Thanks to the campers, counselors, instructors, parents, and horses for a hugely successful camp last summer! We will continue to monitor and follow all CDC protocols in relation to outdoor activities including masks, hand washing, and social distancing as recommended at the time of 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.
Our 2022 Six week Camp Schedule will be announced at a later date.
Age: 8 years
to 17 years of age
What to bring:
Please come dressed to ride-
- Long trousers
- 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
snacks, and full large water bottle
- Shorts to
suit and towel for water games and the pool
and a love of horses
are encouraged to bring their own approved helmets and boots,
there are usually enough loaners available for those that do
not have their own.
people have to say about camp
Informative blog entry: CHillkids.com
From the campers:
"Dear Deborah, Thank you for such a wonderful summer camp week!!
My daughter had one of the happiest weeks of her life, your horses give her so much love and the entire environment there is so wonderful I truly appreciate it!! Thank you and Zoe and all the counselors for your hard work and dedication to our kids and thank you especially for sharing your amazing horses!!" A camper's mom
"Blue Skies is a great camp! It truly has always been a fun, loving and overall amazing place since day one. I still am just as excited to come back to camp as a 12 year old as I was as an 8 year old all those years ago. I always leave camp with a smile on my face and full of lots of stories to share with my family. I still learn new things and fall in love with new and old horses. I love learning about horses, riding, parts of the horse - - the whole lot! I always feel safe and secure but most importantly loved at Blue Skies and I most definitely plan on returning for many years to come." A camper
"When I picked up my daughter yesterday from camp she looked a little weepy. When I asked, she told me she was crying because she was so happy. She said she had spent a week in the best kind of heaven, not the kind you die in but the kind you live in. I thought that was a great description :) Thank you for everything:)" A camper's mom
"Blue Skies is awesome. Their horses are wonderful, kind, sweet and best of all they treat the campers (like me) and the horses with respect. Everyone gets a choice, even the horses. It's educational and fun at the same time. You get all the help that you need. There's no judging others and you always know that they are cheering you on. I know that if you walk in feeling down this place will turn that frown upside down. Fun games all day. The horses have a nice environment for them and I think a lot of people like the pool at the end of the day but here at Blue Skies safety of the horses and us is top priority.
Five stars - best camp ever"
"Blue Skies has been amazing for the past 3-4 years. It never gets old. It makes me feel so calm here, because I know I'll always be safe. All the horses are sweet and funny, as well as the leaders. I love Blue Skies!!"
"I love this camp and I think it has a very welcoming and kind atmosphere. I love the horses and the gentleness we are taught to show to them. I think the counselors and instructors always do what they think the horse will like, and this makes the horses more willing to do what we want. I love that this camp is designed to support campers of all different levels of experience and we are taught about horses. I also like that we do other activities too like arts and crafts and swimming. This makes the camp more fun for everyone. I truly think this is the best horse camp in the world!"
"I love Blue Skies of Mapleview. My favorite part was the trail ride. It is so much fun to ride out in the wild and see nature. I also love how it is not all about riding. It is about horsemanship. You learn about herd behavior, body parts, breeds and colors. It is also nice to cool down in the pool, after lunch and art. My favorite day is Friday because of the trail ride and other fun surprises. I love Blue Skies of Mapleview. It is SO much fun."
"First of all, Mrs. Deborah is one of the BEST horse people I know. The horses are amazing, the counselors are amazing, everything about it is amazing. And most horse camps don't have art, or swimming, or counselors, and that's only part of what makes this place special. I can't think of ANYTHING that is not fun. BLUE SKIES"
"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"
"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
"We are so happy she has the opportunity to do what she loves at Blue skies- thank you for this opportunity to earn responsibility and care for horses. She thinks she may want to be a vet and this has been such a nurturing environment for her both as a rider and horse lover." Mother of a rider
"You have a wonderful program and I adore how much you devote to the girls learning more than just about the horses. Your passion really shows." - mom of a camper
"You have a nature about you that makes you easy to talk with and inviting. I appreciate ALL you (and your girls) do with the camps, lessons, and riding. It is a pleasure and a relief to send my daughter to your farm knowing she is well cared for and watched over. EVERYONE had an amazing time yesterday, children and parents alike." - quote from a birthday party/lesson mom.
"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
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
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
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
"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