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Tiger's Choice Camp

Tiger's Choice is an intensive riding camp that lets riders experience what it’s like to ride for Clemson's IHSA (Intercollegiate Horse Show Association) Equestrian Team. Campers ride Clemson Equestrian Team horses in IHSA format daily, while also experiencing the culture of Clemson University from a student perspective and meeting other equestrians.


  • June 18th-22nd

  • July 9th-13th

Clemson University Equine Center & Clemson University Campus

Camp tuition is $950.

  • Camper Eligibility

    Riders must be at least 16 years of age at the time of camp and at least a rising high school junior.

  • What's Included
    Camp fees include breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily (beginning with dinner on the first evening and concluding with lunch on the final day), lodging, a variety of horses/ponies to ride, the use of all tack and equipment, twice daily riding instruction, and various educational and recreational activities.
  • Registration

    Registration opens annually on February 15th at 9:00 a.m.

    Registration is first come, first served.

    Campers are encouraged to register early, as spots are limited and fill quickly.

    Once registered, campers have until June 1 to complete and submit all required forms in the registration portal.

    How to Register

    On the login page, choose "Community login" on the left side. (Do not choose Clemson login unless you are a current Clemson faculty or staff member.)

    On the next page, click on "create new account."

    Once you have created an account, you will be able to register for camp.

    For any questions about camp registration, contact us at

    Registration Opens Feb 15

  • Horses
    Participants will ride Clemson Equestrian Team horses. Horses are allocated for specific IHSA levels and disciplines. Riders will be assigned an appropriate mount prior to each riding session, with each rider given the opportunity to ride a variety of horses. This variety will help prepare riders for participation in a collegiate riding program or team.
  • Equipment

    Clemson University Equine Center will provide all necessary tack and equipment. Riders are responsible for providing appropriate riding attire, including an ASTM/SEI-certified helmet and tall boots or paddock boots with half chaps.

    Although it is not required, campers may bring a personally owned saddle.

  • Overnight Housing and Transportation

    Campers will be transported using vans or university vehicles when shuttling between the campus/dorms and Clemson University Equine Center.

    Overnight accommodations are provided at the dormitories on main campus.

    Campers are assigned a roommate based on age appropriateness and availability. Roommate requests will be accommodated as long as the camp director has been notified of requests by both parties by May 1.

  • Food and Snacks
    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided daily, along with snacks to take back to the dorms overnight. Personal snacks from home are permitted but must be disposed of properly in trash receptacles. Snacks/drinks can also be purchased on main campus from vending machines. Campers with food allergies should let camp personnel know by May 1 so arrangements can be made.
  • Departure Procedures

    Parents are requested to arrive for pick-up of campers on Saturday, the final day of camp, at 1:00 PM. Pickup of campers and their luggage will be at the Equine Center, where parents and riders can enjoy a brief closing ceremony with a camp video prior to departure.

    No camper will be allowed to leave until they are officially signed out with the camp director.

  • Activities

    A major part of camp activities are riding instruction. Other horsemanship activities may include the following demonstrations and workshops:

    • IHSA Riding Format
    • Video review of riding sessions
    • Tack/equipment care
    • Equine career opportunities
    • Stable Management Demonstrations

    Activities related to the student culture of Clemson University will include a student’s perspective of a freshman living situation, including staying in a campus dorm, eating and shopping in downtown Clemson, and much more! This camp gives prospective and soon-to-be students a taste of what it is like to be a Clemson Tiger.

  • Family/Guest Visitation

    In order for all campers to get the most out of their camp experience, no parent, guardian, family member or guest may visit the campers during camp unless expressly pre-approved by the camp director. Please be sure all the supplies that the camper needs during camp are delivered and stored before you leave on check-in day. If you are concerned about your child or just want to check in with camp staff, please feel free to contact the camp director, Mary Schultz-Rathbun, at or 864-646-3554.

group photo of camp participants in a field standing with a horse

About our Coach

Jamie Grant RowlandA South Carolina upstate native, Jamie Grant Rowland grew up submerged in a horse-crazed childhood. She was a typical lesson barn rat before channeling her energy toward the hunter/jumper show scene as a teenager. Pursuing endless working student positions, Jamie earned the opportunity to show through her junior years in the hunter, jumper and equitation classes. While completing the Equine Business program at Clemson, she continued to develop her industry experience by working professionally riding and grooming for many reputable trainers in the southeast.

