Camps & Events
SaddleBack Equestrian’s summer camps are for ages 6+ with emphasis on safe horsemanship, sportsmanship, and showmanship. Campers ride in daily lessons on one of SaddleBack’s safe and experienced school horse. They also get a realistic introduction into the daily routine of caring for horses, horse-mounted games, a fun mock horse show, and education materials including their personal camp notebook. SaddleBack's highly qualified trainers lead all camps to ensure that each camper receives excellent riding lesson instruction & horsemanship.
- Beginner Camps – For those just starting out with horses OR with limited experience with horses. Campers new to riding will learn to steer, halt, walk, trot, post, and 2-point (jump position). Those with limited riding experience will work on enhancing their riding position and executing various exercises at the walk and trot. Campers will learn to groom and tack up the horse, and basic horse care. Those attending this camp should have not taken any (or few) lessons.
- Advanced Beginner Camps – For those walking/trotting AND for those walking, trotting and cantering in hunt seat lesson program. Campers will be introduced to cantering if they’re not yet cantering, and jumping if ready and already cantering in current lesson program. Campers will enhance their riding skills at all gaits and do polework. They will learn basic horse management including horse care, vet & farrier care, feeding and more.
- Intermediate/Advanced Camps (jumping 18" - 3'+) – For riders already jumping in a lesson program. Intermediate: riders jumping 18” to 2’3"; Advanced: rider jumping 2'6" to 3'+. Intermediate Campers will learn more advanced horse care, grooming of show horse, what judges look for on the flat and over fences, and how to prepare for a show. Advanced Campers will work on more advanced jumping techniques and equitation tests, lower level dressage tests, advanced horse care, and riding in college/careers in the horse industry. Riders are encouraged to ride their own horse (stall arrangements can be made for haul-ins); however, school horses are available for jumping up to 2'3.
SaddleBack’s camp program is designed to take campers from beginner to the show ring. Be sure to register early to ensure your preferred week as camps slots are limited per week and fill quickly. Call (918) 408-6446 for more info.
2017 Summer Camp Dates
(Camps daily held 9am–3pm)
June 7-9 (Beginner), 3-day
June 13-16 (Int/Adv), 4-day
June 19-23 (Beginner), 5-day
June 26-29 (Adv Beginner), 4-day
July 17-21 (Beginner), 5-day
3-day Camp: $195
4-Day Camp: $275
5-Day Camp: $300
(Campers to bring sack lunch & water bottles daily, pizza party provided last day)
Dates subject to change.
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Sherry Guess Dressage Clinic
Sherry Guess is coming to SaddleBack Equestrian! Sherry is a top dressage instructor and travels all over the United States training horses and riders from Intro level to Grand Prix. She is will be offering lessons to our students on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 from 12:00 - 6:00 pm (or later if times requested/needed).
What: Dressage Lessons from Sherry Guess
Who: Open to all SaddleBack Clients (Beginner through Advanced)
When: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: Afternoon/evening time slots to be assigned as riders sign up
Dressage means "training" in French and is the foundation of all riding. It is highly recommend that all riders train in some dressage. Here is some information for Hunter Jumper riders that may not think they have an interest in Dressage:
The first Classical Dressage Training Scale guidelines are: Rhythm, Relaxation, and Contact. A Hunter needs to be in Rhythm and Relaxed to show the form necessary to place well in Hunter competitions. Rhythm is how we make the strides smoother between the jumps. Contact for a jumping horse can mean we take a flexible feel of our horses mouth and by keeping the horse balanced in front of our leg, create positive energy and balanced beauty.
The rest of the Dressage Training Scale is: Impulsion, Straightness, and Collection. Straightness (a straight line in the horses body) results in a straight line to the jumps and around the corners of the arena. Impulsion in a jumping horse can mean he has energy and pushing power from straightness in his body and well developed carrying power in the haunches. Collection to a jumping horse can mean his stride has become smoothly adjustable, making it easier to balance him to the fences and adjust his stride for a long or short take off spot at the jumps.
We do some light dressage work in all of our lessons (circles, going across diagonal, leg yields, extended or collected trot, etc); however, this is an opportunity to learn some new skills to apply to continuing lessons or riding on your own. Sign-Up ASAP as spots are limited:
Contact for pricing. Horses available if needed.
Contact 918-408-6446 to sign-up!