Summer Equestrian Camp

camper jumps horse over fenceHoughton College Equestrian Camps provide wonderful opportunities for girls, ages 10 – 18 to attend camp sessions to learn or advance as a rider in areas of dressage, hunters, jumpers, eventing, and/or western pleasure. Riders at all levels of experience are welcome. Bring your own horse or ride one of Houghton’s great lesson horses. Six week-long sessions are available from June to August. A maximum of 20 campers attend each week providing a small, community oriented, and intentional environment.

Camp Costs

$725 per week / $700 each additional week covers lessons and instruction, room and board on Sunday through lunch on Friday, T-shirt, and the use of a Houghton College school horse or the camper’s own horse. A non-refundable $100 deposit is due when you register.

Campers arrive on Sunday at 6pm and check-out after Friday morning lessons or lunch.

Sample Schedule

How to Register: Complete the online registration form

Campers are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Certain weeks fill up fast, so it is best to register as early as possible.

Campers who register will receive further instructions including final payment, medical forms (available online), liability releases, and emergency notification forms, etc. A confirmation email will be sent out by April 30.

Reserve your spot soon. 
 Availability for riders using college lesson horsesAvailability for riders bringing their own horse
Girl's Week 1: June 23-28, 2019 6 Spaces Left 4 Spaces Left
Girl's Week 2: June 30-July 5, 2019 9 Spaces Left 4 Spaces Left
Girl's Week 3: July 7-12, 2019 13 Spaces Left 4 Spaces Left
Girl's Week 4: July 14-19, 2019 3 Spaces Left 5 Spaces Left
Girl's Week 5: July 21-26, 2019 11 Spaces Left 5 Spaces Left
Girl's Week 6: July 28-August 2, 2019 9 Spaces Left 5 Spaces Left

Required Health Forms

New York State Public Health Law requires that a parent/guardian of all residential campers complete, sign and return the Summer Camp Health Forms.

Intentionally Designed Riding Experiences

Lesson groups are separated into the various riding disciplines and designed to meet each camper’s personal riding goals and their skills and ability demonstrated to best meet the rider’s goals, challenge them in areas of skill and knowledge, and to provide the opportunity to learn more about their discipline of interest.

  • Lesson groups may be just 1 rider or up to 5 riders to best meet goals and provide individual attention.
  • Campers ride twice a day, usually working on foundational ground work in the mornings, and moving on to jumping, patterns, and/or advanced work in the evening lessons.
  • Rider-horse pairs are chosen by staff after a short evaluation ride to try to best meet the camper’s goals and abilities.

More than Just Riding

Houghton Equestrian Camp offers opportunities for campers to get to know each other through afternoon activities. Camp staff on duty join the girls for activities such as:

  • Elements on our low ropes course
  • Barn day for workshops on topics such as medical care, natural horsemanship, show preparation, and general horse knowledge
  • Swimming in the indoor college pool
  • Creek walking and critter finding
  • Games and interactive activities

Located on 386 acres of farmland on a scenic ridge with a glorious view of the Genesee River valley, the Houghton College Equestrian complex includes:

  • five barns with 51 box stalls
  • multiple pastures ranging from three to seven acres
  • 60' x 145' indoor arena with heated viewing/classroom attached
  • 120' x 240' outdoor stadium jumping ring
  • outdoor 90' x 220' schooling arena
  • 20m x 60m dressage arena with a permanent judge's stand

All arenas have state-of-the-art footing of sand and shredded rubber. The facilities also include introductory, beginner-novice, novice and training level cross country jumps and scenic trails that wind through the woods and around hayfields.

Housing and Meals

Campers stay in the Houghton College dorm dedicated to summer campers (2 or 3 per room). Campers must bring their own bedding (regular twin sized) and bath linens. Laundry facilities are available at no charge. Camp Staff are on-site in the dorms at all times.

View the Packing List

All-you-can-eat, cafeteria style meals are available in the dining hall and provide accommodations for campers with food allergies or other special dietary requirements. 

Campers Staying for Multiple Weeks

We would love to have you for multiple weeks. Campers choose to go home or stay with us for the weekend.

Camper Weekend Fee: $125. Campers are supervised by staff and provided a variety of activities. Campers stay in the dorms, take part in weekend barn chores, have an additional opportunity to ride, and take part in additional fun activities such as: swimming in local waterfalls, summer fairs, watching local horse shows, bowling, the movies, and much more! Please email the Camp Director for more information.

Camper Cancellation Policy

Refunds, minus $100, will be made for camper cancellations made by June 10. 50% refunds made for cancellations received between June 11 and June 18 or 2 weeks prior your camp start date. No refunds are given for cancellations 2 weeks prior to camp start date.

Financial Aid or Scholarships

Unfortunately, there are no scholarships or financial aid available for campers at this time for Houghton Equestrian Camp.

Testimonials from Past Campers and Parents

From a few of our campers:

“Houghton College Equestrian camp has been apart of my life since I was 10 years old, and because of this I consider it my safe haven. The friends I have made are people I will remember and keep in touch for a lifetime. I look forward to going every summer, to grow as a rider and as a person.”

"Whenever I get the chance to go to another camp, I choose to go to Houghton for another week. The counselors are helpful and caring, and the other campers are kind and accepting."

From a camper’s parents:

“My husband and I have been thoroughly impressed with Houghton College's Equestrian Camp program ever since our daughter started attending camp several years ago.  We have watched our daughter, under the tutelage of Houghton's wonderful counselors, staff and director, grow from a shy nervous first time young camper to a confident poised young lady and competent young equestrian.  Our daughter enjoys coming to Houghton so much that she is strongly considering Houghton as her first college choice and I enjoy Houghton so much that I borrowed her pony to attend the annual Houghton College Horse Trial Event last September.  We can't recommend this camp, this director, this staff and this college enough!”

Qualified Staff

Campers are supervised at all times by our wonderful team of specially trained camp staff. Staff are excited to be positive role models and mentors in camper’s lives.

  • Camp Staff are primarily Houghton College students in the Recreation: Equestrian major
  • Camp Staff participate in training workshops and a week-long training course in order to best prepare for the camp season.
  • Camp Staff are Certified Riding Instructors through the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and work to provide high quality riding instruction.
  • Institutional and NYS rules and regulations including background checks, safety training and protocols regulations are followed.

Additional Options

Airport Shuttle: $50 each way. Choose to fly into Buffalo or Rochester Airports – pick-ups and drop-offs are provided. Staff will meet you at the gate with your name on a sign to bring you back to Houghton or help you get checked in for your departing flight.

Early Arrival: $25-50 (dependent on arrival day/time). Early arrivals will register early and join the other camper’s staying over the weekend.

For Further Information

If you want more information, call 585-567-9254, or email