Summer Horse Camp 2019
For Ages 5 to 13 Years
 

June 17 - August 23, 2019
Join us for just one week or multiple weeks!

Monday thru Friday - 9:00am until 4:00pm
(Early Drop-Off and Late Pick-Up Available FREE of Charge)

Download the Camp Brochure Here

 

 

We offer Plenty of HORSEBACK RIDING!

Campers ride twice each day! Morning lessons concentrate on developing basic equitation skills -- the same as we teach professionally 363 days per year.  Afternoon lessons are all about having fun through our "Games on Horseback" series which allow for the practical usage of riding skills acquired during the morning lesson period.

An Opportunity for LEARNING - While enjoying Summer Vacation!

Campers are taught the History of the Horse, Breeds, Colors, Markings, Anatomy, Horse care, Grooming & Braiding techniques, determining a horse's age by Reading Teeth, and much, much more.  Potomac Horse Center is the hands-down leader in teaching horsemanship skills to Montgomery County residents for nearly 50 years.

Chill Out during the hot summer afternoons with - ARTS & CRAFTS!

Creativity is encouraged during cool summer afternoons in our air conditioned camp headquarters.  Campers decorate real horseshoes to keep, create horse collages, and many other fun projects like scratch art, friendship bracelets, personalized visors, craft weaving and more.

EARLY DROP-OFF & LATE PICKUPS - No Problem, we've got you covered

Our Camp Program operates from 9am to 4pm, but we know that in the real world it's not always possible to drop-off and pick-up in this timeframe - so we offer early drop-off starting 2 hours earlier at 7am and late pick-up 2 hours later to 6pm at no additional charge.  During these times one of our daily Camp Counselors will be on hand to welcome and provide for your Camper's needs.

Potomac Horse Center... The Closest Location with the Most to Offer

While there are a few other options in Horse Camp programs - none match our rich history of horsemanship, convenient location, and extensive facilities.  We're a time honored tradition,  The place where literally thousands upon thousands of Washington DC region residents have learned to ride and enjoy the equestrian life.  We're just a few miles from I-270 & I-370 in the center of North Potomac.  Easily accessible from Gaithersburg, Rockville, and Potomac - you'll not have to drive deep into the countryside to reach our farm.

A PUBLIC FACILITY - Leased from the Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission

We operate under one basic premise...  to make horseback riding accessible to the public.  At Potomac Horse Center - you may enjoy everything equestrian without owning a horse or committing to any more than one of many carefully designed, academically inspired programs.  We're not just someone's private barnyard, we're an institution - a precious gem belonging to everyone in Montgomery County - and we're proud of it!

 

General Information & Program Highlights
Monday - Thursday Schedule

 

7:00 - 9:00 am

Early drop-off, campers supervised on bleachers

9:00 - 9:15 am

Roll call, horse and staff assignments, announcements, barn and wash rack safety reminders, quick release knot practice, fire drill (Monday only)

9:15 - 9:45 am

Groom & tack for lesson

9:45 - 9:55 am

Morning snack- Please provide your camper with a snack

9:55 - 10:00 am Back to barn

10:00 - 10:45 am

Group 1: Lesson
Group 2: All About Horses
Group 3: Horsekeeping

10:45 - 11:00 am

groups switch

11:00 - 11:45 am

Group 1: Horsekeeping
Group 2: Lesson
Group 3: All About Horses

11:45 - 12:00 pm

groups switch

12:00 - 12:45 pm

Group 1: All About Horses
Group 2: Horsekeeping
Group 3: Lesson

 

  • All About Horses

  • Monday           Grooming (full demo and explanation of tools

  • Tuesday           Parts of the saddle & bridle, tack cleaning

  • Wednesday      Weekly camp mural and horses in stalls poster

  • Thursday          Horse anatomy  
  • Horsekeeping

  • Monday     Feed room                                                                                                                         

  • Tuesday           Scavenger hunt                                                            

  • Wednesday      Bathing

  • Thursday          Braiding

 

12:45 - 1:00 pm

Cool-out, fill water buckets, fans on

1:00 - 1:30 pm

Lunch

1:30 - 2:15 pm Games on Horseback / Afternoon Activity
2:15 - 3:00 pm Groups switch
3:00 - 3:30 pm

Games on Horseback / Afternoon Activity

3:30 - 3:45 pm Cool-out, fill water buckets, fans on
3:45 - 4:00 pm Afternoon Snack, Arts & Crafts
4:00 - 6:00 pm Late Pick-up: Campers are supervised in camp room until 6:00pm

 

  • Afternoon Activity Topics                    

  • Measure a horse’s height & weight

  • Assemble and disassemble a bridle and saddle

  • How to tell a horse’s age a horse by looking at their teeth

  • Learn about the history of the horse

  • Horse “painting” and group picture

  • Learn about the different colors, markings and breeds

  • And more!!!

