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Equestrian Organizations

Equestrian students have always been very involved on campus. These organizations center around the interests that have evolved from the Equestrian Studies program, but are open to all students, regardless of their major.

Dressage Club

Organization's Focus:

  • To foster, encourage, and promote improvement in the art of dressage.
  • To promote gymnastic training for all styles of horsemanship.

Advisor: Karen Pautz

Hunter/Jumper Show Team

The Hunter/Jumper Show Team is dedicated to the promotion of hunter/jumper events through management of a William Woods University horse show and participation in National level competitions.

Advisor: Michele Smith

Jumper Derby

The WWU Jumping Derby is a fall horse show on the outside course at WWU. Traditional hunter classes start the day off and culminate with the feature event on the hunter schedule, the Back to Our Roots Hunter Classic. Following the Hunter classes, Jumper competition includes the famous Rotating Rider Pairs class and of course the High and Low Jumping Derbies. Fabulous prizes be awarded to the winners of each class, division championships, and the winners of each of the featured classes on the day's schedule. The Derby is organized and managed by the WWU H/J Show Team and their faculty sponsor. The Show Team puts on a number of fund raising events throughout the academic year. Proceeds from these events contribute to Show Team members' ability to participate in a nationally recognized horse competitions with WWU show horses. The Derby has grown a little each year, with many "outside" horses joining the WWU students and horses for a friendly competition. There is often a nice audience composed of not only friends and families of competitors, but also members of the Fulton community who just come out to enjoy an afternoon of show jumping. See below for a link to the prize list. For more information, contact Michele Smith at

Saddle Seat Club

To promote unity and camaraderie between all students of Saddleseat, regardless of the breed of their preferred Saddleseat mount. Also the organization helps to promote the discipline of Saddleseat and raise awareness of Saddleseat as a sport on campus and in the horse industry.

Advisor: Sarah Track

Western Club

The purpose of the western club is to actively engage a community of students who share a common interest in the western industry.

Advisor: Liz Haben

William Woods Judging Team

The William Woods Judging Team is open to anyone who wants to learn more about horses and competitive judging. When judging competitively you compete on a team of 4-5 as well as individually. Collegiate Judgers will judge halter classes, performance classes, and give sets of reasons. Reasons are equal to a two minute speech given from memory that explains how you placed the classes.

In the fall we meet about once a week to practice for the fall competitions. In the fall we compete at the Morgan Grand National and World Championship show, U S Arabian National Horse Show, and the National Reining Futurity.

In the spring we focus on giving back to the community. We help at a variety of clinics and judging contests throughout the state. We also put on our own Judging clinic for 4-H and the community.

The William Woods Judging Team is advised by EQs Division Chair Jennie Petterson and Western Instructor Liz Haben. Please contact them for more information: