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!
Summer Riding Program is again cancelled for the 2021 season due to limits in very young rider vaccinations and the pandemic. We hope to see our friends again next summer! In the meantime we do offer summer and year round riding lesson memberships (see memberships page).
This program is open to ages 6+ and up and levels; from newbies to those with elite level goals.
For those interested in our
Pony Club Camp Week, we
will be offering a testing
for certifications during
the week for all D and C1
level candidates. Please
get permission from your
host DC/CA before sending
in your registration if you
are from another Pony Club.
Our Intensive Event Camp
week is aimed at students
interested in going out
competing and eventing.
It will be a prep for the
GMHA festival of eventing.
Questions which weeks are best for you? Just contact Kay@truenortheventing.com!
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).
* $50 non-refundable registration fee paid by each student once per summer season.
Early Bird Discount available for those doing both weeks of the Regular Summer Riding Program and have paid in full by 4/1/20: $500/week ($450/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.
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!