Summer Camps

Summer camps at Darenth Farm are filled with fun, laughter and learning in a safe environment. Various levels of riders from complete beginners to experienced competitors are catered for at different times throughout the summer. Ride a much loved, well schooled lesson horse or pony or bring your own horse and learn together. Take a dip in our swimming pool to cool off when the temperature rises. Learn what is required to take care of a horse during the year with lots of hands on experiences and make new friends with people who love horses as much as you do!

Hours – Monday to Friday 9:00 to 4:00 Please ask if you need extended daycare hours.

Beginner Weeks – For those new to horses and riding and for those still needing a ground persons assistance at trot.

Intermediate Weeks – For those able to trot without assistance, learning to canter and able to trot x-rails.

Advanced Intermediate Weeks – For those able to canter and jump small fences in the arena and start to be comfortable riding in the fields.

Advanced Weeks – For those able to canter and jump in the arena and fields and on the trails.

We specialize in small groups, 6 or fewer riders per camp.

Cost – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Intermediate weeks $375. The 4 day Beginner camp 7/5 to 7/8 $300.
Advanced week $400 and Eventing camp $475.
A deposit of $200 per week is required on booking with remainder due 4 weeks before camp date.
Board, if you wish to bring your own horse, is $50. Please supply your own hay and grain as this is better for the health of your horse.

Dates – Beginner – 4 days 7/5 to 7/8
5 days 8/15 to 8/19

Intermediate/Advanced Intermediate – will be split in to 2 groups if varying abilities warrant it – 6/27 to 7/1 and 7/18 to 7/22

Advanced 8/8 to 8/12 A fun week of lessons in the arena and fields, trail rides and field trips including a chance to swim with your horse!

Eventing Camp – 7/11 to 7/15 with Mary Macklin Red Hawke Eventing. Mary is an upper level event rider with a great knowledge of the sport of Eventing. She is a wonderful instructor who is able to help her students of all levels improve their performance with creative exercises and helpful comments. Please direct any questions about this camp to Mary 301 706 4796.

We would love to welcome adult riders also and appreciate that their busy schedules may not allow for a whole week of camp. Please talk to Sharon or Mary as we may be able to arrange a mini camp experience!

Any questions please call or text Sharon on 301 471 1254 or email

Thank you and I hope to see you this summer.

Sharon Dawson

Maryland Horse Industry Board

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I think it is time for me to find a new home for Millie. I love this pony and have owned her for 9 years but I think she would benefit from her own family or one special rider. She has had enough of being a lesson pony even though my small program is not very demanding.
Millie - 13.3 hh 13 years old Hafflinger no papers. Goes barefoot and has never been lame all the time I have owned her. Brave not spooky, great on trails, loves to jump. Perfect on the lead line but best for an intermediate rider off line. Great for a smaller adult too. I love to trail ride her and at 5 ft 6 ins feel very comfortable on her.
Sold with first refusal to buy back/ no auction contract.
Price $1200

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The last week of summer camp for 2016 is over and what a great summer we have had! From our experienced, competitive riders to those who had never sat on a horse before coming to Darenth Farm, all had a great time. New skills were learnt and old ones polished while making friends and learning to work as a team. It always amazes and delights me to see how strangers at the beginning of the week come together and work as one unit by the end of the week.
Thanks to Elizabeth and Grace and all the volunteers for a job well done.
I have been approached by several adults who think a camp for adults might be fun, so yes, let's do it next year!

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You might have noticed that it has been a little warm this past week but campers at Darenth Farm found ways to cool down. From swimming in the lake at Cordorus State Park, to dallying in the water at Woodstock while cross country schooling to hosing the ponies off after a fun session of mounted games, if we didn't beat the heat we at least made it bearable! Thanks girls for a great week. ...

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