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! Equestrian Camp Video
All camps are held at AU's Bromeley-Daggett Equestrian Center. This spacious equestrian center includes classrooms, viewing areas, a 200 x 80-foot indoor arena, 50 stalls and two outdoor arenas:200 x 100 and 80 x 100.
English Equestrian Residential Camp: July 9-14, 2017
We also offer a Western Equestrian Horsemanship Residential Camp if interested.
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! Check out some Comments from Former Campers
- 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: $910 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
Residential Camp Schedule
Sample Weekly Schedule
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
- 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
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.
Housing and Meals
Students stay in secure University residence halls dedicated to summer campers (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.
How to Apply: Complete the online enrollment form
Campers who wish to enroll in the residential camp must complete the online enrollment form. Deadline for applications: May 1, 2017.
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.
After the May 1 deadline, enrolled campers will receive further instructions on where to find and download all require materials/documents including medical forms, liability releases, emergency notification forms, etc. These materials must be filled out as soon as possible and returned by June 1. 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.
Nancy Kohler-Cunningham is Hunt-Seat Coach/Program Instructor of the Alfred University Equestrian Program. She has more than 30 years of experience training riders and horses for hunter/jumper shows and dressage, and managing boarding/training facilities. Nancy is also owner of The Willows Horse Farm in Fairview, PA, where she hosted and managed regional IHSA shows and oversaw an expansion of the business from 50 to 100 horses.
Nancy has instructed and managed shows at Lake Erie College and directed the equestrian program at Andrews School in Ohio. She has a BS in Animal Science from Penn State and is an experienced camp director. For further information about these camps, please contact her at 607.587.9012 or via email.
Sorry, there are no scholarships or other forms of financial aid available for campers in any of our summer programs
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.
- "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
This Equestrian Day Camp is open to riders of all levels, ages 8-13.
- The day camp runs from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday
- English and western instruction is offered
- Campers are assigned a horse to ride during the week and are also involved with the hands-on care for that horse
- Each camper has 2 sessions of riding each day
- When campers are not involved in riding they will be busy with arts and crafts projects and other recreational activities as well as learning stable management skills
- A horse show will be held at the end of the day on Thursday so campers can demonstrate for their parents the skills they learned during the week
- Each camper will be responsible for packing his/her own lunch. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. A kitchen area is available for use
- Campers may bring their own horses if desired
- Enrollment Deadline: June 1, 2017
- Day Camp Fee: $306
To enroll in the day camp, please complete the online enrollment form. Choose enrollment for Equestrian Day Camp - Intermediate/Advanced.
Camp questions should be directed to Sue Weigman, Director, Summer Equestrian Day Camps, Alfred University; 607.587.9012. Sue received her MSSc in Equine Science at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. She is a member of the Certified Horsemanship Association; Riding Instructoor and adjunct instructor for Alfred University Equine Science and Caring for Equine Anatomy.
Day Camp Cancellation Policy
Refunds will be made for camper cancellations received prior to June 1, 2017.
First Touch: An Introduction to Horse Care, Handling and Riding - July 5-7, 2017
This "mini" camp is designed for the beginner that has a passion for horses. Emphasizing safety first, the aim of the camp is to build confidence in each camper while they learn to handle, care for and ride horses. Also 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 campers with little to no experience with horses.
Sample Schedule: - Group Activities daily (8:30 AM - 12:30 PM)
- 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
Enrollment Deadline: June 1, 2017. Day Camp Fee: $165
To enroll in this "mini" day camp please complete the online enrollment form. Choose enrollment for Equestrian Day Camp - Beginner.
Day Camp Cancellation Policy: refunds will be made for camper cancellations received by June 1, 2017.
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.
Program Cancellation: 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.
AU Policy Against Discrimination: 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.
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