Summer Horse Camps

Summer Horse Camps

At Bear Creek Stables, we offer horse riding camps throughout the summer. This year, our summer horse camps start on June 15, 2020 and run through the week of August 10. If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to call us at 408-872-8238.

Our 2020 Horse Riding Summer Camp Programs

Each camp is Monday through Friday. Each camp can accommodate up to 12 campers per week. We offer small groups with a high staff to camper ratio to maximize our campers’ fun and safety.

Wild West Camp: Ages 5 to 8

Wild West camp is all about our younger campers! These camps are best for children between the ages of five and eight.

Wild West Camp includes:

  • Time with the horses every day of camp
  • Riding once or twice throughout the week
  • Cart rides with our sweet miniature horse, Chewbacca
  • Play time with our friendly goats
  • Arts and crafts

Wild West Camp Time and Rates

  • Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Before and after care is available by pre-arrangement
  • $400 for the week

Horse Camp: Ages 8+

Horse camp is for kids ages eight and older, and it is very horse-centered. Each camper is assigned a horse for the week, and that is who they ride each day. We find that this develops a greater rapport between horse and camper!

Our campers ride every day of the week. Our professional trainers work with our campers to learn how to communicate and build trust with their horses. Campers also get to watch a farrier shoe horses. It is all about learning everything that would be a part of owning your own horse.

During horse camp, our summer camp kids learn:

  • Basic horse anatomy
  • Grooming (they will bathe the horses too!)
  • Saddling
  • Riding

In addition to riding and horse care, our campers will also have fun:

  • Going on nature hikes
  • Doing arts and crafts
  • Playing with our friendly goats

We are located in the beautiful Los Gatos mountains, and the stable is surrounded by 100-year-old oak trees. The trails that we hike are among the most beautiful around.

Horse Camp Time and Rates

  • Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
  • Before and after care is available by pre-arrangement
  • $700 for the week

US Pony Club

Bear Creek Stables is a Pony Club riding center. This means that we have partnered with Pony Club to provide their curriculum and program. Pony Club is about safety, sportsmanship, stewardship and fun.

Members wishing to become members of Pony Club may join through our summer camps. Members will complete their D rating on Friday during camp. If you have questions about Pony Club, we are happy to talk to you about it!

Here’s a picture of our float in the Los Gatos holiday parade

Summer camp is exhausting!!!

Snickerdoodle all dressed up for a horse show!

Our Summer Camp Horses

Our summer camp horses are selected for their unique ability to interact with children. They are patient with beginners and they enjoy their job!!!

Snickerdoodle

Snickerdoodle is a male Welsh/Thoroughbred cross, about 20 years old. He is a been there, done that horse. Snickerdoodle has started many beginners on their riding careers. He is also credited for taking more advanced students up through the ranks in pony club. He has been taken to horse shows and has done well.

Rafiki

Rafiki

Rafiki has developed a reputation for being our gentle giant.  Standing 17 hands, this thoroughbred has raced and has shown successfully in dressage shows.  More recently, he went through the entire sheriff’s department’s training program where he learned to walk in parades and stand still and quietly in large crowds of people.

Roxy

Roxy is the newest addition to our summer horse riding camp. A large pony, Roxy has a past career working with autistic kids. She’s kind, gentle, and patient with everyone.  She retired from her first career as a pony jumper, however, still enjoys teaching kids the joy of jumping!! Her favorite pastime is to stick out her tongue and have the people surrounding her pull it.

Brooke

Brooke is a quarter horse who loves kids!!  She is happiest when she is working with kids. Ridden by two-year-olds as well as adults, this beautiful dark bay quarter horse is extremely versatile!!!

Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a dark chestnut quarter horse, rescued some years back by her previous owner.  Nutmeg loves being decorated by kids for horse shows. She stands quietly while they braid her mane and tail and while they put stickers all over her body. She walks gently with the little ones to be sure to not lose those decorations!!!

Call Us About Our Summer Horse Camp Programs

Our horse camps teach basic horse care and include riding lessons, interactions with horses and fun and games. We also offer horseback riding lessons throughout the year.

Please reach out to us at 408-872-8238 if you have any questions! We hope to see you soon!

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Our Stable

We cater to all ages with kids camps to solo horse leasing

Bear Creek Stables is a historic ranch with over 100 years of use

We are in a prime location to offer riding to bay area residents

Welcome to
Bear Creek Stables

Located in the Los Gatos hills, Bear Creek Stables provides a family-friendly environment for boarding your horse. A working stable since the 1930s, Bear Creek offers paddocks and pasture facilities. We have one large arena, a smaller arena, a round pen, and extensive trails.

Situated in the Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve, Bear Creek Stables gives riders access to miles of scenic trails through oak and redwood forests.