Cedar Ridge Summer Camps

Cedar Ridge Equine offers summer horsemanship day camps for youth of all ages. Youth camps available for beginners to advanced. In all our CRE Summer Horsemanship Camps, we believe it is important to teach life skill development and personal growth as an intricate component of our horsemanship program. After conducting several educational studies on life skill development through the use of horses, we found it most effective to teach about responsibility, relationships, communication, leadership, and team work through horse safety and care; haltering, tying and leading a horse; horse behavior observation and horse anatomy; and on-the-ground horsemanship. Campers will spend time in the saddle, working on the ground with the horses and will participate in daily take home equine crafts and journaling activities. We strive to provide a safe, fun and educational environment for all of campers and horses. If you do not own a horse, not a problem, we provide safe, sane, reliable camp horses.


CRE offers a camp tuition sponsorship each year for one Montana Camp Youth Participant and one California Youth Participant. View information here.

CRE offers Camp Working Internships. Click here for info about assisting in the horsemanship programs.


Youth camps are limited. Deposit must be received in order to reserve your space.


Camp Descriptions

Youth Beginner Horsemanship Camp:

In our beginner half day horsemanship camps, campers will spend one hour in the saddle, one hour in on-the-ground horsemanship life skill development, and one hour journaling and crafting. Ages five and up, unless approved by a CRE instructor. Campers with little to no prior horse experience welcome. Quality, safe horses available for all campers. Should the camper want to bring his/her own horse, instructor approval must be obtained prior to registration. Additional boarding fees will apply. All campers will receive a camp t-shirt. Ages 5 and up unless approved prior by a CRE Instructor.
Lead Instructor/s: Susan VanGalder, Amy Prechter
Time: Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
"Showdeo" for parents begins at 11:00 AM on Friday and is followed by a potluck BBQ.

JUNE 17-21, 2019 MONTANA CAMP

JULY 15-19, 2019 MONTANA CAMP

AUGUST 12-16, 2019 MONTANA CAMP

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Youth Beginner / Intermediate Horsemanship Camp:

In our half day youth horsemanship camps, campers will spend 1 hour in the saddle, participate in on-the-ground horsemanship and life skill development, view demonstrations from equestrian professionals such as farriers and veterinarians, and spend time journaling and making take home equine related crafts. Ages eight and up, unless approved by a CRE instructor. Campers must have prior equine experience: be able to walk and trot independently on a horse without a helper. Quality, safe horses available for all campers. Should the camper want to bring his/her own horse, instructor approval must be obtained prior to registration. Additional boarding fees will apply. All campers will receive a camp t-shirt.
Lead Instructor:Susan VanGalder
Time: Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
"Showdeo" for parents begins at 11:00 AM on Friday and is followed by a potluck BBQ. Camp is dismissed after the BBQ.

JUNE 24-28, 2019 MONTANA CAMP

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Youth Intermediate / Advanced Horsemanship Camp:

In our half day youth horsemanship camps, campers will spend 1 hour in the saddle, participate in on-the-ground horsemanship and life skill development, view demonstrations from equestrian professionals such as farriers and veterinarians, and spend time journaling and making take home equine related crafts. Ages eight and up, unless approved by a CRE instructor. Campers must have prior equine experience including at least 1 week of an intermediate horsemanship camp at CRE: rider's should be able to walk, trot and canter independently on a horse without a helper. Quality, safe horses available for all campers. Should the camper want to bring his/her own horse, instructor approval must be obtained prior to registration. This camp will was developed to help riders continue to increase their confidence and riding skills Additional boarding fees will apply. All campers will receive a camp t-shirt.
Lead Instructor:Susan VanGalder
Time: Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM
"Showdeo" for parents begins at 11:00 AM on Friday and is followed by a potluck BBQ. Camp is dismissed after the BBQ.

JULY 22-26, 2019 MONTANA CAMP

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Stable Hand Program (After camp care for 1/2 day camps):

This program will be more in depth manner on the care of horses, more than the horsemanship camps cover. There will be NO riding of horses and very limited hands-on. Stable hands will learn how to feed depending on the horses' individual requirements, organize and clean tack & equipment, maintain and repair fencing and arenas, remove manure, and safe handling and proper use of ranch tools. There will be a strong emphasis of life skill development including responsibility, team work, communication, etc. Rubber boots and work gloves are recommended for participants. Participants will need to pack a lunch and snack.
Time: Runs from 12:30pm to 4:00pm Mon-Thurs


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