On the International Trail

2013: Switzerland

August 15, 2013

AQHA Swiss campers headed out to the stream to cool off

AQHA Swiss campers headed out to the stream to cool off.

Hello from Switzerland!

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College just finished up its third horsemanship camp of the summer in the beautiful country of Switzerland. With more than 20 campers, NEO was busy the whole camp. The camp was situated less than an hour’s drive from Zurich at a show facility that catered to dressage, show jumping, horse racing, trot races, cross country and more. The big facility was a fun place for the campers to ride and enjoy their camp.

On Day 1, riders were sorted into two groups, w hich allowed for more individualized instruction and and allowed the riders to ask more questions. After getting settled into groups, riders worked on basic body Read the rest of this entry »

2013: Italy

August 12, 2013

Great times at riding horses in Italy!

Great times riding horses in Italy!

Hello from Italy!

The AQHA International Horsemanship camp in Italy this year was so much fun! Hosted at Az. Agr. Rio Della Forcola, this camp was located about 15 minutes out of Bologna, Italy. The scenery there was absolutely breathtaking. Vineyards, mountains and plains were all right there, and temperatures at the Italy camp were the warmest they’ve been this summer, with highs in the 90s.

This was the first camp for the summer for Sam Houston State University. Read the rest of this entry »

2013: Schwalmtal, Germany

August 10, 2013

Hanging out At the AQHA horsemanship camp in Schwalmtal, Germany!

Hanging out at the AQHA horsemanship camp in Schwalmtal, Germany.

Greetings from Schwalmtal, Germany!

Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College finished up its second AQHA International Horsemanship camp, and it was outstanding. With 14 participants, the camp was an excellent size that allowed for a lot of one-on-one information, as well as a fair amount of fun and games. The evenings were spent eating together with all of the participants, which was a neat time to get to know everyone really well and understand their horse interests. During the summer, I have learned that there are not many stories more fascinating or fun than the stories people tell about how they first got hooked on horses.

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2013: Great Britain

July 24, 2013

Hello, everybody!

International Intern Tabatha Taylor and North Eastern Oklahoma University at the international horsemanship camp in March, Great Britain.

International Intern Tabatha Taylor and North Eastern Oklahoma University traveled to March, Great Britain, for an international horsemanship camp. Photo courtesy of Tabatha Taylor.

I just finished spending a couple of amazing days in March, Great Britain, with North Eastern Oklahoma University. North Eastern Oklahoma University, or NEO (which I will hereafter call it), did an exceptional job of teaching the first camp at Horse Creek Farm. There were about 25 participants, and all were excited to jump on their horses, learn new things and have a blast.

The NEO team arrived in London a few days before the camp started, which allowed members to adjust to the time change and see the sights. Read the rest of this entry »

2013: Sundsvall, Sweden

July 17, 2013

Howdy from Sweden!

1073762_527702023963863_545170593_oThe Texas A&M University group just finished up its last AQHA International Horsemanship Camp of the summer in Sundsvall, Sweden.  From Norway, the Texas A&M clan traveled to southern Sweden for its second horsemanship camp with nearly 30 participants. After finishing at that camp, they moved to Sundsvall, which is located in northern Sweden, to teach the third and final camp with 23 participants.  Sundsvall was a great place for Texas A&M to finish up because the participants were eager to learn.

All of the campers in Sundsvall showed an interest in the all-around events, so the camp focused on events like trail, horsemanship, and hunter under saddle. Day 1 and 2 at the camp focused on the basics, with riders concentrating on gaining more control of their horses. Steering and speed control exercises were key. Read the rest of this entry »

2013: The Netherlands

July 10, 2013

Hello, everyone!

Participants of the camp in the Netherlands practiced showmanship skills.

Participants of the camp in the Netherlands practiced showmanship skills.

I’m currently en route to the next AQHA international horsemanship camp. The last camp in Kootwijkerbroek, Netherlands, was absolutely outstanding! The University of Findlay and I arrived in Amsterdam two days before the camp and were able to go out and see the sights. My favorite place we saw while we were there was the Anne Frank House. It was absolutely incredible and sobering to go stand in the house where she was in hiding for several years of her life.

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2013: Bystra, Czech Republic

July 8, 2013

Hello from the Czech Republic!

Campers in the Czech Republic spent a lot of time learning to read cattle and understand how they move.

Campers in the Czech Republic spent a lot of time learning to read cattle and understand how they move.

The University of Findlay just finished its second international horsemanship camp in Bystra, Czech Republic. Ranch Bystra, about two hours away from Prague, was a beautiful location for the camp to take place. The ranch was also a bed and breakfast, which served as a wonderful venue for participants and Findlay alike.

The camp got off to a great start with seven participants on June 26. On the first day, participants were grateful to receive some one-on-one time. Findlay split the participants into groups of two to three riders, and each group rode for a two-hour session. Day 1 focused on the basics. Emphasis was put on straightness and body alignment of the horse, while participants were asked to steer and concentrate on accuracy during walk-to-lope and jog-to-lope transitions.

