Blue Skies of Mapleview LLC Horsemanship Camp

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About the camp

 

We gather in the morning to learn about the theme of the day such as balance, horse body language, equine massage and stretching, or trail riding rules of the road. Then, in teams, we catch, groom, tack up our horses and focus on riding skills. In addition, each team masters an important aspect of on-the-ground horsemanship. After a cool break on the porch for lunch and a little downtime, we begin an artistic activity designed to help us really look at and understand horses. We end the day with games and a refreshing dip in the pool. Our emphasis is on fun and safety for the riders and the horses, skill development, building self-esteem, and nurturing our respect and love for these beautiful animals.

2014 Dates:

  • June 9-13 - Week 1
  • June 16-20 - Week 2
  • June 23-27 - Week 3
     
  • June 30-July 4 - Horses rest
     
  • July 7-11 - Week 4
  • July 14-18 - Week 5
  • July 21-25 - Week 6
     
    Minimum of one week of camp and maximum of three weeks per summer.

Hours: 8:30 - 3:00 Mon-Fri

Fees: $400 per week - $250 nonrefundable deposit secures space

Please make checks payable to Deborah Pearson-Moyers, 3609 Pasture Rd., Hillsborough, NC, 27278.

Enrollment limited. Please apply early as we do fill up!

Age: 7 years to 17 years of age

What to bring: Please come dressed to ride-

  • Long trousers or leggings
  • Hard soled shoes or boots with one inch or less heel and socks - loaners available
  • Running shoes for active outdoor games
  • Helmet - ATSM/SEI approved - loaners available
  • Baglunch, snacks, and full large water bottle
  • Shorts to change into
  • Bathing suit and towel for water games and the pool
  • Sunscreen and a love of horses

While campers are encouraged to bring their own approved helmets and boots, there are usually enough loaners available for those that do not have their own.

To apply, please download and send in both of these forms with your check: Registration and Liability Release.

What people had to say about camp

Informative blog entry: CHillkids.com

From the campers:

"This camp is so much fun. I'll definitely beg my partents to let me come back next year!" - Cate

"I'm coming here because I like the horses and especially I like the teacher. And I like to go to the pool at camp." - Hannah

"My favorite horses are Sonny and Pinto Bean. I liked them because they are really sweet, and all the other horses are sweet too!! If you go here you will learn a lot about horses, tacking up, and grooming, and you will learn how to ride, and most of all, have lots of fun!! This is a really fun camp. I love the riding and I love the horses." - Angela

From adults:

"Wanted to thank you for the wonderful time Amy had at the camp last week. She definitely learned a lot about horses and is eager to continue learning... It does not look like we'll be able to send her to riding lessons, but I do hope she will be able to return to camp, perhaps next summer... Thanks again for the wonderful experience - that week made her summer!" -AA

"What wonderful publicity for Blue Skies (the newspaper article and video). It is no surprise that Blue Skies would be recognized- your camp was the only horse camp that Hanna attended where I felt confident that she was in good/safe hands. I'm sure that your deep love of horses and spiritual/life views have a lot to do with the long success of Blue Skies." - Marla

"My 22 year old daughter was the first ever student @ Blue Skies.  My 13 year old took lessons there as well.  Couldn't have been more pleased.  Deborah is lovely, and her care of horses is superb!  Don't hesitate to try it. Blessings" -P

"We just started lessons this spring at Blue Skies and love them!" -B

From a riding instructor:

"You do know dear, dear soul, that you simply must continue your camp for my grandchildren. There is no other person I trust to teach them properly." -Wen