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Serving the communities of Evergreen, Conifer, Bailey, Morrison Golden, Littleton and Lakwood, Colorado, area near Denver, Colorado

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starting a seat lesson outdoorsNo program is more key to Centaur Rising’s goal of “Preventing horse abuse, neglect and misunderstanding” than its summer day camp program.  Many a “horse crazy” child wants her parents to buy her a horse.  A horse riding camp gives a boy or girl the opportunity to learn about the responsibilities of horse care, how to keep a horse and be safe around horses.  It also provides an introduction to how to ride and handle horses.

Nearly every day we hear about a child who would like to own his/her own horse, but whose parents are concerned that the child does not know about all of the work and responsibility that goes along with owning a horse.  Lots of young people (adults too!) dream of owning a horse, but the day-to-day responsibility and the frustrations of having a horse that doesn't behave as the rider dreamed he would, soon dampen the horse owner's enthusiasm.  Some basic knowledge and skills beforehand would have given them more realistic expectations.

We at Centaur Rising care about people and their dreams. We care about horses too.  We strongly believe that what we teach people here not only enriches peoples' lives, it also greatly enriches the lives of the horses owned or eventually owned by the people we teach.  We furthermore strongly believe in the power of positive relationships - those between people and horses and those among people.  We are very proud of the positive supportive environment we have at Centaur Rising.  Don’t just take our word for it.  Visit us! See what we mean!

We will be offering four types of camps in 2017.  The types of camps and the dates they are offered are shown below.  You may download our registration form here.  Thank you for letting others know about Horse Camp at Centaur Rising.  More information about Advanced Horse Camp can be found through the link below.

 

2017 Schedule  number of openings

learning about horses

 

#

 

Dates

Basic Horse Camp

Little

Kids

Camp

Intensive Horse

Camp

Advanced Horse

Camp

 

Rate

 

$300

$65 - 1/2day

$120 - all day

 

$400

 

$450

1
June 6-8

full

full

full

full

2
June 13-15

full

full

full

full

3
June 20-22
1
full
1
1
4

June 27-29

full
full
full
full
5

July 11-13

full
full
full
full
6

July 25-27

4
4
full
full
7
Aug 1-3
full
full
full
full
8

Aug 8-10

3
4
4
full

 

All camps are scheduled Tuesday through Thursday.  A child who is enrolled in a camp is expected to attend from 9am to 3pm of each day that the camp is scheduled.   With the exception of Little Kids' Camp, extended supervision (before 9am and after 3pm) is available for an added fee.  Please note your need for extended supervision on your registration form.

Activities

A summary of activities for each type of horse camp is show below.  More complete descriptions appear in "Types of Camps" below this table.

new bedding for my horse's stall

 

Content

Basic Horse

Camp

Little Kids

Camp

Intensive Horse

Camp

Horse care/knowledge

X

X

X

X

Group lesson

X

X

X

Private lesson

X

either/or

either/or

Seat lesson

either/or

either/or

More advanced "horse knowledge"

X

Focus on horse training

X

 X = offered as part of this camp

 

Types of Camps

Highlighted words below refer to the six steps of our logo.  Check here for more information.

 

 

Basic

Horse Camp

Little Kids

Camp

Intensive

Horse Camp

Advanced

Horse Camp

Who is eligible?

This camp is oriented to kids ages 8 to 15 who have little knowledge or experience with horses. Seven year-olds may attend if they are sufficiently mature and/or have some basic experience with horses.

All horse lovers ages 5-7 are welcome.   No prior horse experience is necessary.

Anyone age 8 or over who is serious about learning to ride more effectively is welcome.  Campers should have some basic horse knowledge and experience.  They will be responsible for catching, leading and grooming their own horses.  Help will, however, be provided for less experienced campers.

Anyone age 8 who has completed Basic Horse Camp or Intensive Horse Camp and wants to learn more.  The requirement that a previous camp be completed may be waived in special circumstances  (Please call.).  Campers will be responsible for catching, leading and grooming their own horses.  Content of the camp is shown here.

Dates

June 6-8, 2017

June 13-15, 2017

June 20-22, 2017

June 27-29, 2017

July 11-13, 2017

July 25-27, 2017

August 1-3, 2017

August 8-10, 2017

June 6-8, 2017

June 13-15, 2017

June 20-22, 2017

June 27-29, 2017

July 11-13, 2017

July 25-27, 2017

August 1-3, 2017

August 8-10, 2017

 

June 6-8, 2017

June 13-15, 2017

June 20-22, 2017

June 27-29, 2017

July 11-13, 2017

July 25-27, 2017

August 1-3, 2017

August 8-10, 2017

 

June 6-8, 2017

June 13-15, 2017

June 20-22, 2017

June 27-29, 2017

July 11-13, 2017

July 25-27, 2017

August 1-3, 2017

August 8-10, 2017

Rates

$300 for three days

$65 for each one-half day (9am-12pm or 12pm to 3pm)

$120 for each full day (9am-3pm)

Half days are recommended for five-year-olds.

