Welcome to our Ranch, where we strive to provide quality equestrian experiences!
We have 35 horses and almost 400 acres of land to explore and ride on, including the beautiful shoreline of Possum Kingdom Lake. Come and enjoy a long relaxing trail ride on one of our great friends, or, visit each week to saddle up and learn horsemanship skills with our riding lesson program. We offer a different equestrian program for all age groups and ability levels.
Our trail rides are an excellent option for those who wants to explore some of views at Camp Grady Spruce. Guests are provided a horse of their own and will learn how to control and communicate with their horse. Saddle up and enjoy a relaxing staff-led walking trail ride through the hills, grasslands and even shorelines of camp.
30 min = $20/person
1 hr = $40/person
1.5 hr = $55/person
2 hrs = $65/person
This is a 2-hour program designed to give any Cowboy or Cowgirl the opportunity to work with and gain hands-on experience with a horse of their own!
Learn how to groom, saddle and lead your new friend and each session ends with the opportunity to ride in the arena with one of our instructors.
This is a 3-hour program that will bring a smile to any horse lover's face! Come ready to ride. Learn how to saddle, groom and lead your horse, then enjoy a riding lesson in our arena. Finish the day with a trail ride on your new friend through some of the prettiest trails camps offers.
*Group discount for 5 or more people
This is perfect for the family or group of 6-12 friends that want to spend time together doing something unique. This 4-hour afternoon ride is through some of Camp Grady Spruce’s nicest trails to our remote “Hammock Village” on the shores of Possum Kingdom Lake. Sit back and relax while having a sack lunch or campfire lunch. Finish the ride with a shoreline and wood trail ride back to the barn.
Deluxe Ride - Overnight
This program is perfect for that trail rider who wants to experience a little more of what nature has to offer. Enjoy a relaxing trail ride out to our remote “Hammock Village” and primitive campsite to relax and enjoy the wilderness, while our staff cooks up a delicious dinner over the fire. We'll set up your hammocks for the night, make some treats for the horses and enjoy some s'mores before camping out under the stars. We will return to the corral the next morning with a sunrise trail ride back along the shores or Possum Kingdom Lake. Doesn’t get any better than this!
*Minimum of 6 to maximum of 12 riders
Horsemanship from the hooves up!
Campers will be paired with their own horse and will learn how to take care of and ride their horse.
Spring Break Session:
Private Horseback Riding Lessons
We do offer private 1-hour lessons for beginner-intermediate riders. We will help your rider explore their love of horses and take their abilities to the next level! From the hooves up, lessons focus on riding ability, as well as a variety of disciplines. Please contact our Equestrian Coordinator Angelica Noris.
Safety is always our number one priority here at YMCA Camp Grady Spruce and CGS Ranch. We are proud to say that the Certified Horsemanship Association accredits us and we work to provide the safest and best equestrian experience possible. Our staff has extensive training in safety practices and techniques when working with horses, as well as trail etiquette and emergency procedures. They also hold certifications as CHA riding instructors and are First Aid/CPR certified.
Any and all persons under the age of 18 are required to wear an ASTM-SEI-approved helmet at all times when in the arena, riding and/or in the vicinity of a horse. Any persons above the age of 18 are required to wear an ASTM-SEI-approved helmet while riding only. CGS Ranch provides all helmets.
When preparing for your time with us, please remember:
To arrive 15-20 minutes before your scheduled time to ensure maximum ride/handling time is gained.
There are no restroom facilities located at the barn. The closest restrooms are located at either of the two dining halls.
There are no pets allowed on CGS property.
What to Bring:
- Long pants
- Closed-toed shoes that completely encompass the foot (no crocs or sandals)
- Release & Waiver of Liability
- Any health documents that may restrict riding ability
- Form of payment (Check/Cash/Credit Card)
- Refillable water bottle
- Bug repellent
For more information about any of these Equine programs, please email Angelica.