Choose between Two Options
- $165 for one-week kids’ horseback riding camp (up to a $350 value)
- $329 for one-week of kids’ horseback riding camp for two (up to a $700 value)
Camp operates from 9:30am to 2:00pm, campers must provide a packed lunch. Must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes. Camp times run from 9:00am - 2:00pm from July 7th - 11th, July 14th - 18th, July 21st - 25th, July 28th - August 1st , August 4th - 8th, and August 11th - 15th.
English Horseback Riding: From Cavalry to Country Club
Horseback-riding lessons can focus on the English style. Read on to learn more about the style’s unique qualities and history.
Though practiced in competition and for pleasure all over the world today, English-style horseback riding originates with the traditions of the European military cavalry. As such, english riders tend to ride horses that are larger than their American counterparts (who mostly practice a style known as Western riding) and trained to be much more obedient—invaluable traits on the battlefield and in the competition arena. Riders traditionally don a hunting cap or helmet, a fitted jacket, breeches, and tall boots before clambering into the saddle—built smaller and lighter than Western saddles to give the horse more freedom of movement and closer contact with the person. Textbook english equestrians sit tall and straight, directly keeping firm control of the horse with the reins. English riders also “post the trot,” rising from the saddle slightly to avoid the gait’s often uncomfortable bounces.
The English style appears on the world stage in both judged and nonjudged competition. Depending on the event, riders negotiate a series of balletic movements or obstacles while judges assess the horse’s obedience, responsiveness to the rider’s cues, and agility—attributes that complement the sport’s time-honored emphasis on elegance and decorum. Nonjudged sports include classic horse racing and polo, which uses english tacking and features some elements of the style
Sugar Magnolia Farm
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Brands Used: We believe in safe, sound, and healthy horses
Pro Tip: Our farm believes in treating each customer as an individual to make every experience memorable
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
“Fun time for the two of us. Private”
Sugar Magnolia Farm
111 Crane Hill Road
Mansfield, CT 06250