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Horse Riding

The Horse Riding Academy provides students opportunities to learn about the horse, how to ride horses, about life as an American college student, and about American culture.  

This academy will take place in Summer 2018 with specific dates to be determined. Check back often as we will post those dates soon!  

To ensure appropriate numbers of students in the barns and with the horses, enrollment is capped at 20 students. So email to let us know of your interest in joining this academy in Summer 2018! 

Important Info:

  • Kathryn T. Bliss, OCI Coordinator, at

  • Cost: $4,300-$4,600

  • Camp Location: Lexington, Ky.

  • East Coast Tour includes visit to Boston and NYC!

What You'll Learn...

  • Horses 101: Horse breeds and disciplines, coat colors and markings, horse nutrition, equine tack and equipment, and external parts of the horse 
  • Safety Around Horses: How to approach a horse, safety zones, and how to behave around horses 

Horse Riding Lessons

During horse riding lessons, students will learn how to ride English and Western Styles, tack (Saddle, Bridle, etc.), and groom a horse .

Academy Field-Trips

Examples of academy field-trips include going to the Kentucky Horse Park, to Keeneland Race Track, and to a horse medicine and rehabilitation center, among others.  

Academy Cultural Activities

Students will experience cultural activities such as attending a local outdoor concert, watching a movie at drive-in movie theater, attending a baseball game, and enjoying Kentucky cuisine at a cookout on a local horse farm.  

The East Coast Tour

At the conclusion of the UK OCI Horse Riding Academy, students will go on a tour of the East Coast of the United States. During the tour to Boston and New York City, they will visit the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, and Columbia University. Students will also experience the life and sites of both of these famous US cities.  

Horse Riding Academy Fee

Fee: $4,300-$4,600  

This fee includes tuition, accommodations, meals, transportation in Kentucky, flight to Boston, East Coast Tour, and a commission charge. The cost of required equipment is approximately 250 and is not included in the fee.