Riding Program

“Young riders in America must concentrate less on lessons and the mechanics of riding that horse shows question.

They have to start more basic than that, they have to handle their horses. That’s a very weak point in America now. You can’t be a finished competitor without being a horse person, a horse woman or man. That’s very very cosmetic and shallow today in America. They don’t handle their horses, they don’t know what goes in to horse management.

Learn that FIRST and then concentrate on the riding. Have the base first and then the polish. We have the frosting on the cake and no cake… that’s not very valuable”

-George H. Morris

SJ Riding Program

Our Instructors have been Certified Horsemanship Association Instructor Certified.

The CHA Instructor certification Clinic is offered at SJ June 13-18. Call today!

The Riding Program at SJ Riding Camp is geared toward campers with a wide range of interests and experiences. Some of our campers are beginners while others have been riding for years. The only common factor is a love for horses! While at SJ you will live in cabins with girls your own age but you will be placed in a riding group with other campers at a similar riding level. When you first arrive at camp, you will learn the barn safety rules and the basics of horse grooming, saddling and bridling, and mounting a horse.

Each camper rides twice a day in a riding group that is appropriate for her experience level. At SJ you ride a different horse for each lesson, based on your riding ability. We feel this allows the student to gain experience with a wide range of temperments and styles, and in turn makes for a more confident rider. Usually, each girl falls in love with one or two horses and we try to assign you to those horses more frequently.

At SJ Riding Camp we teach English style riding and horsemanship. Every lesson is geared towards learning a specific skill such as posting, cantering, or jumping cross-country. We are extremely safety conscious and all students must be solid in basic horsemanship and riding skills before progressing to more difficult skills. In addition, all campers are required to wear ASTM/SEI approved helmets and appropriate boots while riding. 

Riding Program

camp@sjridingcamp.com *  860-872-4742  *  130 Sandy Beach road, Ellington CT 06029