Horseback Riding
Experience the wonderful world of horseback riding on the beautiful 275 acre property of YMCA Camp Bernie. Our skilled and experienced instructors specialize in working with beginner to intermediate riders. Our emphasis is on fun and safety during all classes at the Camp Bernie barn.


Phone: (908) 832-5315

Fax: (908) 832-9078

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Horseback riding is available as a component of our summer camp program, or through individual registration. We offer instructional lessons every weekday afternoon as well as trail rides through our property. Lessons include elements or horse management, from grooming to feeding the horses.

Riders are required to wear long pants and boots with a one-inch heel.


Overnight Camp Horseback Riding Program
(must be entering Grades 2-10 in fall, and must be enrolled in overnight camp session)
Daily riding lessons will vary depending upon the designated skill level of the camper. For beginner riders, our experienced instructors will focus upon proper mounting, balance, walking and more. More experienced riders will progress to trotting and enjoying trail rides around our beautiful 275 acre property. Enrollment in this specialty program allows overnight campers at least 8 hours of instruction at our stables.

Pony Riding Program for Day Campers and the Community
(must be entering Grades K-2 in fall, Available M-F)
This program is a wonderful opportunity to introduce young children to the exciting world of horsemanship.

  • Campers will learn how to be calm and confident around horses.
  • Several skills are taught and practised each day: putting a halter and lead rope, leading a horse with assistance until they are confident to try it alone, brushing/grooming and proper use of equipment.
  • On hot days campers enjoy giving the horses a bath, sometimes cooling off themselves with the hose.
  • Campers will learn some basic riding skills. Campers will be kept on a lead rope with a staff member until they feel confident and are encouraged to try steering on their own.
  • Three of the five day's, campers will need long pants for a ring ride or short trail ride.

Horseback Riding Program for Day Campers and the Community
(must be entering Grades 3-8 in fall, Available M-F)

  • Created for the camper who wants to focus primarily on skill development and build confidence in the saddle.
  • Students will learn how to work safely around horses, how to lead a horse confidently and how to mount and dismount properly.
  • Students will focus on learning new skills or improving skills they have learned in prior lessons.
  • Students will be placed in lesson groups of beginners through advanced and when possible will be with campers at the same riding level.
  • Every camper is uniques and advances at their own pace, lessons are individually based following CHA guidelines.

Horseback Trail Rides for Day Campers and the Community
(must be entering Grades 3-8 in fall, Available M-Th)

  • Campers will be riding their own horse and must be in control at a walking pace.
  • Campers may get additional instruction in the riding ring or in the stables caring and feeding of these majestic animals.



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