Ages: 8 - 14 yrs (some 7.5 yr. olds with a minimum of 1 year of riding lesson experience
may be accepted at our discretion after an evaulation lesson)
Times: Half Day 9:00 - 12:00
Full Day 9:00 - 3:30
Cost: Half Day
Session Half Day Full Day ession Weeks: Half Day Full Day
After Care now available 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Click here for information and Sign Up.
Camp Program Information
Daily riding lessons will teach your child solid basic riding skills. Campers with more experience will continue to build on that foundation. Campers will learn grooming and saddling on their own horse and will also have fun bathing and braiding them. SAFETY on the ground and when mounted is strongly emphasized. Our experienced instructors, many of whom are CHA certified, along with assitants, will help your child learn all about horses. Games on horseback, trail rides, bareback riding and beginning vaulting are offered weekly. Our staff to student ratio is 1 to 5 for all riding activities.
Full Day campers will have an additional afternoon riding lesson, trail riding, arts & crafts and "horse play". They also will have time in our petting zoo.
Lunch is held from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. There is a snack bar onsite where campers can purchase lunch items, drinks and snacks. We also have a vending machine available.
In the Red Barn clubhouse campers each have a cubbie to store their belongings. They can also work on arts and crafts, watch a horse video and cool off after riding.
At the end of each week we hold a "Horse Show" complete with awards for all. The show is held on Fridays from 11:15 to 12:00 for both Half and Full day Campers. They will decorate their horse and enjoy showing you what they have learned and done that week. So bring your family and friends to see what your child has been learning for the week. There will be plenty of photo ops. Full day camp continues after the horse show.
If the camp session you wish to enroll in is full, you can be put on a wait list by emailing the office with your contact information, your childs name, age and the week(s) you want to be wait listed for.
What to Wear & What to Bring
Camp Essentials for Safety and Comfort
Half Day Campers need to bring a light snack and water bottle. Bring an extra pair of socks for vaulting.
Full Day Campers need to bring a snack, a packed lunch & water bottle. A change of clothes if you want, on warm days we may get
wet! Bring an extra pair of socks for vaulting.
Snack Bar Campers may bring money to purchase items in the snack bar. Lunch items are available as well as drinks and treats.
Please send a snack and water bottle at a minimum with your child each day even if using the snack bar. The snack bar is only open
during lunch and is not available in the morning session.
Campers should wear: Socks, Long Pants without any "bling" which can scratch the saddle, Applied sunscreen, Riding Helmet,
Riding type boots.
Riding helmets and boots are available for loan at no charge. Non-equestrian helmets and hiking boots are not permitted. If you are concerned about sharing helmets, you may purchase one for $45.
To purchase a helmet click here Helmet Order Form. Fill out the form and include it with your camp registration.
To Sign Up
Click here for the Camp Registration packet.
The packet contains: Camper Information Form, Summer Camp Registration Form and Signature Page of the Release Form.
Fill out and sign all the forms fully, include payment by check, cash, Visa, Mastercard or debit card.
If you are paying by check: mail* or drop off to: Morning Star Farm
885 Sutro Ave.
Novato, Ca. 94947
*(We highly recommend that you do not mail your forms as the session can fill by the time your forms arrive.)
Payment must be included with your forms in order to hold a space.
If you are paying by credit card you may scan and email forms to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax your forms to 415-897-8306
You may also drop the forms off at the Morning Star Farm office. Please use the mail slot located by the office door.
Confirmation: You will receive a confirmation call or email once we receive your registration forms and payment. Please do not assume your child is enrolled until you recieve a phone call or email from us. This is the only confirmation you will receive from us. We do not send out any confirmation packet, all the info. you will need can be found on this web site.
Cancellations & Refunds
Refunds - less $50 booking fee for all cancellations up to April 1st. Thereafter No Refunds will be given unless the
space can be filled from our waiting list, then the above rule applies.
Substitutions - After you receive confirmation, you have 48 hours to make any changes to the camp date or to substitute a camper. After this time a $50 fee is required for any substitutions of camper or changes to camp date. (subject to availability).
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much time will my child spend on horseback?
A: Typically, Full Day Campers spend 3 or more hours a day on horseback, while Half Day Campers will spend about half that time mounted.
Q: What types of mounted activities will my child be involved in?
A: We have daily riding lessons (2 daily lessons for Full Day campers) plus we play games on horseback and lunge each camper individually to work on riding skills. We also have bareback riding time, vaulting and a trail ride.
Q: What are Lunging and Vaulting?
A: Lunging is where the instructor has the mounted student on a long line. This line is held by the instructor so she may control the horse on a large circle. Campers may then freely do a variety of exercises on horseback while getting individual attention.
Vaulting is gymnastics on horseback. It is used to stengthen and build rider balance and confidence while having fun. The horse is controlled by the instructor on the lunge line.
Q: What is your camper to staff ratio?
A: 5 Campers to 1 staff member for all mounted activities.
Q: Does Full Day camp continue after the horse show on Friday?
A: Yes it does
Q: What is the difference between Half and Full camp sessions?
A: The campers that stay all day will have an additional afternoon riding session followed by a choice of activites. Here are some examples: Finger painting a live horse and then bathing her. Learning to braid manes and tails, caring for and playing with the petting zoo animals, arts and crafts including how to draw horses - of course!
Q: Do you accept credit and or debitcards?
A: Yes we accept Visa, Mastercard and debit cards.