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Riding Workshop

Summer Riding Workshop combines qualified staff and excellent facilities to create an atmosphere where campers learn to ride and expand their knowledge in horsemanship. Both beginners and riders with some experience will develop their horsemanship skills in a safe, fun environment.

Our Riding Program Includes

  • Top notch facilities including two outdoor rings and one large indoor riding ring
  • Daily group instruction
  • Learn to ride or build up new skills. Already taking riding lessons and want to learn more? Consider the Middle School Level Riding Workshop
  • Qualified and active supervision
  • Rain or shine...we ride!

Summer 2019 Session Dates


Sessions Grades Dates Elementary Rider Cost Middle School Rider Cost
Session 1 Elementary: Rising 3-5 
Middle School: Rising 5-8
June 17-21 $670 $795
Session 2 Elementary: Rising 3-5
Middle School: Rising 5-8
June 24-28 $670 $795
Session 3 Elementary: Rising 3-5 
Middle School: Rising 5-8
July 8-12 $670 $795
Session 4 Elementary: Rising 3-5
Middle School: Rising 5-8
July 15-19 $670 $795
Session 5 Elementary: Rising 3-5
Middle School: Rising 5-8
July 22-26 $670 $795

Camp Open House

Sunday, June 2, 10 am-2 pm

Drop in anytime between 10 and 2 to tour campus, meet the staff, and shop the camp store! 

Program Details

To learn more, select a category below: 

Hours & Location
  • Riding Workshop happens on the grounds of the Madeira campus, primarily in the Stables and the Gaines Hall Indoor Riding Ring.
  • Camp hours are 9:00 am-3:15 pm. We do not offer before-camp care. Please do not drop your camper off prior to 9:00 am as there will be no staff to greet them. 
  • Pick-up begins at 3:15 pm. A camper is marked as late pick up starting at 3:30 pm. If you are late picking up your camper he/she will be sent to Extended Day and you will be charged the daily Extended Day rate of $35 per camper. 
  • Families have the option of enrolling in the Extended Day program. Campers in Extended Day can be picked up any time between 3:30 pm and 6:00 pm.

Detailed drop off and pick up instructions will be emailed to you prior to the start of camp. 

Our Policies

Payment & Cancellation

  • A $250 per-camper, per session deposit is required to secure your spot at camp. This deposit goes towards your camp tuition. In addition, a one-time $30 processing fee is due for each camper at the time of registration. All deposits and registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Full payment is due by May 1 for registrations made prior to May 1
  • Full payment is due at the time of registration for all registrations made after May 1
  • Summer at Madeira reserves the right ot charge the credit card on file for any outstanding balances

Cancellations & Withdrawls

  • If a registration is withdrawn prior to May 1, all payments except the deposit and registration fee will be refunded. Refunds will not be given for withdrawals or changes in status after May 1. 
  • Summer at Madeira reserves the right to cancel any camp. Should this occur, registered families will receive a full refund for the canceled camp, including their deposit.

Health & Medication


  • All campers must submit the appropriate health and medication forms prior to their arrival at camp. Campers who arrive at camp without these forms may be asked to return once their forms are completed. There are no refunds for days missed due to insufficiant or missing forms.
  • All camper forms and forms from doctors offices must be submitted to the Madeira health team in English. At this time, we are unable to accept forms in any other language. 


  • If your child has been prescribed medication he/she will need to bring onto the Madeira campus, you must complete the appropriate Care and Consent form, located under the forms tab.
  • All prescription medications must come to camp in their original pharmacy container, with the prescribing label attached. Please make sure your medication has not expired, as it will not be accepted.
  • The Madeira Health and Wellness Center is stocked with over-the-counter medications; therefore campers should NOT bring medications such as Acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol), Ibuprofen (e.g. Advil), Diphenhydramine (e.g. Benadryl), Antibiotic Ointment (e.g. Neosporin), and TUMS to camp. The Health Center will contact the parents/guardian directly to obtain permission to dispense over-the-counter medications to the camper if necessary.
  • No camper may carry, keep, or dispense for herself/himself or any other camper any prescription or over-the-counter medications.
  • Non-compliance with this policy may result in dismissal from camp.


