PHC Summer

Camp Program


PHC has been offering quality horse camp since 1978. We offer fantastic camp Facilities and an extensive program offering:

  • 2 riding lessons per day, taught with emphasis on sound basics of equitation and good horsemanship. PHC is dedicated to the principles of LTED as developed by the Coaching Association of Canada in partnership with Equestrian Canada. Our program is designed with each camper’s physical, mental and emotional stages of learning in mind.

  • Equine arts & crafts

  • Stable management & equine theory

  • Games

  • Gymkhana days

  • Beginner skill and confidence building on a simulation horse’s barrel before their first interaction with the real horse. PHC works alongside Equestrian Canada in their ‘Rookie Rider’ program for beginner riders

  • Private lunge lessons for beginner riders

  • Theme days

  • End of session show for family and friends to come watch campers show off their riding skills, with weekly awards given to each camper

  • Safety & fun go together with certified Equestrian Canada Instructors, accredited Equestrian Canada Rider Level 6 Councillors and barn safety training for campers. All staff members are first aid and CPR trained. All saddles are equipped with safety stirrups, and tack is well cared for

  • The best camp Schoolies in the world that are well-trained, safe and reliable - Meet Our Horses

Each session allows for a maximum of 24 campers, so space is limited!  


 
 
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session 1: July 1st - 5th

Session 2: July 8th - 12th

Session 3: July 15th - 19th

Session 4: July 22nd - 26th

Session 5: July 29th - August 2nd

Session 6: August 5th - 9th

Session 7: August 12th - 16th

Session 8: August 19th - 23rd

Session 9: August 26th - 30th

10% Early Bird Discount Valid Now Through March 31st!


8:30 - 3:30 daily, with before & after-care options available

$385 + HST per session

helmets must meet astm standards. $30 rentals available

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Specialty Camps

PHC also offers Specialty ‘Lease A Horse’, ‘Show’ and ‘OE Rider Testing’ camp sessions. These sessions take place during sessions 3, 5, 6 and 9 and are limited to 12 campers per session. Specialty sessions include:

  • Annual Wednesday night sleepovers

  • 2 clinic-style lessons per day

  • Specialized stable management and theory

  • Horsemanship sessions

  • Goal setting to improve performance

  • Lease A Horse: Enjoy a week as a horse owner! Riders will develop their skills working one on one with a particular horse as if it was their own

  • Show: Jump into the sport! Riders will work towards individual competition goals for personal success in the OE Skills Development show ring. Excellent introduction for riders looking to experience open schooling shows for the first time'

  • OE Rider Level: Develop your horsemanship skills! Following Equestrian Canada’s Learn to Ride Program, riders will prepare for their provincial examination in both stable management theory and riding lessons

    Only offered to current PHC Riding School students, these sessions fill up before the Spring! Contact our office today to sign up for a Specialty Camp!


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F.A.Q’s

  • Q: What does my camper need to bring to horse camp? A: Each camper must bring their own lunch & snacks, as well as a pair of boots to ride in. Boots must cover the ankle and have a small heel (e.g. rain boots). A change of clothes and shoes can be brought for games and lunch

  • Q: Can my camper ride in a bicycle helmet? A: No. All riders must wear an ASTM approved riding helmet in order to be fully protected while riding and working around horses. Helmets are available for rental at $30 per session

  • Q: I am going to be late picking up my camper, what do I do? A: Regular Camp hours are 8:30 A.M – 3:30 P.M. PHC offers a before and after-care program for campers who arrive between 7:00 and camp start, and who leave between camp finish and 5:00. If you know you will be late, give the office a call at 905 649 1342 or email thepickeringhorsecentre@gmail.com, and we will have staff ready to keep the camp fun going until you arrive. The cost for before and after-care is $15 per day each

  • Q: Does my camper need to bring money to camp? A: PHC offers a camp tuck shop which sells pop, water, freezies, chips, chocolate and Gatorade. If you are not sending your camper with money please remember to pack lots of water on the hot summer days!

  • Q: Will my camper ride the same horse in camp each day? A: At PHC campers will experience the ride and feel of many different horses. As the session goes on they develop favourites, and on Parent Day instructors will try their best to put campers on their favourite Schoolie for the show! Meet Our Horses

  • Q: If my camper signs up for more than one week, will they be doing the same activities all over again? A: All 9 sessions of summer horse camp are different, each with a different theme and varying stable management topics and crafts. Campers will gain more riding skills and advance to new levels by strengthening muscle memory, which comes from practice in the saddle

  • Q: How many rides will my camper get? A: Campers will ride twice a day in Summer Camp. On Thursdays, one of these rides will be in a Gymkhana, where the whole camp gets together into teams and participates in games on horseback! Riding is the primary activity at PHC Camp, and campers develop skills rapidly over the course of the session. One week of camp is equivalent to over 2 months of lessons!

  • Q: Can I come to watch my camper ride and take pictures? A: The final afternoon of camp is Parent Day at PHC! Family members and friends are welcome to come and watch their camper ride for one hour and show off the skills they have learned throughout the week! Afterwards, awards will be given out to all campers. Riding times for Parent Day will be sent out on the first day of camp

  • Q: My camper has allergies or a medical condition, what should I do? A: Be sure to communicate any relevant health information in the designated spot on the registration form. If your camper has a food allergy, a notice will be sent out before the first day of camp for other parents to be aware of. If any medications are required to be taken by campers while at camp it must be designated on the registration and medication be given to the staff


To Book A Tour — Call 905 649 1342 or Email thepickeringhorsecentre@gmail.com Today!