3 camps, 2 parents, 1 girl with a dream?

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3 camps, 2 parents, 1 girl with a dream?

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    02-05-2011, 09:18 PM
3 camps, 2 parents, 1 girl with a dream?

Okay, well I am getting to go to a riding summer camp. I have a choice of 3. But I am torn between which I should go to. Money is not really a problem but you can add that to compare if you like.

Camp 1: Well I know a lot of people here and all the instructors and most of the horses. It's a pretty friendly place. It is a two-week day camp and you ride 1 horse. You learn stable management, 2 lessons a day, theory, and arts and crafts. There is also swimming. It is pretty far away but we can take buses that they provide.

Camp 2: This is a bit closer but we still have to be dropped of an picked up by parents. Time can be changed but cost will be added. I don't know anyone here or the horse. You ride a different horse each day and it is for one week. There are 2 lessons, stable management, theory, games and arts and crafts. It is kind of a big business type camp but I think I can learn a lot. I can pay for all of it and still have about $300 left over as it is cheap.

Camp 3: I love this camp and I know some of the trainers there. The only problem is the cost. It is one week overnight riding one horse. There are theme days included and it seems fun. 2 lessons, trail rides, stable management, theory, games, arts and crafts, and swimming. It is far but since it's overnight it is not really a problem.

Thanks for your help! I really like camp 3 and can pay about 2/3 of the cost, but my parents think it is a lot for 1 week. The only reason they are okay with camp 1 is because it is 2 weeks and I know a lot of people.

Thanks in advance!
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    02-05-2011, 09:52 PM
As soon as I stop looking up 'Adult Riding Camps,' I'll chime in. You kind of gave me an idea for this summer ...
    02-06-2011, 12:17 AM
Have you attended any of these camps before? And do you want anything specific from these camps? I mean, are you going just to get more saddle time, or are you hoping to get some serious training?

If it were me, I'd go to the camp that offers the most riding time for your money -- which seems to be Cedar Creek. Plus, you'll have the benefit of knowing some of the people that will be there. That always helps when you're going into something new.

Pickering doesn't seem bad, especially since you'll be saving money, but it'll just be for one week. Unless they have some top trainers, I'd probably stick with Cedar Creek.

Kemur also seems like a good camp ... I can see why you're having trouble deciding now. But if this is your first time going to camp, I'd just stick with the ones that are days only unless you're absolutely, positively sure being away from home for a week at horse camp is the best. Thing. Ever. I don't know. Maybe if there was an additional lesson every day it'd be a better deal. But it seems hard to top the offer that Cedar Creek has.

Also, I like the ones that offer you the same horse every week. I don't know about you, but I like having time to warm up to a horse.

Good luck! These are all just my opinions. I hope some others will share theirs as well.
    02-06-2011, 12:33 AM
Personally I'd go with the third one, Kemur. It seems like they have nice facilities, a nice program, nice horses and a friendly atmosphere
    02-06-2011, 08:46 AM
From a quick look, it seems camp 2 and camp 3 are going to teach you more advanced equitation type things. Camp 1 looks pretty basic, but maybe they just don't post pics of their more advanced students?

I am a lucky girl who got to go to sleep away horse camp, and I'll remember it forever and it was awesome. I am a parent and would love to send my kids to sleep away camp but haven't been able to come up with the money (well, we do own a horse ...). If there's any way you could convince your parents to sleep away camp, I think it would be a great thing to do.

Now, here's an idea. If camp 2 is cheaper, could you possibly swing camp 1 AND camp 2? Then you'd get the best of both!

Sorry I'm not much help. You might need to take your parents to go and visit camp Kemur, which might convince all of you that it would be a great thing to do!

Have fun, whichever you choose!!
    02-06-2011, 11:35 AM
Thanks guys! What I am really looking for is to get a lot more time with horses and learn a lot. I want to experience things out of the ring as well such as trail rides and stable management and theory. I also want my skills as a horseperson to increase a little. Plus a good way to make friends and have fun and do extra things.
    02-06-2011, 04:09 PM
I would say the 1st for me as it sound good, and you get more for your money, but if you don't want the long journey then 3rd sounds best. And also if you know the instructors or some people that are going it might make it more enjoyable :)
    02-06-2011, 04:53 PM
I would also go with the 3rd, 1000$ may seem like a lot but the riding facilities are nice and sleep away camps are sooo much fun! And when you consider they feed AND entertain you, it's not that much.

And you make great friends, (talk at night and are then pooped when having to wake up early the next morning to get the horses from the pastures) I always had the really hormonal (come on let's go fast and bump into the other horse) mare. :P But it was awesome. Mine was only 600 for a week but we only had a lesson a day (5 lessons in the whole week) and one trail ride.

Gosh I miss horse camp so bad. I think I am going to save my money this summer and maybe go next summer. I really want to go to this great place in New York. (it's really far from me) but you ride 5HOURS A DAY! :) (sigh, heaven) But it's also like 1500 for a week. :( But I;ll see. ;)

Anyhow wherever you go, you'll have a blast. But I like sleep away best. ;)
    02-06-2011, 07:04 PM
Originally Posted by Hidalgo13    
I really want to go to this great place in New York. (it's really far from me) but you ride 5HOURS A DAY! :) (sigh, heaven) But it's also like 1500 for a week. :( But I;ll see. ;)

Funny! That's one of the ones I was looking at last night.
    02-06-2011, 07:30 PM
Oh ya? When I read that they filmed each lesson too and then look it over with you sometime during the day, I almost died of joy as well. Def my dream camp, but just too far. :( Though when I am older I WILL go there during their adult weeks.

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