  • Even though school is out and camp is on, head lice do NOT take a vacation. Please continue to be vigilant and check your child’s head frequently – especially if you observe scratching!
  • A child may not return to camp until treated and all nits are removed. Upon returning to camp, the camp nurse must verify that there are no nits in order for the camper to remain at camp. Refunds are not issued for days missed due to head lice.

Sick Camper

  • Campers should not be sent to camp if he/she is sick, including but not limited to: eye infection, diarrhea, vomiting, severe sore throat, bad cough, fever and/or skin rash. 
  • Campers may return to camp no sooner than 24 hours after last episode of diarrhea, vomiting, or fever.  Fever is defined as 100.0 F.  Temperature must be taken 24 hours after last dose of fever-reducing medication. 
  • A camper requiring any form of antibiotic treatment must refrain from attending camp for the first 24 hours of this treatment.  We reserve the right to require a note from your camper’s healthcare provider indicating he/she is no longer contagious prior to your camper’s return to camp.
  • For the safety and well-being of our camp community, campers presenting with any indication of communicable illness are forbidden from participating in camp-related activities and are required to be immediately picked up from camp. Refunds are not issued for days missed due to illness.

Behavior Expectations

  • Campers' attitude and behavior are critical for the sucess and enjoyment of summer camp. It is important that all campers agree to abide by the following:
    • Innaprorpriate language or behavior will not be tolerated at camp. This includes but is not limited to: the use of swear words, derogatory statements or gestures, refusing to follow safety instructions as outlined by the camp staff, defacing or inappropriately using Madeira property including buildings, supplies, and equipment, and any other behavior that could cause harm to onself, another camper, or Summer at Madeira staff.  
    • Intentionally harming or bulling another camper either physically or emotionally may result in immediate dismissal from camp. Parents will be notified by phone to assist in helping the camper to make more positive choices. If behavior does not improve, the child will be asked to leave camp. If a child is dismissed from camp as described, families understand that they are not entitled to and will not receive a refund.
    • Any use of tobacco, alcohol, or drugs will result in immediate dismissal from camp.
    • Cell phones, tablets, toys, electronic games, MP3 players, etc. are not allowed at camp, and if found will be held in the camp office until the end of the day and turned over to the parent. Summer at Madeira is not responsible for any belongings that are lost, stolen or damaged. It is our recommendation that you ensure these items are left at home.
  • In the event that a camper violates these terms, we reserve the right to dismiss the camper. As a result, the camper would forfiet all registration fees. 

Swimming Pool

  • Each camper is tested at the beginning of the session and will wear a wristband color-coded according to ability.
  • Those that are non-swimmers will be grouped together and remain one-on-one with a swim instructor until they learn to swim.
Health & Safety
  • Camper health and safety are our top priority.
  • We have a 14 bed Health and Wellness Center staffed by a team of nurses. 
  • All staff working with campers are CPR, First Aid, and AED trained. 
  • All Lifeguards and Pool staff are American Red Cross Lifeguard Certified and attend ongoing inservice training while camp is in session.
  • 24-hour campus security and a gated entrance.
  • For Riding Workshop Health Forms and Medication requirements, click here
Sample Daily Schedule

Each day will be a little different. Here's a taste of what a typical day might look like at Riding Workshop


  • Check-in
  • Morning Meeting
  • Activity Block 1 - Riding
  • Activity Block 2 - Horsemanship
  • Activity Block 3 - Arts & Crafts


  • As a group in the Madeira Dining Hall, or outside, picnic style


  • Activity Block 4 - Horsecare or Swim
  • Middle School Riders - Additional Lesson or Swim
  • End of Day Meeting 
  • Dismissal and/or Extended Day

This schedule is only meant to represent a sample. Campers will also have the opportunity to participate in other activities like swimming, games, or archery. 

