Experience the Stables at Camp Ondessonk
Campers experience a wide variety of “firsts” at Camp Ondessonk, but one of their most common “firsts” is riding a horse. The Camp Ondessonk Stables has worked to cultivate a unique program that allows all traditional campers to spend some time on a horse, whether it’s a trail ride or an arena ride and an obstacle course.
Equestrian Director Catherine Limkeman has been developing the Stables experience since she joined the Camp Ondessonk team in 2017: “Something I love about the Camp Ondessonk Equestrian Program is that we use horses to help develop kids, so it’s not just learning a fun new skill; you’re learning leadership skills, you’re learning how to work with others, you’re learning how to conquer fears as you get on a gigantic animal, and watching kids grow and the staff grow and whoever it is, to just develop a partnership with a horse is really a very cool thing.”
Traditional camp isn’t the only way to spend some time at the Barn. Horse Camp is now offered every session of the summer, and there are three weeks of Horse Adventure as well; both programs enable campers to make a connection with their own horse throughout the week and learn equestrian based skills. Mini Campers also experience the stables, spending quality time with (and sometimes wrangling socks on) the goats and embarking on pony rides.
But it’s not just about the animals; Advanced Horse Camper Addison had some things to say about the humans: “My favorite thing about Horse Camp is definitely all the people that are there, because everyone is honestly so alike with their love for horses and their personalities; we mesh so well together.”
Check out the video below for more about our Stables.