Horses are some of the most perceptive animals, as evidenced by the saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t explain his intimate knowledge of your childhood fears.” Tap into equine insight with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $75 for a 60-minute group horseback-riding lesson for up to four aged 12 and older (a $160 value)
- $125 for a five-day horseback-riding summer camp for one child aged 5–15 (a $250 value). Camps are held Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. the weeks of June 11, 18, and 25 and July 9.<p>
Under the guidance of seasoned trainer Cynthia Cooke, riders of all skill levels work their way up from a walk to a trot with saddle-seat, hunt-seat, and western techniques at lessons. During summer camp, also helmed by Cynthia, kids learn all about horse care, including washing, grooming, and equine nutrition. They also hop aboard steeds for daily riding instruction tailored to their aptitude. On Thursday, campers get the chance to bathe horses from mane to tail, culminating in a fun water fight against staffers. Children should bring their own lunch each day, along with the supplies listed here. <p>
One hundred acres of scenic meadows and forested trails wind around the perimeter of Wildwynn Stables, which features a 5,184-square-foot boarding barn, a 220'x180' arena of jumps and obstacles, a 60-foot wooden ring, and a 100'x80' paneled training pen. Owned by a family boasting three decades of experience with equines, the stables board steeds in comfy 12'x12' stalls. Cynthia Cooke, 2010 East Coast Open Show Circuit Trainer/Instructor of the year, lays the foundation for showmanship competitions in private and group lessons. At weeklong summer camps, Cynthia will be joined by instructor Meghan Figtermans from New York to demonstrate their expertise during daily riding sessions. They will teach kids riding safety and how to care for their own steed, which covers grooming and braiding carrots into their manes for later.