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14 Day ESI Youth Riders Camp in Flevoland

Alikruikweg 33, 8256 RK Biddinghuizen, Nethelands

Children's Equestrian Camp in the Netherlands

A great time and a valuable learning experience go hand in hand! In this action-packed week full of adventure, the children will learn about everything that has to do with horses. It's jam-packed with fun and horse-related activities such as training sessions, workshops, horse games, excursions, and sightseeing. Equine Support International's experience with children is that they can learn a great deal from working with horses. Through riding lessons, excursions and workshops, the kids learn the skills needed to be a great equestrian. They learn about cooperation, safety and gain a whole lot of confidence. As a result, they'll ride (and live) like little champs!

Meet the instructors

Anne & Carlijn
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  • Daily riding lessons
  • Enlightening workshops
  • Approximate daily riding time: 1 or 2 hours
  • Exciting excursions to the top Dutch equine facilities
  • Professional instruction by certified Dutch trainers
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 13 nights’ accommodation
  • Transport

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


13 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 15 participants
Airport transfer available:
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (US$165 per person)
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  • Shopping
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Conference room
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free bicycle
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

The venue has the following facilities:

  • Big indoor arena
  • Big outdoor -jumping- arena
  • Grass arena
  • Indoor lunging round pen
  • Pasture for the horses to get daily free movement
  • Sand paddocks
  • A large forest to enjoy hacks
  • Log cabins
  • Private terrace
  • Showers
  • Dining area for breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Chill area to play games, read a book and relax
  • Workshop area


There will be experienced Equine Support International trainers and staffs present for supervision, however, there are options for your own leisure time. The staff are trained and educated to adapt to every rider’s needs and to fit the variety of ages and levels of experience of the individuals taking part in the program. The atmosphere is friendly and safe, allowing riders to concentrate and focus or simply enjoy their hobby. Equine Support International wants you to get the most out of your four-legged-partner and more importantly that your horse gets the best from you.

Example of a day

Early morning: Riding lessons

Jumping, dressage, cross-country, pony games or a hack.

Late morning: Workshop "How to lunge my horse?"

This covers all aspects of lunging (both theoretically and practically), how to incorporate it into your training schedule, how to handle horses who are not cooperating etc.

Afternoon: Excursion to a veterinary clinic

You will receive a tour by a veterinary specialist and get the opportunity to see and learn about the cases being handled in the clinic at the time.


Campfire with marshmallows, guitar, singing, and stories.

Age restriction

  • Minimum age allowed for participation 8
  • Maximum age allowed for participation 18

The horses

Every child is matched with a horse or pony for the entire program allowing them to connect and progress together. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced rider, the arena has the right match for you.

Over 40 different horses and ponies - jumping and dressage - are stabled at the equestrian center so for each child we have a furry friend that is compatible with the rider's personality, age and level. This ensures success for both rider and horse!

"The stars of the show"

For children who like to ride different horses, there is enough variation. The horses have different personalities, from bombproof to energetic. Riding different horses will help improve confidence and control.

Equine Support International​ believes in teaching true horsemanship skills so children will groom and tack up their horses themselves. There are workshops in which the children will learn to take care of their own horses in a safe environment.

Included excursions

  • Breeding stud
  • Veterinarian clinic
  • Farrier
  • KWPN CENTER (Dutch warmblood studbook)
  • Dutch Federation Center KNHS
  • Watching an international competition
  • Sightseeing the Netherlands


Anne Loosveld

Carlijn Pontenagel


The ESI Equestrian Center is located at the Patricia Hoeve in Biddinghuizen in The Netherlands. Biddinghuizen is a small village centrally located in the province of Flevoland at a one-hour drive from Schiphol Airport.

This region in the Netherlands is filled with various equine facilities, among which the KNHS centre (Dutch federation for equine sports), professional jumping and dressage stables, various breeders and loads more!



The children eat three full meals a day. Meals are served at a big table where they eat together. A salad bar is available during lunch and dinner. There are healthy snacks and drinks available all day. Equine Support International believes the participants of this camp are young prospects so they take care they all eat enough so they can perform optimally.

Sample menu

  • An oriental breakfast is served every morning. It consists of freshly baked petits pains, different kinds of bread, milk, juice, sweet and savory sandwich filling, tea, coffee and fruits.
  • Lunch consists of different kinds of bread, milk, juice, sweet and savory sandwich filling, tea, coffee, fruits, and vegetables.
  • ​The dinners differ every evening, a few examples of these are homemade spaghetti bolognese, a barbecue and a “make your own healthy pizza” night.

Equine Support International is dedicated to making this program available for children with food allergies and intolerances. Vegetarian meals are also available upon request. If you have any specific dietary requirements, please send an inquiry.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The surroundings deliver lots of fun opportunities as well, such as beautiful cycling routes, loads of swimming, outside games and a supermarket in the vicinity, which will be included in the program too!

What's included

  • 1-2 hours riding time a day
  • Workshops
  • Excursions
  • Rent of the horses
  • Professional Dutch trainers
  • Transport once you are at the venue
  • Entrance fees or tickets for excursions
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 13 nights’ accommodation

What's not included

  • Flight
  • Airport transfers (additionally to book)
  • Visa costs

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS). A driver will pick up your child at the airport and makes sure every child arrives safely at the location and feels welcome right away. You can book an additional airport transfer from Schiphol Amsterdam Airport to the equestrian center.

Airport: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Airport transfer available: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (US$165 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 40% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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Arrival: Sunday August 9, 2020
Departure: Saturday August 22, 2020

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