Day campThe Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation Department has a number of summer camp programs. The Equus Springs Farm Day Camp is one of them. Two week-long camps are offered for anyone from age 8 to adults. The first camp was held in June and the second will be held July 24-28. July 21 is the last day to register. These are full-day camps that run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop-off is allowed as early as 7:30 a.m. and pick-up is allowed until 4:30 p.m. Equus Springs Farm is located on Ruritan Lake Road in the Scottsville area of Fluvanna. Heather Antonacci, who owns the farm, is the instructor.

The idea of the camp is to give the participants somewhat of a full immersion experience in what is involved in running a working horse farm. The parks and recreation brochure says, “Participants will be actively involved in the daily routine of running a horse farm; learning by doing and getting dirty.” This statement is in bold lettering in the brochure, so they want people to know that the farm day camp is not just an academic endeavor. The program is designed to show participants what it is really like to own and care for a horse.

The curriculum at the camps includes riding lessons, trail riding, and horse care, such as feeding, clipping, hoof care, bathing and first aid. Also included is study of equine anatomy, and some training in judging and critiquing. The first session of the day camp in June was listed in the brochure as being for all skill levels. The July session is listed as a full-day intermediate session. The cost for these camps is $299. Participants need to have their own riding boots and bring swim gear as there may be pool time, weather permitting.

Alyson Pieno, a recreation program specialist, is the parks and recreation liaison for this program, She is a 2012 graduate of Fluvanna County High School where she played soccer and ran track and cross country. She is a recent Radford University graduate. Pieno explained that Fluvanna County Parks and Recreation provides administrative services to support these camp programs, as registration is primarily through the parks and recreation office. Contact Pieno at 434-589-2016 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Pieno noted that the Equus Springs Farm also runs a series of classes from May to August. These programs are for beginners, intermediate riders and more experienced hunter riders. They are one hour a day once a week for four weeks. These sessions have a $100 price tag.

Another interesting offering from Equus Springs Farm is llama treks, which involve walks with llamas on the hiking trails at Pleasant Grove.