Storybook Adventures - Brookfield Prince Edward Island

By: Storybook Adventures  09-12-2011
Keywords: Horses

Trying, doing, learning, living, discovering, uncovering, imagining, exploring … Little adventures create big results (and big smiles) !


Welcome to the wonderful world of horseback riding - a superbly unique sport which combines exercise, the outdoors and a love of horses.Our goal at Storybook Stables is, first and foremost, to provide a safe and fun learning experience. We offer a wide variety activities from lessons and camps, to shows, clinics, stable management, show preparation, rider level testing, and more. We also have a wonderful mix of school horses which we believe meet the needs of our wide variety of students - all shapes, sizes, levels and personalities (from the most timid to the most adventurous).Our lesson program allows riders to develop skills like balance, stability and comfort at THEIR OWN PACE. It is important to recognize each rider has unique talents and may not master each skill at the same rate as the rest of the class. This is another great facet of our sport. As an individual sport, there is no pressure to ‘keep up’ with the group. Safety, fun and a sense of personal accomplishment are key elements of skill development. Price list at bottom.


For many years, Storybook Adventures has offered popular horsemanship camps (see below). We are now expanding our camp program to offer more exciting and affordable adventures with a wide variety of themes which promote fun and fitness while learning and caring about animals, nature and the environment.

Our Farm Fun and Adventure camp introduces campers to all the fun elements of a working farm, including the animals and the natural environment and packs all the fun games, activities and crafts into each day that you can handle. Each week will feature new games and adventures, so this camp will keep campers coming back week after week!
This camp will be offered all summer long AS WELL AS on PD days and school holidays throughout the year. For 2011, these dates include December 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30th.  Camps run 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (please note: We must have 6 campers booked one week ahead for camp to go ahead).

Other camps planned for the summer of 2012 include:

Wilderness survival : including hiking, backpacking, orienteering, etc.

Physical fitness : using the outdoors as your ‘gym’, low ropes course, games, hiking, etc.

Nature lovers : including forestry, stream ecology, marsh environments, insects, birds and wildlife, etc.

Farm animal fun : including horses, pigs, sheep, goats, donkeys, llama, cows, chickens, etc.

Animal appreciation : companions animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits, horses and more!

Leadership : self-confidence, personal growth themes

Creative Arts: using a variety of art mediums, including nature, to create some spectacular masterpieces. Critter Theatre: natural fun with a theatrical twist! Participants will meet a variety of our animals, enjoy nature walks and talks and then take to the stage to create a 'natural world' play from what they learn!Camps run 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. daily at $35/day or $150/week (10 per cent off each additional child). Early drop off, [from 7:30 a.m.] and late pick up [to 5:30 p.m.] are available at $5 per day.

*EARLY BIRD SPECIAL* - pre-pay to reserve your spot in one or more weeks of summer camp (horsemanship excluded) by April 30th, 2012 and pay just $125/week per child!!

     Of course our popular Horsemanship Camps are still available for the horse crazy kid in your family. Our program combines horsemanship skills with an environment that promotes confidence, responsibility, leadership and team building skills. Participants will learn about the responsible care and treatment of horses and each other, horsemanship skills based on understanding and respect, all while enjoying the laughter, fun, friendship and fulfillment of learning and growing together.
Horsemanship camps run select weeks throughout the summer (Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and during March Break (March 19-23, 2012). Cost is $275 for the week (sorry, day rates are not available) and $250 for each additional child/camp. Dates tba 

P lenty of exciting new changes, but our goal, as always remains helping young people grow into responsible, well-rounded citizens by expanding their skills and knowledge within the fun and friendship of a warm camp atmosphere.  Whatever their interest, campers will receive excellent exposure to a broad range of interests and skills at all levels of ability under the direction of a mature, capable and safety-conscious staff.


Eventing camp 2008 -Isabel, Sarah, Alana, Nicola (with Rosie), Jessica, Kerrilynn, Hannah (missing from photo: Jamie)

W hat makes our sport so unique is the pairing of human athletes with equine athletes means no two combinations are at the same place in terms of their training and personal development at the same time. This means the first step in preparing our riders for the show season is to develop a program tailored to each individual’s needs, wants and situation. 


he development of any equestrian athlete – whether their goals are recreational or high level competition, requires TIME and therefore, effort, on everyone’s part. In addition to the necessary hours that need to be spent in the saddle, successful training requires a thorough understanding of all aspects of horsemanship from horse care, fitness and behavior, to the needs of the human athlete such as nutrition, sport psychology and goal setting.
Our programs are designed to stress the importance of healthy living, sportsmanship, accountability, responsibility and personal excellence. This is a part of the everyday experience at Storybook Stables but is also promoted through classroom sessions, clinics, and other experiential activities.
M ore than 20 years of continual training, research, improvement and experience, combined with a passion for horses and teaching, means Storybook Stables is dedicated to providing the best instruction, assessment and everyday horse experience.


