Summer Camp Prices - 2023
Horses are expensive to own, so it's an expensive hobby whether you rent them, lease them, or own them. If you compare horseback riding camp prices to your church daycare or traditional daycare, it's expensive. However, since our horse camp offers horseback riding - not just daycare - you need to compare it to the cost of riding a horse... plus more than 10 hours of daycare while you work. Our horse camp is a great deal when you calculate how much it would cost for your child to get five 1-hour rides each day, which includes riding instruction plus an hour of riding. The cost is of the trail ride alone is $80/person, so that totals $400 for the week, which means you only pay an additional $150 for the 1-hour lesson (grooming, tacking up, and riding instruction) and full-day supervision (outdoors on a horse farm).
- Full Day Camp - $550/week
- Half Day Camp - $450/week
- Daily Rate - $135 (full day), $110 (half day)
Our goal is to make horseback riding camp attainable for more children by offering affordable rates and several discounts that you may be able to take advantage of. In addition to our early registration discount and sibling/friend discount, we show our appreciation of repeat campers by extending an additional discount to them.
The riding lesson and trail ride occur in the morning before it gets so hot. Afternoons are spent helping with farm chores: bathing horses, cleaning and filling water troughs, floating horses' teeth, cleaning up horse poop in the hitching rail area and stalls, taking horses back to their pastures, helping to clear trails and pastures, and doing the afternoon feeding. If your child isn't interested in learning about horse care and the responsibilities associated with owning a horse, they can play in the playground, watch movies in the air conditioned club house, or play video games.
Summer Camp In Raleigh
Ages 5 and Up
Spending a day at Dead Broke Farm's horseback riding camp is the closest you can get to spending a day at your grandparents' farm. But for those kids whose grandparents don't live on a farm, they can come experience life on a working horse farm right here at Dead Broke Farm.
The days are relaxed with a flexible schedule. The children are free to decide which activity they'd like to participate in when they aren't having their lesson or riding. The playground, clubhouse, and farm animals are accessible to them in a relaxed country environment. You can expect to pick up your children looking like they had fun on a farm all day, who are tired, proud of themselves, and excited to come back the next day to see their horses. Your kids will develop close bonds with their horses and learn - not just about horse riding - but about the level of care horses require. By far, this experience will resonate much more than any structured day camp. Our staff allow your child to be themselves at their own pace while encouraging them to take active roles in grooming, saddling, and caring for the horses. If you consider the cost of a horse ride, this camp is a tremendous value. Your children don't just 'ride a horse', they get a real understanding of what it's like to have a horse, i.e. they get a well rounded experience. Since the focus is on a working horse farm experience, it may appear on the surface that Deadbroke doesn't offer the bells and whistles and 'shine' of a polished facility. And it's true. So if you're looking for a country-club atmosphere, this isn't your place and it isn't intended to be. The facilities cover the basics: bathrooms, air conditioned 'clubhouse', and playground. You provide the rest: lots of bottled water, lunch, and snacks for your child. It's truly a day-to-day 'going out to the horse farm' experience.
Enrollment is limited to 15 children per week, so early registration is recommended. The ratio of riding instructors to children is 1 to 5 or less. Our camp may not be suitable for parents who desire constant supervision for their children in a highly structured environment. This is a farm - an outdoor camp where they are permitted to choose what they want to participate in and where they'd like to be until time for their ride. They can be in any of the safe zones: playground, air conditioned clubhouse, or down in the barn area with the guides, horses, dogs, and other animals. If you need help in deciding if this camp would be suitable for your child, you can come out to visit our farm. We're open from 8am to 6pm for farm visits. No appointment is necessary for an informal visit.
Camp Activities At Our Horse Farm
1. Western Horseback Riding Lessons (Helmets Provided)
- Tacking up: how to blanket, saddle, and bridle their horse
- Riding Lesson: learning the art of mounting, balance, coordination, and control of the horse
- Horse care: properly grooming, feeding, and performing general upkeep and care of our horses
- Fundamentals: teaching safety precautions, language of Equus, and trail riding etiquette
2. Guided trail ride daily
3. Deluxe Jungle Gym Set
4. Foosball and Video Games
5. Other farm animals to enjoy
6. Casual farm tour of more than 110 acres of pasture and trails
7. Blackberry and blueberry picking (seasonal)
8. Paddle boating on the pond (seasonal as group size permits)
7. Farm chores (cleaning stalls, bathing horses, feeding and watering horses, returning horses to their pastures, etc)
Animals At Dead Broke Farm
Calf with 6 legs!
What Happens If It Rains?
We make every effort to ensure that each child rides every day, but if the weather is prohibitive, the children can:
1. Play with some of the farm animals in the club house
2. Assist the guides in doing barn chores
3. Learn to clean and oil tack
4. Watch movies (many horse movies to choose from)
5. Play foosball and video games
Items To Send With Your Child To Camp
- Plenty of bottled water (at least 4 bottles) with your child's name on them
- Change of clothing (wear long pants for riding, bring shorts for the afternoon)
- Tennis shoes or boots (no flip flops or crocks for riding)
- Lunch packed in a self-contained cooler to keep it cool and prevent the farm animals from eating your child's lunch
- Two snacks
- Bugspray and sunscreen are optional
- Treats to give the horses are optional: apples, pears, carrots, or commercial horse treats, but no sugar cubes. Horse treats are also available for purchase for $1/bag. Each bag contains 10 horse treats.
- If your child has their own ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmet, they can bring it. If not, we provide them at no additional cost. However, if you prefer that you child not wear a helmet that has been worn by others, you can purchase them at our farm when you check in on your child's first day of camp.
