Circle Lake Ranch
Equestrian Academy & Summer Camps
Horse, Cattle & Organic Hay Ranch

Summer Camp

Summer camp at the Ranch’s equestrian center is fun and exciting, and students leave with memories of a lifetime!

Circle Lake Ranch’s equestrian center, located in Katy, Texas, offers summer horse camp educational programs. Our sessions have been held since 1998, our safety record is outstanding, and our riders leave the ranch happy and well-educated. This year we celebrate our 20 year anniversary; in that time, we have taught over 8,000 students to ride.

We have programs for the beginner equestrian student. We also have a fantastic indoor classroom with a life-size horse model, an overhead projector, and surround sound to enhance the learning experience!


Session 1: May 28 – June 01 – Session Closed
Session 2: June 04 – June 08
Session 3: June 18 – June 22
Session 4: June 25 – June 29
Session 5: July 09 – July 13
Session 6: July 16 – July 20 – Session Closed
Session 7: July 30 – August 03
Session 8: August 06 – August 10

All classes will be from 8AM – 12PM; students will not eat their lunch at the ranch due to sanitary concerns unless there is a medical reason. (We have never had a problem before and want to be safe.) Please eat a big breakfast before coming to camp!

We require a medical and liability release to be signed prior to riding. Both parents must sign the liability release.

There will be a horse show on the last day of each camp session (Friday). The time for your child’s show class will be given to you by Thursday of each week.

We have 20 years of experience and have taught over 8,000 riders. Students receive daily instruction in horseback riding, and safety is our ultimate priority. Side-walkers are available for each beginner student until they are able to control their horses. We own over twenty-seven horses, each selected for their gentle personalities. Our programs teach horsemanship and strive to build children’s self-confidence.

On the last day of camp, riders participate in an exhibition show with ribbons and everyone leaves with a prize!

In addition to a daily riding lesson, students will rotate through different learning centers that may include but are not limited to: horse feeding, tacking (putting equipment on the horse), washing & grooming, identifying the parts of a horse, saddle, and bridle, and producing artwork that is learning and horse-oriented. The last day of camp is focused on the horse show for friends and family to watch.

The cost is $399, which is paid as a non-refundable deposit of $199 at sign-up with the balance of $200 due the first morning of camp. Registration is completed online with payments through PayPal.  Your confirmation will not be sent until your online registration is complete.  If you need to cancel your camp registration, we will transfer your deposit to another camp date (if one is available) or exchange it for riding lessons within 60 days of the scheduled camp in case of emergency or illness. Cash refunds are not provided.

The beginner horse day camp is for ages 6–12. We cannot take students under the age of 6 due to the Texas Equine Liability Act.

Camp sessions are held from 8 am – 12noon, Monday through Friday. There is a $10 penalty for late pick-ups.

Riders must wear jeans and appropriate footwear: paddock, riding, or cowboy boots — NO TENNIS SHOES. Helmets are required for horseback riding, and riders are encouraged to bring their own helmets. We have helmets to loan if you do not own one. The ranch also has a small tack store that sells boots, helmets and riding equipment. The riders also need to eat breakfast and apply sunscreen before coming each day (although we usually ride under shade cover).

Security is important to us. Therefore, we cannot have parents on premises who we do not know staying with the children. We have a horse show the last day so your child can demonstrate what they have learned during this time for friends and family. Our staff is kind, caring, and attentive and includes Ms. Lacey, who has been with the ranch for 20 years. Since our inception we have maintained a safety record we are very proud of.