Camp is a fun way for kids to learn about horses. Our camps are designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of those with experience and also introduce horsemanship to those who are not familiar with horses. Throughout the week, campers will learn what all about the operation of a small horse farm in addition to learning about the animals, how to care for them, and how to improve their riding skills.
We don't run a "riding camp," we run a "horsemanship camp." Our philosophy is that children should have fun, but they should also learn about the many aspects of how to ride and care for a horse. To provide this broad experience, we will introduce the challenges of horse ownership -- primarily by having them help with chores around the farm. We want to show the campers that horses require a lot of work. That said, please be assured that your camper will have fun helping us clean stalls, fill water buckets, and throw hay, but please let your camper know that there will be some dirty work involved.
After-camp daycare and after-camp lessons may be available. Please let us know if you need after-camp daycare when registering for camp.
Except for the week of July 4th, camp will run Monday through Friday and it will begin at 8:00am and end at 12:00pm (noon). We will run a short camp at a discounted rate during the week of 4th of July (camp will run Monday through Wednesday, but not Thursday and Friday). Camp will be limited to a minimum of four campers and a maximum of eight campers per week and the minimum age is 7 years old.
**Detailed information for parents and campers that are already registered can be found at the bottom of this page**
2019 Horsemanship Camp Schedule
Week 1: June 17-21
Week 2: June 24-28
Week 3: July 1-3 (no camp Thursday, July 4 AND Friday, July 5)
Week 4: July 8-12
Week 5: July 15-19
Week 6: July 22-26
Week 7: July 29-August 2
Week 8: August 5-9
The cost for Horsemanship Camp is $525 per week. (The short week of 1-3 July costs $325.)
Full payment is required to confirm registration.
Each camper will be scheduled for one riding lesson per day, but riding is weather permitting.
There are no refunds for missed days due to changed work or vacation schedules, sick days, or other non-emergency reasons.
Cancellation request received 21 or more days prior to the start date may receive a full refund, less a $50 processing fee per session.
Cancellation requests received 20 or fewer days prior to the start date are not eligible for a refund.
If a medical emergency occurs during camp, a doctor's written verification will be needed within 24 hours for a pro-rated refund. Requests received after the camp session ends will not be granted.
Refunds are not available for missed camp days because of weather, changes in work schedules, vacations, etc.
How to Apply for Camp 2019:
Click the "2019 Camp Enrollment Form" button below. (A Google Documents form should open in a new tab.)
Fill out the form.
An invoice will be emailed to you within a few days of registration and your registration will be confirmed when payment is received.
Please note: payment is required within one weeks of receiving the invoice to confirm your child’s enrollment.
Detailed Information for Campers and Parents
SAFETY - Goal #1
Keeping everyone safe is our absolute number on priority. Even though horses can be unpredictable animals and cause injury, they are generally safe when handled properly and when humans are calm and confident around them. Nature, however, has taught them to be very cautious and react when they believe there is a threat. Our horses are very much used to children and the sounds of the suburban environment, but they can still be spooked when encountering something unexpected or when surprised.
If your child listens, follows the rules that we give them, and follows the instructions of the staff, it will greatly help ensure the horses remain calm. Please help us, and your child, by having thoughtful discussion with your camper about respecting the animal's incredible power and unpredictability and following the rules.
We can't stress enough how important it is for your camper to be able to listen to camp counselors, follow their instructions, and follow the rules we have in place. We will take time at the beginning of camp to carefully go over these rules so that everyone can have a fun and safe week and we will reinforce them and remind campers as the week progresses Note: We do our best to ensure the kids understand and follow the rules, but if your child doesn't have the ability to follow the directions of the staff and/or we feel the child is not safe around the horses, we will contact you and ask you to take your child out of camp. Please know that we do our sincere best to avoid this, but we want to keep your child, and the others, safe.
All of our instructors, counselors, and helpers are knowledgeable and cater each riding lesson to the individual rider. We put each camper on a horse by themselves and have an instructor focused entirely on them while riding. These one-on-one lessons ensure campers are taught according to their skill level. Campers are also taught how to groom, tack, and mount their horse. Although camp is held rain or shine, we don't let them ride when the heat index exceeds 100 and/or there is significant inclement weather (such as thunderstorms/lightning). On rainy days, we spend extra time learning about the horses and horse care. Note: While we always try to get the kids on a horse to ride each day, we cannot guarantee that all campers will be able to ride every day of camp.
Being a camper at LBF requires a lot of energy! Please provide your child with a well-balanced breakfast in the morning before camp and have them bring a snack for our mid-morning snack break. They also need to bring a water bottle. We have a cold water dispenser available for them to refill it. A sports drink is also recommended on days when it is especially hot.
EARLY-DROP OFF / AFTERCARE
LBF defines early drop-off as a camper being on the property unattended by their parent/guardian before 8:00am (camp start time). Aftercare is defined as a camper being unattended by their pick-up person after 12pm (noon). If you need to schedule early-drop off and/or aftercare please contact the Camp Director for scheduling. We may also be able to provide private riding lessons after camp on an as-available and first-come, first-served basis.
While we realize camp days may be hot, campers MUST wear long pants and closed-toe shoes with a heel - NO EXCEPTIONS. Shoes with heels help prevent a foot from slipping through the stirrups which can be dangerous. No sneakers, tank-tops, shorts, flip-flops, or loose clothing/jewelry.
Comfortable shirt (no tank-tops)
Long pants (Riding pants are also known as jodhpurs / breeches)
Tall socks (at least over the ankle)
Closed-toe shoe with a heel (Riding shoes are known as paddock boots; pairing with half-chaps is optional)
Riding gloves (optional)
Rain-jacket (if a rainy day)
ASTM/SEI Riding Helmet (no bike helmets!)
Note: We have several riding helmets available for use, but we recommend bringing your own if possible.
Completed paperwork - Liability release (will be emailed) and Camper Information Sheet
Refillable water bottle and snack
Sports drink (optional)
Bug repellent spray
If needed, any medications
Riding gear can be purchased at these companies:
43717 John Mosby Hwy
Chantilly VA 20152
6612 James Madison Hwy
Haymarket, VA 20169
Middleburg Tack Exchange
103 W Federal St # G
Middleburg, VA 20117