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    Jamaica Bay Riding Academy
    Jamaica Bay Riding Academy
    7000 Shore Parkway
    Bergen Beach

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 22-Oct-2018
    Subject:  2018 Summer Camp Reviews
    Comment:  Age of child: 9 Summer 2018 Review: Jamaica Bay Riding Academy is a well-run, professional operation. The day camp, which seems like a bit of an afterthought, is sparsely attended and not particularly developed. There were a total of 10 kids in camp the week my kids attended, with instruction by a single counselor. There are several drop-off and pick-up options to choose from; we took the 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. option. These were the activities: Day 1: groom and saddle the horses, two trail rides, one lesson in ring Day 2: two trail rides, wash horses Day 3: one trail ride, one lesson in ring, feed horses Day 4: two trail rides, one lesson in ring, entire group washed a single horse Day 5: one trail ride, one lesson in ring, polish saddles This agenda made for plenty of riding time but few other activities and long periods of down time, with the kids sitting idly in the cafeteria waiting for the counselor to return. My kids, who don’t need to be entertained all the time, took a pile of books and were largely okay with reading during these periods. To me it seemed like a missed opportunity. Summary: Pros—A lot of riding time. If your kid takes lessons anyway, it’s no more expensive than any other camp. Flexible drop-off and pick-up options, and lunch is included. Cons—Kids are required to take 10 lessons before attending camp, at $50/half hour, so if you’re starting from scratch and only go for one week, it's twice as expensive as other camps. The commute from Park Slope is strenuous. There’s a lot of downtime.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 25-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience
    Comment:  Age of Child: 11Likes: The kids oved riding the horses on trails to the beach, and in the ring, washing and grooming horses.What would you change? Lunch is included - but it is mostly fried food. The campers are offered soda, ice tea, or lemonade several times throughout the day, along with refills. The sugar intake was a concern to us.Would you send your child(ren) again? YesDo you recommend? RecommendDo you have any other information to add? Your child needs to be have had riding lessons before enrolling in this camp. It can be a scary experience for beginners. They should be comfortable riding on a trail without a lead line. Sometimes the horses get agitated by mosquitoes, or otherwise spook
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 05-Aug-2013
    Subject:  Re: Horseback riding
    Comment:  My daughter takes lessons at Jamaica Bay Riding Academy. I have also heard good things about Kensington Stables near Prospect Park.My daughter also said that JBRA has great pony rides.
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 01-Oct-2012
    Comment:  I have sent my daughter to Jamaica Bay Riding Academy for the past two summers and absolutely loves it.We do the 9-3 program. They do both western and English style. My dd saids most kids do the western style. Quoted from my 10 year old dd: "the camp is super fun. You do two rides a day. If it is raining you ride inside the ring. You first pick your horse and you tack and groom horse. In the ring they'll tell kids how to control your horse. The best part is riding on the beach. "We tried Kensington but it was too nerve wracking crossing the street. My daughter did not like it.June 2012
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 17-Oct-2011
    Comment:  My daughter did the summer camp two years aGo and loved it. She would go back again except that it is a really tough commute. It is not the most convenient location. She rode two hours a day. She was at camp from 9 am to 3 pm. And lunch was included which was a plus for our busy schedule.The price is okay compared to some other camps we looked at. (May 2011)