Riding horses is becoming more popular in the Wood Valley Resort, and much of that is due to the Horse Camp at the Bellevue Academy of Riding and Natural Learning.

“We’re about to go into our third year and we’re really excited about that,” said camp coordinator and instructor Mimi Crocker in the camp’s YouTube video. “The students get to ride a lot. In our multi-day camps, students get to perform for friends and family members on the last day.

“Each horse is different and unique and helps to teach a different aspect to what it means to be an equestrian,”

The summer camp kicks off an Intro to Horses day camp for children ages 5-13. This camp will be split into four mini-camps where riders will practice grooming, leading, stable chores and riding.

Camp A will take place Saturday, May 11; Camp B will be June 1; Camp C will be June 29 and Camp D will be September 8. All camps are on Saturdays and are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This camp is $75.

There will also be a Young Riders day camp for children ages 7-13, which will be for beginning to intermediate riders on June 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m and is $120.

New this year is the Weekend Immersion, which is a two-day camp for ages 7-13 and is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Cost is $295.

The Multi-Day camp is a three-day camp is for ages 7-13 and is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. These camps are June 18-20 and Aug. 13-15. This camp is $425.

The five-day camp is July 30-Aug. 3 and will be $695.

Each session will focus on basic horsemanship, equine care, barn management and basic riding skills in either English or Western disciplines. Riding activities will be tailored to individual skill levels.

Riders will learn grooming, veterinary care, feeding, safety, tack and handling horses on the ground in addition to mounted riding instructions.

Participants will have the opportunity to engage in horse-related craft and creative projects, equestrian-focused yoga and visualization techniques and project-based learning.

For more information on The Horse Camp, call 206-992-3377 or visit its website, imatthebarn.com. You can also view the camp’s video on Mimi Crocker’s YouTube page.

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