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Horseback Riding Camp 2024 !

Welcome to Cougar Mountain Stables, where our riding camp is more than just an adventure – it's a journey of growth and discovery. Nestled in the heart of nature, our camp is designed to be a fun, educational, and rewarding experience for riders of all levels.


At Cougar Mountain Stables, we believe in the transformative power of horsemanship. Our riding camp is crafted to not only teach the art of riding but also to instill values such as responsibility, build character, and boost confidence. We take pride in creating an environment that fosters a strong sense of community, where campers forge bonds with each other and with the majestic creatures they ride.


Our program offers a diverse range of experiences on the farm, ensuring that every camper finds something they're passionate about. From basic riding skills to horse care and stable management, our expert instructors provide comprehensive lessons that cater to both beginners and experienced riders. The picturesque surroundings of Cougar Mountain Stables set the stage for unforgettable moments and memories that will last a lifetime.


Join us on this equine adventure, where laughter echoes through the stables, friendships are forged in the hay-filled barns, and the joy of riding connects generations. Cougar Mountain Stables – where dreams take the reins, and the journey is as important as the destination.

So, gear up for a summer of laughter, new friendships, and the joy of riding! Cougar Mountain Stables is where the magic happens, and we can't wait to welcome you to our barn for a summer camp that's as epic as you are! Saddle up for the best summer ever! 🌟🐴

Beginner Day Camp

Welcome to our Beginner Horse Camp at Cougar Mountain Stables – where every day is a new adventure in the world of horses! 


Monday to Thursday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, we've packed each day with excitement and hands-on experiences for our young horse enthusiasts.

Mornings kick off with the basics of horse care and grooming, getting our campers familiar and comfortable with these gentle giants. As the day unfolds, our expert instructors guide beginners through the fundamentals of riding, teaching balance, control, and the pure joy of being in the saddle.

We've crafted a well-rounded schedule that includes fun horse-themed games, engaging educational activities, and a chance to bond with new friends who share the same love for these amazing animals. Our camp is designed to build confidence in young riders, setting the foundation for a lifelong appreciation for horses.

Safety is our priority, and our experienced staff ensures a supportive and encouraging environment for every camper. Whether it's leading a horse through an obstacle course or taking the reins for the first time, each day brings a sense of accomplishment and a big smile.

Join us for a week of laughter, learning, and the magic of forging a connection with our four-legged friends. The Beginner Horse Camp at Cougar Mountain Stables is where the journey into the world of horses begins! 🐎✨

Check out what is new this year!! Very Exciting!

Mounted Subjects

  • Basic Position on the horse

  • How to increase and decrease speed

  • Proper balance on the horse

  • Steering with perfection

  • Standing in the saddle

  • Riding outside of the arena

  • Trail courses

Unmounted Subjects

  • Characteristics of the Horse

  • General Horse Care

  • Tack & Equipment

  • Farrier Science

  • Breeds & Colors

  • Herd Dynamics

  • Veterinary Basics

  • Barn Maintenance


Kids are broke up into age and experienced groups!

Groups of friends can be put together as long as everyone is willing to work at the level needed.

   Group sizes are 6 kids per class,       1 experienced lead instructor and      2 volunteers.

Camp Sessions


Monday through Thursday


9:00AM - 3:00PM

Two Optional Thursday Overnight Packages

The fun doesn't need to stop on Thursday, check out our optional overnight activities below!

We have added MORE exciting games, activities and challenges for 2024.

Horse in Stable

Summer Camp Options

Campers will ride English, Western, and even bareback! Each day is packed with hands-on activities, engaging lessons, grooming techniques and horse care!

Our overnight experience has gotten even better, we have added more activities and additional camping lodging. Check out what is new this year!

Riders will advance there skills of equine care and riding techniques. Join us for an overnight trip, trail ride and extensive arena work!

Woman riding a horse

Intermediate Day/Overnight Camp

Intermediate Day/Overnight Camp

Pack List

🌟 Intermediate Day Camp  - Young Equestrians 🌟

Welcome to the ultimate horse-lover's paradise! Our Kids Intermediate Day Camp is offering a trip to the picturesque CleElum Equestrian Park offers an unforgettable experience for young riders seeking a deeper connection with their equine companions.

Camp Highlights:

  1. Trip to CleElum Equestrian Park, massive arenas to work on our riding skills, walk, trot, canter. Trail rides and explore the beautiful park.

  2. Trail Ride Adventures: Embark on thrilling trail rides through the breathtaking landscapes surrounding CleElum. Explore scenic trails, and discover the joy of riding in nature.

