​​​​​​​​Western Youth Horsemanship School

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The University of Findlay is presenting youth western horsemanship schools to further educate interested riders. The school offers the same techniques that are taught in the University’s Western Equestrian Studies Program. 


Novice/Intermediate Session (ages 10-18):   June 22-26, 2021

Advanced Rider Session (ages 12-19):   June 27-July 1, 2021

Students applying for the ​Advanced Rider Session must submit a​ video of ​their riding or letter of recommendation. Acceptance is based on approval by equestrian staff. There are a limited number of horses available for lease at this session for the additional cost of $90. If you are not planning of bringing your own horse, please call the Western offices at ​419-434-4656 to confirm there are horses still available.​


What to expect as a western youth horsemanship camper:

  • Instruction is given by Mark Smith and Art O'Brien​.  Click here to view their profiles.

  • Instruction will cover horsemanship, western pleasure, showmanship, and the fundamentals of reining.

  • Each student will work with their own horse under the personal supervision of the equestrian staff.

  • Lectures and demonstrations will be given daily to enhance each student's skills.

  • Along with individual and class instruction, there will be evening video analysis to review each rider's progress.

  • Students will also participate in recreational activities on UF's main campus.

Tuition: $625  (a $200 non-refundable deposit is required)

Included in the cost is the following:

  • Room and meals

  • T-shirt

  • Instruction

  • Group photo

  • Horse board

  • Transportation to and from the farm

  • Riding Instruction

If you are bringing your own ​​horse:

The following ​Vaccination information is required for all horses. Please bring records to verify. 

  • Negative Coggins test.

  • Flu, Rhino, Tetanus and Strangles vaccinations.

  • Deworm your horse two weeks before arrival.

  • Sawdust, cleaning equipment, water and feed buckets are provided by the University.

  • You may bring your own feed.

  • Parking is available if you prefer to leave your trailer.


Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis, with limited enrollment. Upon acceptance, a confirmation letter will be sent with further details.

Our application is available by clicking the button below and can be mailed to Carol Browne at the address listed below:


Contact information:

Carol Browne
[email protected]

c/o The University of Findlay
14700 US 68
Findlay, Ohio  45840