Otterbein Equestrian Camp

Otterbein’s English riding camp is designed to expand a camper’s equine knowledge both on and off the horse. Campers will ride an hour and a half to two hours each day. Campers will learn the ins and outs of horse handling, equine nutrition, braiding, equine first aid and general horse care. This is a competitively priced academic camp that is sure to sharpen your equine skills. Just choose a camp week that suits your riding level. Camps are limited to 8-15 students per camp and fill quickly.

Dates & Times
June 5-8 Intro to Horses (4-day intro to horse camp. 9-12 Mon-Thurs)
July 10-14 IEA week (riders currently competing on an IEA team)
July 17-21 Beginner Week (ages 9-12)
July 24-28 IEA week (riders currently competing on an IEA team)
July 31-Aug. 4 Beginner Week (ages 12 and older)
Aug 7-11 IEA Week (riders currently competing on an IEA team)

IEA Riders – Students that participate on a Interscholastic equestrian association team.

Schedule for 6-11 Year Old Camp (June 5 to June 8):

This 1/2-day camp allows younger campers the opportunity to develop the necessary fundamentals of horsemanship. This introductory beginner camp is specifically for new riders. Campers will ride in 1 riding lesson each day. Horse-crazy kids finally get the opportunity to be introduced to the basics of horses. They will learn how to groom, tack, lead and work safely around the horses. Fun, crafts, and games will center around all thing’s horses. This is an ideal introduction to horses.


  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (Monday – Thursday). No camp on Friday
  • Equipment: Riding Helmet, Hard soled boots that cover ankle. Snack & water. No lunch at camp
  • Cost: $325

Schedule for Five weeks of Full Camp (July and August Dates):

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Please bring a sack lunch and snacks each day.

On Friday, riders will demonstrate skills they learned during the week with a fun show for families starting promptly at 2:00 pm. At the conclusion of the show, families will be invited into the barn to meet the horses and see the facility. Campers will leave with their families between approximately 2:30 -3:00 pm.




Otterbein University’s Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science, 600 N. Spring Road, Westerville.

Items to bring each day

Sack lunch, water bottle, snack, sunscreen, change of clothes (shorts are fine), hair ties for long hair, small personal hand sanitizer, riding boots (over the ankle, flat rubber sole with heel), riding helmet (no bike helmets), English riding breeches or jodhpurs recommended (jeans are fine, but make sure they do not have buttons on back pockets).


Registration is now open, complete our registration form to save your spot!

If your camper is between the age of 9 and 17, we can make arrangements for them to attend any of the camp weeks (except the IEA weeks) regardless of experience. Questions? Contact Kari Briggs at


If you have specific questions regarding the camp, what to bring or eligibility, please email

If you have registration or payment questions, please email

Where to buy riding boots, breeches and helmet

Equus Now, 8956 Cotter Street, Lewis Center, 740-549-4959 
(special pricing available for Otterbein campers)

Otterbein University reserves the right to accept or reject any application or registration and expel any student whose conduct is detrimental to the other students, according to the camp directors’ judgment. Otterbein reserves the right to cancel a camp due to insufficient enrollment or just cause. Please note that Otterbein’s camp staff may not be able to accommodate riders with special needs. If your child has special needs and you are in search of riding lessons, please email

Program Contact
Kari Briggs

Registration and Payment Questions:
Office of Events and Conferences