On the International Trail

Traveling Around the World With AQHA

Kelsey Stangebye is about to hit the international trail this summer for 12 AQHA International Horsemanship Camps.

Hello everyone!


My name is Kelsey Stangebye, and I’m the AQHA international intern for the upcoming AQHA International Horsemanship Camps this summer. I’m so excited to have the privilege of representing AQHA internationally and accompanying Mississippi State University, Oklahoma State University and Sam Houston State University as we promote AQHA through Europe and China. Additionally, Texas A&M University will be representing AQHA for the Verdugo International Horsemanship Camps in Central and South America.

I’ll start with a little background information on the AQHA International Horsemanship Camps. Each summer, AQHA partners with several of the top agricultural and equine universities from the United States to conduct the AQHA International Horsemanship Camps around the world. The purpose of the horsemanship camps is to facilitate horsemanship education and to share information about the value and benefits of AQHA membership to international equine enthusiasts.

I am looking forward to sharing my passion for the American Quarter Horse and how AQHA membership opens the door to life-changing opportunities. As an AQYHA member, I competed nationally in the all-around events under the guidance of Dianne Eppers and Jennifer Burton. I participated in the Illinois Quarter Horse Youth Association as the vice president and president. My involvement with AQHYA led to invaluable life lessons and many cherished friendships and memories. Competing on the AQHA circuit gave me an opportunity to be recruited as a horsemanship rider on the University of South Carolina's women's equestrian team, where I received an athletic scholarship to pursue my bachelor degree in political science. I have been very fortunate that Quarter Horses have continued to be part of my daily life, even as I began law school, where I’m currently a third-year law student at Northern Illinois University College of Law. Further along the lines of amazing opportunities, AQHA has given me the opportunity to share my passion for the American Quarter Horse in eight different European countries and China with the company of three impressive universities that specialize in equine studies and knowledge of the American Quarter Horse.

I will be posting updates and sharing photos from the horsemanship camps in real time. Check out the summer schedule for the International Horsemanship Camps and the Verdugo International Horsemanship Camps below!

Mississippi State University:
Led by Dr. Clay Cavinder and Ashley Shiffler
Assisted by: Ashley Palmer, Samantha Miller, Hannah Miller
Austria: May 27- 29
Slovenia: June 3-5
Italy: June 3-5
Germany: June 10-12

Oklahoma State University:
Led by Dr. Kris Hiney
Assisted by: Natalie Baker, Sarah Schobert, Dee Church
Sweden: July 6-8
Denmark: July 11-12
Germany: July 14-16 (half day on July 14, noon to 5 p.m.)
Ireland: July 19-20
England: July 22-23

Texas A&M University: for the Verdugo International Horsemanship Camps 
Led by Dr. Jim Heird and Dr. Anna Morrison
Costa Rica: May 26-28. Assisted by Terry and Saralyn Riddle
Uruguay: July 8-10
Paraguay: August 17-18. Assisted by Chance O'Neal

Sam Houston State University in China:
Led by Dr. Jessica Lucia Leatherwood
Assisted by: Amelia King, Cody Wellmann, Dalton Davis, Kelly Carlson
Beijing Equestrian Club: July 22-24
Bangcheng Club Clinic: July 28-31
Yi He Farm Clinic: August 4-7