*No camps are currently scheduled
Grace offers camps that are available for youth ages 8-17 who desire to learn or expand their understanding and enjoyment of horsemanship.
Participants will learn the responsibility of proper care and will gain knowledge of all types of horses. Activities are designed to build leaders and focus on teamwork, good sportsmanship and fun. Participants will build confidence that will last a lifetime.
The youth will have a chance to learn all the basics of horsemanship as well as do some riding in our All About Horses Camp, or have a chance to be involved in a more intensive level of ground training in our Horse of Your Own Camp. Please see below for more information on each camp and how to register your child.
All About Horses
We are taking our popular HORSE 101 class and expanding it into a week-long camp. Participants will learn about colors and markings, anatomy, conformation, hoof, teeth and basic vet care, proper feeding, and general care and grooming. They will practice natural horsemanship using our S.T.A.R. techniques and learn about behavior and how to catch, halter, lead, groom, saddle, and bridle. They will use these skills in the saddle for four days of riding lessons. There will also be time for some other fun activities! Participants should wear closed-toed shoes, comfortable clothes-with long pants on riding days, and bring lunch and plenty of water. Youth will be divided into age groups. Camp is limited to 12 participants each week.
We have two levels of this camp. Level One is for youth who are new to the ranch or horses. It is also for our youth who have begun to volunteer and handle the horses, but have only been with us a few months. Level Two is for youth who have some experience on their own with horses or have been volunteering at the ranch for some time and have a good understanding of basic handling but need some more general and diverse knowledge of the horse. Level Two would be considered an intermediate level.
Since all Levels are attending camp at the same time, it is possible for youth to move within the Levels in the same week. If a Level proves to be too challenging or not challenging enough, we can move that youth into a more appropriate group. Please see below for more information on how to place your child.
A Horse of Your Own
We are also offering a more intensive ground training program for our youth with more experience. For those youth who are confident around horses and have a decent overall knowledge but are looking to spend more time learning ground training, A Horse of Your Own is the camp for them. Our Level Two and Three youth will be working with our horses that need a bit more work on their ground manners as well as finding their purpose at the ranch. The youth will be evaluating the horse for what it knows and needs to learn, and then developing a program to help the horse accomplish that. Our Level Three youth will also be schooling our riding horses and those in training to be riding horses. If our Level Two youth would like a higher level of training instruction but also ride, they can sign up for All About Horses for Level Two camp. Again, please see below to find out what level your youth will be. A Horse of Your Own is limited to 20 participants.
Camp sizes are limited and filled on a first come, first served basis. I cannot guarantee your first choice, so please submit a second choice if you have one.
*All About Horse Camps are limited to 12 participants per week
*Horse of Your Own Camps are limited to 20 participants per week
How Do I Know What Level My Child Is:
Level One: Youth new to horses or with just a few months of experience. Most of our 8-11 year olds.
Level Two: Youth have had at least six months of continual exposure to horses and feel very comfortable with the basics of handling them: stop, go, back up , leading. Intermediate experience.
Level Three: Youth that have had at least two years of experience with ground handling and are experienced riders. Most youth will not fall into this category.
All About Horse Camp: $250/member and YLP or $275/nonmember: for the week.
Horse of Your Own Camp: $150.00/member and YLP or $175/nonmember: for the week
How to Sign Up
Please fill out the application below and submit at least a $75.00 deposit. Please remember to indicate which camp(s) you are signing up for. I will do the best I can to give campers their first choice. The remaining fee is due by the first day of camp. You may pay by cash or check written to Grace Foundation and given to Julie in the office, or online using our donation link through PayPal. Please indicate in the subject line that your payment goes to summer camp and which week.
Click here to download the Summer Camp Application
Fill them out and bring them to the ranch, or mail them to:
P.O Box 4692
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
All campers must be picked up by end of their group-either 1P or 3P. We cannot ask staff to stay past volunteer hours to watch the youth. We do not have any after-care at this time. If that changes, we will post the information.
All campers must bring a lunch and plenty of water. We do not always have water to provide, especially in the summer. It is very important for the youth to have sunscreen and to stay hydrated.
Camps must be at least half full in order to be conducted. If a camp is not half full, it may be cancelled and we will do our best to find space in another week for your youth. That is why it is always good to have a second choice.
If you have any questions, please contact Julie at Julie@thegracefoundation.com.
Thank you and we hope to see you this summer!