Camp Themes

  Each week of summer camp has been assigned a different theme for riders at levels 3 & 4. Riders at Levels 1 & 2 will work on basic riding skills. They will not be involved in the Higher Level themes. If you are new to Shady Lawn Ranch and believe you are a higher-level rider, you will need to attend 1 week of camp to complete your levels 1 & 2. This way we can assess your riding skills, teach you the "ropes" of the camp, and determine readiness for Level 3 riding.  
 
 

Theme for Levels 1 & 2

 
  A beginning rider starts at Level 1. Beginners learn to ride at the walk and trot. Some are ready to try the lope by the end of their first week of camp. Focus is on the basic riding position, balance, and control of the horse while riding. Students also learn basic care of the horse, which includes grooming, tacking, feeding and cleaning up after the horses. Lessons are based on the CHA manual.  
 
  In Level 2 riders are introduced to many activities such as gymkhana (similar to barrel racing), training, riding English, higher level Western riding, jumping, trail riding, and obstacles.  
 
  Students ride a different horse each time they ride, which is at least twice daily. On the last two days of a camp session, students may choose which horse they want to ride.  
 
  At the end of the week, riders must pass a written and riding test to determine their eligibility for the next level or part of a level. Certificates and/or badges are awarded.  
 
  Level 1 & 2 riders will not be involved in the higher-level themes. Levels are defined by the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). If you believe you are a higher-level rider, you will need to attend 1 week of camp to complete your levels 1 & 2. This way we can assess your riding skills, teach you the "ropes" of Shady Lawn Ranch, and determine readiness for Level 3 riding.  
 
 
 

Themes for Levels 3 & 4

 
  June 15 - 20,
June 28 - July 4
Mixed Bag At the start of each week, the higher level riders will suggest and approve several topics, both English and Western. We will write the topics on separate pieces of paper and put the papers into a bag. Four of the papers will be drawn out of the bag which will be the topics to be covered during the week.
 
 
  June 12 - 27
English & Jumping Riders will work on their form and control of their horse, bending, leg yields, leads and jumping. They will practice jumping grids and courses. At the exhibition, they will do a jumping course or a dressage pattern.
 
 
  July 5 - 11
Western & Gymkhana Riders may include work on trail obstacles, side passing, pivots, lope leads, stopping, rollbacks, riding patterns, exercises that will improve their performance in many types of gymkhana events such as barrel racing and pole bending. Relays and assorted obstacle races may be practiced as well. At the exhibition, riders will perform a gymkhana event or a western riding pattern.
 
 
  July 12 - 18
Eventing English riding which includes Dressage, Cross Country Jumping, and Stadium Jumping.
 
 
 
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