in-house horse show, providing them the opportunity to demonstrate their sharpened skills. Those who choose to participate in the half-day program will reside with the other ranch campers, ride, and have barn chores each day. They also participate in other traditional camp programs.

Girls Entering grades 4-10

2021

JULY 11-17 $2,451
AUGUST 1-7 $2,551*  

*Campers enrolled in these sessions will participate in a field trip to the New Jersey State Fair - Sussex County Farm & Horse Show. Price includes transportation, admission and $25 of spending money. 

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Ranch Camp: Three-Week Program

At our three-week ranch camp program, girls refine their young equestrian skills and abilities. We build off the curriculum taught during our one-week and two-week ranch camp programs, further expanding on the ins and outs of horsemanship. Campers will also have various riding lessons, most of which will take place on trails, and all of which will increase their knowledge of horses and basic animal care. As a culminating event, campers will participate in an in-house horse show, giving them a chance to demonstrate sharpened skills to their peers and to their camp counselors.

Girls Entering grades 4-10

2021

JULY 4-24 $3,550
JULY 25- AUGUST 14 $3,650* 

*Campers enrolled in these sessions will participate in a field trip to the New Jersey State Fair - Sussex County Farm & Horse Show. Price includes transportation, admission and $25 of spending money. 

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Learn Horsemanship Skills

Horsemanship is the art or practice of riding on horseback, a beloved hobby by many children. But our young equestrian programs are more than just riding lessons. From riding to grooming, tacking, barn work, and more, we introduce the basics of horsemanship and beyond with our campers. As a state-of-the-art program for boys and girls, our ranch camps are an incredible way for children to both learn and have fun during the summer!

Our Staff Will Ensure You Have the Best Experience Possible

From our one-week program to our three-week program, ranch camp is led by highly-skilled riding instructors and specialized camp staff. Our staff is dedicated to working with kids and ensuring they have positive and enjoyable summer experiences. When you register for a summer camp experience at Fairview Lake YMCA Camps in New Jersey, you can relax knowing your child will be safe, have fun, learn a lot, and bring home a memorable summer camp experience that will leave a positive, lasting impression on them. Our hiring process is rigorous to ensure only the most mature, caring, patient, and responsible people join our exceptional staff.

How to Register for Ranch Camp

If you’re interested in registering your child for one of our ranch camp programs, use our easy and secure online registration system! For those interested in one of our ranch camps, don’t wait to register! As one of the most popular places to summer camp in the state of New Jersey, our slots fill up quickly. To avoid being put on the waitlist, register soon!

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