Young Horse & Hound Online users looking for a holiday with a difference might be tempted by what’s on offer in Colorado this summer.

The State University in Colorado is offering an international summer horsemanship camp for riders aged between 10 and 18.

The American camp, which takes place in June, is designed specifically to incorporate all aspects of horses and horsemanship.

As well as offering masses of riding there is also the opportunity to gain the benefits of top class instruction and residents are trained in safety and equine anatomy. An introduction to polo is also on offer.

Evening lectures and demonstrations accompany the more practical side of the course.

Camp co-ordinator Marci Young point out that the course is – above all – about having fun: “We offer masses of riding and top-notch instruction, but the camp encourages residents to make friends and enjoy themselves,” she says.

The university has been running the camp for 15 years, but this year hopes to attract a more international crowd.

There are 40 places per course open to intermediate and advanced riders, and horses are available on site to hire. Novice riders and beginners are recommended to acquire some riding skills before joining.

The two camps run from 10-15 June and 17-22 June, and both cost $500, exclusive of transportation to the camp.

The price includes full board in college dormitories and all activities. Marci stresses that residents anyone on the camp must be comprehensively insured.

For further information, contact Marci Young on 001 970 4918509.