Equestrian Camp

Advance as a Rider Through Intentionally Designed Experiences

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. Begin each morning with lessons and learning about horse care, break for lunch, and then wrap up the day with various activities including pony games, trail rides, skills and horsemanship, creek stomping, crafts and games.

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.

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
  • Creek walking and critter finding
  • Games and interactive activities
Equestrian event center

Camp Location

Houghton College 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 College 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.

Camp Staff

Laura Alexeichik Thayer

Laura Alexeichik Thayer

Assistant Professor & Chair, Department of Sport, Recreation, & Wellness; Director, EPIC Adventures
Meet Professor Alexeichik Thayer
Hannah Williamson

Hannah Williamson

Equestrian Events Program Coordinator and Program Assistant

Camp Availability

A maximum of 25 campers attend each week providing a small, community oriented, and intentional environment.

Availability for riders using college lesson horses Availability for riders bringing their own horse
Residential Camp Girls Week 1: June 19-24, 2022 15 spaces 10 spaces
Residential Camp Girls Week 2: June 26-July 1, 2022 15 spaces 10 spaces
Residential Camp Girls Week 3: July 3-8, 2022 15 spaces 10 spaces
Residential Camp Girls Week 4: July 10-15, 2022 15 spaces 10 spaces
Day Camp Girls & Boys Week 5: July 18-21, 2022 20 spaces 10 spaces
Residential Camp Girls Week 6: July 24-29, 2022 15 spaces 10 spaces


Residential Girls Camp- For Girls ages 10-18 (5th-12th grade/entering college).

  • Available Spots: 15 spots for college lesson horses and 10 spots for campers bringing their own horse.

Girls and Boys Day Camp- For Girls and Boys ages 7-14 (1st-8th grade).

  • Available Spots: 20 spots for college lesson horses and 10 spots for bringing own horse.

Cost for camp includes:

  • Personalized lesson and instruction from Houghton Equestrian Staff
  • Official Houghton College Equestrian Camp T-shirt
  • Use of a Houghton lesson horse or the camper's own horse

Camp Rates:

  • Residential Campers: $750 (Includes housing and all meals)
  • Day Campers: $400 (Includes lunches)


  • Weekend Stay- $150
  • Airport Shuttle- $50 each way
  • Early Arrival- Saturday- $100, Sunday $50

Register Today

Campers 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, 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.

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