5-7 Aged Summer Riding Camp
Welcome to the Summer Pony Sense Day Camp at Griffin Valley Ranch. We offer a fun-filled, four day adventure on horseback for pony enthusiasts that are 5 to 7 years old every week during July and August. (Please note we do enroll mature 5 year olds)
The participants are bused to and from Calgary and area every day. There are convenient pick-up and drop-off points in the city as well as at the Bearspaw Lifestyle Centre and in Cochrane. You may choose your own transportation, but please note registration fees will not be adjusted.
ALL CHILDREN MUST BRING A LUNCH FROM HOME. PREPACKAGED SNACKS AND BEVERAGES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE (CANDY, CHIPS, POP, WATER)
Each weekly session focuses on safety, basic riding skills and overall common sense interaction with a pony. Campers will learn techniques in:
- the manner in which they approach a pony
- general behavior and interaction with ponies
- identifying and differentiating between a halter and a bridle
- proper procedures in tying, grooming and saddling a pony
- correctly mounting a pony
- proper ways of steering and stopping a pony
If the weather is inclement all activities move inside into our indoor arena or our lecture hall. A highlight of working with a live animal is the bond that develops between pony and rider. Participants have the opportunity to feed their pony treats such as carrots or apples (provided from home).
As part of the camp fee each participant will also receive a 5 x 7 professional color photo posing with their pony as well as a Griffin Valley Ranch T-shirt.
Our goal is to provide a SAFE, FUN and EDUCATIONAL horse experience for children aged 6 to 7. We encourage your questions or concerns at any time.
In closing, we hope you take this opportunity to experience our Ranch and enjoy the beauty of the Alberta foothills.