Horse Sense and Riding Sense summer camps offer hands-on experiences with horses and an introduction to the day-to-day activities of a working stable. Summer camps for 2014 season are full, and information on next season's offerings will be available in January 2015.
Horsemanship Courses and Tours
Our equestrian lesson programs are scheduled to begin with Session C on Tuesday, July 29th. We’ll offer Horsemanship I and II group lessons, plus private and semi-private lessons according to the schedule below. We invite students over the minimum of 12 years to participate. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis with a completed application, waiver and full payment. Please call (630) 668-6012 with questions.
Introduction to Horsemanship I Group Lessons are designed for the inexperienced equestrian as well as for those with past experience who feel they need a refresher course. Objectives of the course are to learn how to halter and tie a horse correctly; basics of grooming a horse; mounting a horse; rider’s position in the saddle to develop a secure and balance seat at the walk and trot; the basic aids for turning and stopping a horse plus much more. The group lessons consist of a six-week session, with lessons meeting once per week for two hours.
Introduction to Horsemanship II Group Lessons are open to individuals who have the approval of a Danada instructor. Objectives of the course are to understand proper fit of tack; applying correct use of aids at the walk and trot; arena schooling figures; continuing to ride over ground poles; posting diagonals; and general horse care principles. The group lessons consist of a six-week session, with lessons meeting once per week for two hours.
Private and Semi-Private lessons are tailored to the individual’s horsemanship skill level. Beginner students may participate in unmounted instruction such as grooming and tacking. Lessons may also be designed for students wishing more concentrated instruction to correct a specific riding difficulty or achieve a performance goal. All lessons are 30 minutes long and can be purchased individually or in packages of six lessons. Semi-Private Lessons require students to provide their own partner at the same skill level. Students must arrive early to groom and tack-up their assigned horse. Reservations are required and must be made one week in advance by calling (630)668-6012 or stopping by during office hours to sign-up.
Session C-Tuesday July 29th to September 14th
*Note no lessons will be held Saturday August 30th and Sunday August 31st.
Horsemanship I Group Lessons
Horsemanship II Group Lessons
Private and Semi-Private Group Lessons
p.m. to 5:00 pm
p.m. to 5:00 pm
Guided Group Tours
Danada’s one-hour guided tours offer groups and organizations with members of all ages tours of the Danada Barn including information on horse behavior, types of feeds, different saddles and tack and an introduction to one of our horses during a grooming demonstration. Tours are $35 per group of 20 for DuPage residents and $65 per group of 20 for nonresidents. For more information call the center at (630) 668-6012 or download the application. Download the Barn Guided-Group Tour Application.
For Teachers and Their Students
Danada offers programs that meet state curriculum standards for grammar school and high school classes. For more information, view the Teachers Guide or call the center at (630) 668-6012.
For Scouts and Scout Leaders
Learn more about opportunities for Scouts and other youth groups at Danada. For more information, view the Scouting Guide.