English Equestrian

Below is information from our 2022 camps & institutes. Information on our 2023 offerings will soon be announced, so please check back!

The English Equestrian Institute is a week-long overnight summer program for riders aged 14-17.

This program accommodates hunt seat riding based on the gifts and needs of the rider. Participants have lots of fun, refine their skills and have plenty of time to get to know the horses and each other!

Sunday June 26th - Friday July 1st, 2022

The Application Deadline Has Been Extended!


Application Deadline:
June 10th

Cost of Institute:
$1080 Residential; $790 Commuters (deposit: $100). 

The Program:
The English Equestrian Institute provides students with the opportunity to ride in a collegiate level program and learn what it is like to be an equestrian college athlete. This program offers a wonderful opportunity for all levels of riders from beginners through advanced to define and achieve their personal riding goals during an exciting, fun-filled week.

Participants can bring their own horses or use AU's great lesson horses. They'll ride and care for the horse throughout the week as they refine their skills - with an emphasis on having fun and enjoying our beautiful natural surroundings while learning.

All programs are held at AU's Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center. This spacious equestrian center includes classrooms, viewing areas, a 200' x 80' indoor arena, 50 stalls and two outdoor arenas: 200' x 100' and 80' x 100'.

We also offer a Western Equestrian Institute if interested.

During the program:

  • We work with participants individually to help them define realistic personal goals at the beginning of the week and their lessons are then directed toward helping them achieve those goals
  • We have two riding sessions each day. In the evening we vary the schedule, including a campfire and fun at Foster Lake, more time for riding and a selection of group recreational activities
  • A student show is held at the end of the week to allow riders to demonstrate the skills they have learned for their families, their instructors and other University staff
  • Program Fee:  $1080 covers room and board from dinner on the first day through lunch on the last day, instruction, supervision, program materials, evening recreational activities, T-shirt, and either the use of an Alfred University horse or the boarding of the participants own horse
  • Participants arrive on Sunday and check-out after lunch on Friday

How to Apply:
Participants who wish to enroll in the residential program must complete the CampDoc online registration form. (We support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari on a rolling basis.)

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
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Participants will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To ensure quality instruction and maximum participation, enrollment is limited. The program will fill up fast, so it is a good idea to enroll as early as possible.

Program 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 Master's in Education and Bachelor's 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.

Residential Cancellation Policy:
Refunds, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be made for cancellations received by June 15th. 50% refunds will be made for cancellations received from June 16th through 24th. Sorry, no refunds can be issued after June 24th.

Once participants are accepted they will be provided a link to complete the required documents (parental permissions to attend as well as health records). Updated immunization information (including dates) is also required at that time. If you do not have updated immunization information on hand, you may want to acquire this from your physician now to avoid delays.

When participants are not in instruction sessions, they are supervised by our wonderful team of specially-trained Counselors who serve as positive role models, mentors and friends. In order to ensure everyone has a safe, healthy and enjoyable time on campus, summer students are expected to abide by the University's summer programs rules & regulations.

Participants spend most of their time at the Equestrian Center with the horses. When not in classes or riding, participants enjoy fun recreational activities. Living, dining and learning together, they have ample opportunity to get to know one another and develop lasting friendships.

Sample activities include:

  • Indoor and outdoor games
  • Movies
  • Visits to nearby Foster Lake for a cook-out and campfire
  • Hay rides
  • Social gatherings at a local coffee house
  • Farewell party on the last night

Participants stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer institutes (2 per room) and must bring their own pillows and blankets. Bed/bath linens will be provided, but they can also bring their own (bed linens must fit the extra-long twin residence hall beds). Laundry facilities are available in each hall at no charge. Males and females are housed on separate floors. Our Counselors will be on-site in the residence halls at all times.

Delicious, all-you-can-eat, cafeteria-style meals are served in the campus dining hall. Our Dining Services chefs do an excellent job in accommodating participants with food allergies and other special requirements.

Commuter rate: $790 (deposit: $100). This includes breakfast and lunch on program days. Participants who wish to commute must check in at registration on Sunday and then arrive on campus by 7:30 AM during the week for morning practice and be picked up no later than 5:00 PM. (Exception: Commuter pick-up time on Friday is 1:00 PM)

Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available.

  • "I loved all of the riding classes and learning so much on equestrian topics. Thanks for a great equestrian experience! " - Emily G. from Coudersport, PA
  • "This camp was great! I liked the jumping classes because I learned a lot and it was so much fun riding Duke!" - Olivia B. from Cazenovia, NY
  • "I liked everything. Riding horses and being with them was great! I liked being at the barn and loved being around the horses!" - Natalie G. from Coudersport, PA
  • "I loved the driving class - the instructor was amazing!" - Rachel C. from Chemung, NY
  • "I loved painting the horses and grooming them after a nice lesson, because everything is so relaxed and laid back, and everyone's very helpful and fun." - Ann S. from Marlton, NJ
  • "I learned so much, ranging from English to western to jumping to driving, and it was a really great experience!" - Hannah W. from Westerlo, NY.
  • "I liked the riding because Nancy is awesome and I fell in love with my horse!" - Liz B. from Centerport, NY

Alfred University is located in the peaceful village of Alfred in Western New York State, where summer days are warm and nights are cool and comfortable. 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 campus, a 6-hour drive from New York City, 2 hours from Buffalo, and 1 1/4 hours from Rochester, is easily accessible by car or bus from all directions and is just five miles south of Interstate 86. The nearest major airport is the Rochester International Airport (about 65 mi. north). Transportation to/from that airport can be provided for an additional charge if we receive your request by the due date indicated in your enrollment confirmation letter. After that date, participants must make their own arrangements with an airport limo service.

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.