Summer Camp Program
PHC has been offering quality horse camp since 1978. Our camp offers six large outdoor riding rings and two indoor riding arenas. Camp facilities include a food booth, indoor washrooms and an air-conditioned camp clubhouse and classroom with individual lockers. PHC has 30 experienced School horses that participate in our camp program, suitable for all levels of English riding.
We cater to kids ages 6 to 15. Riding lessons are taught with emphasis on sound basics of equitation and good horsemanship. Campers experience grooming and tacking their horses each day as well as receiving two riding lessons daily!
Other Activities Include: Arts & Crafts, Stable Management & Equine Theory, Games, Gymkhana, Theme Days & Much More!
At the end of each camp session family and friends are encouraged to come watch campers show off their new riding skills! Awards are given to each camper.
Each session allows for maximum 24 campers, so space is limited! Enrollment is secured with payment in full and a completed registration form. Registration is completed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Click HERE for a registration form
Long Term Equestrian Development
PHC is dedicated to the principles of LTED as developed by the Coaching Association of Canada in partnership with Equestrian Canada. Our program is designed with each camper’s physical, mental and emotional stages of learning in mind. More information on LTED can be found on the Equestrian Canada website HERE.
Safety & Fun Go Together at PHC
– Certified Equestrian Canada Instructors -> Click HERE for information about our instructors
– Equestrian Canada certified Rider Level 6+ Councillors -> Click HERE for information about EC Learn to Ride Program
– Barn Safety Training for Campers
– Saddles equipped with safety stirrups
– Camper supervision at all times by qualified staff members
– Riding equipment that is well cared for and examined daily
– Well-trained, safe and reliable horses
Important Camp Info
Camp Hours: 8:30 A.M – 3:30 P.M
Cost: $375 (5 Day) $300 (4 Day)
Before Care: 7:00-8:30 A.M – $15 per day
After Care: 3:30-5:00 P.M – $15 per day
Helmets: Must meet ASTM safety standards. Rentals are available for $30 per session
1. Q: What does my camper need to bring to horse camp? A: Each camper must bring their own lunch & snacks, as well as a pair of boots to ride in. Boots must cover the ankle and have a small heel (e.g. rain boots). A change of clothes and shoes can be brought for games and lunch but is not mandatory.
2. Q: Can my camper ride in a bicycle helmet? A: No. All riders must wear an ASTM approved riding helmet in order to be fully protected while riding and working around horses. Helmets are available for rent at $30 per session if needed.
3. Q: I am going to be late picking up my camper, what do I do? A: Regular Camp hours are 8:30 A.M – 3:30 P.M. PHC offers a before and after-care program for campers who arrive before 8:30 A.M or leave after 3:30 A.M. If you know you will be late, give the office a call at 905 649 1342 or email email@example.com, and we will have staff ready to keep the camp fun going until you arrive. The cost for before and after-care is $15 per day each.
4. Q: Does my camper need to bring money to camp? A: PHC offers a camp tuck shop located in the food booth, as well as a drink machine located in the School barn. All items range from $1 – $3 and include; pop, water, freezies, chips, chocolate and Gatorade. If you are not sending your camper with money please remember to pack lots of water on the hot summer days!
5. Q: Will my camper ride the same horse in camp each day? A: At PHC campers will experience the ride and feel of many different horses. As the session goes on they develop favorites, and on Parent Day instructors will try their best to put campers on their favorites.
6. Q: If my camper signs up for more than one week, will they be doing the same activities all over again? A: All 9 sessions of summer horse camp are different, each with a different theme and varying stable management topics and crafts. Campers will gain more riding skills and advance to new levels by strengthening muscle memory, which comes from practice in the saddle.
7. Q: How many rides will my camper get? A: Campers will ride twice a day in Summer Camp. On Thursdays, one of these rides will be in a Gymkhana, where the whole camp gets together into teams and participates in games on horseback! Riding is the primary activity at PHC Camp, and campers develop skills rapidly over the course of the session. One week of camp is equivalent to over 2 months of lessons!
8. Q: What activities will my camper do when they are not riding? A: Other than riding, campers will also participate in arts and crafts, games, stable management theory and vaulting practice with a vaulting simulation barrel!
9. Q: What is Specialty Camp? A: Session 1, Session 5 & Session 9 offer a Specialty Camp option, as well as a regular camp option. Session 1 is Lease A Horse Camp. Session 5 is Show Camp and Session 9 is Rider Testing camp. Specialty sessions are open only to current PHC students. These camps allow for a maximum of 12 campers, so space is limited.
10. What is Lease A Horse Camp? The first session focuses on the activity involved in having a horse of your own; caring for it, maintaining its health and condition as well as setting goals to improve performance with that horse. Campers will participate in activities such as bathing, feeding, mucking stalls, and creating a training plan for the horse.
11. What is Show Camp? The fifth session is geared towards setting riders up to compete in the Skills Development and Durham Saddle Club Show series hosted at PHC throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall. Riders will learn about goal setting to improve performance, how to prepare a horse for competition in terms of braiding, bathing and clipping, as well as many other aspects of showing. In their lessons campers will practice different types of classes and warm ups to better prepare them to show.
12. Q: Do all Sessions run for an entire week? A: Session 3 is a four-day session, running Monday to Thursday.
13. Q: Can I come to watch my camper ride and take pictures? A: The final afternoon of camp is Parent Day at PHC! Family members and friends are welcome to come and watch their camper ride for one hour and show off the skills they have learned throughout the week! Afterwards, awards will be given out to all campers. Riding times for Parent Day will be announced on the first day of camp.
14. Q: Can I go into the barn and pet the horses? A: Only staff and campers may enter the barns, for safety reasons. If accompanied by a staff member you may be able to enter at certain times. Speak to a camp staff member to find out.
15. Q: My camper has allergies or a medical condition, what should I do? A: Be sure to communicate any relevant health information in the designated spot on the form. If your camper has a food allergy, a notice will be sent out before the first day of camp for other parents to be aware of. If any medications are required to be taken by campers a form must be filled out in the office and medication be given to the head staff. Click HERE for a Summer Camp Medical Form.
WOULD YOU LIKE A TOUR OF OUR FACILITY?
Parents and campers are welcome to tour our facility, meet the staff and be introduced to all our wonderful camp horses.
Contact us for more information and to book a tour! firstname.lastname@example.org or call 905 649 1342
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT – Receive 10% off the price by enrolling prior to March 31st 2017
SUMMER HORSE CAMP FORMS
SPECIALITY CAMP FORMS (These sessions are open to current students of PHC only)
2017 SUMMER HORSE CAMP SESSIONS
Session 1 – July 3 – July 7 (Speciality Camp for PHC students – Lease A Horse)
Session 2 – July 10 – July 14
Session 3 – July 17 – July 20 (4 Day Session)
Session 4 – July 24 – July 28
Session 5 – July 31 – August 4 (Speciality Camp for PHC students – Show Camp)
Session 6 – August 7 – August 11
Session 7 – August 14 – August 18
Session 8 – August 21 – August 25
Session 9 – August 28 – September 1 (Speciality Camp for PHC students – Rider Testing Camp)