Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, VA, is not just a beautiful destination to learn about farming and rural life. The park also offers a variety of classes and camps for both paws and hooves! Riding lessons and an All About Horses summer camp are rare opportunities for adults and children to learn horsemanship skills. Dogs and their owners (adults and young handlers!) can enjoy a range of classes, including basic to advance Obedience, an Introduction to Fly Ball, and all levels of Agility.
Horseback riding lessons come in packages of four 90-minute sessions and are structured to not only teach correct riding techniques, but also to promote safe handling practices and proper care for a horse. Classes are split into groups of children and adults, and lessons are tailored to the needs of the individuals as well as the group.
Another exciting way to learn more about horses is through the All About Horses Summer Camp. This camp is a great way for children with no experience to learn about horses and horseback riding. Campers enjoy horse games, daily riding lessons, crafts and other summer fun!
Dog classes ranging from Puppy Kindergarten to advanced Obedience and Agility are offered to both adults and youth year-round. Handlers and their dogs will learn in a positive setting with guidance from qualified instructors. Levels help owners and dogs start at the right skill level and progress at their own pace, with each course building on previous lessons. Agility classes are split into two groups. One group is for those wishing to compete and the other is for owners looking to learn for fun.
Doggone Fun Summer Camp is an innovative camp mixing fun with learning practical skills in dog care. Children ranging from ages 9–14 can participate in activities designed to promote lifelong bonding between owner and pet!
To register for horseback riding lessons call (703) 437-9101. More information and registration for dog classes, Doggone Camp and All About Horses summer camp are available online at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/parks/fpp/classes.htm