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Passion for Horses Only Requirement for Equestrian Camp, June 21-27, 2009, at U of M, Crookston
April 30, 2009

What: Equestrian Camp

When: June 21-27, 2009

Contact: ADawn Melbye, instructor, Agriculture Department, 218-281-8125 (; Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 (

A passion for horses is the only requirement needed for high school students to attend the University of Minnesota Equestrian Camp to be held June 21-27, 2009. Beginning riding campers will learn about the basics of riding at this hands-on camp and no riding experience is necessary to attend.  Advanced riders will be challenged and will advance their equine skills. Registration for the camp is $550 before May 10 and $600 after that date. For information, contact ADawn Melbye in the Agriculture Department at 218-281-8125 (

The fee for the camp is due at the time of registration and covers room, board, and all activities. All activities are designed to be educational, interactive, and a great introduction to the equestrian industry. Campers will live in a residential hall on the U of M, Crookston campus.

Each day begins with stall cleaning and grooming and is divided into morning and afternoon sessions. The schedule for the week includes:

Sunday, June 21 – Check in and pizza party.

Monday, June 22 – Activities in the morning include a barn tour, horse safety, grooming, and stall cleaning. Each rider will be assigned a horse to take care of during the week of camp. In the afternoon riders assigned to two groups will learn such things as saddling, steering, and basic horsemanship to grooming, braiding, and lunging.

Tuesday, June 23 – The second day of camp, the riders will learn the anatomy of the horse, and lunging, showmanship, and leading.

Wednesday, June 24 – Showmanship, leading and learning more about the breeds and markings of the horse will be the focus for the day.

Thursday, June 25 – Costume making and horse nutrition will be part of the day’s activities along with riding.

Friday, June 26 – Campers will experience bareback and riding hunt, along with trail riding and practicing showmanship.

Saturday, June 27 – A mini horse show will close out the week, and an award will be given for Stall Horsemanship.

Campers will need to wear appropriate foot gear, long jeans for riding, and a helmet. All participants will need to provide insurance and health information.

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