AQHA International Horsemanship Camps

From Sweden to Slovenia, AQHA is offering nine international camps summer of 2016.

Each summer, the American Quarter Horse Association is proud to partner with some of the country’s best equine/agriculture university to offer international horsemanship camps through one of AQHA’s international affiliates.        

International horsemanship camps were established to help foster an environment in which people around the world could learn more about the American Quarter Horse; increase their horsemanship skills; or improve their skills in various disciplines.

As part of this outreach program, AQHA also selects an international intern to help coordinate the clinics and serve as an ambassador for the Association and the breed. The intern spends the summer in Europe working with the selected universities for Europe, makes a presentation about AQHA at each of the camps and helps reinforce the position of the American Quarter Horse as the world’s most popular and versatile breed of horse. The 2016 international intern is Kelsey Stangebye, and you can follow her adventures in the On the International Trail blog series. To learn more about the international internship, visit

The purposes and objectives of the international horsemanship camps are:   

  • To improve horsemanship skills in international countries through a series of interactive clinic
  • To cultivate new members for both AQHA and the host affiliate    
  • To position the American Quarter Horse as the preferred breed for recreational riding, showing and racing
  • To ensure the welfare of the American Quarter Horse is paramount to all other concerns

2016 Clinics with 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

2016 Clinics with 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

2016 Clinics with Sam Houston State University:
Lead by Dr. Jessica 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

Verdugo International Horsemanship Camps
The William R. Verdugo International Horsemanship Camps offer international horse enthusiasts the opportunity to participate in educational clinics designed to strengthen the horsemanship skills in AQHA affiliate countries. Learn more about the Verdugo International Horsemanship Camps.

2016 Verdugo International Horsemanship Camps with Texas A&M University
Led by Dr. Jim Heird and Dr. Anna Morrison
Costa Rica: May 26-28
Uruguay: July 8-10
Paraguay: August 17-18