Horseback Riding

The horse program at Glen Arden has long been under the direction of Barbara Exum, a recognized leader in the field.  We teach Hunt Seat Equitation while developing the thorough horse woman through trail rides, Horse Masters,-the afternoon adoption program, and Barn Ratswho provide, early morning care and feeding.  Trips to the Biltmore Estate and DuPont Forest are provided for extended trail rides and

camping with horses.


The program includes our wonderful two-story barn with twenty-two stalls, a classroom space, a loft for square dances, and a spring fed paddock.  There are two rings; a large ring for advanced riders up the mountain, a smaller ring  near the barn for beginners, and a three acre field for dressage.  A clinic is offered at the end of the  session when we have the annual Horse Show judge by a nationally known judge.

From the youngest to oldest camper, Glen Arden girls gain a true fondness for nature and the love of animals through their exposure to these magnificent creatures.


A true sense of confidence is observed from the first time a camper learns to tack a horse, post a trot, or place in a show.

Campers who wish to take riding while at Glen Arden will be evaluated during their first day at camp. This allows the riding staff to evaluate the

riding ability of each camper. The riding staff will place each camper in a class based on her ability. Campers are required to wear riding helmets, long pants and hard-soled shoes with heels for their riding class.

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