WWU’s Holds 19th Year of Summer Riding Program
|6/22/2011||Mary Ann Beahon|
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William Woods University’s Summer Riding Program, now in its 19th year, runs July 3 through July 15. Students between the ages of 10 and 17 attend week-long instruction in hunter pleasure (on the flat), hunt seat over fences, saddle seat or western.
Riders of all skill levels are welcomed for the program, which is held on the WWU campus in Fulton, Mo. Students between the ages of 14 and 17 will attend July 3-8, while students 10 to 13 years old will be on campus July 10-15.
The program encompasses not only riding skills, but a range of other equestrian knowledge. Students learn about the responsibilities of owning a horse, anatomy, nutrition, handling and show grooming, among other subjects.
“Riding lessons will be in small groups, with students of similar experience,” Laura Ward, program director, said. “Participants will be exposed to areas of the horse world outside of their concentration. The William Woods Summer Riding Program promises learning opportunities designed to develop a versatile and open-minded equestrian.”
They are given the opportunity to ride once or twice a day in small groups with other students of similar experience. The instructors are William Woods equestrian faculty and students who ride and show in their respective seats. The horses used in the program are horses that have been donated to the William Woods equestrian program.
This program is a residential program, which means that the majority of students stay on the campus for the duration, although commuting is also permitted. Each year, more than 100 riders from 15-20 states participate.