Whitchurch Riding Academy

19480 McCowan Road Mount Albert, Ontario, L0G 1M0 Locations: Bridle Path, Markham (view map)

Ages:
7 to 15 (Coed )
Type:
Day camp, After-school / weekend classes
Programs:
0 available; 1 TBD
Specialty:
Horseback Riding/Equestrian
Cost:
$369 to $459

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About this Camp

Whitchurch Riding Academy
 

Whitchurch Riding Academy & Summer Riding Camp has been operating 40 years in GTA.  Qualified instructors accredited by OCA & OE teach English riding from beginner to advanced levels with a hands-on approach to horsemanship. Featuring indoor & outdoor riding rings on 10 rolling acres, an arts & crafts barn, in-ground pool with a certified lifeguard, plus 24 experienced horses! Daily busing is available from Toronto and York Region (5 stops).


The Our Kids review of Whitchurch Riding Academy

 

Dianne O'Brien founded Whitchurch Riding Academy in 1979, and has since introduced thousands of students to the joys of riding, both for recreation and for competition. Her own passion began early in life, when as a ten-year old when she joined the Canadian Pony Club and went on to complete the Equine Studies Program at Humber College. In addition to competition and coaching, O'Brien has worked as an exercise rider at Woodbine Thoroughbred Racetrack, and has trained a variety of horses to a Grand Prix Level with Olympic Dressage Medalist Ashley Holzer. Her experience is vast, to be sure, and the other trainers and coaches have similar CVs. Riding is a sport, but it’s founded in a passion for working closely with animals, and stewardship and care are important aspects of the WRA programs. Sessions are available for all ages and levels of experience, from tyro to advanced rider, accredited by Equestrian Canada, Ontario Equestrian, and the Ontario Camps Association. Summer camps offered in addition to year-round instruction. Situated on 10 acres east of Newmarket, the site includes indoor riding arena with heated viewing lounge, regulation dressage and jumping rings. Busing is available.


The 2020 Experience at Whitchurch Riding Academy

WHO guidelines have deemed equestrian sports a low risk, and the Ontario Ministry of Health has allowed individual recreational sports to re-open. With their permission, Whitchurch Riding Academy has been running a limited riding lesson program with stringent safety protocols in place since May 19.

The Ontario Ministry of Health also indicated that summer day camps may open this year, and we are waiting for further details. We hope to run a limited version of our popular riding camp with the same stringent safety protocols recently established for our riding lesson programs.

We hope to provide additional details the first week of June. Please keep in mind that some restrictions may apply, and spots will be limited. Please email or check our website for updates.

If you wish to hold a spot, you may register for riding camp on our website without deposit, and we will contact you to confirm your booking in June before processing. https://www.whitchurchriding.com/registration/index.php

Best Regards, Whitchurch Riding Camp www.whitchurchriding.com

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19480 McCowan Road, Mount Albert, Ontario
Other locations: Bridle Path, Markham

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Reviews & Testimonials


Amazing Riding Camp Program
Bonnie — Parent

You have an amazing riding camp program and my daughter had a fabulous time. She can't wait to come back next summer. Not only have you provided great memories for her, you provided me with peace of mind with all your safety protocols. Not once did I worry about her while she was attending your camp. I will be highly recommending your program to all my friends.


Impressed
Lori — Parent

I was totally impressed with the comfort the girls demonstrated around the horses, and the skills they had in controlling their movement. The girls have completely enjoyed their experience this week at Whitchurch Riding Camp. I'm sure they'll ask to return next summer.


Thank you
Christina — Parent

We wanted to pass on our thanks to you and your staff for the great visit today at riding camp. It was terrific to see how smoothly everyone worked together and we were amazed with how well our daughter Georgia was doing! Your counselor, Jaime, was a pleasure to meet, and she and Georgia have a lovely connection. We appreciate the opportunity to visit. Thanks again.


Love and care given to horses.
Dagmara — Parent

My daughter has been riding at Whitchurch Academy for 4 years, and there aren't enough good things to say about the staff, owners and horses there. The love and care given to the horses is one of the primary reasons we ride at Whitchurch. The owners of the barn are not only wonderful and professional to deal with, but they rescue many of their horses from terrible conditions and give them a beautiful second chance at life at the barn. The staff are knowledgeable, pleasant and friendly, and quickly become like a 2nd family if, like me, you have a child who lives for the barn and spends most of her free time there. The horses are well-mannered, gentle and beautiful, and Tessa and her feline friends are the warmest welcoming committee you could ask for. There are numerous barns in the area one could chose from, but Whitchurch will always be our choice. When people love what they do, it shows. Whitchurch demonstrates their passion for animals and riders in every aspect of their riding school.


