Horseback Riding Summer Camps

July 10 - 25 (Taking the Reins)
Aug 7 - 22 (Trailblazers)
9:00 - 11:00 AM

Ages:  7 -14
Location:  Glen Valley Farms
Fees:  $270 for 6 days/session/person. Participants must register and attend all 6 classes.
Instructors:  Certified riding horse instructor Odessa Merten and ONHS Art Teacher Christina Hyde.

During the first hour riders will learn how to take care of a horse through proper safety, grooming, riding and tacking up a horse. Riders will also learn how to hand walk their horse, mount/ dismount and steer them around an enclosed arena. There will be a horse show on the last day to celebrate what they have accomplished. During the second hour of the riding session, students will participate in a variety of horse-related activities.  

Click here for summer camp schedule and registration.   All classes are exempt from the family fee cap and reduced rate.

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Taking the Reins

Ages: 7 - 10

Session activities could include: 

  • Canvas horse painting
  • Horseshoe stepping stones
  • Horse bingo
  • Horse popsicles
  • Wash horses
  • Bleach Dye Horse t-shirts
  • Scavenger Hunts


Ages: 11 - 14

Session activities could include: 

  • Horse themed canvas painting
  • Stamped jewelry
  • Horse treats
  • Horse bingo
  • Wash & braid horse tails
  • Fabric paint t-shirt designs
  • Cart driving
  • Wire Horse Sculptures
  • Scavenger Hunt

All classes take place at Glen Valley Farm, 2561 Vinland Road, Oshkosh.  Participants should enter the derby barn upon arrival at Glen Valley Farm.

Riders should arrive at Glen Valley Farm ready to ride. They should feel comfortable with and be respectful towards large animals. Each riding student should wear long pants (no capris or shorts) and rain boots/gym shoes with socks (no open toed shoes or sandals). This prevents blisters that can be caused by the saddle rubbing while riding. Participants must also wear a helmet. They can either bring their own bike helmet or a helmet will be provided.