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NC 4-H Horsemanship Camp

Update regarding the 2020 Horsemanship Camp: In response to the spread of COVID-19, and to help ensure the health and safety of the campus and broader community, NC State is canceling all university-related in-person academic, athletic and 4-H summer 2020 camps for K-12 students. This includes camps on NC State’s campus in Raleigh and at other locations and will include Horsemanship Camp at Camp Millstone. We are so sad that we will not be able to make memories at camp this year in June, and we are exploring some potential weekend opportunities this fall for camp-like activities. We know that in these uncertain and different times that it can be easy to focus on the things that are being canceled and that we are missing out on. Instead, we challenge you to use this time to find an area that you can grow and challenge yourself in and practice finding something to be thankful for every single day. We can get through this together!

Attendees who have already registered and paid for camps will be contacted by the host regarding refund options.

As the university anticipates the healthy return of students, faculty, staff, and friends in the fall – on campus and at our programs across the state – we hope the timing of this camp decision provides students and parents with plenty of time to effectively plan for a productive and enjoyable summer.

Improve your horsemanship skills while having fun with other 4-H’ers. A highly qualified camp staff will introduce the beginning rider to the basics of horsemanship while advanced riders can learn new and better horsemanship skills and showing techniques.

Special features of the camp include educational lectures, riding lessons, showmanship, judging contests, trail rides and training demonstrations. Instruction will be given in hunt seat, western and gaming styles, with additional instruction in dressage, non-trotting or eventing if enough interest exists. Campers must supply his/her own horse, equipment, feed, and transportation. The camp will provide sawdust for the stalls.

Millstone 4-H Camp welcome sign

The North Carolina 4-H Horsemanship Camp is held in June of each year at Millstone 4-H Camp. This rustic camp is located in Richmond County near the town of Ellerbe.

2020 Camp Costs

Registration Fee – $440 (includes $50 deposit) Link to Millstone site for registration form:

If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please send Ehren Frye ( an email to request your name be added.

Once the registration form and deposit have been completed and submitted, registered campers will be contacted by Extension Equine Husbandry to provide additional Horsemanship Camp paperwork.

Listed below is the link to the 4-H Horsemanship Camp Manual. Please consult this document for additional information and bring a copy to Camp!

2019 NC 4-H Horsemanship Camp Manual

Please note all applicants for Junior Leader positions must be 14 years of age or older and have attended horsemanship camp at least once. The camper fee for Junior Leaders is $250.00

2020 Horsemanship Camp Junior Leader Application

Negative Coggins Test for EIA Required

ALL horses are required to have a Negative Coggins Test for EIA dated January 1, 2020 or later. No exceptions will be made!



2018 NC 4-H Horsemanship Camp Staff

Horsemanship Camp Director

Samantha Taylor

Samantha Barham Taylor is 34 years old and is married to Brian Taylor and is the mother of Addison and Shelby. Sam, as some call her for short, grew up in the N.C. 4-H Program. She was a member of the Young Riders 4-H Club of Union County. She began 4-H at 9 years old, taking her horse Peppermint Patty to district and state that year. Later, Sam received a gift at Christmas. My Winter Sensation, Rocky was his barn name. Rocky was just a few years old and a lanky Thoroughbred with some health issues, but Sam loved him, trained him and eventually he was the Senior State Champion in the hunter division. Rocky and Sam definitely became a team and man could he do some showmanship!!!! Unfortunately, Sam lost him just a little over a year ago, but what a legacy he had.

Sam was very successful in all areas of 4-H but especially with horse judging. She made the N.C. State 4-H Judging team and competed at Southern Regionals, Quarter Horse Congress, 4-H Nationals and Quarter Horse Youth Worlds.

Sam also attended 4-H Millstone Camp as a camper, junior leader and recently the hunter instructor.

After High School, Sam attended CPCC and began working with several animal related jobs. She worked as a vet tech for Indian Trail Animal Hospital, where she met her future sister in law.

Sam moved to Kentucky for a few years to marry and live with her husband. She continued her career path at the time as a small animal vet tech. Soon, she became a mother to Addison and Shelby.

In 2014, Sam, Brian and the girls relocated in North Carolina. Presently, she is a very active leader, residing on both district and state advisory boards.

Samantha works very hard with the family business, Brandywine Stables, located in Midland, N.C. just outside of Charlotte. There, she helps with the boarding, training and lesson program.

She is looking forward to helping to make the best better at Millstone 4-H Camp this year.

Horsemanship Camp Instructors

Wayne Moore is a retired middle school math teacher. For the past 25 years, he has operated Foxmoore Farm in Clinton NC. Wayne boards horses and teaches hunt seat riding lessons. Many district and state championships have been earned by Wayne’s riders. Wayne has fox hunted with The Moore County Hounds for 35 years and his riding students also foxhunt with Moore County. He has been very active in the 4-H horse program in all aspects. He has been on leadership committees and has taught the advanced riders at horse camp for 15 years. Currently holding a North Carolina Open Horse Show judging certificate, Wayne judges numerous horse shows during the year. Horse camp is one of his passions as it teaches students new skills and reinforces skills with knowledgeable adults. Camp also gives young people the chance to make new friends. He looks forward to another great year at camp.

Wayne Moore

Wayne Moore

Kristen Kaus is the owner and Operator of Fynnegan Farms, a Hunter Jumper facility in the Charlotte area, as well as the 4-H leader of Fynnegan Farms 4-H. She was an active N.C. 4-H member for over 12 years, competed on the National horsebowl and horse judging teams and has gone on to coach several winning Union and Cabarrus County teams in both events as well as Hippology. Her riding, teaching, and training career has been focused in the Hunter Jumper show ring for over 24 years and she has recently branched out to the Cutting Horse arena over the past few years. Kristen also has a background in Western Pleasure, Gaming, Dressage, and Cross Country.

Kristen Kaus riding a horse

Kristen Kaus

For the past 12 years, Kate McAllin Creech has been a resident of North Carolina and heavily involved in the horse industry. Having grown up in New York State, she participated in the 4-H program, participating in Horse Bowl, Hippology and Presentations, was on drill teams competing at the New York State Fair. She was one of the top equitation riders. She showed on the hunter circuit as well with Sunchaser, the horse her business is named after. When it came time to choose colleges, she chose to attend St. Andrews Presbyterian College (now a university) for Equine Business Management, obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in 3 years, while being a working student, RA and a tutor. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge, which is demonstrated in her becoming a riding instructor for both English and Western disciplines. She is a 4-H leader, involved at county and district levels. Along with being involved in 4-H, she is an open horse show judge and owns Sunchaser Equestrian, which hosts horse shows and camps at Hillcrest Farms. In September 2017, she became Kate McAlinn Creech, marrying BJ or Billy Creech, who is a farrier and a reiner.

She continues to be a competitor not only in the hunter ring but also in western pleasure and ranch riding. For the 2017 – 2018 IEA show season she is coaching the western team who have been very successful, traveling to numerous states to compete and assisted the hunter IEA coach as well.

Being an instructor at camp this summer is a great opportunity to continue sharing her knowledge while making it fun for all!

Kate McAlinn Creech

Kate McAlinn Creech

Please direct all equine-related questions to:

Alaina Cross at

Extension Horse Husbandry
North Carolina State University, Box 7621
Raleigh, NC 27695
(919) 515-5784