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Equestrian Academic Camp

Equestrian instructors atop horses

WWU Equestrian Academic Camp offers serious equestrians ages 15-18 a unique and rigorous experience. Students with established riding proficiency in hunter-jumper, saddle seat, western or dressage will learn and practice ground training techniques and experience a variety of horses to hone their riding skills. The academic track that accompanies the hands-on learning in our state-of-the-art equestrian complex includes classroom instruction in equine first aid, equine competition and an introduction to teaching riding. Your days will wrap up with an equestrian film series and faculty-facilitated discussion that compliments the riding, training and classroom skills learned during camp. The Equestrian Academic Camp experience is ideal for high school students who are interested in pursuing a career in the horse industry.

The 2021 session of the Equestrian Academic Camp has been canceled.
The dates for the 2022 Camp sessions will be posted to this site as soon as they are available.

Riding Proficiency Requirement:

In order to provide a rigorous experience for participants and to best utilize the talent of the University-owned horses, we require the same level of riding proficiency that we require of our undergraduate students. Camp applicants must submit video with their application demonstrating their ability to mount (you may use a mounting block), walk, trot or jog, canter or lope and dismount. Professors are looking for applicants who can demonstrate a balanced seat, independent hands and the ability to control and guide an intermediate level show horse in a group setting.

Academic Instruction:

In addition to instruction in ground training techniques and riding, participants will have classroom-based instruction in a variety of topics such as horse health, teaching riding and competition theory. WWU equestrian professors will teach the classroom sections of camp offering participants the opportunity to learn from recognized, industry experts in a variety of equine-related fields. Our nightly film series features instructional content in training, riding and horse management from the masters in the industry.

Sample Weekly Schedule:

Time Monday - Thursday
8:30 - 10:30 Applied Groundwork
11:00 - 12:30 Equine Lecture Class
12:30 - 1:15 Lunch
2:30 - 4:00 Applied Riding
4:30 - 5:30 Rotating class - Equestrian Topic
(Intro to Teaching on Tuesday)
5:30 - 6:15 Dinner
6:30 - 8:30 Equestrian Film Series or Applied Workshop

How much does it cost?

Total cost - $1000. Application submission does not guarantee a spot in the academic camp. Review of completed applications (video and questions, application fee) begins March 1st and invitations to attend will be sent March 15th. Applicants will have until April 1st to secure their spot by submitting their accepted invitation and a $150.00 non-refundable deposit. Payment of camp fees may be made online or by check mailed to the address found on the application form. The first payment of remaining camp fees is due May 1st ($400.00) and final payment of $400.00 June 1st. Further payment details will be included in your acceptance letter.

How do I sign up?

A PDF application form will be available on this page when registration opens. Download this application form and return through email or regular mail. Review of applications begins March 1st with invitations to attend finalized by March 15th. Our equestrian experience will offer Saddle Seat, Hunter Jumper, Dressage and Western tracks. We have limited openings (8 in each discipline) and expect that the camp will fill quickly. Once you receive an invitation to attend, you will be required to pay a deposit to secure your spot. Payment information and deadlines can be found on the application. We will wait list applicants if requested.