Horsemanship Programs

A student thanking "Ace"  after a great lesson! 2/16/13

A student thanking “Ace” after a great lesson! 2/16/13

About Us:

The Camp Ketcha Horse Barn offers a variety of year-round programming to children and adults in the Great Portland area. We are a community centered stable, focusing on child development, general equine education and proper riding skills. We firmly believe that horseback riding can help promote emotional and physical strength by developing responsibility, independence, and self-esteem as well as balance, flexibility and a strong core in our riders. We also understand the power of experiential education, or “learning through doing”, and we center our offerings around this premise.  We teach both English (with a focus on Dressage and Jumping) and Western lessons.  We also offer Mommy and Me programs to allow parents and children to learn riding skills while making new memories together.

Located in Scarborough, Maine, our facilities include a 12-stall barn, an outdoor arena, large pastures and numerous trails.  We employ a variety of quality instructors with riding experience in many disciplines. We pride ourselves on maintaining happy and healthy school horses that make wonderful partners and teachers.

Stop by the barn 9am to 5pm, seven days a week to check out the facilities, watch a lesson or class in progress, and meet the horses. Please call 207-883-8977 Ext. 110 if you would like to set up an appointment for a guided tour.



When do you teach riding lessons?

Here at Camp Ketcha, we teach horseback riding lessons from 8:30 am to 7:00 pm during the off-season (September-May).  Generally, these are hour long lessons, but a 1/2 hour lesson may also be available.  During summer camp season (June, July & August), we only teach lessons “before/after hours”; therefore, we offer lessons from 8-9am, 12-1pm and and 3:30-7pm.

How can I get my child (or myself) signed up for lessons?

To find out more information or sign up for lessons, please contact our Lead Riding Instructor to set up a lesson with any of our wonderful instructors.  You can reach her at 207-883-8977 Ext 110 or

Can my children take semi-private lessons together?

Yes, they can.  However, we do have a minimum age for semi-private lessons of 9 years old. They must also be evaluated by our instructors by taking at least one private lesson to determine eligibility for a semi-private lesson. Once they are comfortable and independently riding, and we feel that the child match is appropriate, you will be able to set up semi-private lessons.

If your children are either under 9 years old, or are not yet advanced enough to qualify, your kids can still take lessons similtaneously in our arena with two different instructors. You will be billed for two private lessons and your children will receive individual attention, but you will only have to make one trip to the barn!

Can my children take just one Horsemanship Class on a drop in basis? (September – May)

If there is space available in our classes (limit 6 children per class), your child can join on a “drop-in” basis for the prorated amount of $35 per class.  We do ask that you give 24 hours notice when possible.  Also, keep in mind that if your child is not already enrolled in any of our programs, you will have to have paperwork filled out prior to arrival.

How old do you have to be to ride?

Children must be 6 years old to take riding lessons.  However, we do offer pony rides for children ages 2+ and Mommy and Me for Wee Ones classes for children ages 3-5.  So there are many alternative ways to get involved with horses to prepare for your child’s first lesson!

How do I go about leasing a horse?

You must be currently enrolled in our lesson program to be eligible to lease one of our lesson horses. You must be able to independently get your horse from the paddock, tack up and ride safely and confidently on your own.  Your instructor must evaluate and approve your current riding level for safety reasons. In addition, leases are available only if our school horses are available during your requested times.

Once your instructor has approved you to lease, please bring in a list of proposed times to our Lead Riding Instructor or Equine Programs Director and your preferred lease horse choices. We will determine when or if times and days are available for each horse.  From there, we will confirm your alloted 2 riding times per week and which horse you will be riding.  Lease payments are due at the beginning of each month.  Lessee must continue to take a minimum of 2 lessons per month.

Do you ever offer Horse Shows?

We do offer horse shows.  We do have two 4-H affiliated Horse Shows that are open to the general public and two Horse Shows only available to camp and lesson students.  For more information, please call the barn.


June 14th, August 9th, and September 13th

2015 MeHJA Affiliated Shows:

July 12th, August 30th

Can I request more information?

Absolutely.  If you’d like to chat with one of our staff members to answer any of your questions, you can call the barn at 207-883-8977 Ext 110.  If you stop by the barn, we have informational materials that you can bring home that are located to the left of the office entrance.  Alternatively, if you’d like to request for us to mail you information you can contact us at with your name, address, phone number, and the programs that you are interested in.

Where are you located? 

Our physical address is 12 Spurwink Road, Scarborough Maine.  We are located in Scarborough, Maine near the intersection of Rt 144 (Black Point Road) and Rt 77 (Spurwink Road).  If you are coming from Scarborough, we are located about 1/4 of a mile down, after you turn onto Spurwink Road on the left.  If you are coming from Cape Elizabeth, we are located about 1/4 before Spurwink meets Black Point Road on the right.  Coming from this direction, you will see the barn before you see the Main Camp Ketcha Office.

Map of Camp Ketcha Horse Barn