Equestrian Programs

About Our Equestrian Programs

Welcome to the Bar W Ranch at YMCA Camp Willson where we specialize in quality horseback riding experiences. The Bar W Ranch has more than 25 horses and 500 acres of land to enjoy and explore. The Ranch offers horse program options for both youth and adults of all ages and abilities.

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Horse Lover

Spend the day with a horse matched to your riding ability! Groom and saddle your furry friend, then enjoy a ring lesson and trail ride! All ages welcome.

  • 3 hours
  • Ages: 9+
  • Fees:
    $30.00/person (group ≥ 10 riders)
    $40.00/person (group < 10 riders)
Horse Buddy

In this two-hour lesson for all ages, you’ll pick a horse that matches your ability and comfort. Then groom, saddle, and enjoy a ring lesson with your new pal.

  • 2 hours
  • Ages: 7+
  • Fees:
    $20.00/person (group ≥ 10 riders)
    $28.00/person (group < 10 riders)
Trail Rider

This one-hour option is great for those who want to get a glimpse of the best views at the beautiful YMCA Camp Willson. Saddle up for a staff-led walking trail ride around our lovely property.

  • 1 hour
  • Ages: 7+
  • Fee: Varies; call/email for quote
Willson in the Wild

Ride out to our remote campsite and enjoy a cowboy dinner and breakfast, plus we’ll ride more in the morning. Our staff transport your gear, help set up and provide great evening entertainment.

  • Ages: 12+
  • Fees: $90/person (group 6-12 riders)

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Lunch/Dinner Trail Ride

This afternoon ride takes you to our remote campsite to relax while we cook a mouth-watering meal over the fire. Finish with a ride back to the barn. This is a unique way to spend time together.

  • 4 hours
  • Ages: 12+
  • Fees: $50/person (group 6-12 riders)

Bar W Ranch Horseback Lessons

Back by popular demand, horseback riding lessons are now offered for beginning and intermediate riders. With the addition of the Indoor Riding Arena, YMCA Camp Willson is ready to help you begin or continue your love of horses. Please contact the Office at 937-593-9001 for scheduling of lessons.

Lessons are set-up in three classifications: Private, Semi-Private, and Group Lessons. Lessons will be given in our indoor or outdoor arena, depending on weather conditions. Private lessons are given on a 1 to 1 basis. Semi-Private lessons consist of up to three riders and Group Lessons will accommodate up to six riders. The classes may be purchased individually or as a package

Type Individual Lesson Lesson Package
Private $39.99 6 for $199.98
Semi-Private $29.99 6 for $149.95
Group $19.99 6 for $99.95


YMCA Camp Willson is proud to be accredited by the Certified Horsemanship Association and the American Camping Association. These accrediting bodies work to preserve, promote and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. Our instructors have many hours of training and experience working with riders of various ages and skill levels.

All participants are required to wear ASTM-SEI approved helmets (provided) and complete a riding release form.

Equestrian Staff

Our Staff have certifications in teaching through CHA. Trainings have included First Aid and CPR; safety for participants in the barns and around the horses; and risk management in the arenas and out on the trails.


Your horseback riding experience is designed around riding skill level and interest. The Bar W Ranch can offer a one hour trail ride or expand you experience with lessons and a full weekend of activities. We can customize a package for any size group and consider adding another camp activity to your time with us.

Join us for the day or pack a bag and spend the weekend. Contact us today to arrange for your visit.

1-800-423-0427 or dberger@ymcacolumbus.org

Preparing For Your Day With Us

Here are some helpful suggestions for your day with us!

  1. Please arrive 20 minutes before scheduled time and park in the designated areas.
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  2. Restroom facilities are located at the barn.
  3. The picnic tables and fire ring are available to all.
What to bring:
  • Signed release form(s)
  • Health forms for minors (recommended)
  • Check for payment (preferred)
  • Camera
  • Water bottle
  • Rain coat (no ponchos please)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
What to wear:
  • Long pants
  • Shoes which cover entire foot
  • Shirt and sleeves
  • Dress in layers for cold weather
  • Helmets are provided

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  • Adventure Education & High Ropes

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