Notable hunter/jumper clinician returns to WWU
|2/16/2012||Mary Ann Beahon|
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||(573) 592-1127|
Clinician Jeff Cook will return to William Woods University this weekend, Feb. 17 and 18, to educate another generation of WWU hunter/jumper riders.
Cook is a former student of George Morris, considered a "founding father" of hunt seat equitation.
Since 1979, Jeff Cook has been a successful trainer and rider within the equine industry. While an assistant trainer for George Morris, Cooks' students and horses showed successfully at major horse shows across the United States and internationally in Italy and Mexico. He also coached at the Pan American Games in 2007.
The sought-after clinician says he's not a big fan of gadgets, and likes to keep riding and training simple. Cook believes in teaching the importance of following a system, being consistent and believing that you can always improve.
In addition to teaching and giving clinics, Cook has also written several articles about the sport and the industry, including a 28-month series on starting a horse over fences for Practical Horseman magazine.
The week leading up to the clinic has inspired a flurry of activity in the barns on the WWU campus as riders prepare their horses and themselves to ride with this well-respected horseman.
"I am both excited and nervous about the clinic this weekend. It's only the second clinic I've ever ridden in, and I think it's going to be a great way to kick off my last semester at William Woods," said Heather McCasky, a graduating senior.