On the International Trail

2012 March, England

July 24, 2012

Keylee Sayler, AQHA’s international intern, and the University of Wyoming horsemanship clinic team teach everything from pleasure to working the flag in March, England.

Great job to the UW team and our hosts for putting on such a successful clinic.

By AQHA International Intern Keylee Sayler

Hello from England!

I just watched the University of Wyoming conduct an awesome horsemanship camp at the lovely facilities of Horse Creek Farm, owned by David and Sarah Deptford, in March, England.

Because it rained every day, the UW team broke the 21 camp participants into two groups in one big indoor arena. Despite being somewhat cramped, the UW team did a great job teaching everyone and was able to progress quickly with this group.

They started off with learning the basics, such as how to use the correct cues for their horses, gain collection and move their horses’ shoulders, ribs and hips. On the second day, they were able to apply these basics to trail, horsemanship and reining patterns. But what camp participants most enjoyed was being able to work the flag. On the third day, the UW team put on a mock show to allow everyone to try out the variety of things they had learned. The mock show consisted of:

Our absolutely wonderful hosts prepared an awesome lunch and dinner for us every day, and once the camp ended, they even gave us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. With the help of their friend, Jim Everitt, who serves as official supplier of feed, hay and straw for the Queen, we experienced a private guided tour of the Queen’s Royal stable and saw her prized studs, Royal Applause and Motivator.

During my time at the camp in England, the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College horsemanship team was teaching their final clinic at the Five Star Ranch in Bad Sassendorf, Germany. I spoke with Chelsie Huseman, one of the NEO instructors, and she said that they ended on a great note with a fantastic camp in Germany. Over the course of four days, the NEO team taught 20 participants everything from basic horsemanship skills to reining maneuvers and trail obstacles. After the camp ended, their hosts took them to see a castle and a couple of cathedrals before taking them to an amazing Italian restaurant.

The NEO team expressed its thanks AQHA and all of the hosts for giving them this once in a life time opportunity!

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