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wishnwell
Jan. 5, 2011, 12:03 PM
I'm looking for a good Eventing camp appropriate for a teenager (16) who is an established rider but too young to be a working student.
Preferably in the NY,OH,PA,MA,VT,MD,VA,NJ area.
I've searched around but now looking for feedback.
Thank you

PuraVidaEventing
Jan. 5, 2011, 12:08 PM
I went to Vershire in vt like 4-5 years ago and LOVED it. I'm not sure what level you're riding though, I think it might only be suitable through training if I remember right....but I absolutely loved it. They have an xc course, lots of rings, and you do a lot of riding!
However this was a while ago so I'm not sure what its like now.
Also don't dismiss the idea of being a working student too soon! I'm 16 and I've worked for 2 bnts and am a permanent working student for one now. If you're willing to work hard there could be trainers that would take a 16 year old for a month or the summer or whatever!

NMK
Jan. 5, 2011, 12:25 PM
Jackie will be having one at Stonegate Farms in Ohio this year, and Lee Ann has one at her farm in Indiana. Both are with excellent ICP instructors, both great choices for your age.

PM me if you want information, I have it for both of them.

Nancy

Emmas Hot Brass
Jan. 5, 2011, 12:44 PM
Willow Hill Farm in Keeseville, NY. I went when i was 15 and absolutely loved it. lots of riding, great people, fantastic horses. They have a ton of land, XC course, plenty of dressage and jump arenas. Very involved. Absolute dream. PM me if you want to hear more. I learned so much there, I have plenty of stories. I can personally put you in touch with them, too.

http://willowhillfarm.com/WillowHillFarm/Summer_Horse_Camps,_Summer_Camps,_Equestrian,_Summ er_Camps,_NY.html

and I'm with PuraVida, I'm 17 and I was a working student for a Dressage trainer for a year. It's not out of the question at all. Ask around and see if someone will take your daughter on. It's a lot of really hard work, but if you're with a good trainer the experience is incredible, and you get to ride some pretty awesome horses. :)

Divine Comedy
Jan. 5, 2011, 12:59 PM
Willow Hill Farm in Keeseville, NY. I went when i was 15 and absolutely loved it. lots of riding, great people, fantastic horses. They have a ton of land, XC course, plenty of dressage and jump arenas. Very involved. Absolute dream.


I have to second Willow Hill. I went when I was 15 too, and got bitten by the eventing bug there. I'm almost 25 now, and I still think it was one of the best equestrian camps I ever went to. You are assigned a horse (after trying a few to see who you get along with) for the duration of the camp and usually ride twice a day during the week. Usually a trail ride and a lesson each day. Horses get the weekend off and I remember going to the river and seeing fireworks.

And Willow South (in GA), which is run by a daughter (Tawn Edwards) produces some very capable BN/N riders, from what I see from their scores. I know in 2008, a girl won the BN AECs on WHF Zula, who was a yearling when I was at the camp.

Whimbrel
Jan. 5, 2011, 01:13 PM
run an eventing clinic for juniors every summer. Here's a link:

http://www.gmhainc.org/clinics.html#Junior%20Horsemanship%20Clinic

gully's pilot
Jan. 5, 2011, 01:45 PM
The O'Connor camp at the Virginia Horse Center is fantastic.

bananna
Jan. 5, 2011, 02:11 PM
When I was younger I went to this one:
http://www.hitchingpostfarm.com/event-camp.htm

I remember LOVING it. (This was about 10 years ago I believe).
We had a clinic too during the camp, I believe that it was with Robert Costello. Also, it is absolutely gorgeous there!

Dawnd
Jan. 5, 2011, 03:35 PM
I'm looking for a good Eventing camp appropriate for a teenager (16) who is an established rider but too young to be a working student.
Preferably in the NY,OH,PA,MA,VT,MD,VA,NJ area.
I've searched around but now looking for feedback.
Thank you

I've worked at the GMHA Camp as a barn manager. You'll see a post above with a link to the camp. This is a real "living with your horse" situation. Students ride 2x's per day - I think for a total of 3 hours so horses need to be fit.

Students stay in off-site housing. You'll see that this housing consists of Woodstock host families that have space and have been taking campers for years. Most of the living arrangements are stunning and the few host "moms" that I met were really nice ol' horsegals.

There is a schooling event that is part of the camp which is quite nice. I watched a bit of the instruction that the students received and found it to be quite decent and the instructors had varied backgrounds with lots of experience.

Feedback that I got from some of the parents when they picked up their kids were that there wasn't as much focus on dressage as the parent had hoped and that's probably due to the fact that students really just wanted to jump.

Let me know if you have specific questions.

*Trinity*
Jan. 5, 2011, 04:19 PM
The Dutton camp! I worked for Phillip at the time they ran the first camp and I was SO jealous of the campers! They had so many thing planned for them, other than riding. Free lunches, lectures by many different people, how-to's by PD and Boyd's top grooms, etc. Two rides daily, with both Phillip and other coaches (Boyd, Grand Prix dressage rider Silva, etc), some focusing on specific issues like galloping position, gymnastics, etc. The amount of information is so vast that it isn't unusual for campers to carry around a notebook. They also did reviews of lessons in video, which is obviously very helpful!