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2013: Stavanger, Norway

July 8, 2013

Howdy from Stavanger, Norway!

International Horsemanship CampTexas A&M University just finished up its first International Horsemanship Camp of 2013 in Stavanger at Dysjaland Farm. The weather here has been typical for a Norwegian summer in Stavanger, with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. Upon arriving in Norway, our gracious hosts took Texas A&M students to see the sights in Stavanger. The students got to go hiking in the mountains and see the beach all in one day!

Camp got off to a great start on June 25 with 12 participants. The evenings were especially fun because the college, the participants, and I all enjoyed delicious home-cooked meals together and got to visit quite a bit. Because the sun does not set until around 12 a.m. here, we often lost track of time!

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2013: Wilhelmsburg, Austria

June 26, 2013

Hello from Wilhelmsburg, Austria!

Participants enjoyed learning new skills at the first international horsemanship camp of the summer.

Participants enjoyed learning new skills at the first international horsemanship camp of the summer.

The University of Findlay and I just finished up the very first AQHA international horsemanship camp for 2013. The camp took place at Long View Ranch in Wilhelmsburg, Austria, and was a great success with 19 riders participating in the camp. The ranch was a breathtakingly beautiful place to start our summer. It had a wonderful view of the rolling green hills and towns of Austria in all four directions.

Prior to starting the camp, our amazing hosts made it possible for us to see some amazing sights in Vienna, including my favorite thing, going to watch the Lipizzan horses perform! Camp began the following day on a great note. The participants came ready to learn and Findlay came ready to teach. Instead of tiring as the camp progressed, participants became hungrier for information while the Findlay group became more eager to help the participants progress. Read the rest of this entry »

Travel With the International Intern

June 12, 2013

Meet the 2013 AQHA International Intern and get excited to follow along as she travels through Europe educating horse fans about AQHA.

AQHA welcomes aboard new AQHA International Intern Tabatha Taylor.

AQHA welcomes aboard new AQHA International Intern Tabatha Taylor.

Hello everyone!

My name is Tabatha Taylor, and I am AQHA’s 2013 International intern. I graduated in December 2012 from West Texas A&M University with a degree in agricultural media and communications, and I am looking forward to an amazing summer!

For most equine lovers, horse camps seem like the perfect way to spend every summer – and I am no different. I received my first pony as a birthday present at age 3, and I have loved horses from that point forward. At age 9, my first American Quarter Horse, Racing Wrangler, came into my life and changed it forever. With “Amen,” I learned about everything from riding and showing to the importance of partnership and responsibility.

I am so excited to explore a different facet of AQHA this summer as I travel to 11 countries and 15 horse camps in Europe. There are four U.S. colleges and universities that will be heading up the camps. Texas A&M University, the University of Findlay, North Eastern Oklahoma College and Sam Houston State University will all be responsible for teaching camps. The schedule for the summer is:

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY

  • June 26-30 (Norway)
  • July 2-5 (Sweden)
  • July 7-10 (Sweden)

UNIVERSITY OF FINDLAY

  • June 22-25 (Austria)
  • June 28-30 (Czech Republic)
  • July 3-5 (Netherlands)
  • July 7-9 (Denmark)

NORTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA COLLEGE

  • July 12-14 (United Kingdom)
  • July 18-21 (Germany)
  • July 25-28 (Switzerland)
  • August 1-4 (Germany)

SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY

  • July 18-22 (Italy)
  • July 25-28 (Germany)
  • August 6-10 (Germany)
  • August 10-13 (Slovenia)

Mark your calendars! It’s going to be an outstanding summer. I’ll be posting pictures and blogs all along the way, so be sure and stay tuned at americashorsedaily.com! An adventure like this is not to be missed.

See you down the trail!

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2012 Prestranek, Slovenia

August 29, 2012

Keylee Sayler, AQHA's international intern, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls horsemanship clinic team finished teaching the final clinic of the summer in Prestranek, Slovenia.

Taylor Silloway from the UW-RF team helping Tajda Horvat. Photo by Larisa Bukovec.

Zdravo!

The University of Wisconsin-River Falls and I just finished teaching the final AQHA international horsemanship camp of the summer in Prestranek, Slovenia, at Posestvo Grad Prestranek. This camp went wonderfully and was a great way to end the summer. This was the first year Slovenia has held an AQHA horsemanship camp.

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2012 Wollbach, Germany

August 21, 2012

Keylee Sayler, AQHA's international intern, and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls horsemanship clinic team teach riders in Wollbach, Germany.

Rebecca Meinen from University of Wisconsin-River Falls helps Markus Bahn learn to maneuver his horse through the jog serpentine. Keylee Sayler photo.

Guten tag!

The camp went great! The sun was shining, the weather was warm and the University of Wisconsin-River Falls team did an awesome job teaching the clinic. The four-day camp was held at Trainingstall Kayser in Wollbach, Germany, owned by our terrific host, Micky Kayser. Read the rest of this entry »