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post #1 of 16 Old 01-20-2012, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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Looking for overnight camp for 9 year old daughter

Hello! I have been trying to research week long overnight camps for my daughter for this summer. She will be 9 years old by then and will have been riding on a weekly basis for 2 years. I have found a few camps online but it is so hard to know what the camp is really like or if it has a really good reputation. Plus, just looking online won't give me information on places that don't have websites. We live in Delaware and there are no in-state camps that I can find. So I am willing to take her as far north as New York and as far south as North Carolina. I am looking for a camp that will focus primarily on riding and less on arts and crafts, etc. Not that I don't want her to have any fun, but it seems like some camps are geared more towards just getting rid of your kid for a week and not teaching her actual riding skills.

So if anyone knows of reputable camps in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Virginia or North Carolina I would greatly appreciate the information. And if you can recommend camps you've been to and love that would be even better.
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post #2 of 16 Old 01-20-2012, 11:09 AM
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Check out Andrews Osborne Academy in Cleveland, OH. I trained and attended camp there as a child--it's a rather prestigious boarding school and equestrian program. They do have "arts and crafts," but if Cleveland fits your geographic preference, I think this is what you're looking for. At least it's a place to start!
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post #3 of 16 Old 01-20-2012, 12:18 PM
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i never went to one but most riding stables know where some camps are and might be able to point you in the right direction.
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post #4 of 16 Old 01-20-2012, 12:21 PM
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Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp for Girls

I went to this camp growing up, and was a counselor for a few years. It sounds exactly like what you're looking for, and is a wonderful family run place.

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post #5 of 16 Old 01-20-2012, 06:13 PM
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i went to sandy hill, which is NOT AT ALL a riding camp, so this really doesnt fit here, but they do have NICEEE horses, but im biased, cause i fell in love with a horse, and brought him home(: hes neverrrr going back!

but anyways, its still a really cool camp, and there is lots of camp stuff, not a lot of riding, but still wonderfulll!!!

but to your real post:
-long acres
-camp rimrock(heard REALLLYYY good things about this camp)

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post #6 of 16 Old 01-20-2012, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice!

Thank you everyone so far for the suggestions! I've looked at all of the camps suggested. I really, really like the look and price of Andrews Osborne Academy. If it was 3 hours closer (it's 9 hours from where we live) I think I would sign her up right now. So, it's still a contender but will hopefully find something comparable that is closer. Camp Rimrock also looks good. It's only 3 hours away but twice as much. However, from what I've seen it is priced pretty comparable to other overnight camps. Valleyview is unfortunately just too far to be a viable option, but thanks anyway. And Long Acres I think is actually a little too advanced...maybe in a couple of years. :)

So as of now, Andrews Osborne and Camp Rimrock are in the running. But I will still take any other ideas people may have. Thanks again!
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post #7 of 16 Old 01-20-2012, 08:47 PM
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i have heard about camp Netimus, that its really fun! but, i have not gone, sooooo no personal experiance. (: good luck!! i was not brave enough to go to sleep away camp at age nine!
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post #8 of 16 Old 01-21-2012, 10:03 PM
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R&R Dude Ranch a WNY Bed and Breakfast Horseback Riding Adventure
I went there for horse camp last year and rode there a few times before when I was a bit younger (I'm 15 now). This year I might be working there as staff. I can tell you a ton about it, I know the owner so if your interested just message me. :)
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post #9 of 16 Old 01-23-2012, 08:17 PM
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There's a camp in Massachusetts that might be outside your range but I'm plugging it because it's probably the best on the East Coast. It's called Bonnie Castle Riding Camp - about 30 kids that have access to gorgeous horses and beautiful facilities. They have an Equine class to teach kids horsemanship which is great.

I'm a former riding instructor that has had a few kids go there and come back really strong. They ride twice a day, don't have to muck stalls (which in my mind is a bonus because they get more saddle time) and spend a lot of time around the barn.
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post #10 of 16 Old 01-25-2012, 08:28 AM
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You didn't initially mention NH, but it's probably the same distance for you as upstate NY.

Check out this place in my town: Road's End Farm - Summer Riding Camp for Girls - Chesterfield, New Hampshire

It's a beautiful part of the world. I do not have personal experience there but the farm is well regarded and seems to get good reviews for their program.
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