Twin Oaks Riding Academy

Northern Virginia

How to Register for Camp

What are the campers saying?

I truly appreciate that your camp provides the "whole experience" for kids. My daughter relished all the riding time she got, as well as enjoyed performing farm chores, grooming the horses and doing a horse-related craft every day. Thanks for making the safety of the children and horses your number one priority, and for training such engaging and thoughtful young counselors.

-KB Spring 2015






2017 Camps: Dates and Cost

Please see sections below for descriptions to determine an appropriate camp for your child.

CampDatesTimeCost
Saturday Young Rider Camp September 16, 2017 2:30pm - 4:30pm $45
Saturday Young Rider Camp September 23, 2017 2:30pm - 4:30pm $45
Saturday Young Rider Camp October 7, 2017 2:30pm - 4:30pm $45
Saturday Young Rider Camp October 21, 2017 2:30pm - 4:30pm $45
Saturday Young Rider Camp November 4, 2017 2:30pm - 4:30pm $45
Saturday Young Rider Camp November 18, 2017 2:30pm - 4:30pm $45
Saturday Young Rider Camp December 2, 2017 2:30pm - 4:30pm $45
Saturday Young Rider Camp December 16, 2017 2:30pm - 4:30pm $45

Saturday Young Rider Camps

Saturday Young Rider Camps are held on select Saturday afternoons during the school year, as listed above. Riders ages 5 - 12 may register for as many of these dates as they want. Young Rider Camp is best for children who have seldom ridden and are looking for an introduction to riding basics, horse care, and responsibility taught in a safe and fun environment.

Campers are organized into groups of 5-6 and rotate through four 30 minute stations:

  1. Grooming
  2. Riding
  3. Horse chores
  4. Craft activity teaching horse care

Summer and Spring Break Week-Long Camps

These camps are best for children who have seldom ridden and are looking for an introduction to riding basics, horse care, and responsibility taught in a safe and fun environment. Riders ages 5 - 12 will come to the stables for 5 days (Monday through Friday) to learn what it's like to own and ride your own horse. There is an optional third hour (Lunch with Horses) where campers participate in bonus activities such as obstacle courses, bareback riding, and a costume parade!

Each rider learns basic horse care skills, such as grooming, hoof cleaning, tack care, barn chores, and how to maintain the well being of horses. Each child will ride every day and they will receive individual attention while riding. The instructor stays with the child while on the horse and helps them maintain proper position while guiding the horse. The emphasis of this camp is on safety and respect for the horse and his care, and offers a full picture of life around horses.

Campers are organized into groups of 5-6 and rotate through four 30 minute stations:

  1. Grooming
  2. Riding
  3. Horse chores
  4. Craft activity teaching horse care

Equestrian Camp

Equestrian Camp for Beginner and Experienced Riders (ages 9-14)

Equestrian camp is best for a child looking to become more serious and developed as a rider, and is for riders of all levels. Campers will receive a 1 hour lesson each day and learn care of the horses. Campers are grouped by ability and riders will develop their skills, whether they've never been on a horse, or are learning to canter and jump. In camp we will learn valuable horsemanship skills such as clipping, bathing, braiding, and equine first aid.

This camp is designed for a rider who is interested in developing their riding and horsemanship skills, and pursuing weekly riding lessons. Please call or email Mackenzie if you have questions about your child's riding level.

Field Trip Camp

Field Trip Camp (ages 9-14)

New in 2016 - Field Trip Camp! This camp is best for campers with some familiarity and background with horses looking to learn more about the equine industry. Campers will receive a lesson each day and learn care of the horses. Each day campers will travel to a destination or be visited by a professional to learn about different aspects of the equine industry. Offsite visits may include: a breeding farm, riding demonstrations, an equine therapy program, veterinarian demonstration, an Eventing barn, Dentistry, etc.

This camp is designed for a rider eager to learn about the equine industry from professionals outside of the standard lesson program. Please call or email Mackenzie for questions about this camp.

Equipment

Camp participants will please wear the following:

  • Long pants
  • Sturdy boots (or sneakers)
  • Riding helmet

Riding helmets can be purcahsed at Dover Saddlery. Riders may borrow a helmet from Twin Oaks if they don't have one. Bike helmets are not permitted.

More Registration Details

For paper registration, download, print, and fill out the registration form . Check which camp session(s) you would like to attend, fill in the student information, sign and date the release, and attach a check payable to Mackenzie Parks or Twin Oaks for the amount shown above for your camp(s). You are not officially registered and your spot is not reserved until your form and check are received by Twin Oaks. You will be sent an email when your check as been received. No refunds or credits.