The Best Horseback Riding Summer Camp For Kids in the SF Bay Area

The best horseback riding camp in the Bay Area

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Fast Facts

Offered: Resident Camp Sessions 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Ages: Entering 4th grade and older.

Cost: $250 (1 week) or $750 (2 weeks) in addition to session tuition fee.

Details:  In addition to two mounted classes each day, campers work on vaulting, tacking, horsemanship and horse care. Highlights include touring a horse estate or attending a horse show and experiencing a private overnight ride on the Kennolyn trails!

If your child comes alive to the sound of galloping hooves, has horseshoes decorating every surface of their bedroom, and relishes the chance to wash and groom even the most ornery of horses, they’re definitely an equestrian at heart. Summer riding camp is a wonderful way to foster their passion for horseback riding, learn exciting new skills, and make lasting friendships with others who love riding just as much as they do.

Most horse riding summer camps let campers practice grooming, steering, jumping, cantering, and other fundamentals—but that doesn’t mean each summer camp experience is identical. Unlike other horseback riding camps in California, at Kennolyn we combine English instruction with gorgeous trail rides through the redwoods of the Santa Cruz Mountains—making memories that your child will cherish for a lifetime.

Campers learn incredible skills at horseback riding summer camp!

Horseback Riding Sleepaway Camps at Kennolyn

Here at Kennolyn Camps, we foster a love for the equestrian life by offering two specially-designed programs for our campers who want to go deeper into their riding practice or spend more of their camp time with their favorite horses. In learning how to post for the first time or mastering a challenging jump, your child will gain valuable experiences with problem solving, perseverance, and goal setting.

Because we also believe in providing each individual with a well-rounded summer camp experience, we involve all of our campers in plenty of other experiences outside the barn. Horseback riding is a wonderful and rewarding focus, which we supplement with our many other fun camp activities and traditions. With three to four activity days per week and two levels of intensity, your child will find the perfect balance between a traditional summer camp experience and the horseback riding camp of their dreams.

All-Day Equestrian Specialty Activity

Available during our 2-week sessions

For Intermediate and Advanced riders 5th grade and older.

This program is for campers who can already post the trot, have their own boots and helmet, and take regular lessons at home. All-day Equestrian Campers will spend each Activity Day at the barn, where they will be well-occupied with riding, learning about, and caring for Kennolyn’s horses.

In addition to two mounted classes each Activity Day, your child will spend time vaulting, tacking and untacking their horse, plus attend horsemanship and horse care classes.  One program highlight is touring a horse estate or attending a horse show. Another is experiencing a private overnight ride along our trails to one of our on-property campsites along a creek. Cooking over a fire and sleeping under the stars is a favorite of all Equestrian Campers. It’s as close to being a real western pioneer as you can get!

Half-Day Equestrian Specialty Activity

Available during our 1-week sessions

For riders 4th grade and older.

This program is designed for campers with some riding experience who can already walk and steer a horse. Your child will have the chance to ride and vault on each Activity Day. Half-day campers are sure to enjoy the opportunity to learn some new skills!

This specialty activity is built to give campers more time at the barn to build relationships with the other equestrian lovers, the riding staff, and, of course, our horses. It’s perfect for the young horse enthusiast in your family who may not have the option to take regular lessons at home.

Jumping is just one skill campers learn at the Kennolyn horseback riding summer camp.

Visit the Bay Area’s Favorite Equestrian Summer Camp

Selecting a summer camp for your child can be a complex process—especially if you’re wanting to give them a serious opportunity to improve their riding skills or get their feet wet in the equestrian world. Not every camp offers programs that truly immerse your child in the world of horseback riding while providing a well-balanced schedule of camp fun along the way. The best way to aid your decision is to go for a visit. Seeing the barn, trails, horses, and riding staff in person will give you a fuller picture of what a summer horseback riding camp truly offers.

Interested in learning more about Kennolyn’s sleepaway camp options? Check out our Rates and Dates for more details on the available sessions for this Equestrian Activity. If you’re already convinced that this is the right summer camp option for your child, registration for this Bay Area horse camp is simple: select your preferred Kennolyn camp session, and don’t forget to choose the Equestrian specialty activity for your camper. If you have any remaining questions about this or any other Kennolyn Camps offering, feel free to give us a call.


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