We've been offering our very popular summer camps since 2008. We pride ourselves on our small class sizes, our high teacher to student ratio, and on offering many different choices for beginner riders up to experienced horse folk!

The summer schedule for 2022 is ready! Camps fill quickly - many filled up just with our own students - so please email us right away if you're interested in signing up. We can't wait to talk to you about all the fun we have planned!

Camp policies are pretty much the same as always. At most, a 1:5 adult to child ratio, maximum of eight campers for most camps (some advanced groups will have ten). Please check to make sure of appropriate ages and experience levels, since these change from camp to camp. If you’re not sure of your child’s level, please check with your instructor. Campers who haven’t ridden here before may be asked to take a placing lesson before signing up at camp, especially for more advanced levels. A $100 deposit is required at the time of sign-up to hold your child’s place, with full payment due on the first morning of camp. You may be asked to take a placement lesson if you are signing up for an advanced level and aren't part of our regular program. If you need to cancel, your deposit will be returned to you only if we are able to fill your child’s spot from the waiting list. Some of our instructors will also be offering a select number of individual lessons. Please inquire for details.

COVID policies: we will be following the state guidelines at the time of camp. Last year’s guidelines included everyone on site over the age of two wearing masks at all times. We encouraged parents, siblings, friends, etc. to visit on the last day of camp when we typically have a show or open house, but to otherwise stick to dropping off and picking up their campers. We had a handwashing station outside. We maintained at least six feet of distance at all times.

We shall see what the summer brings. It’s an interesting time to be alive. Fortunately, our horses have been here for us!


SPACE LIMITED! TO SIGN UP:

Send an email to sunflowerhorsefarms@gmail.com with your child's name, age, the camp(s) you want to sign them up for, your name, address and phone number, and your child’s t-shirt size. Don't forget your deposit!

WEEKLONG CAMPS

Beginner, Session I (ages 8-10): June 20st-24th, 8AM-1PM

Head Instructor: Malia Detar-Cheung

Cost: $325

full, please email for wait list

Fall in love with horses this summer in a camp that will cover basic horse knowledge and daily care as well as riding skills! Students in this camp typically learn to steer their own horse, sit the walk and trot, do a safety dismount at the walk, and we always play lots of games! This section of Beginner Camp is specifically designated for ages 8-10 and is limited to six riders in order to ensure that instructors are able to keep an extra close watch on each student. 

Circus Arts with Horses: June 27th-July 1st, 8AM-1PM

Head Instructor: Malia Detar-Cheung

Cost: $325

full, please email for wait list

Enjoy a week-long sampler of circus arts with horses. Students will explore distinctive ways to combine performance and equestrian arts including vaulting, mounted games, trick and Roman riding, and liberty work. If you’re interested in exploring inherently playful and unusual activities with horses, while also building strong connections with your equine partners, join us for an outstanding week of unanticipated possibilities! As we play with our horses, we will also learn the complex history of the role of equestrian arts in the performance world, and the distinctive ways that horses and humans are reimagining artistic expression today. Students should be intermediate to advanced level riders comfortable at the walk, trot and canter. 

Beginner, Session II (age 11 and up): July 4th-8th, 8AM-1PM

Head Instructor: Malia Detar-Cheung

Cost: $325

full, please email for wait list

Fall in love with horses this summer in a camp that will cover basic horse knowledge and daily care as well as riding skills! Students in this camp typically learn to steer their own horse, sit the walk and trot, do a safety dismount at the walk, and we always play lots of games! This section of Beginner Camp is specifically designated for ages 11 and up and is limited to six riders in order to ensure that instructors are able to keep an extra close watch on each student.

