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Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

One of New England’s premier horseback riding programs

Our two spacious stables can accommodate up to 28 horses and ponies that all live in box stalls. Nashoba North takes pride in our prized and well-mannered horses and ponies who return to camp each summer. They are known for their dependability, suitability and calm manners. The riding program focuses on hunt seat equitation and the balance seat style of English riding. Riders may chose to ride either one or two hours a day and have a third hour at the stable for a hands-on horsemanship lecture. Our talented equestrian staff can teach beginners learning to steer through advanced riders that compete at the jumping level. All lessons are scheduled according to ability.

Nashoba’s hands-on stable management program allows riders to learn all about horses, including: grooming, feeding, conditioning, saddle fitting, bridling, ailments/illnesses, conformation, first aid, bandaging, breeds, course design and much more. Classes are small, personalized and interactive. Our program is a perfect preparatory program to the Interscholastic Equestrian Association team experience during the school year. Looking for a shorter one week intensive riding experience check out the Toppers program.

“My daughter attended Camp Nashoba North for 5 summers. For our family, the experience was fantastic. CNN fosters a supportive environment for campers to try new activities and a chance to excel at the ones they like. It encourages communication skills and independence that enriches their adventures and further allows them to make lifelong friends. As a USEF Judge and Horse Trainer, I have always been impressed with the camp’s comprehensive riding program. The campers have access to many quality lesson horses and ponies and the counselor’s create interactive lesson plans coupled with an important emphasis on stable management and horse care. CNN is indeed a magical way to spend the summer!”
~ Andrea Wells, USEF Judge

Katie Angis

Riding Director

Katie joined Nashoba North in 2004 as a key member of the equestrian staff teaching riding, stable management, and helping with the care of the Nashoba horses. In 2005 Katie took on the role of Riding Director, bringing years of teaching experience as well as stable management knowledge to camp.  After four years as director Katie took a job as stable manager in Groton, MA that kept her busy caring for 35 horses and working with her own young horse. Katie returned to the CNN Riding Director position in 2013.

As Riding Director, Katie places the campers into appropriate lessons according to experience and then monitors their progress daily. She helps the riding staff plan their lessons on and off the horses and continues to teach and lecture. Katie’s goals as well as camp’s is to develop skilled young riders through positive reinforcement techniques.

During the camp off-season, Katie continues to teach riding, manages a group of horses and competes her own horse in Florida.

Favorite CNN Memory:

Watching campers improve through the session in their horsemanship abilities.

Nashoba North Experience:

  • 2013- present: Riding Director
  • 2005-2008: Riding Director
  • 2004: Riding Staff

Education:

  • Southern New Hampshire University, M.S. Accounting
  • Averett University, B.S. Business Management and Equestrian Studies
  • Certified Licensed Riding Instructor Massachusetts
  • Certified, American Riding Instructor Association
  • Certified Camp Horsemanship Association

What to bring

Riders must bring their own approved harness helmet, riding boots (tall or paddock style), and breeches/jodphurs.

This program is offered at an additional fee which includes all lessons, lectures in and outside of camp, special seminars, horse show entry fees and camp invitationals. Campers may bring their own horse or pony if space is available for an additional fee.

Riding fee for 4 weeks $600.00 Shorter session are $150.00 per week

Want a more intensive riding experience? Then consider the Toppers Riding Program for girls ages 9 to 15, moderate riding ability is required. To learn more click here.

Proper Helmet Fitting for Riders: Click Here

Animal Care

At Nashoba we are able to offer an animal care program that our campers thoroughly enjoy. Each summer we have two baby goats and two calves given to us from a local dairy farm for our staff and campers to take care of. During the summer we also visit a local animal center called Pineland Farm for a special trip.

Welcome Grand Prix rider Tricia O’Connor

Camp Nashoba North is thrilled to work with Tricia O’Connor, Grand Prix rider who has conducted training clinics for enrolled campers at Nashoba North.

Tricia is an accomplished rider and coach who has competed in Grand Prix classics in Germany, the East Coast and Mid West in the United States. A two-time North America Young Rider and Olympic Festival competitor, Tricia will bring insights to Nashoba North’s developing riders. No stranger to the winner’s circle, Tricia has successfully coached junior and amateur riders in the Equitation, Hunter and Jumper finals.

A native of Massachusetts, Tricia resides and coaches in Ocala, Florida. Tricia actively trains and competes Hunter and Jumper prospects while coaching her students in Florida and Jackson Hole, Wyoming.