Camp is a fun way for kids to learn about horses -- designed to introduce horsemanship to those who are not familiar with horses and enhance the skills of those with experience. 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 improve their riding skills.
Camp runs from Monday-Friday starting at 8:00am and ends promptly at 1:00pm. Our goal is to educate our campers and students in a well-rounded effort fashion. 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 horsemanship. To provide a broad experience, we have several fun activities planned for your camper. Activities include horseback riding, grooming, bathing, arts and crafts, competitions, and much more. We also 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 campers know that there will be some dirty work involved.
After-camp daycare and after-camp lessons are available. Please inquire via email for rates and more information.
Each camp week is limited to 12 campers; the minimum is four. (Camp may be cancelled for the week if less than four campers are signed up.) The minimum age for camp is 7 years old.
**Detailed information for parents and campers that are already registered can be found at the bottom of this page**
2018 Horsemanship Camp Schedule
Week 1 (June 11 - 15)
Week 2 (June 18-22) - FULL Week 3 (June 25-29) -FULL
Week 4 (July 2-6)
Week 5 (July 9-13) - FULL Week 6 (July 16-20) - FULL Week 7 (July 23-27) - FULL Week 8 (July 30 - Aug 3) - FULL Week 9 (Aug 6-10) - FULL Week 10 (Aug 13-17) - FULL Week 11 (Aug 20-24) - FULL
Horsemanship Camp is $595 per week for one camper
Sibling discount -- $1100 for two siblings and $1500 for three siblings
LBF Members -- $495 (active LBF Riding Club Members only)
Full payment is required at registration.
Riding is not guaranteed each day and 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.
Request 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 2018:
Click the "2018 Camp Enrollment Form" button below. (A Google Documents form should open in a new tab.)
Fill out the form.
Please note, payment is required before your child is officially enrolled in camp.
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 and kept safe. Campers are also taught how to groom, tack, and get onto 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/lightening). On very hot days, we like to try to give them bareback riding time and sometimes run through the sprinkler system. On rainy days, we spend extra time learning, doing arts and crafts, and may even paint the horses! 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, a mid-day snack for our snack break, and a protein-packed lunch to replenish their energy (please keep in mind that we do not have refrigeration available). They also need to bring a water bottle and 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 1:10pm (grace-period is from 1:00-1:09pm). If you need to schedule early-drop off and/or aftercare please contact the Camp Director ASAP for scheduling. After camp childcare is available for $20 per hour (per camper). We can also provide private riding lessons after camp on an as-available and first-come, first-served basis. Riding lessons last approximately 30 minutes and cost $60 each. (Children in a riding lesson will not be charged for childcare during the lesson time block.)
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 (camper information sheet)
Lunchbox packed with a snack and lunch
Filled refillable water bottle
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