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For Sale

Otto is a handsome, smart and kind 16h1″ 2007 off track-thoroughbred gelding. (pedigree).  He was raced lightly and retired sound from the track.  He is currently in training with Camie to learn eventing skills.  He is sound, friendly and has a great work ethic.  He has done a eventing derby and a combined test, both at BN level.  He has schooled xc, including water, banks and ditches.  More info here. Current price: $5,000. Contact Camie

There’s a lot of fun to be had his summer! We will be doing a lot of xc schooling and schooling shows – whether schooling horse trials, dressage shows, h/j shows and even some western ranch!  (See calendar below.) All of it is good fun and great for developing your relationship with your horse.  If you are looking for some low-key fun or learning to build your riding confidence muscles, join me!  Group lessons with nice people at Hickory Grove (Madrid) on Monday evenings and at Field Day on Tuesday evenings.  Private lessons by appointment, with a discount for morning or afternoon private lessons.  Contact Camie for information.

My goal for this year is to compete in the Retired Racehorse Project’s Thoroughbred Makeover and National Symposium at the Kentucky Horse Park October 5-8.  Cactus Star (aka Howdy) is my project horse and he already has an entourage planning to head down to Kentucky to have some fun for the big weekend!  You can read and email subscribe to Howdy’s blog at Horsitivity.com.

My name is Camie Stockhausen and I help horses and riders.  Whether the goal is competition, trail riding or something else, I am available to help riders and horses understand each other better.

I am a USEA ICP-certified riding instructor and teach primarily at my private facility in Cambridge, Iowa. Many riders trailer in to the facility for lessons.

We have an indoor riding arena and a schooling cross country course on site, and another available to us nearby.  We have hundreds of acres of land to ride and live adjacent to the Heart of Iowa Trail, a miles-long, shared-use grassy trail.  I take special interest in training horses.  I take one external horse in training at a time and keep training blogs for each ride.  Those blogs can be seen on the right of this page.

I have a regular group riding lesson on Tuesday nights at 6:30 at Field Day where we enjoy or time working on dressage, showjumping or cross country skills, depending on the season and the needs of the group. I travel to teach at Irish Run Farms in Des Moines on most Friday evenings and to Hickory Grove in Madrid on Thursday evenings.  I also teach clinics throughout the Midwest. You can contact me to schedule lessons, training or clinics.  Email or by cell 515-231-9875.

If you are looking to buy a horse and would like a professional opinion or some help along the way, I am available for consulting.  If you are looking to sell a horse, I occasionally have people looking.  Both services are available for a reasonable fee.

My husband and I foxhunt with the North Hills Hunt in the autumn and winter months.  If you are interested in foxhunting I can help you learn the skills you need to be successful and relaxed in the hunt field, and even ride with you in the hunt field.


This year I am participating in the Retired Racehorse Project Thoroughbred Makeover.  I’m taking a horse named Cactus Star (Howdy) from the track and training him for a life of eventing or foxhunting or whatever else he says he would like to do.  Then, we’ll go to the Kentucky Horse Park on October 5-8, 2017, to meet like-minded thoroughbred fans and compete in the Makeover competition.  You can follow the journey on the Thoroughbred Makeover (Howdy) Blog!

For those interested in the fox hunting side of Field Day, here’s the North Hills Hunt fixture card (calendar).