What is included in the Equestrian Program at Coppercreek?


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Riding Lessons:

Interested campers can take a one hour lesson each day with other campers of the same ability. Campers are matched with an appropriate horse and ride 6 days a week. The levels of lessons range from kids who have never touched a horse to kids that are experienced competitors.

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Barn Rats:

As Barn Rats, campers help out all morning at the barn. Their duties may include getting horses out and tacked up, assisting instructors in their lessons, grooming, vetting, lunging horses, or even helping beginner riders. IMG_2662

Miniature Horse Fun:

Campers can learn how to drive our miniature horses and take hour long rides around the beautiful camp property. We also just have afternoons of miniature horse fun where campers can take the miniature horses through obstacle courses and over jumps and dazzle them up with braids and bows.

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Vaulting:

We like to describe vaulting as “gymnastics on horseback.” The campers learn the basic vaulting moves and then get to let our their creativity to create their own moves. During the talent show at the end of the session, the vaulters always give us a fabulous performance to their favorite music on Hatch, our seasoned vaulting horse. _MG_8866_MG_3507

CHA (Certified Horsemanship Association):

Our campers follow the same CHA certification as our staff to earn their “levels.” Campers work on their levels during their riding lessons and during the afternoons with our riding instructors. There are four levels with many steps in each level. Campers who participate in CHA take home ribbons to represent the levels they accomplished while at Coppercreek. _MG_8984

Clinics:

In the afternoons, our riding instructors will put on short clinics to teach campers something new about horses. Clinics range from learning the different parts of the horse, to learning “ground work” techniques, to properly setting jump courses and learning horse strides.

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Most importantly, at the heart of our equestrian center, are great horses who amaze us summer after summer.  Look on our YouTube channel for a video of our equestrian program.

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One thought on “What is included in the Equestrian Program at Coppercreek?

  1. Karly Drake-Lusby

    Beautiful description of a fantastic program!

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