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Mission & History

At Sans Souci, the primary goal has always been to expertly teach the sport of english horseback riding in a relaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere. Founded in 1970, the centre has long enjoyed a respected reputation as the most popular certified horseback riding camp in Quebec. The camp emphasizes fun and adventure, as well as, responsibility and cooperation. This makes a stay at Sans Souci one of the most exciting, healthy, and character-building experiences a child can have.

OWNERS AND DIRECTORS

Carolyn and Don Sedgwick

Carolyn & Don Sedgwick are the owners and directors of Sans Souci Riding Centre. They are certified Equestrian Canada coaches and have been actively involved with the equestrian and summer camp industries for over 40 years. Carolyn mentors riding instructors and coaches students who wish to pass their horseback rider level exams. Don is a competitive 3-phase event rider, horse trainer and stable manager. Don’s dedication and ambitious carpentry skills have expanded Sans Souci’s facilities and continue to preserve its exceptional beauty & condition. Carolyn & Don believe that an association with horses and the experience of a summer camp can greatly enrich a child’s life and help them become confident, compassionate, responsible and self-reliant young people.

 

Camp Director

Marta Sawchyn has been working with us for over the past 10 years in the camp counsellor/animator program. She attended the camp as a young child and continued until she reached the age to become a camp counsellor. She has many years of experience with children both in summer camps and working during the year as a science and math teacher at the elementary and high school levels. She has a passion for nature and passing on her knowledge to both the campers and the staff. Her commitment to safety and the well-being of both the campers and the staff, her happy and trustworthy nature and her love of camp life contributes greatly to ensuring a fun and healthy learning experience for both the staff and campers under her management and care. We are extremely happy to have Marta working for us as a director for the camp.

STAFF

Sans Souci’s equestrian program staff are highly qualified & dedicated bilingual instructors or N.C.C.P. candidates working under the guidance of two certified Equestrian Canada coaches. The camp counsellors are bilingual college and university students carefully selected for their maturity, range of skills, and interest in children. The staff/camper ratio of one to three ensures that personal attention will be given to each child.

CERTIFICATIONS

The centre is certified by the Quebec Camping Association, Ontario Camps Association, Cheval Quebec’s Équi-Qualité program and has a 4-star rating by the Quebec Tourism Industry Corporation.

Sans Souci is proud of maintaining its high standards with respect to these organizations’ stringent membership requirements regarding safety, quality of programming, services, accommodations and facilities

Most of all, Sans Souci’s certification as a member of these organizations is a testament to the respected reputation it has earned over 50 years of operation.

CAMPSITE

Sans Souci Riding Centre is located near the village of Sainte-Clotilde, in Quebec’s picturesque Montérégie region. The centre sprawls over 250 acres of beautiful countryside, only 30 kilometres south of Montreal.

RIDING FACILITIES

Sans Souci’s extensive facilities allow for a wide range of training methods and learning experiences. The centre is equipped with six outdoor equestrian schooling rings, a 20 x 60 equestrian dressage ring, two equestrian show jumping courses and a beautiful equestrian cross-country course. A large indoor arena is available for use on rainy days. Sans Souci has a forty-five well-trained horses and ponies that can safely work with riders of all skill levels.

ACCOMMODATIONS

Accommodations at Sans Souci are comfortable and spacious while reflecting the rustic nature of a summer camp experience. Campers are separated into male and female, junior and senior dormitories and sleep up to six in a room. Each room has its own private bathroom and shower. The C.I.T.Q grades the buildings and rooms with the highest points possible.

RECIPIENTS IN 2013 OF THE C.C.A. AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

The C.C.A. AWARD OF EXCELLENCE is the Canadian Camping Association’s way of recognizing a person’s contribution to camping within their province. The award is intended to recognize individuals, volunteers, camps, agencies or corporations who have made outstanding (i.e., beyond the norm) contributions within their province..

Nominated in 2011 and 2014 for the Q.C.A. “Coup de coeur” award