The Camp Friendship Equestrian Camp is for girls ages 9 – 16 who LOVE horses.  The camp program is designed to provide a fun, safe camp experience involving a full day of horses.  From beginners to advanced riders, our equestrian program offers the combination of well instructed English hunt seat ring lessons focusing on the fundamentals of horse and rider, as well as fun with our horses, whether playing with them in the river or taking them out on our extensive cross country trails.

Jr. Village with Riding is for boys and girls ages 7-12 who ride at the beginner to intermediate level. These campers live in the Jr. Girls or Jr. Boys village and spend half of their day in equestrian camp and the other half participating in general camp activities.  While in equestrian camp, these campers participate in ring lessons, trail rides, river rides, theory lessons, and barn chores.

The Equestrian Director: Equestrian Director Skye Ackenbom, daughter of owner/founder Chuck Ackenbom, grew up in the Camp Friendship Equestrian Program.  She is a certified instructor through the American Riding Instructors Association and believes in the importance of not only solid riding instruction, but in shaping well rounded horse enthusiasts of tomorrow.

The Facilities: Over ninety horses are stabled in our 2005 state of the art stables here at Camp Friendship.  The barn is located right across from the equestrian campers living quarters, surrounding these campers with horses at all times.  There are four outdoor rings of different sizes as well as a spacious indoor arena.  The 753 acres of open fields and trails through the woods are the mainstay of the program.

The Horses: Camp Friendship’s ninety horses can be described as wonderful, versatile, and safe.  They are owned and maintained by the camp year round.  The herd is comprised of all different sizes, colors, and breeds so that Camp Friendship is well equipped to best match each rider with a horse that is well suited for them, from the most basic beginner to the advanced rider.

1-Hour Riding:  A coed program for general campers ages 8-16 who would like to choose riding as one of their activities.  For beginners only, this program is designed to introduce campers to horseback riding and teach them basic fundamentals through ring lessons, trail rides, and other exercises.
Please contact Skye, our Equestrian Director with any questions at (434) 589-3878 or stables@campfriendship.com

Equestian Camp FAQ: Click here for our Equestrian Camp FAQ

Those interested in year round riding programs may also want to visit our Year Round page for information on programs that offer a variety of fun and educational activities.  Spring and Fall Riding Weekends are a great way to try out riding camp at Camp Friendship.

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