After graduation, it took Jamie only a short time to return to her Clemson roots to become their Hunt Seat coach in January 2013. Years of hard work in the industry gained her the opportunity to ride many horses with great professionals, and she expects the same diligence from her students. Her teaching style emphasizes the dedication to horsemanship and its way of producing safe, poised and effective riders.

Jamie enjoys not only coaching team riders at the Clemson University Equine Center but also developing horses and riders at her personal farm, Chestnut Grove Farm, in Seneca, South Carolina.

Assistant Coach

Assistant coach Lexi

Lexi is a graduate student at Clemson University. During her undergraduate studies, she competed on both the hunt seat and western IHSA teams here at Clemson and successfully competed at Nationals during her senior year. Lexi’s riding experience is quite broad, though now her focus is in the Hunters, Equitation, and Reining.

Tentative Itinerary

Tuesday (first day)

3:00 – 5:00 PM Check-in/move in at the on-campus dormitory     
4:00 PM Orientation for campers and parents
5:00 PM Parents dismissed, campers head to CU Equine Center
6:00 PM Dinner, orientation, and evening activities at CUEC
10:30 PM In rooms for lights out

Wednesday - Friday

7:00 AM Roll call in lobby; depart for CUEC
8:00 AM Breakfast served at CUEC; receive horse assignments
9:00 AM-noon Riding lessons & auditing of riding sessions 
12:00 PM Lunch
1:00 PM Daily recreational activity followed by free time 
5:30 – 8:00 PM Riding lessons & auditing of riding sessions; Dinner served around assigned ride time
8:00 PM Put away horses, clean tack, etc.
9:00 PM Depart for campus
10:30 PM In rooms for lights out


7:00 AM Roll call in lobby and load luggage; depart for CUEC
7:30 AM Arrive at CUEC, eat breakfast
8:30 AM – 12:00 PM Mock horse show or other special final riding activity 
12:00 PM Lunch at Equine Center
1:00 PM Parents arrive for closing ceremonies
1:30 - 2:00 PM Camper check-out and departure from CUEC


Sample Clemson Equestrian Camps Rider Placement Worksheet

Sample Clemson Equestrian Camps Rider Placement Worksheet where riders summarize the number of years of experience in each discipline and category and provide a brief description of previous riding experience, including any details you think may help the coach determine the appropriate riding level.

What to Pack for Camp

Personal Items

  • Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Clothing (see below)
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Personal toiletry items
  • Bedding (Twin XL sheets or a sleeping bag, and pillow)
  • Shower shoes
  • Money for souvenir shopping
  • Towels
  • Laundry bag
  • Water bottle

Riding Apparel

Show clothes are not needed, but all campers should ride in neat and professional-looking apparel. Fitted shirts, polo shirts, or other fitted riding tops are preferred (sleeveless polos are allowed, but no tank tops). Shirts should be worn tucked into breeches or riding tights. Either tall boots or paddock boots worn with half chaps are acceptable. Rider must also provide a personally owned helmet. Clothes with holes, shorts, wide-leg pants, halter tops or tank tops and other unsuitable clothes are not permitted in the stable area.

General Apparel

Shorts, jeans, t-shirts, polos, blouses, tennis shoes, etc. are acceptable away from the barn area. Tank tops should have a minimum of a 1" strap. Revealing clothes are not allowed at camp.

  • Light jacket
  • Athletic clothing and swimsuits (tentative) to participate in recreational activities and games
  • Rain gear
  • Sweat shirt
  • Ball cap/sun hat
  • Ample socks & undergarments

Please do not bring expensive jewelry, cameras, radios, coolers, or excessive amounts of money to camp.

camp participants standing together
camp participants sitting around a campfire
camp participants in riding in a pasture
camp participants sitting on a bail of hay in a pasture
Clemson University Equine Center
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