Former AQHYA Exhibitor Set to Travel As International Intern

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

The American Quarter Horse Association

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. Photo Credit: Nicole Chirico Photography

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, Sam Houston State University, and Texas A&M University as we promote AQHA through Europe, Central America, South America and Asia.

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.

From membership statistics alone, it’s evident that as the largest breed association in the world (with more than 35,000 AQHA international members), the American Quarter Horse is the preferred breed because of its talent and versatility. In addition to this, AQHA has uniquely provided endless benefits and opportunities that are available to all AQHA members that cater to all equine interests. In doing so, AQHA has connected a diverse community of horsemen and horsewomen around the globe that share their passion for the American Quarter Horse.

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 AQHA 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 second-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 with the company of two 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 European 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

Follow Kelsey's Journey
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About the International Horsemanship Camps
Each summer, AQHA 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. Visit to learn more.