Summer Camps 2012

Here at Darenth Farm we are looking forward to another fun filled summer. Our camp weeks are divided according to the riders ability to make sure everyone has a safe and rewarding experience. Each week runs Monday to Friday, 9:00am until 4:00pm (there is some flexibility with these times, please contact Sharon). The groups are small, no more than 7 campers, ranging in age usually from 5 to 15. Sometimes we are lucky enough to have an older person join in for a few days and this we encourage. Why should the children have all the fun?

For anyone new to riding or someone who is not posting to the trot or someone who still needs help from a ground person. If you only ride once a year at camp this would be the group for you.

Riders who can walk, trot and canter independently and jump small X rails. You would probably be taking or have taken weekly lessons.

These riders should be comfortable not only cantering and jumping in the arena but also in fields and other open areas.

All groups will ride twice a day and have a chance to swim in the middle of the day to cool off! Everyone will get plenty of hands on horse care experience – grooming, cleaning tack and stalls plus age related lectures and quizzes on anything to do with horses.

DATES, For weeks beginning on:

Beginners: June 18, July 9, July 30, August 13

Intermediate: July 16, August 20

Eventing Camp: June 25

Advanced: August 20

COST:  $350   ( Eventing camp $375)

$25 discount for siblings or if multiple weeks booked

$150 deposit payable on booking, balance due 2 weeks before start of camp


Beginner riders may borrow a riding helmet. Long pants are required, even when it is hot and boots with a small heel for safety. These do not necessarily need to be riding boots the Walmart version is perfectly acceptable or try a thrift store. Bring sneakers for non riding times and flip flops to go to the pool. Also towel, bathing suit, sun screen and insect repellant.

Campers will also require a packed lunch and plenty to drink. Water will always be available.

Please contact Sharon with any questions by email or phone 301 471 1254

I look forward to welcoming back my returning campers and to welcoming new faces to Darenth Farm.


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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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