$400 for three days

$450 for three days

Purpose

(See the Six Steps of Centaur Rising's logo.)

Basic Horse Camp is all about the commitment required to own a horse.  Participants will be exposed to, and actually do much of, the work required to keep a horse.  They will learn about horse safety, nutrition, health and exercise requirements of horses.

Little Kids’ Camp (LKC) is similar to Basic Horse Camp, but it is oriented to giving confidence to 5-7 year olds.

Intensive Horse Camp is focused upon developing our relationship with horses through more effective communication.

Advanced Horse Camp is designed to give the student more guidance in the selection of a horse that he/she may want to own some day.  We want to enhance the student's connection with any horse.  [Please note we have no horses for sale.]

Amount of Riding

One one-hour group lesson/day

One one-half-hour private lesson during each half day that the child attends.  In other words, a child who comes for a full day (9am-3pm) will get two 30-minute private lessons!

One one-half hour private or seat lesson and one one-hour group lesson daily

One one-half hour private or seat lesson and one one-hour group lesson daily
Can I bring my own horse? No No Yes Yes

 

dressage show after Dressage CampHow to Register

Please download the registration form.  Return the completed form by snail mail or scan and return by e-mail.  Registrations will be accepted in the order in which they are received.  Sign up early!  Don’t be left out! 

Payments

A deposit of $100 for each week of camp is required at the time of registration.  The balance of the amount due for camp is payable on the first day of camp.  We do accept post-dated checks, provided they are dated no later than the registration deadline (for the first $100) and the first day of camp (for the balance).  We accept all major credit cards and banking cards.

lesson in indoor arenaRefunds

No cash refunds will be made in the event of cancellation for any reason.  You may be able to transfer your credits to another week, to another person or to traditional riding lessons - if we are notified of your change in plans prior to the registration deadline or if the cancellation is of an emergency nature.  Transfer of credits will be on a weekly basis only and not for daily absences.

 

Camp Sizes

 

The total participants in each week will be limited to ten campers.

 

Horses

 

Long-time, experienced and well trained school horses will be provided for Basic Horse Camp and Little Kids' Camp.  Students may choose to ride a school horse or bring their own horse for Intensive Horse Camp or Advanced Horse Camp.  Overnight stabling is available.

 

tack educationMeals

 

Campers are asked to bring their own lunch, drinks, snacks and utensils.  A microwave is available on the grounds.

 

Clothing

 

Please bring boots with heels and long pants for riding.  If you have a riding helmet, please bring it.  Please don't bring bike helmets, however.  We do have helmets available to borrow.  It is impossible to get your heel down in rubber riding boots, so please don't bring these.   You may wear shorts when not riding.  You may wear shoes other than boots when not handling horses.  Please bring footwear that you do not mind coming home smelling of horses!  More information on clothing can be found here.

 

Professional Staff

 

seat lesson indoorsKris Cooper, founder and Executive Director of Centaur Rising, will coordinate all camp programs.  She will supervise instruction to beginner campers and endeavor to maximize the personal growth and self-esteem of all campers.  Her MS in Counseling Psychology and over 45 years of experience in corporate, government and entrepreneurial settings provide a real-world framework for helping kids prepare for their own futures as employees, leaders and teachers.  2017 will the 25th consecutive year that Kris has led Horse Camps at Anchorage Farm.

Jim Cooper, Kris’ husband, will provide instruction to more advanced students.  He will give educational demonstrations and be available as a resource.  Jim draws upon 50 years of experience in owning and managing equestrian facilities (and state-accredited equestrian vocational education programs) in both Michigan and Colorado.  Jim holds a BS in wildlife conservation from Michigan State University.

 

Financial Assistance

 

three seat lessons indoorsYou are welcome to download our scholarship application.  We cannot offer scholarships, however, without donors.   If you are in a position to donate a scholarship (or know of someone who can), please go to this page.

Since Centaur Rising's rates do not cover the full cost of its programs, we must augment Horse Camp revenue with personal donations.  Please give more if you can.  Tell others about Centaur Rising.  Enlist their support.  Our Horse Camp (and our other programs) cannot continue without the financial assistance of everyone who believes in the value of our programs.

Impromptu overnight camps for adults, kids accompanied by adults and mature young people can also be arranged.  More information about our Dressage Camp for adults can be found here.  Any juvenile horse camper is welcome to stay overnight on the premises if accompanied by an adult in the Bird Suite.  We offer a special rate of $100/night for anyone attending a camp at Centaur Rising.

 

We offer riding lessons year-round in our indoor arena.  Please check out our general riding lesson and after-school horseback riding programs.

 

We look forward to greeting YOU at Horse Camp this year!