Three students from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College have been selected to go overseas this summer with Shannon Cunningham, NEO department chair of agriculture and horse judging coach, and Chelsie Huseman, equestrian team coach, to conduct horsemanship camps on behalf of the American Quarter Horse Association.
“We applied for a grant with AQHA last fall, and we were one of five colleges/universities to be awarded this honor. We will be going to Europe for a two to three week span to teach these horsemanship camps,” Huseman said. “We will travel across three to four countries hosting four-day camps, and we will have the opportunity to teach camp members more about horses, riding, and management of the horse.”
As part of the grant awarded, the students and NEO staff will educate other camp attendees on the Quarter Horse, AQHA, and its prevalence in the United States. Students will have the opportunity to educate and also learn from international equine industry individuals and represent NEO and the equine industry of the U.S.
Students were selected on their ability, leadership skills, communication skills, and involvement with the equine industry and programs at NEO.
“International travel is always a great opportunity for students to gain perspective and an appreciation for not only what other countries do, but what we do here. The students selected are very talented and great representatives not only of NEO, but AQHA and the equine industry,” Cunningham said. “I know this experience will have a lasting impact on them and will be one in which they will learn much.