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Horse Programs @ Camp Maripai

Camp Maripai in Prescott, Arizona is offering horsemanship programs on weekdays and weekends, during the month of April and Sept. 1 - Nov. 9.

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact the Camp Director, Evelyn Torrez-Martinez or the Horseback Riding Director, Nicole Devening.


2-Hour Badge Workshops

Each 2-hour program works toward or completes a level of our Council’s Own Horseback Riding progression patch, while teaching valuable life skills through interaction with horses. One hour is dedicated to horseback riding and one hour to horse knowledge. Trail riding may be available to girls 4th grade and up who have participated in a previous riding session at Camp Maripai or have equivalent experience. For the comfort and safety of the horse and rider, weight limitations are in effect, persons over 260 lbs. cannot be accommodated. All prerequisites are at the discretion of the riding staff.

Skills are taught based on experience of the group. The skills that girls will learn include:

  • Safely mount and dismount
  • Control horse at walk
  • Circle horse at walk
  • Stop horse
  • Ground lessons (if available)
Daisies Ride, Too!

Daisies (grades K-1) will participate in a short orientation on safety followed by an introductory ride in our arena. An adult must accompany each rider and be able to walk next to and lead the horse. Adults will not ride in this program. 


Special Programming

Girl Volunteer Opportunities
Grades 6-12  |  $60/person

Mini Horse Camp offers horse crazy girls the perfect solution to camp during the school year. During this four hour camp, girls will be able to participate in 1 arena lesson, 1 ground lesson, and 1 trail ride. Bring a sack lunch! Supervision provided by riding staff.

Contact to register.

Weekend Horse Program for Encampments
Grades 9-12  |  FREE

Do you have a daughter or a troop that loves horses? Girls can come spend time (weekdays after school and weekends) hanging out with our horses while learning what it takes to keep up with their care! Girls can clean and polish tack, groom horses, "scoop poop," fill water troughs, and help out with other important "barn chores." Please call to schedule volunteer opportunities.

Weekday Riding Lessons

If your neighborhood has a currently scheduled weekend encampment at Maripai in April, September, or October, we would be happy to offer horse programming to your troop or group. Please note that girls will have priority and adults will only ride if youth spaces are not filled. Please contact the riding director for more information about horse program opportunities. If your encampment is choosing not to participate in horse program but your troop would still like to participate, we would be happy to coordinate with your encampment and schedule your troop, contact us for more info.

Program Available after your encampment on Sunday! We can schedule program for your troop after your encampment is over. Simply contact us to schedule special programming for your troop!

Weekday Trail Rides
Grades 2-12 and adults

Group Lessons (up to 4): $40/PP  |  Private Lessons (up to 2): $50/PP

Lessons will last approximately 2 hours (1 hour mounted.) Students prepare (grooming and saddling) their horse for each lesson and these skills are taught in your first lessons. After lessons, students are required to untack their horse and prepare it for turnout. Currently, we are able to offer beginning and intermediate Western lessons. Email to schedule.


Additional Information

Required Dress

Long pants and socks must be worn. Participants should also wear a bandana to help maintain the cleanliness of our helmets. Shirts with sleeves are recommended for trail rides. Shoes or boots with at least a 1/4 inch heel and smooth soles are required, however a limited supply of loaner boots are available at camp. We do NOT permit sneakers, sandals, or fashion boots. Riding helmets are provided for all riders.


Leaders/parents in the recommended girl/adult safety ratio must stay at the riding arena while girls participate in riding activities, unless otherwise advised. Tagalongs/siblings are not permitted on site. All riding staff and volunteers complete an application, background check, and training.


If you are unable to attend a program, you must notify the camp in writing at least 7 business days prior to the program date, to avoid being held financially responsible. If you have cancelled at least 7 business days prior to the event, you will receive a refund for the total amount paid for that event.

On rare occasions, we must cancel a program due to unforeseen circumstances, including weather (primarily monsoons) volunteer availability, and horse injury or illness. We will try to communicate cancellations with as much advance notice as possible. However, sometimes in the time it takes you to travel to camp, a storm can move in on an otherwise perfect day and force us to cancel program. If this occurs, we will refund your program fees and offer a complimentary 1-hour indoor educational program related to horses.

Equine Waiver

The Equine Waiver must be signed by every rider and a parent/guardian if the rider is under 18 years of age.


Become a Volunteer Riding Instructor or Trail Guide!

We are seeking adults with extensive horse experience to instruct arena lessons, ground/unmounted lessons, assist riding instructors with lessons, lead & drag trail rides, groom and tack horses, work horses during the week, and assist with general care of horses. Current First Aid/CPR certification is preferred. Free weekend accommodation for volunteers may be available. Email
for more information. Or complete a volunteer application.