Horse Camps

Come experience the joys of horseback riding at Horse Camp. Camp Christmas Tree's riding programs are progressively structured to provide campers with a fun experience of interacting with gentle horses.


Instructors are trained in horsemanship and carefully match the experience level of the child with an appropriate horse. Instruction is provided at the staging area and on the horses.

Safety is our top priority at Horse Camp. For all horse programs, we recommend that participants wear heeled leather shoes or boots. Long pants and protective helmets are required of all participants. Helmets will be provided by the camp. Our Horse Camp is a progressive recreational riding program and is not intended to replace formal riding lessons.

Alternative programs may be planned if weather conditions such as extreme heat, rain, or wind jeopardize the safety of campers or horses.

Colts 1-Hour Program - Introductory Level

Entering grades 2 – 6 in fall, 2017

Colts is a 1-hour-per-day introductory program for children with little experience around horses. First-time riders will build confidence and skills while learning the basics of western horseback riding. Instruction includes safety, leading, mounting, dismounting, reining, and basic ring riding. The remainder of the day is spent in Traditional Camp activities.

Buckaroos 1-Hour Program - Intermediate Level

Entering grades 4 – 7 in fall, 2017. Previous Colts experience preferred.

Buckaroos is an intermediate program for campers with at least one year of riding experience. One hour of daily instruction includes a basic skill review, intermediate ring riding, and trotting. The remainder of the day is spent in traditional camp activities.

Circle Y Camp 2-Week Session - Advanced Level

Entering grades 6 – 9 in fall, 2017. Riders must demonstrate strong proficiency at basic riding skills and have completed Buckaroos.

In Circle Y Camp, experienced riders spend 10 hours per week in advanced riding instruction including mounting, trotting and ring work. Riders also learn about proper horse care such as feeding, grooming, and saddling. Circle Y riders showcase their skills in a special horse show. This program also includes an overnight at YMCA Camp Christmas Tree.