Publisher’s Note: Announcing Our Latest Invention — The American Equestrian School


As Program Director for American Equestrian School (AES)—a highly selective accelerated private school program for students passionate about the equestrian industry—I am pleased to announce that enrollment is open for Fall 2022 to students in grades 6-12. 

The exclusive program pairs world-class hybrid private school and elite equestrian instruction. AES is tailored to fueling students’ passion for the equestrian world and propelling young riders towards successful careers, both in and out of the ring. 

I currently teach college courses on equestrian entrepreneurship at Clarkson Univeristy, and I can tell you that the AES program is the first of its kind. Our team is excited to provide students with the best of both worlds, academic excellence and elite equestrian instruction, all under one roof. 

AES offers students the opportunity to learn from the best in the business. For students who are serious about pursuing equestrian careers, there is no better education they could hope to find. The AES program opens doors and makes connections that aren’t available to anyone else.

AES utilizes the award-winning Impact Learning model from the ICL Academy as its academic core, combined with exclusive equestrian college-level content and dynamic learning opportunities with icons of the sport, including interactive in-person seminars with industry experts. ICL Academy is an affiliate partner of the internationally renowned IB World School Group, The Dwight School. A 150-year tradition of academic excellence combined with the Institute for Civic Leadership’s lauded character and service leadership program makes quality academics accessible for serious junior equestrians, bringing the classroom to the horse show.

The innovative program matches elite academics with elite equestrian instruction. Traci and Carleton Brooks bring their decades of experience producing top horses and riders to the American Equestrian School. The Brooks’ Balmoral Farm is one of the winningest equestrian programs in North America, consistently producing national champions. Carleton is an inductee of the National Show Hunter Hall of Fame, the USHJA Hall of Fame, and winner of overall 2020 USEF Horse of the Year with Pritchard Hill. 

With the Brooks’ expertise, the AES program offers a dual-focus education unlike any other.

American Equestrian School offers two main programs to students in grades 6-12: the Platinum and Gold Programs. Enrollment is open for Fall 2022. 

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