SJ Riding Camp - Ellington, CT - Sports Instruction

SJ Riding Camp

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130 Sandy Beach RdEllington, CT 06029


SJ Riding Camp will celebrate our 63rd summer this year!

Horses + Camp = Magic!

San Juan Ranch was founded in 1956 by Mary E. Haines as a riding camp for her children and their friends. Since then, the camp has grown into a comprehensive riding facility and general activities camp while maintaining the family oriented feel that provides each camper with individual attention.

Our summer camp provides girls from 8-16 years old with a safe place to learn to ride, improve riding skills, take on the responsibility of horse care, improve their horsemanship skills, and have fun while learning to be active, caring members of the camp community.

The Camp runs for nine weeks, in 1-, 2-, and 3-week sessions. For girls who would like to devote more of their summer to camp, we have the option of combining sessions for a longer stay. Only 48 riders are accepted.. each week.

While at SJ, campers ride twice a day with time for other activities such as horse management and care, arts & crafts, theater games, archery, boating, swimming, tennis, basketball, and field games. Some of SJ's most loved activities include swimming with the horses, supper rides, the Banquet, horse shows, watching their instructors in a lesson, and the last night of each session campfire.

The riding program is full for 2018, and taking wait lists. Join us this year in our Farm Program!
Love horses and other animals but not ready to ride? Join our new Farm Camp! Available the same dates and times as the riding program. While riders head to the horses twice a day the Farm Crew go to the mini farm to learn about and care for chickens, goats, rabbits, and yes, horses!

Day Camp options available during some weeks - call today!

SJ Riding Camp is accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA) and our riding instructors are certified by the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). Our staff and campers come from throughout the US and the world and with varied backgrounds. Everyone at SJ values diversity and openness to new opportunities. SJ is a place for girls to gain self-confidence, friends, and new experiences through a common love of horses.
Limited financial assistance available.

Call or email us today! 860-872-4742



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  • SJ Riding Camp - Ellington, CT - Riding Director Katie with Mocha and Camper Lauren visiting with baby Sorpresa! Our newest mini farm residents!
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