About SJ
San Juan Ranch was founded in 1956 by Mary E.
Haines as a riding camp for her children and their
friends.  Since then, SJ Riding Camp has grown into a
comprehensive riding facility and general activities
camp while maintaining the family oriented feel that
provides each camper with individual attention.  Our
camp provides girls, ages 8 to 16, with a safe place to
improve riding skills or learn to ride, take on the
responsibility of horse care, improve their
horsemanship skills, and have fun while learning to be
active, caring members of our camp community.
       In 2016 we began our mini-farm program.
The Camp runs for nine weeks, in 1, 2, and
3 week sessions.  While at SJ, campers in
our riding program ride twice a day and
campers in our farm program go to the mini
farm twice a day. All campers have time for
other activities such as Arts & Crafts,
Theater, Sports, Archery, Boating, and
Swimming.  We also devote time every day
to caring for the horses and farm animals,
and learning more about horse management
and small animal care.   
SJ Riding Camp values diversity and openness to new experiences. We celebrate
differences through daily activities and evening programs. SJ is a place for girls and
their counselors to gain self-confidence, friends, and new experiences through a
common love of horses and farm animals.  

Camp experiences play an important role in helping to dismantle systemic racism and
     At camp, we teach social justice
     At camp, we teach empathetic leadership
     At camp, we teach inclusion, belonging, and community
     At camp, everyone is valued, included, belongs, and has a voice
                                       Camp is for everyone
info@sjridingcamp.com  ∙  860-872-4742  ∙  130 Sandy Beach Road, Ellington CT 06029
Accreditation &
"Thank you so much for
taking great care of my
daughter during camp. She
cannot stop talking about
how much fun she had!
It was a great experience
for her to learn to socialize,
manage her time, and also
to be more responsible.
The progression in her
riding is unbelievable.
She is so much more
comfortable now!"            
    ~ A 2017 Mom
“Chloe found at SJ
Riding Camp not only a
group of horse riding
enthusiasts, but also a
diverse group of new
friends through whom
she discovered different
backgrounds and
lifestyles.  The camp has
widened her horizons
while indulging on her
passion to care for
~~ '16-'19 Camper Dad