Annual Summer Horsemanship School Program – For 45 consecutive years, the Texas AgriLife Extension, as part of the Texas A&M University System, has trained instructors to teach basic horsemanship skills to youth in various counties across Texas. The program has played a vital role in the improvement of riding abilities and general knowledge of the participants, advancing leadership and communication skills of the instructors, and developing a network of positive relationships throughout the 254 counties in the state. The success of the summer horsemanship schools is largely due to the genuine interest and commitment to help people improve and succeed, regardless of their level of experience.
Aggiefest Horse Judging Workshop – The Horse Judging Workshop is intended to give youth an opportunity to practice judging horses in a low stress environment. The workshop will include a basic idea of what to look for when judging individual performance classes and halter. English and western classes and an optional halter class will be provided for youth to judge. Placings, cuts and critiques will be discussed following each class.
Broodmare Management Workshop – For more information, please contact Dr. Dennis Sigler at 979-862-3595.
Equine Hoof Care and Shoeing Short Course – This course is designed as a comprehensive hoof care and introductory shoeing course. It will provide the basic knowledge necessary to appreciate the skills and practice required to properly care for horses’ feet. For more information, please contact Dr. Dennis Sigler at 979-862-3595.
Equine Reproductive Management Short Course – This is a three day course designed for owners and breeding managers. The event is coordinated by Dr. Martha Vogelsang; it is an integrated effort across teaching and Extension faculty.
Horse Judging Team Coaches and Youth Clinic – Designed for youth/4-H/FFA adults and coaches with concurrent session for youth. Addresses Western and English events along with how to coach students to give oral reasons. Members of current and past TAMU judging present an example set of reasons. Conformation is discussed along with a variety of performance events. Taught by World and Congress Champion Judging Team Coaches. Youth session includes current judging team members presenting lectures on judging and oral reasons.
Texas A&M Horse Short Course – This short course includes presentations on horse nutrition, hoof care and health benefits of equestrian activities. This year’s conference also features AQHA World Champion Horse Trainer, Mozaun McKibben, Whitesboro, Texas, who will present live horse training demonstrations on “Building a Foundation for the Versatile Stock Horse.” For more information, contact Dr. Dennis Sigler at 979-862-3595.
Texas A&M University Horse Judging Camp – The Horse Judging Camp is a three-day event in which youth will be instructed in judging performance and conformation classes along with giving oral reasons. Camp fees include housing, food, instruction, and evening fun.