I Love Horses
Sarah — Camper

Thank you so much for an amazing two weeks at Whitchurch Riding Camp. I only started riding this summer and it was a great experience. I love being around horses and the staff were so nice that it was truly enjoyable. This is something I will remember forever. Being in the advanced group for the second week made me work hard and taught me how to care for my horse. You do an amazing job with the horses and I thank you for letting me be a part of this camp.


No place I'd rather be!
Elizabeth — Camper

I have been riding here for 8 years and have done both the summer camp and riding lessons. The instructors and amazing horses have allowed me to excel in an environment that is welcoming and fun. The horses are very well taken care of and the facilities are clean and well organized. Would recommend for anyone wanting to learn the basics or wanting to advance. The barn is in a beautiful location and easy to find from the 404 or surrounding areas. The owners care deeply about the horses they have and the safety of all riders. The website is very easy to follow and clearly details what lessons entail as far as number of students, levels of ability and length. At Whitchurch you are given the opportunity to learn all aspects of riding including grooming, tacking up, and stable management. There is no other place I would rather be!


Strongly recommend.
Katherine — Camper

I went to Whitchurch for both lessons and camp and I would strongly recommend it! The atmosphere is positive and friendly, the horses and barn are well cared for, and the staff are always knowledgable and helpful. When I was first learning to ride at camp the instructors were so patient teaching me all the skills that you need to ride and care for horses. Now as a more advanced rider I really benefit from their expertise and love how friendly everyone is. Having ridden at some other barns while away for school I can say that Whitchurch has become my gold-standard: they've always clean, organized and attentive.



Accommodation & Property Details

Sports facilities

  • Horseback Riding Arena (indoor/outdoor)
  • Swimming Pool

Landscape

  • Nature Trails
  • Open Field


Director's Message

Dianne O'Brien, WRA Camp Director

Having taught riding for over 40 years, it is rewarding to now see past campers return as accomplished and happy adults, successful in a wide variety of fields. They have such fond memories of summer riding camp, the horses and counselors, and how it affected their lives in such a positive way. That's why I am so proud to continue with the tradition of providing a safe, positive, and inclusive learning experience when it comes to horseback riding.


Cost & Financial Aid

Cost: $369 to $459 /week

Payment Options:

Deposit required with acceptance Yes
Credit card payment Yes

Discounts

Discount for 2nd child 5%
Discount for 3rd child 10%

Stories


Great Experience

Thank you so much for an amazing two weeks at Whitchurch Riding Camp.  I only started riding this summer and it was a great experience.  I love being around horses and the staff were so nice that it was truly enjoyable. This is something I will remember forever.  Being in the advanced group for the second week made me work hard and taught me how to care for my horse. You do an amazing job with the horses and I thank you for letting me be a part of this camp.

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Fantastic Counselor

We wanted to pass on our thanks to you and your staff for the great visit today at riding camp.  It was terrific to see how smoothly everyone worked together and we were amazed with how well our daughter Georgia was doing!  Your counselor, Jaime, was a pleasure to meet, and she and Georgia have a lovely connection. We appreciate the opportunity to visit.  Thanks again.

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Enjoyed Riding

I was totally impressed with the comfort the girls demonstrated around the horses,; and the skills they had in controlling their movement.  The girls have completely enjoyed their experience this week at Whitchurch Riding Camp. I'm sure they'll ask to return next summer.

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Lifelong memories

You have an amazing camp program and my daughter had a fabulous time.  She can't wait to come back next summer. Not only have you provided great memories for her, you provided me with peace of mind with all your safety protocols. Not once did I worry about her while she was attending your camp. I will be highly recommending your program to all my friends. 
 

