Summer Horse Camps
Day and Overnight Summer Camps
Deerfield Farm has been running sensational camp programs for 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.
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 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 $360
Our half day camp runs from 9 am to 12:30 pm. It's a great intro for kids of all ages 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
Extended Day Camp runs 9 am to 8 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.
Overnight Campers will have a fun-filled week that begins at 9 am on the first day. They will spend 3 nights here at the farm with camp concluding at 3 pm on the final day. 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. Overnight campers will practice gratitude at each meal they eat at the farm and will learn leadership skills through fun and interactive games.
This year we will require all overnight campers to interview for a space in order to determine if they are suitable for our program. This will be done via telephone for all students that are not repeat overnighters.
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, enjoying bon-fires and learning more about the care of our horses and farm. Of course, each camp brings a different experience and different energy to our overnighter’s camp!
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 day camps ending at 12:30 pm. With more counselors on staff to provide a save 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.
2020 Summer Camp dates
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. If the specific camp you want to attend is full, you can email and ask to be put on our waitlist. If we have a cancellation, we'll call you and let you know about the opening so you can book the spot.
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. For combination camps, you can sign up for just the day camp portion OR sign up for the day and overnight camp.
Camps consist of the following:
- 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 so once registration opens on January 1st, 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 plan to attend one of our three camp tours listed above.Make a reservation