Our Greystone Riding program is a camper favorite, and many of our campers love spending time at the barn! With our lesson program and trail riding programs, every rider can find her place on a horse this summer!
In the Lesson Program, we will be teaching Hunt Seat Equitation and Hunter/Jumper skills. As the basis of all disciplines, Hunt Seat Equitation teaches a solid foundation built on strong basic skills. Each camper will be placed in a class with girls of similar skill level and challenged in a safe, uplifting riding environment. Each lesson lasts two regular class periods.
At June and Main Camp, more experienced riders will have the opportunity to participate in our Camp Horse Shows. These shows are celebrated in camp as friends come to watch and guest judges present ribbons and awards. The Elizabeth Hanna Miller Horsemanship Trophy was presented for the first time by Libby Miller in 2016 at the Main Camp Horse Show.
The Apple Hill Western Trail Ride Experience will be like owning a horse for the day. Campers will have their own horse to love, groom, bathe, and ride out on the trail. Enjoy special activities at the barn and with the horses. There will also be treats for campers and horses alike!
The Thunderhead Western Trail Ride Adventure program is back! For many years, Greystone girls enjoyed the time honored tradition of overnights at Thunderhead. The Riding program would move some of the horses up to the Thunderhead property and the girls would enjoy trail rides, playing in the river, cook outs, and sleeping in the loft over their favorite camp horse.Thunderhead is an experience like no other that many alumnae still thrill to reminisce about today. We are so excited to bring this nostalgic program back to riding for 2017!
At June and Main camp, girls can sign up for a Thunderhead Adventure. This is a half-day, with lunch option, will be spent with the horses at our Thunderhead property. Girls will get to spend time caring for their favorite horse, trail riding on beautiful mountain trails, playing in the river, and munching on lunch by the campfire.This experience is open to campers who have finished the 5th grade.
We are excited to announce that girls who sign up for Everyday Riding at Main camp will be treated to a traditional Thunderhead Overnight complete with trail ride, romping in the river, s’mores, campfire tales, sleeping in the loft over the horses, and waking up to breakfast over an open fire!
Riding Equipment: All riders need to wear long pants and riding boots with a flat sole and a small ½” heel; no open toe shoes or athletic shoes. All riders are required to wear an approved helmet when mounted on a horse. We have a limited supply of hats and boots at camp that girls can borrow, but campers who have their own riding equipment are encouraged to bring those items. Although not necessary, riders may want to bring their show clothes in case they are eligible for the June or Main Camp Horse Show. If you would like to purchase your own riding equipment and would like advice on what to purchase, please give us a call and ask to speak to our Riding Director Lisa Maybin.
We offer an optional rafting trip for our June and Main campers as an extra activity that the girls may take. Rafting down the Pigeon and Chattoga Rivers, girls love the whitewater fun with their friends. To sign up for a rafting trip, please fill out your Extra Fee Activities (Riding/Rafting) online form (available in the spring).