Janet
Jan. 5, 2011, 04:22 PM
I went to the GMHA (PC) clinic back int he 60s. I learned things there I STILL use.

Xctrygirl
Jan. 5, 2011, 04:34 PM
Another vote for Vershire. Went there 2 summers and still remember and use a lot of the information that I was taught there.

Also by riding 2 times a day my horses and I came out of the summer months much further along and ready for the fall campaign with tons more experience and saddle time.

~Emily

wishnwell
Jan. 5, 2011, 05:07 PM
Thanks guys, you listed some I've run across and some I haven't! Lots to look at and read. Keep the list coming if it's not already posted!

cranky
Jan. 5, 2011, 06:43 PM
Another vote for Vershire. Went there 2 summers and still remember and use a lot of the information that I was taught there.

Also by riding 2 times a day my horses and I came out of the summer months much further along and ready for the fall campaign with tons more experience and saddle time.

~Emily

I went to Vershire for one Summer in 1979 (yes, I'm rather old now) and it is still one of my fondest riding memories.

retreadeventer
Jan. 5, 2011, 08:43 PM
The Phillip Dutton event camp is a wonderful experience and very well run. 16 is the perfect age for it!

LAZ
Jan. 5, 2011, 10:03 PM
Thanks for the recommendation, NMK, but I think I am probably too far for these folks.

However, I will say that my camp is modeled after the way I did the Area VIII YR camp, so you might want to look into the YR activities in your area. The camps I've done have been really well recieved and affordable.

I have (had) **** instructors in (this year Peter Atkins, Dorothy Crowell, and Leslie Law), a dressage specialist or two depending on entries. It's a 4 day camp, with the format being 2 lessons/day for the first two days, one lesson & a practice ride--either a critiqued show jumping round or a ride-a-test in dressage on the 3rd day and a lesson of choice on the 4th day. I organize educational opportunities that people can take advantage of in addition to riding if they wish (lectures, demos, etc on various subjects). I offer a stand alone dressage, combined test and event derby on the Saturday after camp for anyone who wants to stay. My camps are well under $1000, including stabling.

I'm guessing your YR camp might be a similar good deal.

JFS
Jan. 5, 2011, 10:22 PM
I ran the Area VIII Young Rider Camps after LAZ & learned the ropes. We will be running a 4 day camp with 3 USEA Level 3 Instructors: Doug Payne, Eric Dierks, and Sue Hines. We also have lectures and or demos on 'your horses digestive health' sponsored by SUCCEED, a saddle fitter & a massage therapist.

Flyers will be posted on our website this week

Jackie
www.stonegatefarm.org

wishnwell
Jan. 5, 2011, 10:26 PM
Thanks for the recommendation, NMK, but I think I am probably too far for these folks.

However, I will say that my camp is modeled after the way I did the Area VIII YR camp, so you might want to look into the YR activities in your area. The camps I've done have been really well recieved and affordable.

I have (had) **** instructors in (this year Peter Atkins, Dorothy Crowell, and Leslie Law), a dressage specialist or two depending on entries. It's a 4 day camp, with the format being 2 lessons/day for the first two days, one lesson & a practice ride--either a critiqued show jumping round or a ride-a-test in dressage on the 3rd day and a lesson of choice on the 4th day. I organize educational opportunities that people can take advantage of in addition to riding if they wish (lectures, demos, etc on various subjects). I offer a stand alone dressage, combined test and event derby on the Saturday after camp for anyone who wants to stay. My camps are well under $1000, including stabling.

I'm guessing your YR camp might be a similar good deal.

I'm actually looking to go outside our area and am willing to drive a ways....we are in Area 1 and most everything that the YR program does is at least 4-5 hrs away anyway. I haven't signed her up for that program just for that reason.....
So a one time camp is something I'm willing to do if it's a good fit.

JFS
Jan. 5, 2011, 10:31 PM
We're in NE Ohio

Jackie

LAZ
Jan. 5, 2011, 11:07 PM
I'm actually looking to go outside our area and am willing to drive a ways....we are in Area 1 and most everything that the YR program does is at least 4-5 hrs away anyway. I haven't signed her up for that program just for that reason.....
So a one time camp is something I'm willing to do if it's a good fit.

PM me your email & I'll send you a camp flyer, but as I say, I'm in central Indiana--a hike from even western NY (though we'd love to have you!).

I think there is really a place for camps like these--the feedback has always been great. I'm fortunate that I have the perfect facility for it and can keep the cost affordable because of it. I decided when I started here that what I really wanted was a great schooling facility--schooling shows, training opporunties, clinics, and a relatively small boarding/training operation and I've been developing it that way over the last 5 years. These camps really are the epitome of good use of the place.

eventmom
Jan. 6, 2011, 07:00 AM
My daughter did the area 2 YRAP camp a few years ago. That camp is right on the VA/NC boarder.The camp was awesome the first year she did it. They rode twice a cay, had excellent instruction, etc.... The second year not so much. The intention and instruction was still good, but she was the best kid in her group, which is never a good thing, and the kids were not as interested in learning. She just did not come away with nearly as much content, or as many positive memories.
We are thinking maybe to try it again this year. Now that she is not on a pony she will likely be in a more mature group.
The Phillip Dutton camp looks interesting too.