Equestrian Summer Camp

Riders at all levels of experience are welcome to learn and advance in areas of dressage, hunters, jumpers, eventing, and/or western pleasure. Bring your own horse or ride one of Houghton’s great lesson horses.

A summer experience you won't forget.

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Focus on personal riding goals.
Enjoy a variety of interactive activities like low ropes course, creek walking and critter finding, and games.
Workshops on topics such as medical care, natural horsemanship, show preparation, and general horse knowledge.

Advance as a Rider Through Intentionally Designed Experiences

A maximum of 20 campers attend each week providing a small, community oriented, and intentional environment.

Lesson groups of up to 5 riders will focus on meeting each camper’s personal riding goals. Rider-horse pairs are chosen by staff after a short evaluation ride to try to best meet the camper’s goals and abilities. Campers are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Weeks fill up fast as spaces are limited. Opening date for registration December 17th, 2023.

New this year we are limiting campers to attend a maximum of 2 weeks. Due to the high interest and overflow of our waitlists in previous summers, we hope this will allow more campers to come and enjoy camp with us. As much as we love our campers that stay lots of weeks throughout the summer, we want to better ensure opportunities for lots of campers to be able to come and attend our equestrian camps. If more than 2 weeks are of interest and spaces are still available on March 1, 2024, then campers can be registered for additional weeks at that point in time.

Camp Availability  Houghton lesson horse Bringing your own horse
Residential Camp Girls Week 1
June 16-21, 2024
15 Spaces Available 10 Spaces Available
Residential Camp Girls Week 2
June 23-28, 2024
15 Spaces Available 10 Spaces Available
Residential Camp Girls Week 3
June 30- July 5, 2024
15 Spaces Available 10 Spaces Available
Residential Camp Girls Week 4
July 7-12, 2024
15 Spaces Available 10 Spaces Available
Day Camp Girls & Boys Week 5
July 15-18, 2024
20 Spaces Available
Residential Camp Girls Week 6
July 21-26, 2024
15 Spaces Available 10 Spaces Available
Residential Camp Girls Week 7-Bring Your Own Horse
July 28- August 2, 2024
 5 Spaces Available 20 Spaces Available

Rates & Registration

$1150 – Residential Girls Camp

Girls ages 10-18 (5th-12th grade/entering college)

Includes housing and all meals.

$425 – Girls & Boys Day Camp

Girls and Boys ages 7-14 (1st-8th grade)

Includes lunches.

Register Starting December 17th

Cost includes:

  • Housing and meals as indicated
  • Official Houghton University Equestrian Camp T-shirt
  • Use of a Houghton lesson horse when applicable

Optional extras:

  • $250 – Weekend Stay
  • $100 – Airport Shuttle/each way
  • $75 – Early Arrival/Late Pick-Up

Registration Details

Campers who register will receive further instructions including final payment, medical forms, liability releases, and emergency notification forms (all available online).

When you register, use your email as your log-in and then pick a password you will remember. You will need to get back into your UltraCamp account after you register. Follow these directions to create an account and register your child for camp.

access your child's account

You will also use this link to upload your child’s immunization record, medication administration form and insurance card.

Camp Cancellation Policy

Refunds, minus a $200 non-refundable deposit, will be made for camper cancellations made by June 1.  For camper cancellations received between June 2 and June 15 (or 2 weeks prior to your camp start date), a refund of 50% will be made.  No refunds are given for cancellations within 2 weeks prior to camp start date.  No refunds will be granted for withdrawal after Sunday camp start.  Special consideration will be given if withdrawal is for medical reasons.

Equestrian event center

Camp Location

Houghton University is located 65 miles southeast of Buffalo and 70 miles southwest of Rochester in Houghton, New York. Located on 386 acres of farmland on a scenic ridge with a glorious view of the Genesee River valley, the Houghton University Equestrian complex includes:

  • Event Center with geothermal heating and cooling which includes:
    • 100′ x 220′ indoor arena, bleacher seating for 200, classroom, concession stand, restrooms, changing rooms, two wash racks and 12 box stalls
  • Five barns with 51 box stalls
  • A full cross-country course and a variety of riding trails
  • Multiple pastures ranging from three to seven acres
  • 60′ x 145′ indoor arena with heated viewing/classroom attached
  • 100′ x 240′ outdoor stadium jumping ring
  • 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.

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Camp Director

Hannah Williamson

Hannah Williamson

Equestrian Events Program Coordinator and Program Assistant

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