Summer Riding Experience

Summer Riding Experience

The Ethel Walker School's Summer Riding Experience is an extension of the School's renowned equestrian program. Since the early 90s, Summer Riding Experience has helped girls develop into complete horsewomen while having fun! The camp consists of daily riding sessions complemented with activities that include horse care, working with farriers and veterinarians, equine science, and general equestrian knowledge.

We hope to see you this summer! For more information, contact Camp Director and Assistant Director of Riding Randi Booth at or (860) 408-4360.

2020 SRE Dates

June 29-July 3 (Day, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

July 12-19 (Residential)

July 19-26 (Residential) 

July 26-August 2 (Residential)

August 10-14 (Day, 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

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Located on the 175-acre Ethel Walker School campus, the Frank O.H. Williams Barn and Henderson Riding Ring is a state-of-the-art equestrian training facility. It has capacity for up to 65 horses. There are work areas for vets and farriers, two heated wash stalls, and three tack rooms. The Henderson Riding Ring is a lighted indoor arena with dust-free footing and a viewing gallery. The outdoor riding ring is 175' x 350'. There's easy access to the winding trails of Walker's Woods and extensive turnouts. It's a remarkable facility with great energy.

The newest dorm on campus is the home of our residential Summer Riding Experience campers. The 23,000 sq. ft., 38-bed building includes central air, suite-style rooms, one bathroom every two rooms, cozy common spaces, larger community rooms, and a kitchen.

Our new athletic facility, the Centennial Center, includes a brand-new eight-lane pool and double gymnasium.


Summer Riding Experience is staffed by the same team that runs the School's equestrian program.

All adult staff members are second and third generation horsewomen who are seasoned competitors and trainers. You will be coached by the Walker's team to become a more complete rider, whether you are getting on a horse for the first time or are already an accomplished rider. Additionally, girls from Walker's equestrian team assist the Summer Riding Experience adult staff, giving you a glimpse into the spirit and camaraderie of the School's riding program.

Meet Our Riding Staff

Residential Program

Our Residential Program is designed to foster lifelong friendships.

The Summer Riding Experience residential program provides opportunities for girls to interact with each other, members of the Walker's equestrian team and adult instructors in various activities throughout the day and into the evening creating a fun and comfortable equestrian-based experience.

  • Time: Check in is on Sunday from 2:00-4:00 p.m.; check out is the following Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Age: Typically, our residential campers are between 10 and 15 years old
  • Pricing: $1750 (Deposit of $250 is due by April 1, and balance of $1500 is due by June 1, as well as all necessary medical forms)
  • Range of ability: The skills of our campers range from new riders to experienced jumpers
  • Meals: Our dining hall serves healthy meals during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Meals are a time for the entire summer community to come together, including girls participating in other summer programs.
  • Daily activities: Meals with other campers and adult staff, multiple lessons a day, stable management, arts and crafts and other leisure activities, and a horse show each Friday
  • Evening activities: Movie nights, game nights, trips into the local community, and swimming
Each student is welcome to bring their own horse for the session, which requires an additional $500 boarding fee.

Residential Camp Packing List

For Riding

  • Riding breeches
  • Belt
  • Riding socks
  • Appropriate riding boots and chaps (make sure boots have at least a 1" heel)
  • Riding gloves
  • Approved riding helmet
  • Appropriate riding shirts (no tank tops please)


  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Jeans
  • Sneakers
  • Tank tops
  • Light jacket/sweatshirt
  • Rain jacket
  • Appropriate undergarments
  • Swimsuit
  • Pajamas
  • Sweat pants
  • Flip flops
  • Socks

Toiletries etc.

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Hairbrush
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Sunblock
  • Goggles
  • Bug repellant
  • Sunglasses
  • Appropriate bedding (twin x-long sheets, blanket/comforter, pillow, pillowcase)
  • Bath towel
  • Beach towel

Day Sessions

Day camp options are available for local girl and boy riders.
Horse jumping

  • Time: Day session is from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with snack and water included
  • Age: Typically, our day campers are between 8 and 15 years old
  • Gender: Boys are welcome to attend any of our day camp sessions
  • Pricing: $500 (Deposit of $250 is due by April 1, and balance of $250 is due by June 1, as well as all necessary medical forms)
  • Range of ability: The skills of our campers range from new riders to experienced jumpers
  • Daily activities: Lessons, stable management, arts and crafts, and a horse show each Friday
Each student is welcome to bring their own horse for the session, which requires an additional $500 boarding fee.

Day Camp Packing List

  • Packed lunch daily
  • Optional snack
  • One white t-shirt (for craft)
  • ASTM-approved helmet
  • Riding pants
  • Heeled riding boots
  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Change of clothes (including extra shoes)
Campers may also feel free to bring their own saddle and saddle pads, but must understand that if the saddle does not fit the horse properly it may not be used.

Meet Our Horses

You can ride one of the School's horses or board your own. We have wonderful horses for riders of all levels. Girls are paired with horses best suited to their ability.

Each student is also welcome to bring their own horse for the session, which requires an additional $500 boarding fee.

Meet our Horses

Photo Gallery

Q & A

Do campers need to bring cash with them?

Residential campers will only need cash for buying snacks at local stores for their dorm rooms and during community trips, which include the movies and miniature golf.

Can campers bring their phones, iPads etc.?

Yes, they can. Campers are not allowed to be on their phones while in the barn, however.

Can campers room with a friend?

Yes. Roommates are typically assigned based on age, unless friends attend together.

How many campers are there to a room?

Two to three.

Is there adult supervision with all activities?

Yes! Our Summer Riding Experience staff is present at all activities - lessons, meals, arts and crafts, etc.

Can the campers stay another week if they want?

Usually we can accommodate campers who would like to stay another week, providing there is space available. We will definitely try to make it work.

Who takes the campers on trips like movie night?

One of our staff members on duty, who is licensed to drive via the Connecticut public passenger endorsement, will chaperone trips to activities in the area.