Otterbein Equestrian Camp

Otterbein’s English riding camp is designed to expand camper’s equine knowledge both on and off the horse. Campers will ride an hour and a half to two hours each day and 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 and schedule and register before it fills up (8-15 students per camp).

Dates & Times
June 13-16 Intro to Horses (6-9 year-old kids)
June 20-24 IEA week (riders currently competing on an IEA team)
June 27-July 1 Beginner Week, younger campers 9-11 yrs. old
July 11-July 15 IEA week (riders currently competing on an IEA team
July 18-22 Beginner Week, older campers 12 and up
Aug 1-5 Beginner Week, all ages.

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

Schedule for 6-9 Year Old Camp (June 13 to June 16):

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 their 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: $300

Schedule for 9-17 Year-Old Camps (June 20 to August 5):

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.


$475 (If campers attend more than one week, each additional week will cost $425.).


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, face covering, 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).


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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: Otterbein’s equine department faculty and staff are not trained in special needs or in riding therapy.

Program Contact
Kari Briggs

Registration and Payment Questions:
Office of Events and Conferences