  3. Arena Work: Sharpen your riding skills in the park's state-of-the-art riding arena. Dedicated instructors will guide campers through exercises to improve their trot and canter, ensuring a well-rounded equestrian experience.

  4. In-Depth Horse Care: Learn the art of horsemanship with hands-on sessions focusing on advanced horse care. Campers will delve into the intricacies of horse health, mastering techniques to measure vital signs and gaining valuable insights into wound management.

  5. Saddle Fitting Workshop: Gain a deeper understanding of the importance of a well-fitted saddle. Campers will participate in saddle fitting workshops, ensuring the comfort and well-being of their equine companions during rides.


What to Expect:

This camp goes beyond riding—it's about fostering a true partnership with these majestic animals. Our experienced and caring staff create a supportive environment where campers can build confidence, develop new skills, and forge lasting memories.

Join us for an adventure-filled journey into the world of horsemanship at Cougar Mountain Stables with a trip to the CleElum Equestrian Park, where the bond between horse and rider is celebrated, and young equestrians discover the joy of connection, responsibility, and the thrill of the ride. Saddle up for an experience of a lifetime! 🐴✨


Monday Itinerary at Cougar Mountain Stables:

  • Welcome and Check-In: 9:00 AM - 3:00PM Campers arrive at Cougar Mountain Stables, meet the camp staff, and settle in for a day of equestrian activities.

  • Introduction to Horse Basics: Campers get acquainted with their equine partners, learn about horse behavior, and receive a brief overview of the day's activities.

  • Mounted Riding Lesson: Begin the day with a riding lesson, focusing on fundamental skills and building a strong connection with the horses.

  • Lunch Break: Campers refuel, preparing for an afternoon of immersive activities.

  • Arena Work: Dive into arena exercises designed to enhance trot and canter techniques. Instructors provide personalized guidance to help riders improve their skills.

  • Introduction to Horse Care: Campers participate in a hands-on workshop covering basic horse care practices for a day trip.

  • Daily Recap and Q&A: Wind down the day with a recap, allowing campers to share their experiences and ask any questions they may have.


Tuesday Itinerary at Cougar Mountain Stables:

  • Campers learn safety skills, bandaging and go through team building skills to prepare for our CleElum Equestrian Park trip.

  • Camp, engage in a variety of activities including advance riding skills.

  • Work in the arenas to enhance trot and canter techniques, take care of the horses, bath, feed, prep for the next day.


Wednesday Itinerary - Day trip to Cle Elum Equestrian Park:

  • Pack up horses and head to the park: Learn what is needed to head out for the day with horses. Once at the park instructors provide guidance on improving riding skills.

  • Wound Management Workshop: Learn essential wound management techniques for horses.

  • Picnic Lunch: Enjoy a delicious lunch at the park.

  • Return Journey: Campers head back to Cougar Mountain Stables.

  • Pick-Up at Cougar Mountain Stables: Parents pick up campers from Cougar Mountain Stables 3:00pm.

Thursday Itinerary at Cougar Mountain Stables:

  • Morning Session:

    • Horse Vitals Practice: Campers engage in a hands-on session practicing the                                                                                       measurement of horse vitals, including heart rate, respiratory rate, and                                                                                                    temperature.

    • Lab Work - Worm Checks: Learn the importance of horse health through lab                                                                                                        work. Campers will check horses for worms, and instructors will guide them                                                                                                     on proper deworming techniques.

  • Midday:

    • Campers take a break to enjoy lunch and recharge for the afternoon.

  • Afternoon Session:

    • Microscope Work: Dive into the fascinating world of microscopes. Campers                                                                                                       use microscopes to examine samples and identify any parasites that may                                                                                                      exist, gaining a deeper understanding of equine health.

    • Riding Practice: Campers get back in the saddle for additional riding practice,                                                                                                  applying and reinforcing the skills learned throughout the week.

  • Late Afternoon:

    • Daily Recap and Q&A: Wind down the day with a recap of the activities. Campers have the opportunity to ask questions, share their experiences, and receive feedback.


Intermediate Rider Optional Thursday Overnight (extra fee - see overnight schedule)

  • Riders are welcome to stay for the regular Thursday overnight experience at Cougar Mountain Stables. They can choose to register separately for the tipi overnight and move into the barn for a night of camaraderie and additional equestrian activities. We will be caring for the horses, doing pm chores, movie in the arena, frisbee golf, volleyball, go-carts and roasting marshmallows.

Riders must be comfortable catching/leading a horse and trotting to qualify. This class is advancing equine care and building confidence to a stronger trot/canter skills.


Thursday Overnight - TWO Optional add-ons, Camp out & Riding