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Summer Horsemanship Program

During the summer, instructors at the Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center offer an intensive and educational summer program. 


Riders develop their skills under saddle as well as participate in hands-on horsemanship workshops. The program focuses on hunt-seat equitation and emphasizes safety, learning control, correct position and developing confidence at beginning through advanced levels. Each rider experiences a classroom without boundaries that inspires discipline, responsibility and teamwork.

Dates and Times

The KSEC Summer Program offers three, two-week sessions and the day runs from 8:30 - 1:00. We will offer an extended day option in Session III only. Session dates for summer 2022 will be available in January. 

Typical Day

During a two-week session, riders lesson once per day for one-hour each, participate in horsemanship workshops in the barn as well as enjoy lunch on the barn patio before going home for the day.

The extended day portion of the camp is offered for Session III only and will consist of a smaller group than in the regular 8:30 – 1:00 camp sessions. After lunch, the riders will participate in additional riding and horsemanship activities enabling them to spend more time with the horses, in the saddle, and in the barn.

Ages and Levels

Each session is open to riders whose ability ranges from beginner through advanced with small group sizes to give the best possible instruction. The KSEC Summer program is open to riders ages 8-15 years old.

Horse Show

The end of each camp session will culminate in a horse show, where parents and families are invited to come and watch the riders show off all they have learned over their two weeks of camp.

What to Bring

Riders are responsible for bringing an ASTM certified helmet, hard-soled boots, riding pants, water bottle, snack, and a lunch.


Please contact Sarah Summers at (781) 235-1360 to express your interest in the program.
Karen Stives '68 Equestrian Center 
Dana Hall School
160 Grove Street Rear
Wellesley, MA 02482

The Dana Hall Summer Horsemanship Program is permitted by the Wellesley Health Department.