Ontario March Break Dogsledding & Horseback Riding Camps
- A ONE OF A KIND March Break Camp near Algonquin Park!
Ontario Children's Horseback Riding & Dogsledding March Break Camp
A ONE OF A KIND ONTARIO HORSE CAMP, FEATURING BOTH
Dogsledding & Horseback Riding !
NOVEMBER 16, 2016
NOTE TO PARENTS:
THIS YEAR, WE ARE ONLY ACCEPTING EIGHT to TEN CAMPERS,
FOR A 'MORE PERSONAL' TOUCH! GET YOUR APPLICATIONS
IN SOON, TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!
With the coming WINTER, and March Break just not too far off, it's time to think what to do with the kids!
Our March Break Dogsledding and Horseback Riding Camp is a one of a kind and unique horse camp
opportunity to get your children outside in the snow this coming March Break, to enjoy the close of winter!
A WEEK long, (Sunday to Saturday) residential ALL GIRLS
horseback riding & dogsledding camp, with a unique variety
of crazy outdoor activities that EMBRACE WINTER as it comes to
a gentle close - motivating kids to get outside in the fluffy stuff!
This one of a kind Children's Riding Camp is a small, private
owner operator run horse camp with openings for only a handful of
animal loving campers ~ so it's a relaxing and homey atmosphere.
We've been dogsledding for over thirty years, and Penny was
a gold medal winning dogsled racer back in 1997 - so your
kids are in great hands! Our dogs are friendly and loveable critters
and our trail system is ON SITE, TOTALLY PRIVATE, and groomed
by Matt. He takes great pride in keeping the trails looking great.
All winter long, our dogsledding program is open to the public,
and all summer long, we run childrens' horse camps as well as a full
'show oriented' riding lesson program - so our experience is extensive.
We've run this dogsledding/horseback riding camp for over twelve years,
and every year we have the pleasure of thrilling girls who come out
to the wilderness and get the adventure of a lifetime, near Algonquin!
For many years , we ran the riding program OUTSIDE, and it was always a hoot. But in 2010, we were blessed with
a brand new indoor riding arena! This has opened up endless possibilities with the riding portion of the program,
and we can do more advanced lessons, as well as beginner lessons. The scope of the campers' daily activities
is intensive winter fun, with friendly and personal instruction and a fabulous riding program, combined with
the dogsledding. The girls spend a half of a day doing each activity, the groups switching after lunch. TONS of fun!
The camp is centred around the following:
~ Horseback Riding Lessons
~ Caring for the Dog Teams & horses
~ Harnessing & driving the dogs!
~ Winter camping in a cozy cabin
~ fun winter stuff like campfires!
(and of course marshmallows)
And of course, meeting fellow animal
loving new friends & fun filled days!
An ANIMAL LOVERS DREAM COME TRUE!
Need some reassurances? Check out this page on
why you should choose us for your camp experience!
Basic Horsemanship Skills, Fun Horseback
Riding lessons, grooming, tacking, and HORSE
CARE will be a part of our daily horseback
activities at March Break Camp. Campers
are split into groups based on their riding level.
Safety is the focus, as is education, variety, and
FUN! And at the end of the week, we'll have
games that test what they've learned, and of
course, lots of horse laughs! To find out more
about our coach, click here. Make no mistake,
our horses have it easy ALL winter, so it's
always pleasant for them to be groomed and
fussed over and they very quickly remember
what the grain pail is all about! Here is Ginny,
one of our best young horses, and she is very
typical of our mounts. Our horses are pros when
it comes to kids, and we're pretty darn proud
of them and their quality. Horses + kids = FUN!
AND OF COURSE, OUR PREMIERE FEATURE !
Dogsledding in the forest is something all kids go
crazy over! For some reason, a love of speed and
thankfully, good balance comes quite naturally to
the young! The best winter activity here on the farm -
Every day, we'll harness up & hit the trails for a fun blast
through our private dogsled trails. The kids team up to
learn how to drive their very own team, whom they will
care for, feed, and learn how to harness ~ they'll even
learn how to put on 'booties'! There's lots to know ~ and
the kids will spend time learning all about the dogsleds,
the lines, and all the other equipment that goes with
running a dogteam. Best of all, the children get to
know each & every dog in the yard, and pick favorites!
KIDS AND DOGS - A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN!
Our dogs have proven themselves great candidates for our program. They run
the regular tours all winter taking kids as young as FOUR out on the trails daily.
When March Break camp rolls around, our canine pals seem to sense 'THIS' is the
one where they get all that ATTENTION! Which of course, they absolutely LOVE.
And what youngster wouldn't love spending a half day hanging with dogs!?
As with all our camps, this educational
program is practical, it's presented in depth
(and in an easy to understand format) and
of course, there's lots of winter fun and
games! Your child will leave feeling
like they really accomplished something,
met lots of new friends their own age,
learned to dogsled and get in lots of riding
time, & had lots of fun while they were at it!
The entire program is very hands on
for kids - they do all the daily tasks needed
when running dogs and riding horses. It's
very fun for ALL of us, and the kids jump into
the fray with enthusiasm! Best of all,
they're pros by week's end, & the amazing
confidence they have gained as a result of
their newfound skills is OBVIOUS to all.
We're very big on FULL IMMERSION!
Alaskan Huskies are amazing athletes,
& they love the kids! It's comical to
watch the girls try and harness the
goofy, bouncing and barking dogs
- the kids may spend alot of time on
the ground, but they always get the
job done! (It wouldn't be sledding if
there weren't thrills and spills & LAUGHS!
If you would like to read more about our
dogs & sledding program, please click
here. If you would like to read all about
Alaskan Huskies, on a page I wrote about the
breed, click here. We have a few new dogs to run
this year - 'Monster', 'Tritan' and 'Porche!'
After a day filled with dogs AND
horses our campers will take
showers and have a homecooked
dinner at the farmhouse. Later,
the evening features movies, a
warm fire, and music and games.
Our cabin was built in 2006, so
it's clean and spacious. At night,
the boss (Penny) stays overnight to
oversee and stoke the fire, and make
sure everyone is cozy in their jams
for the night. The bunks have 4" foam
pads, there's a tv, a common room
with couches, radio, DVD player,
and a spot to play card games at night.
It's a home away from home, and it's
Just the right amount of "wild", it's 200
yards from the farmhouse, in the woods.
Even though it's usually mild
in March, dressing right for Camp is important.
We supply the girls with ASTM certified horseback riding helmets & cozy polar
fleece helmet covers, which protect them quite well for both daytime activities.
Or, they can bring their own helmet if it is certified. Warm clothes are a must, though
The main daytime activities at this camp are always close to a warmup spot - they
run in the barn and dogyard, the riding paddocks, and on the forest trails of our 134 acre
wilderness property surrounded by crown land, and very close to Algonquin Park, Ontario.
If your child loves camping,
playing in the snow, dogs and horses, we have just the
March Break Camp for you! A very popular camp with a very high return rate,
we'll introduce your child to the joys of a wilderness winter paradise!
March is a time to celebrate, to enjoy the last of our snow,
and with a nightly campfire if the mood grabs us, time flies
by and suddenly it's time to go home. The kids hate the last
day because after all - the stars are very close, in Maynooth!
What better way to get the cobwebs out of our ears, enjoy some
spring sunshine, play all the fun and games that you can think of
- and all in a WINTER WONDERLAND near Algonquin Park?
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and a list of what to bring to horse camp.
ALL LESSONS ARE GIVEN AT OUR WILDERNESS FARM
LOCATION NEAR MAYNOOTH, ONTARIO
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