Celebrating 66 years of dedication to horse lovers!
Horse lovers’ paradise since 1954! The purpose of Valley View Ranch has been to help each rancher have the full opportunity of horsemanship through instruction in the ring, time in the saddle on trails, and the care and responsibility of having her own ranch horse, all a’top beautiful Lookout Mountain.
We offer several riding programs and encourage each camper to participate in all of them: English and Hunt Seat, Western Stock Seat and Barrels (Gymkhana), Trails, and Vaulting. Each girl can spend as much time as she likes with her favorite ranch horse during her stay, or she can bring her own.
2020 will be our 66th summer! Ranchers will find the facility comfortable, safe, and spacious. Located on 600 acres of lush pastures, wooded trails, and panoramic views; Valley View is the perfect place for an afternoon trail ride to Sawmill waterfall, and boasts cooler summer temperatures than the nearby city of Atlanta, Georgia.
In addition, the voluntary well-rounded recreational program includes eco-education, swimming and canoeing, arts and crafts, archery, pottery, and of course, horsemanship. Horse shows and gymkhanas conclude each session.
Enrollment is limited to 50 girls and is open to ages 8-17. The Jones family are third generation horse lovers, camp administrators, and equine educators making girls dreams come true!
Equitation is taught under CHA professional instruction, as are all Valley View riding programs. A separate Hunt Ring and barn, and specially schooled horses are available to all girls, beginner to advanced. Classes are arranged according to riding ability and incorporated into her Ranch program. Beginners learn to post first, and then do ground poles and cavelettes. As a rider gains confidence, she will practice equitation over fences in the ring and out in the field. Bring your own horse and enjoy a new companionship amid our mountain scenery.
Stock Seat is Western Equitation. Each rancher has tryouts and is assigned a horse for her stay according to her ability. You can also bring your own horse. Our foundation is built on years of raising Quarter Horses, but we also offer other breeds and colors. Experienced CHA instructors teach equitation and pleasure riding in the Brow Ring. Challenges increase with reining patterns, trail classes, and bareback equitation. Lessons plus time in the saddle on trails, build each camper's confidence, security in the saddle, and communication with her horse.
The Pony Club is our special program for younger campers. They have their own horse, their own barn, tack room, and instructors. The Pony Club has beginner to advanced horses and riders. These girls can participate in all programs offered to older campers, and some created especially for them according to their ability. They learn to halter, groom, bridle, saddle, ride and cool out their mount. Lessons, gymkhana, and trail rides are planned and supervised by our experienced professional CHA staff. Individualized programs are essential for the younger camper's varied attention span, interests, and safety.
BARRELS - GYMKHANA
Training in Barrels teaches the horse and rider to work together as a precision unit. Our Certified Instructors teach the rider to use her head, hands, seat, and legs to communicate with her mount. Gymkhana games in the Rodeo Ring offer a challenge to all ranchers of all ages and levels. Events start simply with cloverleaf, hairpin, Georgia barrels, and stake race. With practice and coordination between horse and rider, classes advance to quarter horse ability, pole bending, and cross-country rodeo patterns.
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Phone 1: 706-862-2231
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Minimum Age: 8
Maximum Age: 17
Year Established: 1954
Capacity: 50 girls
Lodging Available: 5 large wood-framed bunkhouses
Average Cost Per Week:
Camp Length: One Week and Two Week Overnight Sessions Available
Camp Days: Sunday- Friday
Season Starts: June 7, 2020
Season Ends: July 31, 2020
Camp Activities: Horseback Riding (English), Horseback Riding (Western)
Camp Accreditation: Certified Horseman Association
Additional Information: Click here to download registration form