Equine Center at Colorado State University Offers Youth Horsemanship Camps and Clinic

The Colorado State University Pickett Equine Center is offering three opportunities for young horse lovers to learn more about equine sciences and horses. These opportunities, for riders 10 to 15 years old, include overnight horsemanship camps in Fort Collins and a three-day intensive horsemanship clinic at the Garfield County Fairgrounds in Rifle.

"These events are excellent for young riders to learn more about themselves, their horse and the horse industry," said David Denniston, Colorado State Cooperative Extension equine specialist.

Two six-day camps will be held June 6 through June 11 and June 13 through June 18 at the Equine Center, 701 S. Overland Trail Road in Fort Collins. At the camps, riders will participate in two lessons each day and will hear lectures on horse safety, equipment, nutrition and anatomy. Activities are designed to introduce campers to many aspects of horses and horsemanship. The camp enables riders to experience Colorado State’s Equine Center facilities and learn more about the degree program. Cost for the horsemanship camp is $500 and includes tuition, housing, activities and meals. Registration deadline is May 1. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to 40 participants per week.

The three-day horsemanship clinic in Rifle will be July 5 through July 8 and includes two lessons per day covering equitation, trail obstacles and showmanship. Lectures will cover general horse care, nutrition, behavior and reproduction. The three-day clinic is $200. Registration deadline is May 21, and a minimum of 25 participants is needed.  

For online registration or a printable registration form, visit www.csuequine.com and click on the youth camp link or call the Colorado State Equine Center at 970-491-8373.

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