Before man learned to ride horses, Western films ended with cowboys jogging into the sunset. Saddle up with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $30 for one day of horseback-riding day camp for one child of preschool age (a $100 value)
- $50 for one day of horseback-riding day camp for two children of preschool age (a $200 value)
- $45 for one day of horseback-riding day camp for one child of elementary school age (a $125 value)
- $80 for one day of horseback-riding day camp for two children of elementary school age (a $250 value)
Preschool camp is valid for children aged 3–6, and elementary school camp is valid for children aged 6–11. Day camps acquaint kids with the art of horsemanship in a safe environment with class sizes ranging from 25 to 35 students. In addition to basic riding skills, students learn how to care for and feed horses by spending time with trained ponies bred for the show ring. Students must provide their own safety-approved helmet.
Many little girls beg their fathers for ponies, but only a few fathers succumb to those puppy-eyed petitions. Pam Piddocke was lucky enough to had one of those dads. After getting her first pony at age 5, her riding skills developed quickly—so fast, in fact, that she began earning money teaching lessons as a teenager and was able to put herself through nursing school. Though she spent several years as a registered nurse, her lifelong passion for horses remained, convincing her to start teaching riding lessons again and to open Evergreen Stables.
Since starting her business in 1999, Pam has become an Equine Canada–certified coach whose 25-plus years of teaching riding helps youngsters learn everything from riding techniques to equine anatomy. During lessons, students ride atop one of Evergreen Stables' 10 trained horses and ponies, most of which were born on the property and bred for the show ring. Bordered by a 3/4-mile fenced riding trail, the property's 20 acres also house 18 temperature-controlled stalls, an old-style Western barn, and a large outdoor arena.