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Designed for campers with a passion for horses, Camp Minikani Equestrian Camps will help your child learn to ride or enhance their current riding techniques.

Supervised by Equestrian Director Alexandra Philpin, our programs offer a variety of options for riders of all levels and styles. Our goal is to allow campers to follow their dreams of learning to ride, while building self-confidence and independence. Programs are based on ability and experience more than age.


For a guideline of camp riding ability requirements, outline of daily activities or to request an assessment lesson, call 262-251-9080 ext 6451.



At our week-long camps your child will be fully immersed in horses from dawn until dusk before joining the other campers for fun group activities in the evening. Your child will take care of their “own horse” for the week; ride twice a day; learn many aspects of horse care and stable management. Our progressive camps culminate in our Equestrian Apprentice Program, which run parallel with the Minikani Leadership Training Program. Each level of camp is geared toward a different riding ability.


Beginner Equestrian
Ages 8 - 12

Geared toward campers who have never ridden before or are a little timid, this week at camp will help build confidence on and around our mild-mannered lesson horses.

Session offered: 1, 1A, 1B


Beginner/Intermediate Equestrian
Ages 8 -14

Designed for both the beginner rider or those who can walk and post to the trot independently and with good control. Campers grouped according to ability.

Session offered:  4A, Minisession


Intermediate Equestrian
Ages 8 - 14

If your child has some experience and is comfortable riding at the walk, trot, and is ready to canter, this camp will build on those skills with instruction from our experienced instructors and counselors.

Session offered: 2, 2A, 2B, 4B


Advanced Equestrian
Ages 12-16

Designed for the advanced rider who’d like to experience the thrill of trying out the Salaj/Bauer cross-country course. Campers will spend their day at the barn learning more advanced techniques in riding on the flat and over fences, as well as advanced stable management. One day will be spent on the “x-country” course, where riders will learn how to ride their horses in open spaces and over natural obstacles. The use of a back protector is included in the cost of camp.

Session offered:  3B



Day Camp
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

With the exception of Young Equestrians, campers split their day between equestrian activities at the barn and participating in the regular day camp program on the main camp. While at the barn, campers will enjoy a variety of riding experiences including lessons, trail rides and learning different aspects of horse care.


Taking the Reins
Ages 7 - 10

A beginner level camp for those with an interest in horses, or those who need more confidence. This camp includes basic riding and horsemanship skills.

Sessions Offered: All one-week sessions


Ages 9 - 11

An intermediate level camp designed for campers who are comfortable in the posting trot unassisted. Campers will improve riding skills and knowledge of horse care.

Sessions Offered: All one-week sessions


Young Equestrians Intermediate
Ages 10 - 12

For the horse-loving camper who wants to spend their whole day in the barn. Campers should have completed Trailblazers or be able to post to the trot and ride independently at walk and trot. In addition to riding each day, campers will build on their knowledge of horse care and stable management, assisting in lessons and helping in the barn. Young Equestrians are given the opportunity to cool off during the day with a swim in the lake or pool.

Sessions Offered:  All one-week sessions


YMCA Camp Minikani

875 Amy Belle Road
Hubertus, WI 53033

Phone: (262) 251-9080