Year-Round Horseback Riding

Year-Round Horseback Riding at Camp Cullen

Saddle up and ride all year long at YMCA Camp Cullen! From beginner to expert, we offer many opportunities for riders of all ages to spend time with our herd and enjoy our state-of-the-art equestrian center.

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Trail and Arena Riding

  • Ages: 4 and up
  • Dates: Select Saturdays and Sundays
  • Trail Rides – 1 hour, Arena Rides: 30-minutes

Trail Riding: 1-hour 

Enjoy a walking pace ride through the shady piney woods led by our capable equestrian staff. Riders ages 7 and up will receive some instruction in the arena beforehand and must be capable of steering their own horse before leaving the arena. Riders ages 4-6, leadline riders, will ride on their own horse which will be led by a staff member. *A parent/guardian must also book a trail ride on their own horse along with a leadline rider. Children that are too young to ride can still participate in fun activities around the barn! They can groom a horse, feed them treats and visit our petting zoo while others are on the trail. *A parent/guardian must remain to supervise.

Arena Riding: 30 minutes

After some instruction from staff, riders will freely enjoy the covered arena space with potential for a game led by our staff, if desired. Riders may trot if staff determine they are balanced and in control of their horse. Riders ages 4-6 will be led by a staff member and ages 7+ will steer their own horse.If a member of your family needs an accommodation in order to ride, please let us know ahead of time and we will be happy to help.

  • There is no double riding at Camp Cullen- each rider must be mounted on their own horse.
  • All riders are required to wear long pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes with a smooth sole.
  • All riders will be required to wear a camp provided helmet while mounted.
  • The weight restriction for horseback riding is 250lbs.
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Riding Clubs and Lessons

  • Ages: All ages
  • Dates: Offered in the spring and fall only
  • Click Register for specific dates, ages and riding levels
  • Cost: $80-150 per package of 4-6 sessions

Riding clubs are focused on safe, recreational riding either in the arena or on the trail and learning through fun games and activities under the supervision of a trained riding instructor. Clubs are participant focused and do not have a rigidly structured curriculum. Any rider can participate at their appropriate level multiple times until he or she has the necessary skills to advance. We offer clubs for ages 7-12, 13-17 as well as college students, adults, and parents with younger children. All riders are required to wear a camp-provided helmet, long pants and sturdy closed-toe shoes with a smooth sole.

Youth Riding Club

At riding club, kids ages 7-12 will learn to ride and enjoy horses safely with the supervision of a trained riding instructor. Each week they will groom and tack up their own horse and enjoy activities of their choosing such as mounted games and trail rides. This program is appropriate for beginner riders who have never ridden a horse through intermediate riders who can confidently control their horse and have some experience at the trot and canter. This program is sold as a package of 6 sessions that follows a set schedule.

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Teen Riding Club

At riding club, teens ages 13-17 will learn to ride and enjoy horses safely with the supervision of a trained riding instructor. Each week they will catch, groom and tack up their own horse and enjoy activities of their choosing such as mounted games and trail rides as well as receive instruction on refining their skills through patterns and exercises. Club members may choose their own horse at their ability level with instructor approval and may change horses to learn new skills. This program is appropriate for beginner riders who have never ridden a horse through intermediate riders who can confidently control their horse and have some experience at the trot and canter. This program is sold as a package of 6 sessions that follows a set schedule.

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boy riding a horse with another girl on horse watching

Adult Trail Club

Saddle up and learn how to ride or revive an old passion at Trail Club! Under the supervision of a trained riding instructor, adults 18 years and older can explore our 250-acre property safely on the back of an experienced horse. Each week, the group will catch and saddle the horses and enjoy an hour of trail riding. Though the main focus of this club will be on recreational trail riding, there may also be occasional opportunities for trotting and cantering in the arena as requested. This program is sold as a package of 6 sessions that follows a set schedule.

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Little Wranglers

This class is designed for parents or grandparents with small children to introduce the family to a love of horses. One or two adults can attend with multiple children ages 0-6. There will be opportunities for children ages 0-3 to pet and groom the horses and learn about horses through activities. Children ages 4-6 will also have opportunities to take turns being led on horseback in the arena by one of our staff (10-15 minutes of riding time per child). Parents will not ride during this class. We do not allow double-riding for safety reasons. Purchase a package of 4 sessions (package price is per family, not per child) to use when it works for your family’s schedule. Typical times are Thursday mornings from 10-11am and select Saturdays from 3:15-4pm.

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College Open Riding

Open Riding is for college students who had to leave their horse at home or can’t afford to keep a horse of their own. We can teach you horsemanship skills if you are a beginner or just keep an eye out to make sure you are doing things safely. The club will decide what to do- whether that’s trail riding, competing in relay races, or simply enjoying the time to ride freely in the arena. Purchase a package of 4 sessions to use during any open riding times which typically occur on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-7 pm.

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Don’t miss out!

Book your spot today!

Registration for Summer 2022 at YMCA Camp Cullen is now available! We have kids coming back year after year and can’t wait to welcome YOUR camper this summer – see you there!

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