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Seattle Summer Horse Camps

Check out select open spots for 2022 camps

Deerfield Farm has been running sensational camp programs for children in Seattle and the Eastside, including Redmond, Bellevue, Issaquah, Snoqualmie and North Bend for over 30 years. Located in rural Issaquah WA, Deerfield Farm is just minutes away from I-90 so it's convenient for any student in Seattle or the Eastside to attend one of our camps.

New camps and more riding

We're excited to announce our new Adult Recharge & Renew Horse experience. It runs Friday, July 29 and Saturday the 30th. It's suitable for adult beginner and intermediate riders looking for an equine experience that leaves them feeling recharged and renewed. Visit our Adult Lessons page for the details.

Kids 5 to 10 years old can join us for our second Unicorn and Enchanted Tea Party mini-camp on July 26th from 10 am to 1 pm. Meet our smallest equines, play fun camp games and go on a magical unicorn walk.

Children don't need to belong to the Deerfield riding program or be a current horseback riding student to attend one of our camps. We welcome any and all children who are interested in riding horses, nature and having fun.

Day Camp

$840Ages: 8-18

This year all day camps are limited to 10 students so that each camper can have more time riding than previous years.

Day camp begins at 9 am with a group meeting in our Yogo Studio where students are first introduced to the idea of mindfulness that will be a trend during their stay with us. They will learn simple yoga postures to prepare them mentally and physically for an exciting day at the farm. Camp ends at 3 pm and students will need to bring their own lunch, riding helmet and riding boots.

All day campers have a structured riding lesson in the morning where they ride in small groups so we can ensure they are well-supervised and safe while interacting with the horses. After lunch, students will be involved in fun team-building games on the lawn and shorter interactions with the horses, including learning to properly and safely care for them.

1/2 Day Camp $490

Our half day camps are being limited to 6 students and each camper will have more riding time. Camp runs from 9 am to 12:30 pm for three days. It's a great intro for kids (8 years and up) who have never been around horses before or kids who have experience with horses but have a schedule that doesn't allow for a full day of camp.

Extended Day Camps

$1085Ages: 8-18

New this year-camps will be limited to 10 students so campers can enjoy more riding time.

Extended Day Camp runs 9 am to 7 pm except for the last day which ends at 3 pm. Campers will have all the fun of an overnight camp without staying overnight at the farm. Campers will eat lunch and dinner together and practice gratitude at each meal.

Campers will have a smiliar morning as the day camp students and following their second lesson in the afternoon, they will have some down-time. We will ride daily and have other horse activities during the first half of our day and as always, continue to learn leadership skills through fun and interactive games.

Don’t forget to pack a fun or wacky costume for our Dress-Up Dinner night! The evenings at Deerfield are never quite the same though they usually include playing games and learning more about the care of our horses and farm.

Premier Equestrian Camp

$1400Ages: 8-14

An immersive equine experience for 8 specially selected students that runs Monday through Friday with a 2 ½ hour orientation on Sunday. It is curriculum appropriate for students 8-14 years old that have a high level of interest in the equestrian arts and in learning about the care, keeping, training, and discipline of working with horses.

Students enrolled in this summer program will be given priority to enrollment in our lesson program and strong candidates will be given the opportunity to discuss a Team position with Head Coach Katie Sikes.

  • Monday-Friday, 9am-7pm with Sunday orientation
  • 3 Riding Lessons/day with well-qualified instructors
  • Lessons from other equine professionals: Animal Care & Keeping, First Aid, Anatomy & Physiology
  • Time with Head Coach Katie Sikes
  • Practice and Development in leadership skills

Interested students need to apply for camp enrollment. Those selected from the enrollment process will have a phone interview and will be enrolled in camp after that. They will be notified by March 10th and a 50% deposit needs to be received by March 15th to reserve their space.

Unicorn & Enchanted Tea Party Mini-Camp

$195Ages: 5-10

Join us for a delightful Unicorn and Enchanted Tea Party on Tuesday, July 26th with our minis, Princess Snow and Fiona. Open to 12 campers ages 5 to 10 years old, this one day mini-camp runs 10 am to 1 pm.

Come celebrate with our smallest equines (unicorns) as they spread happiness and smiles to everyone they meet. They are social creatures and it's good for them (and us) to interact and play together.

