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Therapeutic Riding Camp

July 22-26, 2024

The purpose of camp is to provide equine-assisted therapeutic and recreational opportunities for children with disabilities. The camp is led by staff and students from the department of occupational therapy in collaboration with the departments of equine and agriculture. Campers will enjoy a week of therapeutic horse-riding and fun, hands-on agricultural activities.

Application Process

To begin the application process, please complete all of the form links below. Once we receive all completed documentation and your application has been reviewed you will be formally added to the Wilmington College Therapeutic Riding Camp participation list. We will contact you directly with final arrangements regarding the camp sessions. Wilmington College strives to make scholarship funds available to all riders to cover the cost of the camp.

The purpose of the camp is to provide participants with an opportunity to engage in adaptive riding and horsemanship skills such as grooming and caretaking. Campers will also participate in games, indoor and outdoor physical-motor activities, and barn tasks led by Wilmington College faculty and students. Please note, Wilmington College Therapeutic Riding Camp does not provide “hippotherapy” (see Definitions of Terms).

Summer Camp
Camp will be provided for one week in the summer. Dates and times may vary annually.

$300.00 cost for Summer Camp (Scholarships available)

Wilmington College strives to make scholarship funds available to all riders to cover the cost of the camp. The Wilmington College Occupational Therapy Department will notify applicants of their scholarship status before the start of the camp.

Definitions of Terms

Adaptive Riding focuses on increasing individual riding skills while gaining a therapeutic benefit. The goals set for each rider vary and may result in improved physical strength, muscle tone, balance, self-esteem, self-control, and self-confidence. Peer interaction and social skills can also be developed in this unique setting. For more information about therapeutic riding, you can view the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.) website at:

Hippotherapy (from the Greek “hippo” meaning “horse”) is an intensive one-on-one therapy session with a physical, occupational, or speech therapist utilizing the movement of the horse as a treatment strategy. Hippotherapy does not teach riding skills; instead, the goals are functional goals to improve independence at school, the community, and in the home. The movement of the horse creates a multi-sensory experience that is manipulated and graded by the therapist. The American Hippotherapy Association provides further details about hippotherapy at their website:

Complete your application by May 15!

After you have completed your registration, submit the following forms to secure a spot in this year's camp!

Complete, print and bring the medical release form on the first day of camp.

If you would prefer to complete paper documents, please email Include the campers name, your name and your address. We will mail a packet of forms to you to be completed and returned.