Lessons are progressive in nature, with the building and practicing of new skills from week to week. As such we strongly encourage regular attendance. Of course we recognize that occasionally abscences are unavoidable. For this reason we allow ONE make up lesson per 8-week session for emergency or illness PROVIDED we receive advanced notice (one day). Notice is necessary so we can arrange to fill your vacant spot with a rider waiting for a make up lesson. For those with planned vacations, we ask that you simply let your coach know as far ahead as possible and we will be happy to accomodate.

RIDING: While equipment and attire designed specifically for riding is recommended for both the comfort and safety of riders, beginners may start out with any properly fitting boots so long as they have a slight heel (approx 1/4 inch). We have many ASTM-approved riding helmets on hand, at no extra charge, for students who do not have their own. All students should be neatly attired (no loose or baggy clothing or 'pajama' pants), no chewing gum or excessive jewellery, with hair tied away from their face (a low set pony tail or braid for those with long hair, hairnets and/or hairbands for those with short/layers). Once students are at a level to begin canter and/or jump work, they must wear proper riding boots. Advanced students are required to wear appropriate riding attire including breeches or tights, paddock boots with half-chaps or field boots, their own ASTM-approved helmets. Gloves and belts are recommended.
CAMPS: Please dress according to the weather - layers if uncertain. We ask that there be no sandals, crocs or open toed shoes. Sneakers or comfortable footwear for hiking, running and playing is advised as well as hats, sunscreen and/or bug spray. Rain boots and coats for rainy days and for winter camps, warm boots, snow pants, hats and mittens (more than one pair if possible) as we enjoy plenty of outdoor as well as indoor activities! 

Prices in effect Sept. 1, 2011

  Eight-week riding sessions
NEW! INTRO TO HORSES - For riders who are new to (or have been away from) riding! Weekly private lesson includes a half-hour in the barn learning handling techniques, grooming and tacking up and a half-hour mounted lesson.
Intro to Horses: $320 + gst (payable as $168/mo.)
Group lessons - $240 +GST $252 ($126/mo.)  [lessons = $30 each)]
Two lessons/week - $440 + GST = $462 ($231/mo.)[extra lesson each wk = $25]
Private lessons - $50 + gst (50 minutes)

Camp program

5-day summer horsemanship camps 2012 - $275(incl. GST),
Specialty camps - $150/week, $35/day (early drop off/late pick up $5/day) 
*EARLY BIRD SPECIAL* - pre-pay to reserve your spot in one or more weeks of summer camp (horsemanship excluded) by April 30th, 2012 and pay just $130/week!!

Leases (Storybook Stables subject to availability)
HALF:Two lessons/wk (8) + one ‘free-time’ ride/wk:$340+gst=$357
FULL:Two lessons/wk (8) + 4 ‘free-time’ rides/wk = $540+gst=$567

Board - all options include box stall, daily turnout, 4 meals/day
Full board (no lessons) - $400/mo. + GST = $420 /mo
Full Board with 1 lesson/wk. - $490 + GST = $515 ($22.50 per lesson)
Full board - 2 lessons/wk - $550 + GST = $577.50 (2nd lesson each wk = $15)

Private turnout - $30/mo.         Blanket changes - $30/mo. (or $3 per time)
Turnout Boots - (4) - $30/mo. or (2) - $20/mo.
Bandaging - $10 (own bandages) or $20 (Storybook bandages)
($10 to remove and roll)
Holding for vet/farrier - $20/hour (or part thereof)
TLCs (cold hosing, hand walking, grooming, needles) -$5/per      

^Half-leasors are responsible for farrier care (approx. once every 8-10 weeks). Stable is responsible for routine vet care (ie. Worming and vaccinations) as well as emergency care.
^^Full leasors are responsible for farrier care as well as routine vet care (ie: worming and vaccines). Stable is responsible for emergency vet care.
*Competitive bronze/silver: minimum requirement as of March 1, 2011 to show off the property – local/bronze/silver shows only (Must be a full lease/2 lessons/week or on your own horse and take two lessons/week as of March 1, to show Gold for the 2011 season).
**Competitive GOLD: minimum requirement as of March 1, 2011, to show off property at all levels including gold for the 2011 season.
Lesson and Camp Forms 

CAMPS - please note to reserve your spot, please send along the medical, liability, and 2011 registration forms along with your deposit ($50 per camper).  

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Rebecca W, Maggie, Emma, Sian, Rebecca H, Erin, (front) Kerrilynn and Isabel
missing from photo: Jaime

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Horses