Churchill Offers Racing Camps for Kids in June

(from Churchill Downs release)
Churchill Downs offers racing camps during the month of June for children ages 5 to 12, allowing youngsters to experience all the behind-the-scenes activities that go into the care of racehorses. 

The two-day camps will be held from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. (all times EDT) on Mondays and Tuesdays, June 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 and June 25-26.

Children will get an up-close look at the world of Thoroughbreds that race at Churchill Downs through the camp experiences. Each camp will feature experts from the racing industry, including jockeys, trainers, veterinarians, and a wide variety of other professionals who will explain and interact with the children about the care and training the horses receive each day at Churchill Downs.

Campers will also experience the daily routines associated with Thoroughbreds, including feeding, exercising, grooming, baths, and preparing the stall with bedding. The children will watch and learn the entire process safely while in the Churchill Downs barn area.

The five-hour sessions will provide fun activities for campers, including crafts and a playtime period structured to assist children during the learning process. All campers will also enjoy a full breakfast and lunch served in the track kitchen, featuring a large dining area overlooking the historic racetrack.

The fee to attend the two-day program is $150 per child. Children will be grouped by age. Each two-day camp session is limited to the first 40 children.

For further information or to register, please contact Lee Ann Shellman at (502) 636-4447 or (502) 636-4446, or via e-mail at