Ever wonder what horse industries are like in other countries? Texas A&M AgriLife Extension and the Department of Animal Science are teaming up to bring you perspectives from around the world! The TAMU International Horsemanship Program will be traveling to different countries to teach horsemanship seminars along with distributing horse educational materials. This unique experience was developed in order to provide a means for both undergraduate and graduate students to learn about the scope of other horse industries and cultures. Follow their journey on Facebook page “Texas Horse” and the Department of Animal Science’s webpage.
First stop, China! Texas A&M joined forces with Unbridled China to bring horsemanship schools to both Beijing and Shanghai. Animal Science faculty member Dr. Jessica Leatherwood and Horse Program Specialist Chelsie Huseman, along with TAMU undergraduate student Zach Haydon, headed to China March 14-21, 2018 to conduct multiple horsemanship schools. “We are excited to be kicking off this endeavor with China” says Huseman. “It was an informative experience to engage in their unique horse industry and culture and to share some of our horsemanship education.”
Student Zach Haydon was selected to help conduct this first international horsemanship school in China based on his involvement with the TAMU Summer Horsemanship School program. He was a student instructor for two years and now serves as a teaching assistant for the program. Zach is a senior Agriculture Systems Management major from Marble Falls, TX. “There is great value in Texas A&M students getting to experience new cultures and industries outside of their norm,” states Leatherwood. “These new perspectives are invaluable to their education!”
TAMU International Horsemanship looks forward to conducting horsemanship schools and education with a multitude of countries for years to come. If you have interest in supporting such a program and this experience for Texas A&M students, please contact Chelsie Huseman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979-845-5264.