Jean Kraus

Professor, Equestrian Studies


Areas of Expertise:

  • Dressage, Hunter Jumper, Saddle Seat, Western, Vaulting
  • Research done in Medieval and Renaissance horsemanship at the British Museum Library
  • History of horsemanship through the ages
  • Have toured the horse industries in Australia, Belgium, England, France, Germany, Holland and Switzerland
  • Equine Health & First Aid
  • Equine Event Management
  • Theory of Teaching Techniques
  • Equine Facility Management
  • Tack Construction and Repair
  • Evaluation of the Performance Horse


  • M.A., Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri, 1990
  • M.S., Information Science, Syracuse University, 1974
  • B.A., Anthropological Linguistics, SUNY, 1973

Professional Achievements:

  • Tenured Professor, William Woods University, 1974 to present
  • Currently serving on the USEF Steward/Technical Delegate Committee and as a Co-Leader for the USEF  2009 Technical Delegate Forum
  • EQS Division Chair, 1981-1988, 1990-1996
  • President-elect of the Missouri Horse Shows Association
  • Past editor of the Missouri Horse Shows Association Newsletter
  • Previously owned Midway Hunter Jumper Shows, Inc., a horse show business, for 12 years; managed dressage, hunter jumper, saddle seat, and western horse shows, from the schooling level to AHSA 'A' rated shows and AQHA shows
  • Sponsored student riding instructional tours abroad in England and France
  • Served as AHSA Zone 7 Hunter Jumper Committee Missouri representative, USDF Region IV Technical Delegate Coordinator, USEF Stewards Test Writing Committee
  • On site research into the Equine Industries of England, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, and Australia


  • United States Equestrian Federation 'R' Technical Delegate
  • United States Equestrian Federation 'R-CC' Steward
  • Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) Dressage Chief Steward
  • Arabian Horse Association Steward
  • As a USEF Technical Delegate and/or steward - officiated in Alaska, Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia
  • As a FEI Dressage Steward - officiated at the FEI World Cup in 2005, 2007, 2009 and the Holidays & Horses CDI


    Honors and/or awards:

    • Dads’ Association-Louis D. Beaumont Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2001
    • Missouri Governor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2004