Hi Campers and Parents,
I can’t believe it is almost time for camp! Arrival time is anytime between 8:30 and 11 on Monday, July 10th. All stabling is in the indoor ring, so just park on the side of the driveway to unload.
For horses, you will need to bring hay and grain/supplements, buckets, pitchfork and rake, saddle rack, bridle rack and anything riding related that you use. I recommend 4 or 5 saddle pads to get through the week. We will provide the bedding. We will have limited turnout available. If you are using a horse provided by HPF, we will assign horses after everyone has arrived. Trailers are fine to park at HPF and can house camper hay and feed and any tack not being used. Plenty of room inside if a trailer doesn’t stay.
For campers, you will need a camp cot (Wal-Mart has a cheap, comfortable one) and sleeping bag/pillow, riding clothes for everyday, shorts, bathing suit, towels, shampoo/soap and sneakers and a raincoat. No flip flops or crocs in the barn! Sleeping quarters are in our hayloft dormitory or in tents. You will truly be sleeping with your horse! Please let me know if you are a vegetarian or have any food restrictions this week via email. Though cell phones are permitted I ask that campers wait until the end of the day (after chore time) to make any calls home. Please talk about it at home and have a plan about when might be a good time in the evening to talk.
If you are planning on riding in the schooling trial on the weekend (it is everyone’s goal but not mandatory!) please bring the entry form (no fee, it is included) even if you are not sure of division. Dress code for the event is informal, which means light colored pants and a polo shirt. Jackets are allowed but not necessary. A jumping vest is also required. If you don’t have one we have a few at the barn to share. For parents, times can be found on the competition page the day before the event.
If you haven’t paid the remainder, just bring it with you and put the campers name on the check so I don’t make any mistakes!!
Thank you and please email me with any further questions, Laurie
Hitching Post Farm Adult Camp is a 3 -day intensive camp designed to build confidence in both horse and rider and to create a harmonious pair that can accomplish whatever they set out to do. Our cross- country course offers jumps from 18” to 3’6” in an effort to accommodate any level rider wanting to get to the next step in their training. Our show jumping course offers various challenges, allowing horses and riders to get comfortable with bright, exciting stadium courses. Dressage can often be a concern for riders, so we make a point to get all riders in the ring and working through issues before the competition which proves to be a helpful and positive experience. 2 lessons per day. The schooling trial on Saturday is the goal but not a requirement. Cost of the event is included.
Camp is fun, team spirited and gets the season off to a positive start.
Stabling is in our indoor arena, turnout is limited but available. Please bring hay and grain. Bedding is provided.
5 miles from HPF! 2 bed, 2 bath - a queen, double, and twin. Full kitchen, laundry, etc. $50 per person/night. Contact Sandy 802-353-6345
Junior Event Camp at Hitching Post Farm is for kids aged 10-18 who are either actively eventing or ready to begin eventing. Camp runs for 5 days, culminating in an HPF Schooling Trial taking place on day 6.
HPF’s Junior Event Camp is designed to fully prepare each student to compete in the schooling trial, whether they are competing at a new level or for the first time. Campers will take part in 2 lessons per in groups of no more than 5. Although the Junior Event Camp has grown, there is still flexibility to work in groups as small as 2 or individually, if the need arises. We take pride in our ability to make each camper feel confident, prepared and challenged while maintaining a fun and friendly environment. Laurie Hudson and Sally Scheindel teach cross-country and dressage respectively and are accompanied by other instructors including Kylie Lyman, Janine McClain and Keith Robinson.
Each day campers are expected to take care of all aspects of their horses as well as help and encourage other campers. Feeding, stall cleaning, grazing, turnout, tack and equipment will be camper responsibilities. Throughout the week, campers will also help with various aspects of preparation for the schooling trial.
We offer a rustic and fun camp, with campers “camping” at the barn and enjoying the company of their horses 24/7. We have a handful of counselors on premise to help ensure that campers are happy and comfortable. Homemade meals are prepared in our “barn kitchen” and we are able to provide meals to accommodate anyone with food restrictions.
While cell service and wifi are available, we ask that you to please talk with your child about waiting until our day is done to make calls
Please fill out the Liability Waiver and Entry Form (division not necessary if there are questions about level). Entry Fee is included in the cost of camp.
This is a day camp for kids who are excited to spend more time at the barn and get a chance to participate everything from barn chores, learning to clean tack, grooming and bathing, but mostly RIDING! Campers will have a daily lesson and following lunch they will have a free riding period during which they can take turns on other horses, ride bareback, jump and generally enjoy themselves.
Camps hours are 8:30 to 2:00