While we santize our loaner helmets with lysol spay and a lice preventative spray, we recommend that children either bring their own equestrian helmet or purchase one from our farm on their first day of camp to help ensure that there are no hygiene concerns or issues. We offer several styles and colors to choose from at a very reasonable price, $75 regardless of which helmet your child chooses. When purchasing a helmet online, it can be challenging to order the right size, quite expensive, and often you will incur shipping fees. So we've tried to make it easy for you if you choose to buy one for your child. All of our helmets are brand new, still in the box, and ASTM/SEI certified. Several of the helmets we offer are pictured above. We also offer optional protective helmet covers to help differentiate your child's helmet from another child's and to protect the helmet from scratches and dirt. Some of covers we offer are shown below.
Water Bottle Holders For The Trail Ride
We also offer insulated horn bags that drape over the saddle horn in front of your child for easy access to their water to help keep them hydrated while they are out on the trail. Even though our trails are wooded and shaded, the summer heat can be brutal, so it's a good idea to make sure your child has access to water throughout the day... even when they are on their horses. The cost of our horn bags are $25.
Drop Off and Pick Up Policy
Our farm is a relaxed environment. We are half a mile off the road down a private dirt road where each of the 8 families who live here own 10 to 70 acres. (We have 110). See the great expanse of land surrounding our farm in the photo below.
Our farm is like in the olden days where you didn't have to be as concerned about your child being abducted. I never allowed my daughter to play in our front yard when she was young even though we live in a nice neighborhood, but I have always felt safe with her anywhere on our farm. But clearly, we set boundaries for our camp kids that we consider to be safe areas for them to be in. They aren't allowed in the pastures and must stay in the playground, clubhouse, or down at the barn with us and our horses. We are essentially land locked with only one way in and one way out. And even though we are open to the public, anyone who pulls up is easily noticed, and they are asked if we can help them since no one has any reason to be here without a valid purpose such as: trail riding, picking up or dropping off a camper, getting free manure for their garden, etc. Our farm is large with a central hub up at the barn where the horses are hooked up to the hitching rails for the campers. We simply ask that you let us know when you are dropping off and picking up your child.
We have tried many strategies for the sign-in / sign-out process, but nothing has been very successful. Parents get displeased when they are held up when picking up their children. Cypher coded doors (like they use in daycare centers) won't work because we are in an outdoor environment. The use of a sign-in / sign-out sheet has proven to problematic in locating the staff member on the farm who had the sheet when the last child was picked up. We tried providing secret passcodes for parents to use when picking up, but too often parents can't remember the passcodes provideed to them, or someone else picks them up but the parent forgot to share the passcode with them, which creates an issue. So we rely on the fact that children aren't going to leave with a stranger without raising a fuss that would easily be noticed by one of our staff. In short, if the child doesn't know the person who is picking them up, we won't allow them to take the child without verification from a parent. Furthermore, we ask that if someone other than a parent (grandparent, nanny, aunt, uncle, or another camper's parent) will be picking your child up from camp, that you notify us know in advance.
2023 Camp Sessions
March 27 - April 28, 2023
May 29 - Aug 26, 2023
May, Sept, Oct:
Upon request for 2 or more kids
Cost of Camp
Full Day ($550/wk)
- Dropoff: 7:45am-9am
- Pickup: 5pm-6pm
Half Day ($450/wk)
- Dropoff: 7:45am-9am
- Pickup: 1:30pm-2pm
- Full Day: $135/day per child
- Half Day: $110/day per child
A $100 nonrefundable deposit/week is required to reserve space for your child.
Camp Discounts Available
Full Day Weekly
- Early Registration (by March 31st) - $25 off if paying in full
- Sibling - $25 off/wk for each additional child
- Repeat Camper - $25 off/wk per child
Half Day Weekly
- Early Registration (by March 31st) - $25 off if paying in full
- Sibling - $10 off/wk for each additional child
- Repeat Camper - $10 off/wk per child
No Daily Discounts
Ride With Your Child At Camp
If you'd like to ride with your child while they are attending our camp, you'll get $10 off our normal rate, so you pay just $70 for the 1-hour ride. The offer is valid any day of the week while your child is attending camp, but we recommend you ride on Thursday or Friday, so you can see what your child has learned.
Camp Kids Get A Discount on DBF T-shirts
Children attending the weekly sessions can get a Dead Broke Farm t-shirt for the discounted price of $10 (normally $15). Tie-dyed Dead Broke Farm t-shirts are available for just $15 (normally $20).
Register Your Child for Horse Camp
Because our horseback riding camp can fill up quickly, we recommend that you register early. We only accept up to 12 children per week for the weekly camp and no more than 15 per day including the campers scheduled for individual days.
To reserve a week at camp, please print and complete the Camp Registration Form. You can submit it in one of the following ways:
- Fax them to 919-752-4422
- Mail them via the US Postal Service to our home office: 1215 Kintail Dr, Raleigh, NC 27613
- Drop them off at the farm: 6921 Wildlife Trail, Raleigh, NC 27613.
NOTE: The above form is in PDF format. Adobe® Reader® is required to view and print files in PDF format.
Submit Your Camp Deposit
If faxing the forms to us, be sure to use the Paypal Payments button below to submit the nonrefundable $100 deposit for each child you're registering.
Please note that we can also accept Mastercard, Visa, or Discover over the phone for your deposit, or it can be submitted on the camp registration form, and no processing fee will be billed to you. However, if you choose to pay the balance using a credit card, we will add 4% to your balance. As a small business, we cannot absorb the costs that the credit card companies assess on the full amount. Call us if you wish to use a credit card over the phone for your deposit.
Camp Registration Changes
While we don't charge a registration fee to enroll your child in our horseback riding camp, a $25 fee will be assessed if you wish to change the week you selected after your child's enrollment has already been confirmed. (Naturally, that assumes the new week you are requesting is still available when you submit your change request.)