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Benbrook Stables 2024 Horse Camp Registration Now Open

With our diverse range of equestrian activities, friendly instructors, and beautiful surroundings, Benbrook Stables is the ultimate Spring and Summer destination for horse lovers. Enroll now in our horse camps, riding academy, or our Equestrian Academy for Adults. If you don't want to wait for camp, call today to start your riding lessons tomorrow. You will enjoy amazing trail adventures, learn all about horsemanship, and make some lifelong friends along the way. Our team is excited to share their knowledge and passion for horses while creating lasting memories for your child.


2024 Benbrook Stables Camp Season is scheduled


Spring Break and Summer Camp at Benbrook Stables
The Riding Academy at Benbrook Stables

Spring Break Horse Camp

Ages: 5-12

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dates:

- March 11 -- $395


Summer Break Horse Camp

Ages: 5-12

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dates:

- June 3 - 6 -- $395

- June 19 & 20 -- $195

- June 24 & 25 -- $195

- July 8 & 9 -- $195

- July 17 & 18 -- $195


Riding Academy

Ages: 8-15

Time: 8:00 am - 11:00 am

Dates:

- June 12 & 13 -- $295

- June 26 & 27 -- $295

- July 10 & 11 -- $295

- July 15 & 16 -- $295

Spring Break and Summer Camp at Benbrook Stables
Horseback Lessons at Benbrook Stables

Spring Break Fish Camp

Ages: 5-12

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Dates:

-March 12 & 13 -- $195

-March 14 & 15 -- $195


Summer Fish Camp

Ages: 6-12

Time: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Dates:

- June 10 & 11 -- $195

- June 17 & 18 -- $195

- July 22 & 23 -- $195

- July 29 & 30 -- $195



At Benbrook Stables Summer Fish Camp, we are excited to offer a unique opportunity for young adventurers to explore the wonders of fishing and camping. Our campers will have a blast while learning about various local fish species, wildlife, plants, birds, and vegetation, and how to care for them.


They will learn how to bait a hook and catch fish like a pro!

Build a campfire and enjoy roasting marshmallows.

They will get to use different types of tools and learn survival instruments like a compass, following stars and so much more.

In addition to fishing, our campers will also have the opportunity to: set up a tent, go hiking, dig for fossils, and explore the amazing outdoors!

We will teach how to care for plant life, vegetation, and animals and why it is important.


Our camp is designed to provide a fun and educational experience in a safe and supportive environment. With our experienced instructors and well-equipped facilities, campers will gain valuable knowledge and skills while creating lifelong memories.



Sign up Now to make sure you have a spot!



Once enrolled, camp is non-refundable or transferable to another student or date


Horse Camp - Spring Break and Summer


Horse Camp at Benbrook Stables is so much fun for campers of every age. We begin every morning by greeting our campers at their car and walking them to the group they will spend the week with.


We let each camper find a group where they will be the happiest. If their relative or friend is also attending camp and they want to be together, we make sure that happens.


After everyone is settled into groups and ready to go, we introduce the counselors, helpers, and volunteers. The Instructors give a few guidelines of what to expect in today's camp, and some important rules they will have to follow to be safe around the horses, and while at the stables. We also share a few useful tips, like not picking up a barn cat, or feeding one of the barn dogs all of your lunch...lol.


Safety is our top priority at horse camp. We go over lots of safety rules at the beginning of each day and throughout the week. Most of our campers are a little younger, so we have plenty of helpers and volunteers to keep a close eye on all our campers and help them whenever needed to stay safe at all times.

Making sure they know to carry their water bottles with them to each activity throughout the day is always at the top of our list. However, we also let them know they are welcome to grab a snack, rest at any time, cool off or warm up, go to the restroom, or just sit for a few minutes is fine with us. All they have to do is let the group leader know, and they will assist them in getting to where they need to go safely.




As soon as all campers are here, accounted for, and situated in a group, we teach them their particular group yells. Our camp groups that will be following the Chisolm Trail are The Texans, The Sheriffs, The Outlaws, The Gold Miners, and The Lone Rangers. The Chisolm Trail will lead them to Horseback Riding, Arts and Crafts, Games, Lunch, All About the Horse, and back to Riding again.

Our second group of campers will follow the Oregon Trail. They are The Chiefs, The Tomahawks, The Mustangs, The Thunderbirds, and The Buffalos. Their trail will take them to the same activities at different times on different rotations.


Our Camp Groups:


Riding Class:


When they are in the Riding Class at horse camp, campers get to experience Western and English riding and sometimes even bareback. The instructor will start with a lesson on safety. Campers are shown how to approach a horse safely, mount, hold their reins, turn each way, how to get their horse to move forward, how to stop, and how to dismount. They will get to know the different types of saddles, bridles, bits, and blankets used in each of the different disciplines and learn how to use them. While in a grooming group, they will experience using all types of brushes and curry combs, how to properly remove mud or debris from the horse's body, mane, and tail. On warmer days, they will get to shampoo and condition, brush, and learn how to get their horse ready for a show or just turn out for the evening.

While learning all about tack, campers will get total hands-on experience tacking up their horses. We teach them how saddles properly fit the horse, how to make sure they have good blankets, and that all the tack fits their horse correctly. They will learn how to identify parts of the saddle and bridle, the differences between English and western tack, and learn what all the tack is used for as well as how to care for their tack.


Western Riding, Grooming, and Tack Classes at Benbrook Stables Horse Camp

Western Riding, Grooming, and Tack Classes at Benbrook Stables Horse Camp


Arts and Crafts:


In "Arts and Crafts" this year, campers will get to decorate their own group flag, build a cactus, a totem pole, make a dream catcher and a friendship bracelet. They will also learn to sing "Happy Trails" while out on a hayride. Arts and crafts time is a great time to have fun with new friends and make some fun things to take home from camp. Most go home singing Happy Trails on the car ride home, it is always a favorite activity among the campers. Depending on the day your child attends camp, they will get to do one or all of these activities.


All About the Horse and Anatomy :


In "All About the Horse", campers will learn to identify the different colors of horses and how we name those colors. For instance, a brown horse with a black mane and tail is called a Bay. A Brown horse with the same color mane and tail is called a Sorrel, and so on. They will learn to identify different markings on horses and get to draw and color those markings. They also get to see, touch, and feel all different types of grooming supplies, shampoos, hairdressings, brushes, curry combs, and more. One day may focus on learning how the environment in the barn works. From the job of a barn cat to cleaning stalls, we cover everything about the life of a horse living in the barn. They will get to feed horses and see and feel the different types of grain and hay. We will compare what an older horse eats to what a foal or filly may eat. Some campers even venture out and taste some of the different grains for themselves.

We will also explore horses' emotions and how to tell if a horse is feeling happy or sad or even a little sick. We will teach them to tell how old a horse is by looking at some horse's teeth and how tall they are by measuring them in hands. After all of that, we will learn the parts of the horses' anatomy and let the campers paint manes and tails and parts of a horse with hair coloring markers. This may sound like a lot for a five or six-year-old, but we teach all of these things in such a fun hands-on way that the campers don't even realize they are learning so much.