Welcome to Rockin' E Ranch with The Stables at YMCA Camp Ernst, funded by the Jacob G. Schmidlapp Foundation. The ranch is equipped with a 28 stall barn, two riding arenas, a fluctuating herd of 25-30 horses, and miles of trails!  All of our ranch programs are lead by our CHA certified director and her team of knowledgeable and experienced wranglers. 

Choose to add on to your summer overnight camp session or choose a full week overnight specialty horse camp.  Don't forget to also check out our horse programs offered year round!


YOUNG GUNS RANCH CAMP(Ages 7-9; Available select weeks) Tailor made for our younger campers, these young guns will enjoy a horse experience for three days of their week.  Campers will spend 1 1/2 hours with the horses learning all the basics, including how to ride, groom, and saddle.

RANCH CAMP ADD ON- (Ages 10-15; Available select weeks) Similar to our previous ranch camp, just longer!  Campers will get to spend 3 hours a day at the barn and will rotate between group lessons, arena and trail rides, and barn chores. 

INDIVIDUAL TRAIL RIDES- (Available all summer for campers ages 9-15) Does your camper want to go for a trail ride, but not spend all their time at the barn?  Sign up for one trail ride during their week of camp and the ranch team will schedule your camper a ride during their week of camp.


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EQUINE ADVENTURE- (Ages 10-15; Available select weeks) Perfect for all those campers that want to spend every waking hour at the barn.  Equine Adventure campers will spend their day at the barn doing daily arena lessons, trail rides, and barn chores.  Campers will get a daily time at the pool to cool off.  Evenings will include some of the traditional camp evening programs, plus presentations from local Equine professional! Frequently Asked Questions

ADVANCED RANCH CAMP- (Ages 12-15; Available select weeks) For those serious horse enthusiasts!  This camp will follow the Equine Adventure schedule and will be tailored to those advanced riders!  A horseback overnight during the week, as well as some serious arena and trail work, are just some of what you can expect.

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RANCH HALF WEEK- (Ages 10-15; Available ONCE in summer) For horse lovers who can't squeeze a whole week in to their busy summers! Campers will spend most of their time at the barn with the horses and out riding the trails. Experience the excitement of our Equine Adventure camp packed into four days/three nights. No previous riding experience required.

DAY CAMP SPECIALTY FOR BOYS AND GIRLS - (Ages 9-12; Available select weeks) For the horse lovers who aren't ready to stay overnight just yet! This camp will follow a flexible version of our Ranch Day schedule, where your camper will learn the fundamentals of riding and horse care through ground / arena lessons and trail time each day!