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WRA Summer Riding Camp

Whitchurch Riding Academy Inc. located just east of Newmarket, has been home to York Region's longest established Summer Riding Camp. For over thirty-five years we have provided a complete riding experience for children of all levels, beginner to advanced. Activities include a one-hour English riding lesson, horsemanship, arts & crafts, swimming, games & singsongs. Our Facilities include trained horses, indoor sand riding ring, outdoor (fenced) sand riding rings, large arts & crafts barn, rainy day activities, indoor lunch area, port-a-pot toilets, and an in-ground supervised pool. Our Advanced Camp includes an additional hour of riding every day, dressage, jumping, hacking, mounted games, presentation skills, advanced horsemanship, counselor-in-training program. To get to day camp, school-buses are provided from five convenient pick-up points in Toronto and York Region. Campers can also be dropped off directly at riding camp. We have lessons all year long! Whitchurch Riding Academy Inc. is accredited by the Ontario Camps Association (OCA), and the Ontario Equestrain Federation (OEF), and provides private, semi-private, and group lessons all year long. Don't forget to pack a lunch and snack, bring a hat, protective sun gear, swimsuit, riding helmet, boots with a heel. Our qualified riding instructors are certified in first aid & CPR. All horses are schooled to ensure your child's safety. A NLS Certified Guard supervises pool activities the entire day.

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Horses!

The things I liked about camp were the riding (obviously), the crafts, the games and the counsellors were very nice too. The horses were great too. I think you should bring back Bullwinkle (I love him!), Beau and a couple of others. ...



I Love Riding!

I first attended Whitchurch Riding Camp when I was 8 years old. I remember getting all excited to go and ride a horse for the first time in my life! Before this the only encounters I had with horses were seeing them in the field. I arrived at camp extremely excited but also nervous since I didn’t know anyone. The moment I got off the bus I was welcomed by amazing counselors who made my camp experience the greatest. Within a day of being at camp I felt right at home and had made many new friends. When I first attended Whitchurch Riding Camp I knew nothing about horses. I came with my bicycle helmet, some tight pants, and some leather boots with a heel. Who knew that after getting off that bus and then getting on a horse that I would become passionate about horses? Everyday I would come home from camp and have a different story to tell. It wasnt just the horses but the swimming, arts and crafts, the games, the counselors, and most of all the sleepovers. After experiencing camp for the first time when I was eight years old, I have spent every summer there for the past 10 years. I became addicted to camp. I moved on from being a camper to being a volunteer/counselor-in-training. While being a volunteer I was able to improve my horse skills and my people skills. Now I have become a counselor and have realized that it can be stressful at times but it is also rewarding to see the campers enjoying the experience of camp as much as I did when I was little. They are always excited to be there and complain when the session is over. It is also exciting to campers improve their riding skills. In many of the campers I see myself, they are becoming passionate about horses just like I was. The experience at Whitchurch has been a very important part of my life as it has become like a second home to me. It is an awesome camp to go to and if you ever do go, I ensure you that you will have a fantastic camp experience. ...



Riding Camp!

I will always remember my first time at Whitchurch Riding Camp. I lived in the city and had never been near a horse before. I was eight years old and nervous about all the people I would be meeting (as well as the horses). All the counselors and other kids on the bus were very friendly, and after a bus ride filled with songs and games we arrived at the camp, which was sprawling with horses and kids of all ages. There are many fun activities. The morning commences with songs and games in order to help everyone make friends. After being split into smaller groups we did arts and crafts, swimming, lunch, horsemanship and of course riding. In arts and crafts we do creative activities such as paper mache, friendship bracelets and tie dye. Swimming takes place in a large pool with a diving board and change rooms right on site. During lunch we sit outside while watching riding lessons or playing games within our group. Horsemanship allows every level of rider to become more knowledgeable in all different aspects of horse care, including first aid, grooming and show preparation. Riding provides everyone with the chance to learn how to handle a horse in a safe environment. Being a little nervous around horses at first, I quickly found myself becoming confident. As I got older I attended Advanced Camp which includes riding twice a day, counselor training, and my favourite – overnight camp that includes an extra ride and swim, as well as sleeping in the barn and night games. Our group became truly inseparable. I loved coming to Whitchurch Camp so much that I volunteered for weeks at a time. I had taken up lessons at Whitchurch Riding Academy during the year since discovering a real love for riding. I joined the Whitchurch Pony Club and competed at many horse shows and events. Last summer, I was privileged to become a camp counselor after many years of Counselor-In-Training, and I hope to be a counselor for many more years to come. ...



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  • Ontario Camps Association Associations
  • Ontario Equestrian Associations


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