Our Featured Junior Riders of the Month for August are....all of our junior beginner summer campers!  

Bud, our gentle giant, with one of our smallest campers! 

Bud, our gentle giant, with one of our smallest campers! 

Today marks the last day of the Lancer junior summer camp! It is hard to believe that we have had six weeks of summer camp and hosted over eighty beginner riders aged 8-12! It has been wonderful to see many campers return for another year and we have enjoyed welcoming our new riders to Lancers!  

In each week of camp, our campers learned about grooming, how to tack up a horse, and rode twice a day. While learning the important basics about riding, there were horse-themed activities too. There was a scavenger hunt to find horses with different colours and markings and campers even learn how to muck out a stall! Most days were capped off with the great Lancer camp tradition of playing "Capture the Brush" (a take on Capture the Flag) in the indoor arena. The game is always a big camp favourite.  

Thursdays was always a special day because riders learned how to vault on Inga (the best vaulting horse ever)! They got to stand up, trot backwards, do around the world and even tried scissor kicks (the results were very impressive)!  

Learning how to steer with follow the leader!  

Learning how to steer with follow the leader!  

Look at those vaulting skills! 

Look at those vaulting skills! 

Look ma', no hands! 

Look ma', no hands! 

This year, the third week of camp got an extra special treat of going over to Garrison Grounds to watch the Lancers perform their Musical Ride as the opening act for the RCMP Musical Ride! In all weeks, our Lancer campers got to try their hat at some Musical Ride drills like the Banana Split! 

The campers' smiles and positive feedback we received from parents suggests that this summer camp session has been another success. Our campers have been so fortunate to have Alex as their camp instructor and Claire and Caroline as their camp assistants - all accomplished riders and hardworking individuals who took fantastic care of our Lancer campers.  

We thank all of our eighty campers and their families for choosing the Lancer summer riding camp. This month's feature is for you! We are always pleased to open our doors and share our love of horses with the Halifax community. See you again soon, at our March Break beginner riding camp!  

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