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Heartland Therapeutic Riding Camp

Heartland Therapeutic Riding Camp

Day Camp | Specialty Camp

Heartland Therapeutic Riding All-Abilities Horsemanship Camp is a week-long camping experience for children ages 8-13 who have disabilities and their able-bodied, more typically developing peers. The campers are divided into groups allowing them to rotate through the following stations and experiences; Crafts, Learning/Games, Barn Time, and Riding. The campers are exposed to many aspects of horsemanship which can include nutrition, health and wellness, riding tack and maintenance, riding skills, grooming and horse care, etc.

Our campers learn all aspects of horsemanship in an environment that accounts for physical, cognitive, and emotional challenges. Instructors set goals with each camper at the beginning of the week with regard to riding skills they want to learn. Horsemanship skills are taught and tested through games, crafts, and other activities. We see changes in behavior, self-confidence, as well as, improvement in riding skills and horsemanship knowledge.

One young rider had the opportunity to go to the opening of one of the Royals’ special needs ballparks but was upset he had to miss camp to go!

One parent said camp was a life-changing experience for her young rider who has significant physical challenges.

Testimonials

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“As we expected camp has been WONDERFUL. The genuine smile on (my daughter’s) face in the pictures I took at drop off and the ones the counselors are sending me are testament to what an amazing thing you are doing. Thank you so very, very much! ”

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“I can see what other kids have gone through and how they survived. It helps me get through & conquer. We are all survivors. That’s a gift.”

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“When I'm at camp, I feel like a normal kid. Some kids don't get to go outside because our parents are just working too much and too hard. At home, I'm just watching movies all day. I don't want to get too old to come to Wildwood.”

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“Without the support of Camps for Kids and the matching fund, CHD Families would be unable to provide a free medically supervised summer camp for kids with Congenital Heart Defects.”

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“I look back on the struggle of my childhood and one of the most important and best childhood memories I have include the time spent at camp with the amazing men and women who treated me like I was normal despite my struggle”

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