Summer of memories
Established in 1976, the Stony Hill Stables Summer Camp Program was the very first of its kind in the Hamptons. With more than 40 years of experience, we are proud to offer four unique camps which accommodate riders of many ages and skill levels.
Throughout the years, SHS has carefully designed its summer camp program to offer fun and educational activities on and off horseback to make the most of campers' days on the farm. This year, our Camp Director Annie Beeson has developed a curriculum that allows all levels of campers ample riding time in addition to games, unmounted activities, and creative art projects. They'll increase their skills by working together with both horses and each other.
Our comprehensive approach focuses on encouraging a spirit of good sportsmanship, positive attitude, and individuality. We combine riding lessons with fun and educational activities that will keep your child engaged while teaching them that safe horsemanship, respect, and appreciation of the horses are paramount.
New for 2019:
All three of our morning camps will be offered in both 4- and 5-day weekly sessions! Campers who plan to show through the summer won't miss a day of Camp (show days are usually Wednesdays), and Dapples Campers can choose to join us every day.
Morning Camp sessions will be held from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm -- more time for riding and fun!
Extended Day sessions will be held from 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm -- with all new mounted and unmounted activities, special events, and a badge program!
Dapples Pony camp
Dapples Pony Camp is our beginner camp level. Riders must be at least four years old when they enter camp, do not need any prior riding experience, and will work toward trotting independently. Campers with a bit of experience on leadline are also best suited for Dapples Camp. Along with riding, Dapples Campers will learn grooming and horse care skills. They can also attend local horse shows, including the Hampton Classic, in the Leadline divisions.
Snowman Camp is our intermediate camp level. Riders should be independent at the walk and trot, and they will continue to hone their skills as well as learn the basics of horse care and management. They can also work toward attending local horse shows in the Walk/Trot division.
Secretariat Camp is designed for riders with more experience. Campers learn the basics of cantering and are introduced to jumping, along with more detailed horse care and management. Secretariat Campers who are interested in showing can work toward attending local horse shows in the Walk/Trot/Canter and Mini Short Stirrup divisions.
EXTENDED DAY CAMP
One of Stony Hill's most popular programs is Extended Day Camp. This year, along with a lesson, we're inaugurating new programs and events to introduce campers to horse care and management, and to expand their equestrian skills. The backbone of Extended Day Camp is a badge program that encourages campers to learn new skills and celebrate their achievements.
Extended Day Camp meets from 12:30 pm to 3:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
CAMP HALF LEASES & HORSE sHOWS
Many campers, as they become more confident riders, would like to fine-tune their skills and participate in local horse shows. Stony Hill's excellent school horses and ponies are available for half-lease to campers who'd like to ride the same horse or pony in their camp lessons. Also, any camper who plans to participate in outside shows during the summer must half-lease. We're planning a busy schedule of showing, and another exciting Stony Hill Schooling show as well! For details on half-leasing and showing, follow the link below.