This fabulous experience takes place in our Unicorn Covered Arena that is open to the beautiful outdoors. $195 for 1 Unicorn enthusiast, it features the following:

  • Unicorn Tea (Lemonade) Party
  • 1 horseback riding experience on gentle lesson horse
  • Fun camp games
  • Magical unicorn walk in our beautiful Cedar Forest.
  • Digitally released photos with our unicorns!

Space is limited to 12 campers. Reserve your spot now by filling out our contact form. Can't wait to see you there!

Kiddo Camp

$840/$490Ages: 5-7

For the youngest horse-enthusiasts, Kiddo Camp is for ages 5-7 years old and runs from 9 am to 2 pm with 1/2 kiddo day camps ending at 12:30 pm. With more counselors on staff to provide a safe and fun camp experience, kids learn how to interact with horses in the great outdoors while being introduced to gratitude and mindfulness.

Led by Ms. Lee, who spent many years as a kindergarten and substitute elementary teacher in New York, kids learn how to manage their energy. She does a great job making every part of their day a hands-on learning experience!

Our Camp Director, Lee Ann, is a huge fan of younger kids. She creates fabulous lesson plans with age appropriate challenges to ensure kids have fun in a structured, calm setting and a great riding experience.

2022 Summer Camp dates

June 20-23
Deerfield World & Regional Team Camp Only 9am-5pm
2 open spots
June 22-24
Half Day Camp 9am-12:30pm
Full
June 27-July 1
Premier Equestrian Camp 9am-7pm
Full
July 5-8
Extended Day Camp 9am-7pm
Full
July 12-14
Half Day Camp 9am-12:30pm
Full
July 19-22
Extended Day Camp 9am-7pm
Full
July 26
Unicorn Enchanted Tea Party Mini-Camp 10am-1pm
12 Spaces
Aug 2-5
Kiddo Camp 9am-2pm
Full
Aug 9-12
Extended Day Camp 9am-7pm
Full
Aug 16-19
Day Camp 9am-3pm
Full
Aug 27
Adult Recharge & Renew Camp 9am-2pm
Limited space
Aug 30-Sept 2
Day Camp 9am-3pm
1 Spot Open

Most camps run Tuesday through Friday with the exception of the Deerfield Team camp, the two half day camps and Premier Equestrian camp. Kiddo Camps are for ages 5-7 while Day, Half Day and Extended Day Camps are for ages 8 and up.

Please note: we will not be offering refunds due to Covid.

If the specific camp you want to attend is full, you can email and ask to be put on our waitlist (please include the date of the camp). If we have a cancellation, we'll call and let you know about the opening so you can book the spot.

All camps book up fast so while the calendar above may show that we have open spots, the number of openings may be different by the time you email. The best thing to do is to make your reservation (via our contact form) right away to ensure your favorite date is available.

Please note-We are able to offer late pick-up and early drop-off on certain camps for an additional fee. Please contact us to find out if the camp you are interested in has this option.

Summer camp details

This year our camps offer smaller groups so all kids will have more riding time.

Camps run Tuesday through Friday except for the first three camps in June and half day camp in July.

  • Daily horse activity
  • Coached lessons by skillful instructors
  • Learning mindfulness, gratitude, enthusiasm and self-confidence
  • Teaching leadership through fun games and activities
  • Being challenged to be your best self!

All campers will start their day in the yoga studio learning basic yoga poses, mindfulness and stillness before interacting with the horses.

This practice allows our students to experience creating a calm energy so that they stay safe in the barn and create a stronger connection with the horses.

COVID safety practices

  • Masks are required.
  • Handwashing station on site
  • Outdoor learning space for camps, clinics & workshops
  • Students & staff get temperature taken upon arrival at the farm.
  • Equipment is disinfected upon each use.
  • Common surfaces disinfected multiple times a day.
  • All students required to have their own boots & helmet (we are not loaning ANY helmets at this time).
  • Social Distancing practices in place whenever possible.

How do I book my date?

This year we are taking reservations via email. Once registration is open on February 1st (Deerfield students may register now) , please fill out our contact form to reserve your camp dates. If you have never been to one of our camps and want to learn more about our camp program, please attend one of our camp tours listed above.

Make a reservation

My daughter had been doing summer camps at Deerfield for 6 years. She loves being at the barn and participating in this unique program every year! Campers physical experience includes daily yoga, riding lessons, learning a riding pattern, games, an education about horses, and time spent caring for the well-being of “their” horse.

Kids come away with a sense of gratitude and an appreciation of what it means to care for something (truly) larger than themselves.

- Janine L.