Camp Netimus for Girls has an established horseback riding program offering instruction in English hunt seat and dressage. Our goal is to encourage campers to become confident, knowledgeable horsewomen achieved through sound instruction. Our horses are carefully selected for their suitability for riders of all levels.
“New to horses, not a problem.” Level 1 – learn horse safety and to lead, guide, and halt. Campers will sit/post while developing balance and position.
“Ridden a little; you go girl.” Level 2 – learn how to post, introduction to trotting poles, trotting diagonals guiding through a trot.
“Let’s see where we are.” Level 3 – maneuver small cross rails (not to exceed 1’6″) and learn basic dressage concepts.
“I’m getting good at this.” Level 4 – learn proper transitioning between gaits, counting strides in the canter, and jumping a preliminary course (not to exceed 2′) as well as small combinations.
“Horsewoman.” Level 5 – advanced dressage techniques such as canter, lead changes and turns on the forehand; learning how to jump different, more precise jumping combinations. Level 5’s become involved with drill team maneuvers.
“Mommy and Daddy, I want a pony!!!” – Horse of Your Own – or HOYO as we call it here at Netimus. This is an opportunity for girls to learn stable management and proper care of horses. Campers groom, bathe, braid, and feed, while also learning about breeds, colors, first aid and yearly health requirements. It’s the basis for a great relationship between a girl and her horse!
AND…DRILL TEAM!!! Exciting!!! – once a summer the level 4 and level 5 riders put on a drill team demonstration for the entire camp; complete with precision moves set to music.
AND…Horse Shows – “Beat the boys” – twice a summer the camp competes in a real horse show with our brother camp, Camp Shohola for Boys. We always win!!!