Blue Skies of Mapleview LLC Horsemanship Camp

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About the camp

 

Thanks to the campers, counselors, instructors, parents, and horses for a hugely successful summer camp 2014 season!

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: (Dates for 2015 will be announced in December)

  • 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: $450 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:

I love this camp. By this week I will have enjoyed five weeks in all. I used to go to a different barn ( I rode there for about three years) and they were terrible to the horses. To get the horses moving they kicked them right away. Here at Blue Skies they really do care about the horses genuinely, and your safety is a big deal also. Overall this camp deserves a lot more than five stars *****.

I like that they don't just throw you on a horse and take off. We actually spend time to learn to lead, groom, tack up horse. Also you have to earn your saddle and your reins. The other cool thing is we don't just ride. We get to swim, eat lunch, have free time, and explore the artistic way of the horse during art. Their horses are all very sweet (especially Chance) and they are very wide about choosing counselors. Sonja, Sara, and Ms. Deborah are very nice and great teachers. I give this camp five starts! Notice - Chance is the best!

Be ready to have fun at Blue Skies! All the horses are very nice and the counselors help in every way. You can easily make friends what with everyone's love of horses. All of the campers are easily ready to come every single week because of all the fun they had here. All the activities are welcoming and totally fun! - *****5 Star Review by Anonymous camper

I like how Blue Skies (camp) treats all kids and horses equally. I like how Blue Skies always tries to help struggling kids. -O.

Blue Skies is an awesome camp. There are lots of horses in this camp. I loved the bareback and the trail ride and the horses are really nice.

The camp was really fun! The counselors made me feel more safe on the horses. The horses are not mean at all! My favorite horse is Doc. I have been riding at Blue Skies for a year and i have never not liked a lesson. You also learn how to care for the horses at Blue Skies.

I loved that the camp was judgement-free and FUN. You never make a big deal if someone does something wrong. Instead you tell us what's wrong with doing it and how to fix it. The horses are AWESOME and so are the counselors.

Review 4.5/5 horseshoes!! I like how nice everyone was when correcting me. I also enjoyed not only we got to ride a horse that we got to learn stuff about horses and brush/groom them. One of my favorite parts of the camp is game day. Another GREAT part of camp is how every day we did something and learned something different. I (heart) BLUE SKIES!!

I love everything about the camp. The horses are kind and fun to be around. Sara, Sonja and Ms. Deborah are funny and really good teachers. Pinto Bean is my favorite horse. There is nothing I don't like about camp. Everyone there is sweet and helpful. I love Pinto Bean, Doc, and Charlie.

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:

I just want to say thank you again for the wonderful experience that E had at Horse Camp last week. She had never done anything like that before and was a bit unfamiliar with horses but wow, did she take to it! She really enjoyed all aspects of engaging with the horses - from learning about them, to grooming and riding. We all know your animals personalities and stories as she recounted her days to us over the dinner table. Ellie also loved the crafts, games and swimming. A big, heartfelt thank you! Hope you and your family (human and animal) are keeping cool and have a wonderful rest of the summer - M

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