Horse Camp: A Home Away From Home


As a family owned and operated enterprise, creating a welcoming, friendly atmosphere is very important at Northfork Farms and Outback.

“We find that our clients, no matter if they come once a year or every day, form a special connection to Northfork”, says Northfork owner, Christie Showerman. “The farm becomes like a second home and the friends they make there become like their family.”

Northfork’s summer horse campers are no exception.


Summer Camp Riding Lesson

“We’re switching our focus from day to overnight camps,” says Christie. “In addition to having more riding time, overnight campers bond together and become part of the Northfork family.”


Overnight campers outside their cabin

Similar to other horse camps, Northfork campers spend 2-3 hours each day riding and learning how to care for horses. Unlike other horse camps, the Northfork camp counselors do not serve as riding instructors. The counselors to focus exclusively on creating a safe, positive atmosphere for the campers.

The riding lessons are taught by instructors with years of teaching experience, including Michigan State University’s Equestrian Team coaches, Leesa Massman and Christie Showerman.

The campers ride the same horses used to train the MSU Equestrian Team. Many of these horses come to Northfork to retire from their careers as show horses and begin their time as lesson horses. They are kept in good health and good shape all year long.

After riding in the morning, campers spend their afternoons enjoying the other activities Northfork’s Outback has to offer. Campers may go swimming in the Outback’s pond or take a trip to the 1800s Wild West Adventure where they can shoot archery or climb through obstacle courses.


Campers cooling off in Northfork’s pond

By the end of the week, campers are sad to leave, yet excited to return the following year. To maintain their unique family atmosphere, camp sessions are limited to twenty campers. Sign-up your child today!

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