Enjoy Horseback Riding At our Adirondack Camp For Boys and Girls
Horseback riding was introduced to the camp program in 1967, and remains a favorite among campers of all ages and abilities to this day. Our experienced, international riding staff brings knowledge, patience, and a love of riding to each class. Campers from both the boys’ and girls’ camps enjoy all that our horseback riding program has to offer.
Quality instruction is the key to success in equestrian pursuits. The Pok-O-MacCready program stresses a solid foundation in fundamentals, making for a confident rider who is ready to specialize in his or her chosen area, be it riding for pleasure or competition.
However, Pok-O-MacCready’s riding program is about much more than simply instruction. Our Horsemaster program gives campers the opportunity to form strong bonds with their horses, as well as teaches responsibility and teamwork.
Under the guidance of a Riding Director and full-time instructors, five daily one-hour classes are offered. Campers can choose to take riding every day or every other day. Naturally, the classes are designed to fit the rider’s level: beginner leadline; basic walk, trot and canter; posting; hunter skills; and all levels of jumping. In addition, campers practice safety, while learning about the purposes and application of riding equipment: the saddle, stirrups, reigns, bit and crop.
As the summer at camp progresses, campers are assured improvement, and are able to advance from one level to the next. Many of our most experienced riders return year after year, and continue to hone their riding skills while enjoying everything else camp has to offer.
- 3 barns, containing 20 stalls
- Over a dozen horses
- 7 Instructors
- A hayloft located on the second floor of the tack barn
- Additional stables located on a wing of the tack barn
- Instructional riding ring
- 4 fenced-in rings with jumping courses
- 4 trailers equipped to transport horses to area HORSE SHOWS
- 5 paddocks
- Day trip to the Lake Placid Horse show to watch advanced riders
While the shows present the ultimate challenge to riders, they are also designed to encourage fun and participation. Classes of all levels are offered and every rider leaves with a ribbon.
The equestrian summer is punctuated by two “MacCready Horse Shows,” in which campers and outside entrants compete in front of a crowd of very enthusiastic friends and visiting family. Horse shows are not just about competition: they also provide campers with the opportunity to concentrate on a goal, as well as visit new places and meet new people.
This unique and highly successful program gives campers the opportunity to develop a strong bond with their horses throughout the summer. Horsemasters wake up early and, with the help of the riding staff, feed, groom, and muck for their horses before heading to breakfast themselves.
The program gives another dimension to the riding program by teaching campers about all aspects of horse care. Each horse is the responsibility of the same camper or set of partners for the whole summer, and the campers do their jobs each morning and evening thoroughly and with pride; it is a very rewarding experience for campers and staff alike.
Other Riding Events
Each year, campers visit the “I Love New York” show in Lake Placid, one of the nation’s largest professional Grand Prix events. Campers spend the day watching top level competitors and being with their riding friends.
In the past, field trips have been taken to the race track in Saratoga as well as the National Equestrian Hall of Fame.