Beginners Equestrian Day Camp (First Touch)

We are excited to offer in-person institutes & camps for Summer 2022!

Jig the horseDates:
Monday July 25th - Friday July 29th, 2022


Enrollment Deadline:
Sunday July 24th

The Program:
An Introduction to Horse Care, Handling and Riding

This camp is designed for the beginning rider, ages 8 to 13, that has a passion for horses. Emphasizing safety first, the aim of this camp is to build confidence in each camper while they learn to handle, care for and ride horses. Other topics that will be covered will be horse behavior, activities based on studies that tell us a little more about how horses think and what naturally motivates them to learn. Finally, education will be offered in horse anatomy, horse tack, grooming/handling and riding. This is the perfect camp for those with little-to-no experience with horses and want to learn!

All of our equestrian residential and day camps are held at Alfred University's Bromley-Daggett Equestrian Center. This spacious equestrian center includes classrooms, viewing areas, a 200' x 800' indoor arena, 50 stalls and two outdoor arenas (200' x 100' and 80' x 100').

Sample Schedule:
Camp runs from 8:30 AM - 1:00 PM Monday - Friday

  • 8:30-9:30 AM – Horse Behavior Activities
  • 9:30-10:30 AM – Horse Education: Anatomy, tack, grooming/handling
  • 10:30-10:45 AM – Break/Snack
  • 10:45 AM - 12:15 PM – Riding
  • Pick-up at 1:00 PM

Day Camp Fee:

Day Camp Enrollment Procedure:
To enroll in camp, please complete the online registrations form by July 24th. (We support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari on a rolling basis.)

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Camp Director
Theresa Shattan is the Coach of both our IHSA Hunt Seat team and IDA Dressage team.  Theresa has been in the horse industry for over 22 years riding, working, and training.  She has completed a Masters in Education and Bachelors in Equestrian Studies. Theresa strives to create a fun learning environment where her students can continually grow and develop their horsemanship skills both in and out of the saddle. Camp questions should be directed to Theresa.

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in Western New York State. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful meadows and valleys, Alfred University is the perfect place to spend an enjoyable week doing something you love and meeting other students who share your interests.

The University may cancel any course or activity at any time because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. If a program is canceled or postponed, the University will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for other costs, charges, or expenses, including cancellation/change charges assessed by airlines or travel agencies.

Whether considering candidates for admission or financial aid, applicants for employment or the management of its policies and school-administered programs, Alfred University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, or disability. Alfred University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.