Each summer camp session runs Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM each day. Campers should be dropped off by 9:00 AM and must be picked up by 4:30 PM. Price for camp is $370 per session.  We offer an early enrollment discount of $20 if you sign up before May 1st, so get your signups in fast!

Registration OPEN!

To begin your Summer Camp registration, please call 530-756-2042 or email to pre-register***.  Then, to complete your registration download and complete our Camp Registration Form 2017 and mail it, along with a deposit of $100 per session to: 35270 County Road 31, Davis, CA 95616-9430.  When we receive you deposit, you will receive an email conformation, so please call if you do not receive this.

***We do request that all students pre-register prior to sending in their registration form.  This allows us to ensure availability of the requested weeks, and to evaluate the riding levels of students prior to registration.  It is important for students riding development that they are signed up for an appropriate level of camp, as students in camps above their comfort level can quickly lose confidence.  Please read the riding level descriptions carefully and discuss and questions relating to your student’s riding level with us at pre-registration.  We will try to accommodate registrations sent in without pre-registration, but can not guarantee your student will be placed in the requested level or week unless we receive pre-registration.

Camp students labeling the parts of the horse.

Camp Riding Level Descriptions

Beginners Camp
For kids who are new riding or have ridden only occasionally. They will learn to groom their horse, tack up, and to ride at the walk and trot. They will also learn to bathe their horse, the parts of the horse, colors, markings, and about English and western tack and how it’s used and maintained. They will also learn about the basic needs of their horse including feed, foot care, and vet care.

Advanced Beginners Camp

For kids who have ridden before and are not fearful. Students must have tried trotting and want to do more.  They will continue to learn care of the horse and to ride at the walk, trot, and perhaps some cantering or loping. They will learn all the things taught in the beginners class as well as cost of horse ownership and ways to ride and be with horses without owning a horse.

Low Intermediate Camp
For kids who trot well and know their diagonals. Students must be able to trot a figure 8 pattern and should have tried a lope or canter and want to do more.  The students will be working on trotting pole courses, small jumps, and trail obstacles and good control at the lope or canter. They will also continue to build on their horse knowledge by learning about the conformation of the horse and what can happen when the parts don’t go together right. They learn that some horses have limitations, but can have a happy life if we respect that. They will also learn about types of shoes and why some horses need different shoes or others don’t need any. The students will also learn about basic first aid and how to bandage a horse and much more.  For some fun, we will be learning a little about how to throw a rope.

Advanced Intermediate Camp
For kids who are riding regularly and can trot and canter patterns well. Students must ride over obstacles and have good speed control at the trot and canter.  We will be working on good balance and control over jumps and obstacles and riding at shows. The students will also learn about horse lameness and how to select a horse that should be sound for the type of riding they would like to do. They will also learn about how to keep a horse fit and presentable for competition or strenuous riding. The students will also learn about horse careers and hobbies that they might enjoy such as search and rescue, equine rehabilitation, and others.  They will also try to rope a fake calf.

Counselor in Training

This program is designed for older youths age 12 and over, who are experienced riders. This program provides students with an opportunity to develop their leadership skills. CITs will assist counselors with grooming, saddling, as well as helping with lessons and trail rides. CITs will also work on improving their own horsemanship skills in a daily semi-private riding lesson.  This program is a great way for young riders to increase their horsemanship experience and confidence as well as learning valuable skills in working with young student riders.  To be eligible for the CIT program, students must be at least 12 years of age and have completed the highest level of camp offered in the week they are attending, or have equivalent experience and specific approval of PTR.  


What to Bring to Camp

  • Long pants – no shorts or capri’s! These are uncomfortable for the student to ride in.
  • Socks
  • Water Bottle
  • Packed lunch
  • Filled out copy of our Riding Release Form if the student will be dropped off for camp by someone other than their parent or guardian.  Students will not be allowed on a horse unless we have a signed copy of this form.  We will have copies available during check in for students who will be dropped off by parents or guardians.​

Pine Trails Spring Break Horse Lovers Camp
Weeks of March 27th and April 10th!

To Register for Spring Camp: Call 530-756-2042 or email us at


  • Comfortable, sturdy, closed toe shoes – students must wear riding boots (provided by PTR) when handling horses, but may prefer to wear their own shoes when not riding.
  • Sunscreen
  • Raincoat (Holiday camps only)
  • Potluck item to share on Friday – on the last day of camp we have a lunch potluck.  Students often enjoy bringing something to share.

Provided by PTR  (No need to bring, but if you already have these, feel free to bring them)

  • Riding Boots – Must have a half inch heel
  • Riding Helmet – Safety standards on horseback riding helmets are higher than most bicycle helmets.  Students will not be allowed to use bicycle helmets unless they meed riding helmet safety standards.

Pine Trails Ranch Horse Camps
Pine Trails Ranch Horse Camps have programs for Ages 7 to 16 with all levels of experience from beginners to advanced riders. Our camp program includes daily riding lessons as well as hands on educational activities where students learn learning proper etiquette, safety, and care of the animals.  Daily exercises in the camp activities book help the kids learn about horses and provide a keepsake after the camp is over. Campers are exposed to English and Western styles of riding with the choice to ride either way.  We offer camps during the summer and during many school holidays, such as Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Breaks.

​We also offer a Counselor in Training program, designed for older students with extensive riding experience.

Registration OPEN!
We are currently accepting registration for our Spring Break and Summer Camps.

Dr. Valcheck teaching the kids about “teeth floating”, a routine equine dental procedure.


Week 1:         June 5 – 9         Main Classroom – Beginner         
                                                  Classroom B – No Session

Week 2:         June 12 – 16     Main Classroom – Advanced Beginner - FULL
                                                  Classroom B – Beginner - FULL

Week 3:         June 19 – 23     Main Classroom – Beginner  - FULL
                                                  Classroom B – Advanced Beginner  - FULL

Week 4:         June 26 – 30     Main Classroom – Beginner  - FULL
                                                  Classroom B – Low Intermediate  - FULL

Week 5:         July 3 – 7          Main Classroom – Advanced Beginner/Beginner
                                                 Classroom B – Advanced Intermediate

Week 6:        July 10 – 14      Main Classroom – Low Intermediate
                                                Classroom B – Beginner

Week 7:        July 17 – 21      Main Classroom – Beginner - FULL
                                                Classroom B – Advanced Beginner - ONE SPACE LEFT

Week 8:        July 24-28         Main Classroom – Advanced Beginner- full
                                                Classroom B – Low Intermediate

Week 9:        July 31 – Aug 4     Main Classroom – Beginner / Adv. Beginner - FULL
                                                     Classroom B – Advanced Intermediate

Week 10: August  7 – 11        Main Classroom – Advanced Begin / Beginner- full
                                                  Classroom B – Low Intermediate

Week 11: August  14 -18       Main Classroom – Advanced Beginner- 2 spaces left
                                                  Classroom B – Low Intermediate

Please contact us for availability of the CIT program.  Weeks will be available throughout the summer, but CIT groups vary in riding level depending on the concurrent levels of camp, so it is best to discuss your student's needs with PTR to select the best week.

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Both camps are the Advanced Beginners level and run Monday to Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Price: $355 

Great way to stay busy over spring break!  
​Call 530-756-2042 or email us at to sign up now!

The PTR Spring Break Horse Lovers Camp brings the immersive horseback riding education of our summer camp program to the spring season.  Our camp program includes daily riding lessons as well as hands on educational activities where students learn about horse care and handling.  A special favorite is our bareback day (pictured above) where students practice teamwork skills as they learn to give a leg up and
​participate in a relay game.