 

Equestrian Drill Team: July 11th-15th, 8AM-1PM

Head Instructor: Malia Detar-Cheung

Cost: $325

full, please email for wait list

 

Equestrian Drill Team is an exciting sport that involves synchronized movement with a team of horses and riders. It will develop your spacial awareness and fine-tune your communication and leadership with your horse. Unlike most horse sports, it is truly a group activity that builds strong (and often quite playful!) community relationships between riders, horses and riders, and even the horses themselves. Riders are working together all the time (no taking turns here!) to create unique patterns formed through synchronized movement. This camp welcomes returning and first-time drill riders. Students should be confident at the walk, trot and canter, and be able to change speeds within a gait.

Horse Ownership Skills: July 18th-22nd, 8AM-1PM

Head Instructor: Robyn Hauck

Cost: $325

full, please email for wait list

Learn about the practical skills of owning a horse in this unique camp. You’ll choose one Sunflower horse to care for as your own for the week. We’ll learn all the daily tasks horse owners need to know, learn horse first aid, and even have equine specialists like the farrier and chiropractor come visit. We’ll also do plenty of riding, of course. Feel more prepared to have your own horse someday! You don’t need to be an expert rider for this one, but you do need to be confident handling a horse, riding at the walk and trot, and at least eight years old.

 

Jumping I: July 25th-29th, 8AM-1PM

Head Instructor: Robyn Hauck

Cost: $325

 

Jumping is a sport that requires precise control over speed and steering as well as an excellent seat and it rewards you with thrills and laughter! Students who sign up for this camp don’t need to be jumping already (although it certainly helps). Students will need to be proficient and confident at the walk, trot and canter on the rail, and be at least eight years old. We will jump cross rails and verticals, play jumping games to improve our skills and possibly jump outside of the arena!

Intermediate Riders: August 1st-5th, 8AM-1PM

Head Instructor: Iris Miller-Sherman

Cost: $325

full, please email for wait list

This camp is targeted at kids who have a fair amount of riding experience and are at least eight years old. Though they don’t need to have had formal lessons, a trail ride or two isn’t enough – kids need to be confident handling a horse on their own, and riding in groups at the trot. They may have started cantering, but it’s not a necessity. We will play lots of trotting games, working on more complex maneuvers at the trot, and perhaps start cantering if they are ready.

Jumping Level II: August 8th-12th, 8AM to 1PM

Head Instructor: Robyn Hauck

Cost: $325

This advanced level group is for riders with lots of jumping experience under their belt and who can ride a course with confidence. Must be comfortable cantering a course and jumping 2’. During the week we will play jumping games to increase our balance and form, work on grids and courses, learn how to start a green horse jumping, and jump in the field. 

 

Young Riders!: August 15th-17th, 9AM-11:30AM (three day camp)

Head Instructor: Robyn Hauck

Cost: $125

full, please email for wait list

This camp is expressly designed with the youngest horse lovers in mind – target age for campers is 3-7 years old. Campers learn to groom and care for their horse in addition to riding. A parent or other trusted adult is required to attend with each young rider. This camp is a fun, gentle introduction to the wonderful world of horsemanship!

Working Equitation: August 22nd-26th, 8AM-1PM

Head Instructor: Robyn Hauck

Cost: $325

Working Equitation is an exciting, three (or four!) part sport that’s gaining traction in the United States. At its highest levels, riders do one-handed Dressage, precision and speed obstacle courses, and work cattle. We’ll focus on obstacle courses at camp, with focus on preparing your horse to handle new sights and possibly scary situations well. There’s potential for building new obstacles for the barn as well if there’s interest!

 

Summer Training Team: June 28th-August 30th,1-3PM (Tuesdays only)

Head Instructor: Robyn Hauck

Cost: $225

Open to current members of both training teams, this is a once-weekly meeting to check in on progress with training team. Let’s swap ideas, ride together, put out new toys to play with, and generally do our training thing!

Advanced camps sometimes get to go for adventures, like to Inavale farm for some cross country jumping!

Discovering a love of working green horses at training camp.

Mounted archery is very tricky but lots of fun!

There's a lot of dress up at camp.

Robyn's daughter likes to come and help when she can!