WWU Saddle Seat riders celebrate successful month
|11/27/2012||Mary Ann Beahon|
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November was a busy month for the William Woods University Saddle Seat group, beginning with the 2012 Equestrian Academic Showcase on campus and continuing with the American Royal in Kansas City, where they earned a championship and reserve championship.
Tiffany and Steve Wheeler of Louisville, Ky., conducted riding clinics both days of the showcase, Nov. 3 and 4. Many horse and rider combinations showing at the American Royal rode with the Wheelers in final preparation for the show.
“Young, energetic and very talented (and, of course, Tiffany is a William Woods graduate), the couple was very kind to the students and seemed to have a wonderful weekend here in Fulton,” Sarah Track, WWU clinical instructor of equestrian studies/saddle seat, said.
This year William Woods took 10 horse and rider combinations to the American Royal National Championship Horse Show Nov. 13-17.
“Bringing home one championship and one reserve championship, William Woods was once again superbly represented by its students,” Track said. “The students did such a great job; I was so proud of all of them.”
Ashton Street and “The Straight Guy” were the Missouri/Kansas Adult Country Pleasure Champions and Grand Champions. “Mojo,” as he’s called, was Champion and Grand Champion in 2011 with Lauren Greenwald, and in 2010 Beth Oseroff showed the same horse to two third places in the Open division of the Adult Country Pleasure.
Murphy McSemek and “Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves”were Reserve Champions and Reserve Grand Champions in the Missouri/Kansas Amateur Five-Gaited class. “Gypsy” was champion and grand champion in 2011 with William Woods student, Shannon Garcia.
Corie Jean Allen and Maria Gudger showed the horses, “The First Fling” and “Winsdown Bridgeworks” to fourth and third, respectively, in the Missouri/Kansas Five-Gaited Pleasure class.
Francesca Fields showed “My Paramour” to a third and fourth place finish in the Missouri/Kansas Three- Gaited Show Pleasure class.
Aubri Kennammer showed “Ro & Me’s Kiss and Tell” to a fourth place finish in the Missouri/Kansas Three Gaited Show Pleasure Class.
Also riding at the American Royal were Ashley Smith, Liz Curtin, Carly Fettig, and Allison Strash.
Ashton Street and The Straight Guy (commonly known as Mojo) wait to make their victory pass after winning the Missouri/Kansas Adult Country Pleasure Championship at the American Royal National Championship Horse Show. With them is Sarah Track, WWU clinical instructor of equestrian studies/saddle seat. Street and Mojo later went on to claim the Grand Championship.