After much discussion and careful consideration, Wesley Clover Parks has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 summer camps. We understand that this is likely not the news that our campers were hoping for, but given the circumstances that we all find ourselves in during this pandemic our team feels strongly that, at this time and always, the safety of our campers, team members, and horses must remain our priority.
If you and your family are looking for something horsey to do this summer, we encourage you to take advantage of the online learning resources activities available here. We hope to have you back on-site and in the saddle soon, as we all continue to adjust to our new normal. Thank you for your understanding!
The Ian Millar School of Horsemanship offers riding day camps throughout the year including PD Days, March Break and over the summer holidays. Day camp with the Ian Millar School of Horsemanship is a great way to introduce your child to horseback riding and feed their love of animals in a fun and safe environment!
Our camp day starts at 9:00AM, camper drop-off begins at 8:30AM. Our day wraps up at 4:00PM with camper pick-up ending at 4:30PM. Campers stay occupied with a wide range of activities throughout the week, including games, crafts, outdoor play, equine theory, hands on learning, and of course horseback riding lessons! The ratio of campers to counsellors is five to one.
Beginner Summer Day Camps:
Minimum age: 7 years old
These day camps are designed for children with little to no horseback riding experience. Campers stay occupied with a wide range of activities throughout the week, including games, crafts, outdoor play, equine theory, hands on learning and horseback riding lessons!
Show Summer Day Camps:
Minimum age: 10 years old
Riding level: Campers are required to be able to jump a short 18″ course at the canter. Show experience, or plans to show, are not required.
These day camps are open to children and adults who are already partaking in regular lessons. In addition to riding lessons, campers will learn important skills to get them ready for competition, and have the opportunity to learn from show officials at the Ottawa Equestrian Tournaments!
Getting Ready for Camp:
We want to make sure that everyone is prepared for a fun filled week, so here are a few reminders:
- Please bring or wear appropriate riding apparel: A boot with a heel for safety purposes – no fashion boots please. Slim leg pants, like leggings – no jeans, capris, or shorts please. We will supply helmets for riders who do not have their own.
- We are a nut aware facility. We often have campers that have serious nut allergies, so please avoid lunch foods with any sort of nut.
At Wesley Clover Parks safety is always first. We are committed to the safety of our campers, horses, and team. We will adapt camp activities in order to mitigate any safety concerns (i.e. weather, power outages, etc.). We appreciate your understanding!
- Read Ontario Equestrian’s Guide for New Riders here.
- Download the 2017 OEF Concussion Policy and Return to Play Guidelines here.
Ticks are most often-found in forests and wooded areas but they can also live in shrubs, tall grass and leaves. By taking precautions you can enjoy the great outdoors! Visit http://www.ottawapublichealth.ca/en/public-health-topics/lyme-disease.aspx for more information about ticks and preventing Lyme disease.