Join Summer & Holiday Camps for a fun filled week of horsemanship, games, crafts, and friends.

During these camps kids will learn: 

  • How to safely walk a horse
  • How to thoroughly groom a horse
  • How to put on and take off the horse’s tack properly
  • How to wash a horse
  • The basics of horse anatomy 
  • Basic and emergency vet care
  • Basic hoof care
  • Riding fundamentals, such as; horsemanship and equitation
  • The fundamentals of hooking up a horse to the cart
  • The fundamentals of driving a horse in the cart

Ages: Young children through 17 years old

Camp Hours: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. However, you can drop your child off at 8:00 am and pick him/her up from 3:00-4:00 pm. 

Camp Fees: 1 day = $100

                     5 days = $400

**Payment is due on the first day of the session.

** All fees must be paid in advance and are not refundable for missed days.

Staff: Instructors at the stables are selected for their skills and experience with horses and campers.

Snacks and Lunches: Campers who attend the full day of camp need to bring their own lunch; there is a refrigerator available, if needed. Cold water will always be available at the stables.

Sunscreen / Insect repellent: Campers are responsible for supplying and applying their own sunscreen and insect repellent. 

Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Personal Property:LaFleur Stables / Madison Riding Academy is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal property; including, but not limited to clothing. Campers are discouraged from bringing personal items beyond what is necessary for the day. Please refrain from bringing cell phones or other mobile devices; or be sure to keep them in a safe place, during camps time there will be no time for devices to be used unless on a break. 

Proper Attire: Please do not wear cowboy boots, tennis shoes are permitted; however, riding boots are preferred. Must wear long pants with a high waist. Please do not wear loose are baggy clothing as they can get caught or tangled on equipment. All shirts must be the proper length and cover the child’s midriff and shoulders. Riding helmets are provided, but you may bring your own; however, all helmets must be SEI approved horseback riding helmets. Please make sure all items are labeled. Campers should dress according to the weather conditions each day. 

Levels of riding: Our camps offer all levels of riding experience; you can inform us which level your child is when filling out the registration form. 

Bad weather: In the event of inclement weather, we have inside space for campers. Extreme heat or rain may affect the schedule of activities because the safety of the campers, staff, and the horses is our first priority. 

Cancellation Policy- Madison Riding Academy requires 24 hour notice to cancel a riding lesson.  Failure to give 24 hour notice will result in forfeiture of lesson time and fee.  No refund or credit will be given for failure to cancel or complete a lesson session. 

Increment Weather Plan--If there is bad weather we will follow the Madison Protocol

Parent Visits: Parents and family are welcome to discuss with the staff about coming to watch their child(ren) during camp. Yes, we have riding demonstrations throughout the year on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon. If you would like to watch your child ride, Thursday and / or Friday are best; however, be sure to inform the instructor that you will be observing. Cameras should be on hand! Campers will return home in the evenings full of great horse tales and ready for bed!

If child becomes ill: Our staff will place the child in a room and call the parent with the situation. Please make sure you child is not allergic to horses, hay, cats, or dogs. 

Types of horses used at camp: All of the horses with which we teach the riding lessons vary in skill and temperament, from those suited for very beginners to those suited for riders who compete nationally. 

Camp Goals : 

  1. Keep campers safe by teaching them the safety and awareness needed in the barn. 
  2. Make sure campers have fun!
  3. Help the campers achieve their own personal horsemanship goals — whatever they may be!

Camp Activities : 

  • Barn tour
  • Horsemanship and safety
  • Demonstrations for grooming, tacking, and riding
  • 5-gaited demonstration
  • Equitation demonstration, including a pattern
  • Lunging a horse and a pony
  • Barn chores, such as; picking the horse stalls, keeping the stables clean, sweeping, and folding towels.
  • Riding everyday
  • Games on horse back
  • Riding in the buggy
  • Lunge line lessons
  • Horse anatomy 
  • Basic emergency vet care
  • Learn the parts of different equipment and how to clean it
  • Riding and driving the miniature horses
  • Horse movies
  • Crafts and projects

HOLIDAY CAMPS --Ages 5 - Adults

SUMMER CAMPS  -- Ages 8 - Adults


Horse's Lover Day Camps​​

​General Information

Est. 1965          Dan, Marlene & Neva La Fleur         West side Madison, WI​​

Like people, HORSES are social beings whose herd dynamics are remarkably similar to the 
FAMILY system.