Junior Equestrian Riding (ages 12-18, June 24-28 or July 15-19 or Aug. 12-16)
Advanced Junior Equestrian Riding (ages 12-18, Aug. 12-16)
Weeks 1 and 2: (levels 1-3)
These camps are open to all equestrians, regardless of their show experience. The overall goal is to develop the rider’s position and strengthen their fundamentals of hunt seat equitation. This camp will focus on the fundamentals of hunt seat riding, placing an emphasis on equitation. Students will also take part in the horsemanship lessons to develop their knowledge about proper care in the barn. The minimum age is 12years old or 6th grade. These camps are catered to riders who ride on a weekly or monthly basis.
- Level 1 Riders: Must be able to walk and trot confidently with some canter knowledge on an unfamiliar horse on their own.
- Level 2 Riders: Must be able to walk, trot and canter on an unfamiliar horse on their own plus be able to jump x-rails confidently and have knowledge/some practice of jumping 2’ verticals.
- Level 3 Riders: Must be confident walk, trot, canter and jumping 2’3” verticals on unfamiliar horses on their own and have some practice at 2’6” verticals.
Week 3: (levels 2-3)
This camp will focus on developing the riders’ ability to adjust quickly to new horses over a course of fences, placing an emphasis on the type of testing found in the equitation ring. The riders will also work on solidifying their position on the flat so they can confidently ride a flat class without stirrups. Students will also take part in horsemanship lessons to develop their knowledge about proper care in the barn. Riders must be a minimum of level 2, no exceptions.
Level 2 Riders: Must be able to walk, trot and canter on an unfamiliar horse on their own plus be able to jump x-rails confidently and have knowledge/some practice of jumping 2’ verticals.
Level 3 Riders: Must be confident walk, trot, canter and jumping 2’3” verticals on unfamiliar horses on their own and have some practice at 2’6” verticals.
- Will tour the Equine Breeding Center for an overview and tour of our breeding facility and what goes into an equine breeding program.
- Campers will also have an introduction to driving the single horse (carriage driving)
- Campers will also be practicing principals of vaulting and gaming
$409 program cost (incl. $75 fees)
About the instructor
Carol Ricci, an equine science instructor, with a B.S. in animal science and an A.S. in equine business from Delaware Valley University, brings a wealth of hands-on experiences into the classroom and the ring. Carol, an instructor at DelVal, currently teaches students various riding skills classes, Balanced Equitation, Fundamentals, and Horsemanship I and II. Over the years at DelVal she has also taught event management and the equine practicum. Carol owns and teaches at Platinum Equestrian, a boarding and lesson barn in Perkasie, PA.
Carol has worked within the equine industry for more than a decade teaching all ages and levels of riders. For the last five years, she has been coaching an Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team, first for Platinum and then three years exclusively for DelVal. In those three years, her team has been regional champions and have moved forward to zone finalist. Several of her riders have advanced to IEA Nationals. IEA is a program designed for riders grades six through 12 who compete on random horses in hunter equitation. Today, you will find her developing university students as well as young riders into balanced seat equitation riders and sharing her love and knowledge of the equine world with all her riders. Carol is passionate and creative about teaching students through exciting hands-on learning opportunities that will engage all levels of learners.