Tuesday and/or Thursday
Fee: $80/30 minute lesson;
$125/1 hour lesson
Jr. Pony Camp
Spring & Summer 2017:
6 campers / 3 ponies / 3 instructors
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
Fee: Additional $375/week
$475/week if only enrolled in Jr. Pony Camp
"There is a unique connection between children and animals."
Recent studies show scientific proof that children who engage with animals have significantly lower stress hormone levels thank those who don't.
As our philosophy is working with the "whole child," in this case, "the whole rider" we also believe in working with the "whole horse." In other words, we enjoy teaching about the horse with a holistic approach. Each horse has his own personality that the camper will get to know. Their relationship with the human, the interaction, feeling and reaction of the horse is part of the training. Each rider will learn how to groom, saddle and take care of the horse, in addition to riding. Most importantly, campers will discover and meet a new friend…with four legs and a tale!
About our Instructors: Our instructors have 15+ years of riding and equine experience, coupled with a minimum of 5+ years working with children of all ages. Our instructors’ wealth of knowledge and ability to work with riders of all levels creates the perfect environment.
Catherine Bowditch, Animal Educator and Riding Instructor
Catherine has over 20 years of equine experience from working as a trail guide to managing barns. She is local to the area, born and raised on Shelter Island. She grew up working on a horse farm, caring for and riding horses from a young age. Her two passions are caring for animals and working with children and finds The Green School provides the perfect match for her to educate little ones about our farm friends and provide horseback riding instruction. Catherine is also a mother to Thomas (6yrs) and Parker (8mos). She has spent over 5yrs. working with children, educating and entertaining through animal interaction and education.
Chelsea Freleng, Animal Educator and Riding Instructor
Chelsea has 15+ years of equestrian riding experience. She started riding at the age of 5. She competed in competitions all over the east end of Long Island. She continued to ride all throughout grade school, raining at local stables including Two Trees in Bridgehampton for many years. In the summer of 2011 Chelsea rescued a thoroughbred horse named Hollywood who was severely underweight and in bad condition. Chelsea cared for him throughout the summer and got him back to a healthy status and he is living happily in Tennessee with a family friend of Chelsea's. Chelsea then moved to New Hampshire where she is a senior in college, where she continues to ride. During the spring and fall she gives Western trail ride tours in the mountains of Vermont. This will be Chelsea's 6th year working at The Green School and Art Farm as a horseback riding instructor. Chelsea loves seeing how interested the campers are in learning and the connection they make with the horses throughout the summer.
Danielle Barrett, Animal Educator and Riding Instructor
Danielle has over 20 years of riding and horsemanship experience. As a child, she learned to ride and care for horses on her aunt's farm and went on to work and show with several other riding facilities in the Hamptons. She spent many years both teaching children to ride and helping to train young and rescued horses so that they could find homes. She worked with several trainers, farriers and veterinarians over the years as she loves learning about animal health, behavior and training. She has also volunteered a great deal of time to horse and other animal rescue organizations. Danielle has been an animal educator and riding instructor at The Arm Farm and The Green School for several years. She enjoys teaching children how to handle and communicate with horses and other animals safely, compassionately and effectively, and loves to see the bonds that develop between them.