Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! Located on Lookout Mountain in Northwest Gerogia, this horse camp welcomes 50 girls, ages 8-17 for summer fun. Sessions last from 1 to 9 weeks. There are several horseback riding programs from which to choose. Valley View Equestrian Camp encourages each camper to participate in all of them, including English and Hunt Seat; Western Stock Seat and Barrels (Gymkhana); Trails and Vaulting. Each girl can spend as much time as she likes with her favorite ranch horse during her stay, or she can bring her own horse to camp.
Certified Horsemanship Instructors (CHA) teach beginner to advanced riders. Classes are arranged according to riding ability. Girls spend 4-6 hours daily with their own camp horse.
Valley View Equestrian Camp is located 600 acres. The Jones' family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators, working to make girls dreams come true. In 2015, this equestrian camp celebrates their 61st summer! Valley View is a year-round working ranch, raising Quarter Horses and Paints specifically for youth riders, Western and English.
There are over twenty-five buildings, including 5 bunkhouses with swings on the porches; equipped with plumbing and electricity. Campers stay in large wood framed cabins and are supervised counselors. The counselor to camper ratio is 1:5 in each cabin.
Over eighty percent of Valley View Ranch's Staff members are young women who have grown up attending Valley View in the summers. They return to pass their love and interest in our program on to the next generation.
Horse Related Activities
English, Western, Barrels, Vaulting, and Trail Riding. Girls may focus on Hunt Seat Equitation learning Field Jumping and Stadium Jumping. They may also choose Western equitation and pleasure riding in the Brow Ring. Challenges increase with reining patterns, trail classes, and bareback equitation. Lessons plus time in the saddle on trails, build each camper’s confidence, security in the saddle, and communication with her horse. Riding trails is practice for what you learn in your ring lessons. Training in Barrels teaches the horse and rider to work together as a precision unit.
Vaulters perform simple and experienced gymnastic maneuvers on a Belgian-Haflinger gentle giant, and Valley View's black and white Friesian Paint. Practice begins on the vaulting barrel where campers learn basic seat, mount and dismount, and several stunts. More advanced moves are the kneel, stand, the flag, arabesque, the prince and doubles. Campers have even invented their own moves.
Younger campers join Pony Club. They have their own horse, their own barn, tack room, and instructors and learn to halter, groom, bridle and saddle, ride, and cool out their mount. Lessons, gymkhana, and trail rides are part of the pony club program.
Trails wind through the ancient Appalachian forests, rocks and streams. The altitude of 1,800 feet makes the climatic conditions cool and healthy. Campers enjoy warm days and cool nights.
Gymkhanas and horseshows conclude each session including special horse show days including Hunt Shows, Rodeo Days and more.
Other Camp Activities
Pottery and clay, sketching, painting stalls signs, archery, Red Cross swimming, canoeing, and kayaking, nature study, hiking, environmental education, kickball, basketball, tether ball, foosball, ping-pong, group games in the "round-up" (gym), horseshoes and corn hole, theater games and yoga, capture the flag and more. Check out other activities.