Big Horse TLC Horseback Riding Camps

2019 is our 11th year offering horse camps at Good Reception Ranch (GRR) in Erie, Colorado!


To see our 2019 camp schedule or to register now, please click here.


About Our Summer Camps

At GRR, we aim to create a friendly environment for creatures and humans to have fun and grow together.  Each of our campers joins with a horse for the duration of their camp to learn more about riding, caring for and communicating with their equine partner.  There is a daily riding lesson, as well as afternoon horse time and activities that often include bareback riding.

Each camp is comprised of small groups of 6 to 8 riding participants per camp and 3 to 4 riders per lesson, which allows us to give personalized attention from our experienced team.  Our supportive team emphasizes both physical and social-emotional growth.

The first thing our campers learn is to understand herd dynamics and read horse body language in order to work safely with horses. These capabilities may even be transferred to interactions with family, friends and others!

We teach solid riding skills that form the building blocks for success in any riding discipline–beginning with a balanced seat, an independent hand, and an understanding of leg and other communications aids.

Throughout our fun camp learning and competitive activities, participants will gain confidence and leadership skills, as we emphasize the importance of and ways to develop meaningful relationships (with horses and humans).

And, kids make each week extra special helping us to design camps by choosing from a number of activities, such as, observing horses at liberty; learning training techniques; bathing horses; water fights; exploring the ranch; barn chores, horse-related art and more!  Finally, we work to tailor the experience for each child providing the right degree of challenge and support for each individual depending on his/her level.

After nine years, we welcome returning campers–many of whom go on to mentor other young riders through our leadership program!



  • Standard camps are for ages 7 to 12.
  • We offer leadership and riding camps for ages 11 or 12 and up.
  • Week-long camps are Monday – Friday from 9am – 4pm and cost $500.
  • A 50% deposit is due at the time of registration.  The remainder is due on the first day of camp.
  • This year the campers will help us create an honoring ceremony on the last day of camp (in place of a horse show).
  • We offer healthy snacks, treats, and cold lemonade throughout the week, but campers are also encouraged to pack lots of water and a hearty lunch & snacks!


Which instructor is best for my child?

  • Liz Polanco has hosted camp programs at GRR since 2009.  Her emphasis is on communications and relationships through enlightening and fun activities that show campers how to bond and partner with their horses.  Liz is particularly geared for riders who need a little extra support to relax, feel confident and excel.


Camp Details & Sign Up


Teens (and tweens with horse experience) can participate as Horse Leaders. All spots to be a volunteer horse leader have been filled for this season. To look into attending our camp for horse leaders, see here.

Please email with any questions.