Shadow Ridge Equestrian Center

Camp memories last forever. We make sure they are unforgettable!

Shadow Ridge Equestrian Center Summer Camps offer so many exciting things for you to do. Our emphasis is on Fun, Safety and Friendship. Unlike other camp programs that include horses as a small part of their program, at Shadow Ridge Equestrian Center…horses ARE the program! We are 100% horse from the kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms decor to our awesome crafts.

Through their beauty, grace and personalities, horses help us accomplish many of our aspirations… self-confidence, leadership, honesty, respect, responsibility and compassion. Horses also evoke excitement, freedom, adventure and friendship. Girls want creativity, challenges and personal connections in their lives while at the same time having fun. Using horses as a wonderful vehicle and voice for education, our camps offer a tremendously engaging and effective arena for growth and learning.

Our residential camp program includes stable management, games, nature walks, swimming in our above-ground pool, crafts, trail ride, campfire evenings and other farm activities as well as enjoying the beauty of the country setting.

Imagine having your very own horse to spend time with. A best friend to love and take care of. Each camper is allocated and responsible for a horse for the week. Our riding program provides extensive riding and lesson time. Campers will learn how to take care of the horse, and the tack, as well as learning to ride. Every horse has their own saddle, bridle and brushes. Days are filled with horse related activities..

Mornings begin with taking care of the horses. Daily horse chores such as the morning feeding and rounding up of the horses increase the bond between each girl and horse, as they learn to work safely around them. It will provide memories to last a lifetime.

Each day will include a morning lesson in one of our fenced riding arenas (during hot weather they will ride earlier, when it is cooler out). This will develop their balance, coordination and self-confidence. The afternoon lesson will be fun riding – games on horseback, instructional videos or practical learning (braiding, bathing, etc.). Our hands on horsemanship program will help to improve their skills and confidence on and around horses. Campers will also have the opportunity to go for at least one trail ride, during the week. We will take the girls to the local convenience store once during their stay so that they can purchase “tuck” (candy etc.).

At Shadow Ridge we try to create a loving, caring family atmosphere for our campers. Accommodations are in “The Bunkhouse” (4 girls), the “Wranglers Roost” (4 girls), and “The Hideout” (2 girls) in our cozy 177 year old farm house. All meals are home cooked, offering delicious, nutritious and satisfying food for the hungry rider.

Our excellent crafts and activities create personalized memories of your child’s vacation. Each child will receive a camp t-shirt, and a personalized photo CD (usually 300-500 pictures) of their stay at camp. Memories they will cherish for a lifetime.

Our staff to camper ratio is 1:3 during riding lessons and all other camp activities. Campers staying for more than one week will take part in farm activities, area tours and special events on the weekends.

Residential Summer Riding Camps are offered during June, July and August 2005, for small groups of girls aged 10 – 16 years. Campers come not only from Canada but other parts of the world too. We have had campers from Japan, Hong Kong, France, Mexico and the USA. For first time campers or for those just wishing to experience the true camping spirit, these camps will fulfill their dreams and set parents’ minds at ease.

For more information and for testimonials from previous campers, please visit our website at: http://www.shadow-ridge.ca.

Ted and Marilyn Cheek
Shadow Ridge Equestrian Center
13259 Hwy 7, RR 1 Carleton Place, Ontario, K7C 3P1, Canada