Southern District 4-H Horse Camp is a weeklong residential summer camp for boys and girls who are interested in learning about horses. Emphasis is placed on educating participants in horsemanship, equitation, and showmanship techniques in a wide variety of disciplines.
4-H Horse Camp welcomes riders of all skill levels. Beginners gain riding experience and intermediate/advance riders gain confidence by offering classes that sharpen riding skills and horse knowledge.
4-H Horse Camp provides a safe and fun environment for campers to spend a week learning to develop their Head, Heart, Hands and Health. Through fourfold development, campers learn life skills, build self-esteem, teach respect and appreciation for others, learn to work in a cooperative manner, and teach healthy habits.
Each day, campers spend time working with their horse to develop their riding and showmanship skills. Daily clinics provide campers the opportunity to learn more about a variety of equine topics. Other activites included crafts, swimming, recreation, team building activities and a nightly campfire program. At the end of the week, campers have the opportunity to showcase their horsemanship skills in our annual horse show.
This camp is open to children who are 9 years of age (or have completed the 3rd grade) through 21 years of age. 4-H members and prior campers are given preference.
Campers are required to bring their own horse and are expected to be responsible for the care of their horse during camp. All campers are required to wear a riding helmet with a safety harnesses.
Southern District 4-H Horse camp is held in June at Camp Virgil Tate in Kanawha County, near Charleston, WV.
The 4-H club program in West Virginia is a non-profit organization affiliated with West Virginia University’s Cooperative Extension Service. All West Virginia youth are eligible to participate in 4-H activities, which focus on education and personal development in fun, nontraditional environments.