University of Findlay Welcomes Campers of All Ages to Youth Horsemanship School
University of Findlay opened its doors to more than a dozen kids ages 10-18 for the annual Western Youth Horsemanship School. Students in this week’s camp are part of the novice/intermediate session and will spend five days and four nights on campus. “They get to test out the University. They stay in the dorms, eat in the dining halls, and come to the Western Farm to learn from University students and employees,” said Brandon Morin, instructor of teaching in riding in the Western Riding Program. “They get to live as college students for a whole week at UF.”
The UF Western Youth Horsemanship School was founded in 1977 by former UF instructor and equestrian team coach, Clark Bradley. More than 45 years later, the camp is still held on campus as a way for students to not only learn more about horses, but also to explore UF’s equestrian program. “Whether the kids want to learn more about horses, or they are really trying out figure out if UF and our program is the right fit for them, these camps benefit both types of riders,” said Morin.
Half of the campers brought their own horses, and the remaining campers used University-owned horses during their stay. While at camp, they care for the horses, learn how to train the horses, and learn how to be better riders. “We go through a crash course of our collegiate training program. The students who attend these camps get the chance to learn more about horses, riding, and more about UF and the amazing program that we have to offer here,” Morin said.
The advanced rider session will run from June 25-29. To learn more about UF’s Equestrian Studies Program, including the summer camps offered, visit the program website. While camp registration has officially closed, UF is offering summer riding lessons for kids ages six and older. Lessons are scheduled on an individual basis with a University student rider, and all riders will use a University-owned horse and tack. Additional information about UF’s summer riding programs is available here.