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Equine Programs

Horses, Ponies, Small Animals, & More

 

 

  

Our Herd

YMCA Storer Camps is the year-round home of more than 50 horses. Our horses enjoy their leisure time in our 4 pastures, and work at both of our barns, providing rides and teaching opportunities to thousands of kids every year. During the summer our horses provide trail rides, horse lessons, and companionship to our Youth and Ranch campers. When the school year rolls around our horses become teachers, helping Outdoor Education students learn about mammals up close and personal. 

 


 

 

Ranch Camp

The Ranch program is designed for campers ages 13 - 16 that can't get enough of our equine friends. Ranch campers will test their skills, care for the herd, and grow as riders and people. Side effects of Ranch camp include greater respect for mammals, a greater sense of confidence, and stories to last a lifetime. 

 

Find out more about the Ranch here.

 


 

 

Summer Camp Horse Lessons

All experience levels welcome!

- Horse lessons are available at Summer Camp for campers in the Ottawa, Pioneer, Explorer, and Trailblazer Villages. 

- 1-hour or 2-hour lessons are available for Ottawa, Pioneers, and Explorers in the morning and Trailblazers in the afternoon.

- 1-hour lessons focus on horseback riding; 2-hour lessons also include horsemanship skills like grooming, saddling, and more.

- We encourage campers to sign up before they get to camp, but sign-ups are also available at check-in, pending availability.

- Safety helmets are provided; campers have the option to bring their own approved helmets.

- Long pants and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes are required during lessons for safety reasons.

1-hour lessons: 1 week - $95, 2 weeks - $180

2-hour lessons: 1 week - $120, 2 weeks - $240

 

Summer Camp Trail Rides

No experience necessary!

Trail rides are a great opportunity for campers who would like a taste of the horse barn without a taking daily horse lessons. Trail rides are available for Ottawa, Pioneer, and Explorer campers during afternoon hours. Campers will have the option to sign up for a trail ride each morning at breakfast. Staff will announce which campers are riding in the afternoon at lunch time.
-Campers need to wear long pants and closed-toe, closed-heel shoes for trail rides
-Trail rides will be at a walking pace
-Trail ride cost will come out of each camper’s Trading Post account - $30 per ride

 


 

Trail Ride Sundays

Looking for another excuse to get on a horse? Join us for Trail Ride Sundays. You'll get to hop in the saddle and enjoy all the beauty that Storer Camps has to offer.

 

Spring 2019 Trail Ride Sundays:

Click a date below to register!

- March 24 

- April 28

 

Trail Ride Sundays are for ages 11 and up. All levels of riders are welcome and accommodated. Must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes or boots. Please arrive by 1:15 p.m. and be ready to ride by 1:30 p.m. Please park in main parking lot at 6941 Stony Lake Rd., Jackson, MI 49201

 


 

Group Horse Rides

Have a group that's interested in coming to camp to ride? Contact Lindsay Lewis at llewis@ymcastorercamps.org or call our office at 517.536.8607.