Welcome to Chamounix Equestrian Center
Chamounix Equestrian Center is home to several wonderful programs that promote horsemanship and learning
Riding Lessons- Open to the general public- 7 yrs-up
1-hour group lessons are limited to 6 riders per lesson. Riding instruction is offered Wednesday through Sunday. Instructors teach safety, hands on grooming, tacking and un-tacking in a relaxed but instructional atmosphere. Emphasis on a “balanced seat” and animal-human interaction. Limited private lessons available.
Chamounix Summer Camp -Limited enrollment of 20 kids per 1-week session –5 yrs & up
Chamounix runs one-week sessions from mid June to mid August. Safety for horse and rider is our primary concern. We promote love of horses and riding and foster a spirit of cooperation and teamwork. Our camp counselors are experienced horsemen and women who know the value of setting kids up for success and inspiring self-confidence. At our working stable, campers are involved with daily stable chores, horse care and horse maintenance. Campers also get the opportunity to explore the natural settings of Fairmount Park.
Work to Ride- Children between the ages of 7 to 19
WTR is recognized as being the only program of its kind in the US. It is a tremendously successful program that aids disadvantaged youth through constructive opportunities centered on horseback riding. The program is for youth ages 6 and up that have a strong desire to become part of the Work to Ride family. Applicants must live in Philadelphia, commit to the program for at least 1 year and show financial need.
Chamounix Discovery Day I(non-riding)- Nursery school through High School & Community groups For most kids this will be their first introduction to horses and stables. Children explore the various areas of the stable, paddocks and riding areas on an informational tour that includes: equine behavior, stable terminology, hayloft, stable management, safety, how a working stable runs which culminates in grooming a pony/horse and learning how to lead a pony/horse. It’s all a hands on experience. Minimum of 10 kids. Discovery day is a one-hour program.
Chamounix Discovery Day II (riding) - Children 8 yrs and up - girl scouts, community groups, schools
For most kids this will be their first introduction to horses, stables, and riding. A knowledgeable group leader takes the kids through the various areas of the stable, paddocks, riding areas on an informational tour to include: equine behavior, stable terminology hayloft, stable management and safety how a working stable runs. Kids also learn how to lead a pony/horse, groom, proper mounting procedures, and how to tack and un-tack a horse. Each child will get a minimum of 15 minutes riding. It’s all a hands on experience. Minimum of 6, maximum 12 kids per group. Program is 2 hours in length.
C.E.A.L- Open to the general public- 7 yrs and up
Chamounix Equine Assisted Learning "CEAL" is a program is designed as a team approach bringing together a horse professional, clinician, and the horses to assist an individual or group to learn or improve upon their “life skills”. Most activities take place on the ground and are not mounted activities. It is an educational process, which can produce endless experiences and opportunities for discussion between the facilitators and the clients.
Chamounix Stable hosts a 35 stall barn nestled on 1400 acres of wooded and open space. You can ride in the riding arena or enjoy the trail system in Fairmount Park. If you are feeling especially fond of a long trail ride you can access the Wissahickon Valley for another 1500 acres of woods and trails. We area a full service boarding facility.
215-877-4419 or email email@example.com
December is the month for giving
Help us make our $50,000 goal by January 1, 2015
Our shortfall is your oppportunity to really help the Work to Ride youth and our ponies. The Interscholastic Arena Polo season is underway and the kids are pumped and practicing hard. The outdoor arena is cold and the winds are whipping at 6:00 pm when the kids come nightly to exercise the polo ponies but their enthusiasm remains steadfast as they contemplate each upcoming game. "When is our next game ?" they say, or "Who is on their team? " or "Do you think we can win? " . The optimism is catchy and the opportunites make what we do so much fun so please donate now.