COLLEGE STATION – The 41st Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Summer Horsemanship School Program is now accepting registration from host counties, according to Teri Antilley, equine program specialist in College Station.
“Youth, parents and volunteer leaders are all welcome to join in the fun of riding their own horse, enjoy fellowship with like-minded people and learn from Aggie instructors,” she said.
Participants receive instruction on basic, intermediate, and advanced horsemanship skills, Antilley said. Topics include the following maneuvers: rein aids, lateral movements, collection, stopping, backing, rollbacks, turnarounds, speed control, simple lead changes and flying lead changes, plus other specialized events, interactive lectures and games.
“Over the past 40 years, the program has reached 46,990 youth, parents and volunteer leaders,” Antilley said. “A total of 1,344 schools have participated and there have been 235 different college students who have served as instructors in the program.”
Antilley suggested counties recover the workshop expense by dividing the fee among participants.
“The two-day schools are $1,300 and three-day schools are $1,550,” she said. “A deposit of $300 will be requested upon registration and the remaining balance will be due May 1.”
The workshop fees are:
(Two-day school – 16 hours of instruction)
* 30 riders – $43.33 per rider
* 20 riders – $65.00 per rider
* 10 riders – $130.00 per rider
(Three-day school – 24 hours of instruction)
*30 riders – $51.66 per rider
* 20 riders – $77.50 per rider
* 10 riders – $155.00 per rider
To register, go to https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu and enter keyword “horsemanship” or call 979-845-2604. More information about the program can be found at http://animalscience.tamu.edu/academics/equine/summer-horsemanship/ .