SUMMER CAMP WITH LLCC's "Community Youth Program"


Beginner Camp

It’s safety first for beginners as you learn the basics of proper horse care, behavior and the tack (equipment) you need for riding a horse.  Once you’ve connected with your assigned horse, it’s on to walking, steering, trotting and halting for you and your four-legged friend!

Ages 8-12, June 3 – 6, Mon-Thu, 10 a.m. – Noon

Ages 13-18, June 3 – 6, Mon-Thu, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m


Intermediate Camp

Intermediate riders develop more confidence in understanding your horse and how to be a better leader.  You’ll learn about nutrition and equestrian first aid, as well as spending more time developing your riding skills.

Ages 8-12, June 17 – 20, Mon-Thu, 10 a.m. – Noon

Ages 13-18, June 17 – 20, Mon-Thu, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

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$195 for each rider / camp

Beginners can sign up for Intermediate Camp for their age group based on instructor recommendation.

The Nitty Gritty Details

To determine rider's readiness for the Beginner or Intermediate level, please contact Will Dean at Bright Star Equestrian Centre by email at or call 217-741-3086.

*Please arrive no less than 30 minutes early for orientation on the first day of class. Participants MUST wear closed-toe shoes and long pants each day to participate. Please have your rider wear or bring sunscreen if needed. Safety helmets are provided. 

Camp Illuminate


Summer Camp for Children with Disabilities

Camp Illuminate will allow your special needs child to be part of something that most kids get to do - a summer camp where they get to ride horses! Our emphasis is always "fun up front but safety overall" as our PATH®-certified and trained instructors and volunteers work with our small but mighty group of riders. (For safety and maximum enjoyment of the kids, we are limiting participation to 6 individuals).



DATES: Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday June 3rd-5th, 2019

TIME: 4pm-6pm

COST:  $150 per child

Scholarship Opportunity

Fees for the 3-session camp are $150  per child - we have an opportunity for a few qualified families to receive a partial scholarship for the camp thanks to the generosity of the AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY FOUNDATION / ILLINOIS DIVISION. 

Contact Will Dean at 217-741-3086 to see if your child qualifies.