English Equestrian Camp


The English Equestrian Camp is a week-long overnight summer camp for riders aged 14-17. This camp accommodates hunt seat riding based on the gifts and needs of the participants. Campers have lots of fun, refine their skills and have plenty of time to get to know the horses and each other!

July 5 - 10, 2020; Application Deadline: May 1

Cost of Camp: $930 Residential; $775 Commuters

We will again be using CampDoc for our online registration system. We are again partnering with CampDoc (an online registration program) to better serve our campers and staff. CampDoc offers online registration and an electronic health record system for campers. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted and password protected. Only Alfred University Summer Health Staff will have access to camper health information.

To gain access to our online application, please use the following link (we support the current and previous major releases of Google Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari):

Camp Registration Portal (CampDoc)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

The Program:
Alfred University equestrian camps offer 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. Campers 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 camps 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 Horsemanship Residential Camp if interested.

During the program:

  • We work with campers 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 parents, their instructors and other University staff
  • Camp Fee: $930 covers room and board from supper on Sunday through lunch on Friday, instruction, supervision, program materials, evening recreational activities, T-shirt, and either the use of an Alfred University horse or the boarding of the camper's own horse
  • Campers arrive on Sunday and check-out after lunch on Friday

How to Apply:
Campers who wish to enroll in the residential camp 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)
CampDoc Registration Instructions

Campers will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. To ensure quality instruction and maximum participation, enrollment is limited. The camp will fill up fast, so it is a good idea to enroll as early as possible.

Camp Director:
Mr. Stephen Shank, Director of Equestrian Studies/Director of the Equestrian Center at Alfred University serves as director of this camp. He has more than 40 years' experience in the horse industry. He is owner of Shank Quarter Horses, specializing in training open, youth and amateur riders for shows, and horse show management. He competes successfully on local and national levels and is a money-earning rider in NSBA, NRHA and AQHA events.

He is a nationally sanctioned horse show judge with American Paint Horse Association, Palomino Horse Breeders Association, Pinto Horse Association, Appaloosa Horse Club, Appaloosa Horse Club of Canada, American Ranch Horse Association and National Snaffle Bit Association (Category 1).

He is a clinician for various local and national organizations and presenter of "From the Judges Point of View." He has his AS degree in Math and Science from Niagara Community College, a BBA and MBA (Accounting from Niagara University), and is an IRS enrolled agent and registered tax return preparer.

Residential Camper Cancellation Policy:
Refunds, minus a $100 administrative fee, will be made for residential camper cancellations received by June 1. 50% refunds will be made for cancellations received between June 2 and June 10. No refunds are given for cancellations received after June 10.

Once campers are accepted they will be provided a link to complete the required documents (parental permissions to attend as well as health records) for camp. These are required by June 1, 2020. 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 campers are not in instruction sessions, they are supervised by our wonderful team of specially-trained Camp 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.

Campers spend most of their time at the Equestrian Center with the horses. When not in classes or riding, campers 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

Students stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer camps (2 per room) and must bring their own pillows, blankets and bed/bath linens for the week (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 in separate halls. Our Camp 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 campers with food allergies and other special requirements.

Commuter rate: $775 (includes breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday) Campers 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, campers 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.