Horseback Riding at Roughing It Day Camp
Beginning-Advanced Riders • 4 &
8 Week Sessions • 9am- 3pm • Ages 4-16
Horseback riding is an integral part of Roughing It's
Day Camp program,
along with American Red Cross swimming lessons, fishing, rowing, canoeing,
kayaking, sports, arts & crafts, adventure and outdoor skills. We offer
horseback riding lessons for campers 4 to 16 years of age.
All campers ride in the English discipline.
Older campers also have the option of taking a Western riding lesson weekly. Our
riding programs are located at our private riding site in Moraga.
Roughing It's riding staff work closely with campers, helping
them improve their confidence and skill on horseback.
Saddle Club (All Ages)
Want to ride every day?
Sign up for
Saddle Club, our
CampPlus "after camp" program.
Horseback Riding for Teens
(5th grade and above)
Older Day Campers, in addition to participating in our
regular Day Camp Riding Program, get to take part in Western Equitation lessons
& riding on our Trail Obstacle Course. To learn
more about our Teen Riding program and other Teen activities
Roughing It employs its own riding staff and all senior
instructors are Instructor Certified by the Certified Horsemanship Association.
Day Camp Riding Activities - All Ages 4 - 16
- Horse Readiness
Novice Introductory Course
- Horseback Riding Instructions / Lessons
Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) lesson
curriculum for beginning through advanced riders. Campers can earn awards
for completing one of four CHA skill levels.
- Gymkhana Events
Games on horseback-a fun part of every lesson! Examples include: Red Light Green Light (Beginner), Musical
Horses (Advanced Beginner) Pole Bending (Advanced).
- Fundamentals of Jumping
- Pasture Trail Rides (Intro to out-of-arena riding
- Cross Country Course (Advanced)
- Vaulting (Solo and in pairs)
- Dressage (Advanced)
- Drill Team (Intermediate)
- Riding in Pairs
- Western Equitation & Trail Obstacle Course (Campers 5th
grade & older)
- Teen Day Camp Riding Activities
- Teen SuperChoice Riding Activities
Day Campers develop English riding and horsemanship skills in classes
geared towards each camper's individual ability level. Each group rides one to three times a week,
depending on age. Day campers are divided into riding groups based on ability: novice riders
begin with horse readiness, followed by beginner, advanced beginner, intermediate, advanced and junior trainer levels for the more experienced riders.
Depending on ability level, campers can ride on our trails, trail obstacle
course, and cross country
Our day camp riding program consists of English
instruction on bareback pads, which greatly improves
camper's balance and riding position. Our horses have gentle
dispositions and easily win the hearts of campers