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Campers can choose to either ride as a daily activity along with their other activities, or dedicate their entire week to riding by choosing it as a specialty week when registering. Campers enrolled in the horsemanship program ride everyday. First timers can begin learning the basics of walking, posting and trotting while more advanced riders focus on cantering and jumping. Mt. Gilead’s wooded property offers trail riding terrain for both beginners and advanced riders. Instructors work one on one with each camper challenging them to step out of their comfort zone while maintaining a safe and fun atmosphere.

Regular Horsemanship

Horseback riding is available for all ages and skill levels from the beginner to the advanced rider, as new skills are learned and others mastered. Classes are arranged according to experience and ability. English style horseback riding is taught by our qualified and caring staff. Campers will ride for 50 minutes each day, Monday through Friday.

Prerequisites:
Pre-registration and payment required.
No experience necessary

Searcher Equestrian

Available as a specialty week, SE is for campers entering 6th and 7th grade who horseportraitjust can’t get enough of horses!! If campers choose this option they do not select other daily activities, but they will participate in horse related activities throughout the day. These campers will participate in Divisional and All-Camp activities in the evenings. Campers will learn to groom, tack, feed, and care for horses and do chores that go along with owning a horse, in addition to extended periods of riding instruction. These campers will participate in a horse show on Saturday morning beginning at 10:00 am. All are invited!

Prerequisites:
Camper must be completing 6th or 7th grade.
Minimal riding experience necessary
Please pack long pants, and boots or shoes with a small heel.
Pre-registration and payment is required.
Campers must complete a questionnaire about their experience and skills, acceptance into program will be granted after questionnaire has been completed and submitted.

Equestrian I and II

Available as a specialty week, EQ I and II are for campers entering 8th through 12th grade who want to live and breathe horses the entire week of camp! These campers will not select other daily activities but will be doing horse related activities and chores in addition to extended periods of riding. Campers participating in EQ programs will rise early and before breakfast help to catch, groom, feed the horses, and complete other chores that go along with caring for a horse. A horse show will conclude the week on Saturday morning at 10 AM. All are invited to witness the exciting progress and skills these campers have mastered this week.

Equestrian I is for the intermediate rider. Campers will learn to canter and begin jumping. In addition to furthering their riding skills, and learning care and stable management, there will be guest speakers who will share about their careers and vocations relating to horses.

trailridingPrerequisites – EQ I (Intermediate):
Camper must be entering 8th through 12th grade
Must be secure at a posting trot and ready to canter
Pre-registration and payment is required.
Advanced Beginner & Intermediate riders
Good control at a walk, trot, and posting trot
Ready to canter

Equestrian II is for the advanced rider. Campers will be secure at a canter and have some jumping experience. In addition to furthering their riding skills, and learning care and stable management, there will be guest speakers, and/or trips to facilities to experience horses used for therapy as well as an animal rescue.

Prerequisites – EQ II (Advanced):
Camper must be entering 8th through 12th grade
Must be secure at a canter and some experience jumping
Completed questionnaire
Acceptance into program pending approval after questionnaire is submitted
Intermediate & Advanced Riders
Good control at a walk, trot, posting trot, and canter
Acceptance into program pending approval of horsemanship instructor.