Elementary Riders
  • There is no skill requirement for Elementary Riders.
  • Rising 3rd - 5th graders
  • Little to no riding experience, ready to learn the basics!
  • Campers must come to camp wearing their riding attire
Middle School Riders
  • Middle School Riders must have acquired certain skills before the beginning of Summer Riding Workshop. Rider is currently taking riding lessons and is able to walk, trot, and canter in a group.
  • Rising 5th - 8th graders
  • All campers must apply and be accepted into the Middle School Riding program BEFORE registering for camp. To apply, complete the following application www.madeira.org/ridingapp
  • If you have questions reguarding your campers qualifications for the Middle School Riding Workshop, contact the camp director.
  • Middle School riders will receive additional instruction (either ground or mounted lesson) in the afternoons
  • Campers must come to camp wearing their riding attire
Snack & Lunch


  • One mid-morning nut/peanut free snack is provided for each camper. Snacks are things such as goldfish crackers, pretzels, nutrigrain bars, popcorn, etc. 
  • Campers enrolled in Extended Day are provided with one late-afternoon nut/peanut free snack. 
  • Campers with allergies or dietary restrictions may opt to bring their own morning snack. Please contact the camp director if brininging your own snack.


  • Everyone eats lunch together in the Madiera dining hall; lunch is supervised at all times by Camp Greenway staff and admin. 
  • Campers may bring their own bagged lunch, or can opt to purchase a lunch plan. The lunch plan is $60 per camper per sesion, and offers healthy and delicious choices daily, including a vegetarian option. If you are interested in the lunch plan, and your camper has dietary needs you'd like to discuss, please contact the camp director.
  • The Madeira School is not a nut-free campus

We make every effort to accomodate your childs' dietary needs. Please indicate any allergies or food aversions on your camper forms so we may plan.

Riding Attire
  • Riders should arrive each morning wearing their riding attireWe recommend campers bring additional clothing, such as shorts and sneakers, to change into after their riding lesson(s). 
  • Riding attire includes:
    • Long pants
    • Shoes or boots with a heel, preferable paddock boots. Sneakers are not permitted for riding. If your camper arrives in sneakers he/she will not be permitted to ride that day.
    • An equestrian helmet (ASTM/SEI certified helmets)

Riding Workshop Extras



Campers may bring their own bagged lunch, or can opt to purchase a lunch plan. Campers purchasing lunch enjoy hot lunch from the Madeira dining hall. All campers eat together in a shared space.

$30 per session

Bus Transportation

Bus transportation is offered through cluster stops. Morning pick-ups are between 7:45 and 8:05 am, and afternoon drop-offs are between 3:50 and 4:30 pm.

Routes and Stops

  • McLean (McLean Hardware, Clemyjontri Park, Langley High School)

  • North Arlington (Chesterbrook Shopping Center, Yorktown High School)

  • Great Falls/Reston (Village Centre, Nike Park, Reston Public Library)

  • Tysons (Spring Hill Rec Center, Freddie Mac)

  • Vienna (Glyndon Park, Outback Steakhouse on Maple Ave.)

Stops may be cancelled due to low ridership. If bus transportation is cancelled, you will be refunded any money paid towards bus travel. 

$120 Round-Trip

$60 One-Way

Extended Day

Monday-Friday, 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

For a little extra time at camp, join us at Extended Day. This optional program is a time for campers to relax with their friends and participate in different activities like crafts, games, building challenges, swimming, or a movie. 

$150 per session

$35 daily drop-in rate

Swim Lessons

Tuesdays and Thursdays (for a total of 2 lessons), 4:00 - 5:00 pm.

If your camper wants or needs additional after-camp swim instruction, sign up for swim lessons. Lessons are provided by a certified swim instructor. In the event of inclement weather which requires our pool to shut down, every effort will be made to provide a group make-up lesson within the week. However, no refunds will be granted for missed days or cancellation due to inclement weather.

$60 for 2 lessons


Camp Questions?

Want more information about Summer at Madeira? Contact us at 703-556-8213 or email us.