Riding Camps and Clinics

Summer Riding Camps For Kids

We are excited to offer 5 weeks of camp this year and continue our junior assistant program. All camps are English style riding. Please see tabs below for more information and remember to bring a friend!

Please read this feedback from a mom last year:

" Hello there!  I just wanted to follow up from the horse camp that my daughter attended the week of July 6th.

 

From the parents perspective we were very pleased with the accommodations, grounds and counselors/instructors.  I was very much at ease leaving her in your care. 

 

In the car on the way home I ask her "So how was Camp?"  Her response was.  "It was great, I learned a lot and had so much fun!"   I have never heard her say with so much excitement that she "learned a lot"!    Usually I have to pull details out of her but not this day.  She started telling me all the things she learned about the care and anatomy of the horse, the crafts etc. 

There was not one negative thing for her to say about her time there.  (Remember she is a teenager and usually that is the first thing that comes out of her mouth).   The schedule, food, crafts, instructors, friends, and facilities all 5 star rating.  The only slightly negative comment was that she wishes she could stay for 2 weeks next year.

 

Thank you again and we look forward to seeing you again next year!"  


Please contact horsecamp@wilson.edu for more information. All campers must present proof of current health insurance at the time of registration. Sessions will not run if minimum numbers are not met. 

     

Barn Buddies

  5-8 year old co-ed  

9 AM - Noon      $250 per camper

  Session 1 - June 22nd -26th

Session 2 - August 3rd - 7th

Come join us for a fun half day of learning to be a good Barn Buddy. Campers will learn basics of horse care and ride each day (weather permitting). Safety is our first focus as Barn Buddies learn about horses and riding. No experience is necessary as activities will be catered to the maturity and attention span of the campers in attendance. Cost available soon. All campers must have completed their kindergarten year. Minimum 7 - maximum 12 participants. The session will not run if the minimum number of participants is not met so bring your friends!

* 8 year olds are strongly encouraged to attend Barn Buddies camp unless they have attended Wilson Riding Camps during previous years. *

Registration will close 14 days before the start of the session. Full payment of $250.00 is required at the time of registration.  All campers must provide proof of current health insurance. Online payment information coming soon.

To enroll or for more information please email horsecamp@wilson.edu

Community Riding Programs

The Community Riding Program (CRP) was designed to offer local children and adults the opportunity to learn English riding.  We do not offer western lessons at this time. This program is a secondary program which must be scheduled around the needs of Wilson College Equestrian Studies classes and teams. For information please contact the community riding program at riding@wilson.edu .

Program Highlights

  • 55 Minute lessons scheduled weekly
  • Taught by Wilson College instructors and staff
  • Beginner through advanced students welcome
  • College owned horses or bring your own
  • Horses selected to meet the needs of the students
  • Balanced seat English lessons
  • Groups ranging in size from 3 to 6 riders

Clinics

Michael Page

Dates and cost: TBA 
Make checks payable to : Wilson College
 

Michael hails from North Salem, New York and is well known as the rider in one of eventing's most successful combinations with his partner Grasshopper, one of only five horses in the history of the sport to have competed in six or more CCIOs. Grasshopper was inducted into the USEA Eventing Hall of Fame in 1999.

Michael won the AHSA Medal Finals in 1956 and went on to train at the French Cavalry School in Saumur, France from 1957-1958.  His international career included three Olympic Games and three Pan American games.  At the Tokyo Olympics (1964) on Grasshopper he placed fourth individually and earned team silver; at the Mexico Olympics (1968) on Foster he earned individual bronze and team silver.  His Pan American Games resume is just as impressive with two individual gold medals in 1959 and 1963.  In 1963 and 1967, he was a member of the U.S. teams that brought home gold. Individually he won bronze in 1967.  

In response to Michael's accomplishments, the Wofford Cup was retired in 1963 after he received it three times.  The USET offered a new cup in 1964, designated as the National Open Three-Day Event Championship Trophy which was to be awarded annually at a specific competition.

Michael went on to share his expertise.  He coached the Canadian three-day team at the 1976 Olympics and served as Chef d'Equipe at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, the 1990 World Championships, and 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.

With a flair for administrative details, Michael served as chair of many committees including the AHSA Equitation Committee, AHSA Nominating Committee, and USET Nominating Committee.  In addition he judged the AHSA/ASPCA National Equitation Finals seven times and the Intercollegiate National Finals four times.

Michael is in great demand as a clinician and his expertise and generosity with his knowledge have provided the strong base of equestrian education for many adult riders.  His teaching philosophy, in his words, is, "You should go to someone for instruction or advice only if you respect him enough to give 110 percent of what he asks.  Every time.  All the time."