Events, Horse Shows & Camps
Upcoming Horse Shows
(Dates are tentative until confirmed, please check with your trainer)
9/19-9/23 Southwest Showdown (TX Pony Championship), Katy
9/29 Serendipity Farms Fall Classic I, SF
10/13 Serendipity Farms Fall Classic II, SF
***Chris Kappler Clinic*** SF, 10/26-10/27
10/30-11/4 Harvest “A” (TX Green Finals), Katy
11/6-11/11 Autumn Classic (Zone Finals), Katy
11/17-11/18 Serendipity Farms Fall Classic Final (Circuit Awards), SF
11/23-11/25 GHHJA Schooling, Katy
12/12-12/16 Frostfire “A”, Katy
2018 Camp Dates
Please check back soon for Holiday Camp dates!
The minimum age for Day Camp is 7, exceptions must be approved in advance. Please ask, we are always happy to discuss your rider’s abilities with you.
We do spend the entirety of camp days on horse-related activities and the kids often get multiple rides in each day. If you have specific questions about camp activities please contact Laura or Guen. Space is limited so please register early.
We are excited to present Chris Kappler, Athens 2004 Olympian, as our next clinician at SF. He will be at SF October 26-27, 2018 and we invite you all to join us for the weekend, whether auditing or riding!
This is a Trainer Certification Program Clinic for USHJA.
Serendipity Farms Austin at Oakhaven
Riding sections offered at 2’6”, 3′, 3’3”-3’6”, and 3’9”-4′ heights
Five riders per group
Registration form can be found online at firstname.lastname@example.org
The clinic will be – Friday-Sunday. There will be 4 groups of 6 riders each, with the schedule as follows for all 3 days (ride times are approximate and will be finalized closer to the clinic date):
8:00a-9:30a: 3’9”-4’ Big Jumpers
9:45a-11:15a: 3’3”-3’3″ Big Equitation, Derby horses
The cost to ride in the clinic will be $795 for all 3 days. Auditors are welcome at the rate of $50 for the entire clinic.
Friday evening, at approximately 6:30pm, we will provide dinner for riders and auditors, with Chris for Round Table discussion.
Saturday lunch for riders and auditors, also with a Round Table discussion with Chris, will be provided as well.
To register for the clinic, follow this link:
Your registration is not confirmed until the registration form is completed and your invoice is paid.
Chris Kappler grew up in Barrington, Illinois, and started riding with his mother and sister at the age of 9. He began his show career training with Alex Jayne. Chris was then discovered by legendary trainer George Morris and continued his career at Hunterdon, Morris’s famous stable in Pittstown NJ. After earning top Equitation results including 2nd in the USEF Medal Finals, 3rd in the ASPCA Maclay Finals, and 2nd in the USET Talent Search Finals, he continued his successful career in national and international Grand Prixs and ultimately at the championship level. He was named Midwest Rider of the Year in 1987, 1988, 1989 and 1991. In 1989, he received the Lionel Guerrand-Hermes Trophy, awarded to the young rider who “exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship and horsemanship.” Chris is the winner of more than 100 Grand Prixs. His major Grand Prix wins include 3 American Invitational wins, 3 American Gold Cup wins, and the American Grand Prix (AGA) Championship. At the Pan American games in 2003 Kappler won the team Gold and individual Silver medal with Royal Kaliber. That same year, Kappler was named Equestrian of the Year by the United States Equestrian Federation. In 2004 Chris and Royal won two medals, team gold and individual silver, at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. In addition to his Olympic partner Royal Kaliber, some of the successful horses he has ridden and trained include Seven Wonder, Concorde, Zanzibar, Primeur 58, Rafiki, Profox, VDL Maseratie and VDL Oranta.
Chris now focuses on training horses and riders at his show stable in Pittstown, NJ. He trains riders who are passionate about developing their riding and their horses according to the classical principles that he learned from George. His students have successfully represented the USA in Nations Cup competition, won medals at North American Junior/Young Rider Championships, and earned many Grand Prix victories. Chris is also proud of his success training many fiercely competitive adult riders, and enjoys working with junior riders who aspire not only to compete at a high level but also to learn the classical training principles and horsemanship that he strongly believes in. His success in finding special horses, and the success that comes from creating the perfect match between horse and rider, is another great source of pride for Chris.
Chris is a founder and board member of the North American Riders Group. He is currently a member of the USEF Board of Directors, has been a member of numerous USEF committees, including the Eligible Athletes committee, and has served as the USEF athlete representative to the United States Olympic Committee. He was a US Team Selector for the 2015 Pan American games as well as for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Why Choose Us?
Why is horseback camp at Serendipity Farms better than the rest? We spend a lot of time in the saddle! Our focus is on horse safety, as well as horsemanship and correct riding instruction. Each camper will receive lessons based on their riding ability. Campers who have no experience will learn the basics in a one-on-one lesson with the instructor. For more experienced campers, we will individualize their lessons based on their current skill level. Beginner and intermediate riders are welcome. When we aren’t in lessons, we go on trail rides and play horseback games. The rest of our day is focused on horsemanship and lessons on the ground. No arts & crafts here! Our days are busy and our campers learn a lot in their time with us.
Camp runs from 8:30 – 3:30 each day with a short break for lunch. Our camps are small and space is limited. Your spot is not held until payment and registration are received.
To Register for a camp please Click Here and submit the online registration form.