Summer Riding

Summer Riding Camp features several individual week-long residential programs offered for riders aged 10-16.

This program is for current riders who are capable of at least walking and trotting independently, with instruction coming from regular professionals in the equine industry. This is a program that can also comfortably challenge all levels of riders, including advanced riders, with a variety of lessons and horses available.

Each week, riders can expect to ride in lessons twice a day for an hour at each time. Lessons may be large group flat lessons that focus on navigating a busy show-ring and how to ride safely in large groups; or can be smaller and more focused on learning how to ride a leg yield or shoulder-in. Chatham Hall owns 35 horses that reside on the property all year long so they are well schooled and educated teachers for the campers. When campers are not riding they enjoy several horsemanship activities offered with topics like confirmation, nutrition, how to manage a large stable, bits and equipment, etc. We also incorporate some silliness in our downtime. We’ve painted horses, designed Olympic cross-country jumps, and played all-camp water balloon games!

During their stay at Chatham Hall's Summer Riding Program, campers live in air-conditioned dormitories and are supervised by an adult faculty member and college-aged counselors. Campers who wish to stay for more than one session will have full supervision and additional activities planned on the Saturday between sessions. 

Program Fee
The program fee for Summer Riding is $1,800. This comprehensive fee includes rooming in our air-conditioned dorm rooms under adult supervision, all meals, camp activities, camp t-shirt, and two riding lessons a day with full-time Chatham Hall Riding faculty.

From Our Campers

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  • Kensington N. '22

    Hometown: Carmel, CA
    School Team: Gold
    "One of my favorite memories from Riding Camp was riding in the Hunter Trial Field and the Mullen Field, as well as the fun activities we did after lessons. What drew me to Chatham Hall was the Riding program, but as I learned more about the School and visited the campus, I felt right at home. Before coming to Chatham Hall, I never thought I would try joining many clubs or co-leading one."
  • Sam R. '22

    Hometown: New Bern NC
    School Team: Gold
    "My favorite summer camp memory was gathering at the table together with all the other campers every morning and afternoon waiting to see which horse to ride. I still remember my favorite horse: her name was Scarlett and I got to jump her a little bit which was very fun. I choose to attend Chatham Hall because of the community. The community here is really the best part, everyone is so kind and welcoming. When I first came here it was very easy to find friends."
  • Annabele W. '22

    Hometown: Richmond, VA
    School Team: Purple
    "My favorite summer camp memory was going on trail rides with all of the counselors and learning about their experiences at Chatham Hall. My family has always had a close connection to Chatham Hall, but it wasn’t until I came to visit I saw how amazing the community is and that is what really made me fall in love with the School. Since being at Chatham Hall, I have learned so much about different cultures and other interesting things that I would have never thought twice about before coming here which is one of the many reasons why Chatham Hall is such a special place."

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