Summer Program at True North Farm
We love kids! We love horses & ponies! Bringing them together is just about the happiest thing we can imagine!
Registration for Summer Riding Program 2020 is now open! Some weeks fill up quick, so reserve your child's space today!
True North welcomes our returning riders from Brewster Day Camp and the Laurel School during our summer months!
SUMMER 2020 SCHEDULE:
Week 1: June 29 - July 3
Week 2: July 6 - 9
PONY CLUB CAMP WEEK
Week 3: July 13 - 16
Week 4: July 20 - 24
Week 5: July 27 - 30
Week 6: Aug 3 - 5
Week 7: Aug 10 - 14
Week 8: Aug 17 - 20
Week 9: Aug 24 - 27
Costs, deposits and other details:
Several schedules are available to suit your summer schedule. For your convenience, we accept payment via Venmo, cash or check.
* $550 per week (M-F 9 am - 2 pm).
* $500 per week for 4 day weeks
* $400 per week for 3 day weeks
* $300 per week for 2 day weeks
* $75 per day for non-riding day of instruction
* $50 non-refundable registration fee paid by each student once per summer season.
Early Bird Discount available for those doing 4 + weeks and have paid in full by 4/1/20: $450/week ($400/week for TNF regular weekly lesson students)
Registration fee of $50 and deposit of $100 are required to hold your child's spot for week(s) you choose.
Balance is due in full by May 15th. After May 15th, registration fee and payment are required in full to secure your child's spot.
Before May 15th, full refund (minus $50 processing fee) is available upon request. No refunds will be available after May 15th.
Changes in weeks will be considered if space permits for $25 fee.
Late day care: late day program is available from 2-5 pm for those needing childcare through the afternoon for a flat fee of just $40/day. This must be arranged in advance. Late day program includes crafts, farm and animal care, and sometimes if the children are exhausted or it's rainy out, an age appropriate, horsey movie. Late day care is provided by TNF's wonderful older teen students who have lots of babysitting experience and great references. They will always have an adult on site to consult with as well. Late day participants should pack an additional snacks and drinks as being at the barn all day makes kids hungry!
TYPICAL SCHEDULE (may vary depending upon program week):
9:00 am - check in a Pony Cottage. Begin morning project.
9:15 am - greetings and orientation for students
9:30 am - split into teams to bring in ponies and begin grooming and tack up.
10:00 am - snack time then private riding lessons begin while small groups begin horsemanship projects around the barn.
12:30 pm - Lunch and rest time
1:00 pm - Afternoon activities, horsemanship projects or games
1:50 pm - Meeting at Pony Cottage for clean up and parent pick up!
Summer Riding Program Information:
Open to all riders ages 6-18. Individualized programs are available for more advanced, older students. Focus is on safety and developing a happy and knowledgeable connection between kids and horses. We aim to develop correct, basic skills in riding and horsemanship in a safe, supervised, and nurturing environment with individualized attention.
Having the correct core skills in riding gives kids confidence to continue to improve their riding and empowers them to work toward the goals they set - whether they be learning to post the trot smoothly or competing successfully at a regional event. As skills improve, we begin to introduce lessons in more advanced horse management and expand the child's opportunities for learning. Kids come home empowered by what they've achieved in their day!
We begin each day at our adorable Pony Cottage where you will be greeted by our horsemanagement teacher and checked in. Program includes a riding lesson each day, unmounted instruction in horsemanship, participating in or learning about all aspects of horse and farm care, a nice time for lunch with their friends and teachers, and horse related crafts and games. Children will be able to have more advanced experiences and lessons as they progress through the summer. Each child must be signed out from their instructor at the Pony Cottage at the end of the day by a parent/approved guardian.
Due to our beautiful indoor arena, riding lessons and other activities continue no matter the weather!
More advanced or older child?
Specialized summer programs are available for more advanced and older students. Just ask!
Games Day or Horse Show!
Each Friday at the end of that week's program we host a TNF Games Day or Horse Show open to all our riders and regular lesson students. This is a fun, no pressure introduction to mounted games and a terrifically fun way to end their week together. Parents are encouraged to come watch this fun event to finish up their child's week!
What you need:
Healthy, full lunch and a water bottle each day - label everything with your name. We have a fridge to store lunches.
ASTM approved riding helmet and appropriate footwear are required to ride (we recommend paddock boots but boots with a small heel and hard toe are fine as long as they are comfortable and fit the stirrups safely). Children must have long pants to ride (see below for recommendations).
Warm gloves, hat, coat, snow boots and snow pants are a good idea if the weather is cold (school vacation weeks!).
Sunblock is necessary in the summer! Sandals are not permitted at any time at the farm. Sneakers may be worn when not working directly around horses or riding, but we find kids are happy wearing their paddock boots through the day and that's a safer choice.
Long hair must be tied up in a pony tail or braid.
What you will want:
As children must have long pants on to ride, we recommend riding jodhpurs or breeches (jodhpurs are recommended as they are made to be worn with paddock boots) instead of jeans which have seams and are not comfortable for riding. Riding gloves are also helpful, but not required.
For the winter week programs, children should wear long underwear under their jodhpurs or have winter weight riding pants if possible. Riding is more fun when you're warm!!
We sometimes have kids riding clothes and boots available on consignment too! Just ask us!
Thank you and we look forward to welcoming your children to share in the joy of ponies, horsemanship, friendship, and riding at True North's Summer and Vacation Week Programs!