Campers are required to wear a certified ATSM-SEI approved helmet manufactured after the year 2000. RCPHC has helmets to use free of charge or for purchase (while supplies last). Campers must wear a boot with hard sole and small heel. Hiking boots, rain boots, or sneakers are not suitable or safe for horseback riding. RCPHC has a limited supply of paddock boots for sale, as well as grooming kits and crops.
Campers should bring or wear long pants for riding, and a change of clothes (shorts, light weight pants) for other activities. Counselors will let you know about bringing a bathing suit or a change of clothes for days when there will be water activities. All campers need to bring their own water bottles. Day campers need to bring lunch and a snack (especially if attending Extended Care). No refrigeration is available.
Every camper must have a signed waiver at the start of the camp session. No camper will be allowed to ride unless this is completed (signed by parent or guardian).
Intermediate Camps: Riders should be comfortable controlling their horse at the walk, trot and canter. Some experience with jumping.
Intermediate/Advanced Camps: Riders should be accomplished at the walk, trot, canter, jump, with a significant amount of formal training.
If you are unsure of your riding level and skills, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an evaluation.
• Nonrefundable after 30 days from registration unless verifiable medical condition arises (less $80 administrative fee).
• Nontransferable. Registrations made by one person cannot be sold or traded. We will work to accommodate transfers to a different session if space permits.
A student must meet the minimum age requirements by the start of the selected camp session. Siblings may not register for the same camp session unless they meet these age minimums. The age ranges are established based on developmental levels unrelated to horseback riding ability.
The program is directed by knowledgeable staff with experience in individual and group instruction, individual and team competition, and horse care. They are supported by a team of Counselors in Training drawn from experienced riding students at RCPHC.
Located in the heart of Rock Creek Park, the equestrian facility includes a large indoor riding ring, stables for 60 horses and ponies, multiple outdoor riding arenas, wooded trails, and fields. A meeting room accommodates indoor activities. Extensive parking is available. No cars are allowed down the road to the camp office and horse barn.