Friday Schedule

7:00 - 9:00 am

Early Drop-Off - Campers supervised by staff until camp begins

9:00 - 9:15 am

Roll Call - Horse assignments, name tags and general announcements

9:15 - 9:45 am

Groom & Tack - Campers groom and tack their horses with staff instruction and supervision

9:45 - 9:55 am

Morning Snack Break - Please provide your camper with a snack

9:55 - 10:00 am

Campers Return to the Barn

10:00 - 10:45 am

Games on Horseback - Held in the morning on Fridays. Pole Bending, Apple Bobbing, Egg in Spoon, Simon Says, Water Relay and more!

 

10:45 - 11:00 am

Groups Switch Arenas - So campers can try a variety of horses

11:00 - 11:45 am

Games on Horseback - Held in the morning on Fridays. Pole Bending, Apple Bobbing, Egg in Spoon, Simon Says, Water Relay and more!

 

11:45 - Noon

Cool-out - Walk and wash horses, fill water buckets, turn on fans 

Noon - 12:30 pm

Lunch – In our air-conditioned camp headquarters

12:30 - 1:45 pm

Show Prep - Grooming, braiding and decorating the horses for the big end of week show!

1:45 - 2:00 pm

Mounting - Groups mount up for the show

2:00 - 3:45 pm

Show Time!
Campers demonstrate the skills they have learned for their families and friends. As each group finishes their ride, campers go to the bleachers to cheer for the other campers. After the last group shows, all campers help to cool-out the horses. Everyone then proceeds to the camp room for refreshments and to receive their camp certificates and ribbons.

3:45 - 4:00 pm

Cool-out - Walk and wash horses, fill water buckets, turn on fans 

4:00 pm

End of Week Party - Refreshments served; camp certificates and ribbons are distributed

 

4:00 - 6:00 pm

Late Pick-Up - Campers are supervised in the camp room until 6:00pm

 

Additional Information

Lunch
Campers should pack their lunch and snacks in a cooler.  Cold drinks and snacks are available from the vending machines and free drinking water is always available from our WSSC supplied drinking fountain.

Equipment
It is required that campers use an ASTM/SEI approved helmet, boots with a 1/2 inch heel and appropriate long pants for riding lessons.  PHC provides helmets for each Camper.  We encourage the students to bring in sneakers, shorts and bathing suits for other activities.   For safety's sake! - no child will be allowed to ride a horse in sneakers and/or shorts.

Terms
It's quite easy to reserve your place in camp.  First step is to come to the office or call 301-208-0200 to inquire if your week of choice is still available, if so - you may reserve your place with a cash, check or credit card registration fee payment of $100.00 per week of camp enrollment.

Before May 1st, the balance of your tuition is due by April 30th.  After May 1st, the balance of your tuition is due within 10 days of payment of the registration fee.  If you're present in the office, we'll complete your Camp Participation Agreement with you on the spot - if you've made your reservation and deposit by phone, we'll mail you the Agreement within 24 hours and you may complete it and mail it back with a check or credit card payment information.  Reservations within 10 days of the beginning of the first week of camp are to be paid in full at the time of registration. 

If a cancellation occurs after May 1st the $100.00 registration fee may not be refunded.  If you've paid in full and must cancel your reservation between May 1st and the start of week #1 of the Camp Session, we will refund all except the $100.00 registration fee.  After the start of week #1, refund less registration fee(s) will only be allowed with a legitimate treating Medical Doctor's note subject to our confirmation and administrative acceptance.  Families with more than one Camper enrolled must complete a Camp Participation Agreement for each Camper.

Session tuition (with multiple week discounts deducted)

1 week session = $550.00 4 week session = $2,150.00 8 week session = $4,250.00
2 week session = $1,100.00 5 week session = $2,675.00 9 week session = $4,775.00
3 week session = $1,625.00 6 week session = $3,200.00 10 week session = $5,300.00
7 week session = $3,725.00

Discounts
Sibling discounts are offered at the rate of 5% for the first additional sibling and 10% for the second or more additional sibling.  Multiple week discount (already factored into the above table) is available at $25 per week applied to the third through tenth week enrolled. 

Health
If your Camper resides in the United States, a United States Territory, or the District of Columbia, all that is required is the Parent or Legal Guardian’s completion of our Camp Contract and a Camp Health History Form.  Maryland law requires that Campers not attending school in-state complete a Form 896, which is available through a link on our summer camp webpage or on paper from our office by request.  We may not allow a Camper to join the program without the required health information submitted prior to the first day of camp!  The MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND MENTAL HYGIENE IMMUNIZATION CERTIFICATE (MDH Form 896) is available on the web here.

Releases
A Liability Waiver is included in our Camp Participation Agreement and must be completed by a Parent or Legal Guardian as a part of the sales agreement pursuant to our Terms stated above.  The information stated on this webpage, as well as in the downloadable Camp Brochure, are an abbreviated version of the actual PHC Summer Camp Participation Agreement and Liability Release, which must be completed in full prior to acceptance in the program.

Questions?
We're here to answer them anytime from 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday - Friday & 9:00 am to 5 pm Saturday & Sunday.  Phone 301-208-0200 and we'll be happy to help you.