On the International Trail

2011 Asti, Italy

August 10, 2011

Amy Heartfield, AQHA’s international intern, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls horsemanship clinic team have been in Italy for the past few days, teaching, training and soaking up the sunshine.

Jennifer Cassle works with a camp participant on one of many drills that were worked on during the camp. Photo by Amy Heartfield.

By AQHA International Intern Amy Heartfield

I have spent the last week in Italy with the University of Wisconsin-River Falls horsemanship clinic team. The camp took place at Casanova Quarter Horses in Asti, Italy.  The team had a wonderful time learning about the Italian culture and teaching the small group of 10 riders.

During the camp, riders focused on horsemanship, western pleasure, trail and showmanship.  The UWRF team worked on the basics before progressing on to an upper-level trail course.  This included  bending and getting full control of the shoulders, hips and ribs.  In addition, the student coaches worked on straight lines and stopping on a loose rein.

Each afternoon, there was a lecture by AQHA judge Kris Hiney, who traveled with the university, about the fundamentals of judging different classes.  The clinic ended on Day 4 with a fantastic Italian lunch, and the UWRF team headed to Venice for some sightseeing.  I will meet up with them again in Kreuth, Germany, for a clinic at Gut Matheshof.  Colorado State University students will be on their way to Germany next, and Sam Houston State University reps will be finishing up their clinic in the Czech Republic.

Arrivederci and Happy Trails!