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William Woods University Professor Emeritus Paul
Clervi and Jane Mudd, assistant professor of art, stand
alongside the portrait she painted to honor Clervi for
his 42 years of service to WWU as a “visionary leader,
inspirational educator and esteemed artist.”  The portrait
was unveiled during a reception opening the Faculty Art
Exhibit, which runs through the end of October in the
Mildred Cox Gallery of the Gladys Woods Kemper Center
for the Arts.  Clervi retired as chair of the arts and sci-
ence division last spring.  He continues to teach sculp-
ture and ceramics part time.
The Jumping Derby Oct. 2 consisted of traditional hunter
and jumper style classes outside of the typical show ring.
In this competition, riders compete outdoors in the eques-
trian cross-country feld, which adds to the excitement.
“It was really fun to be able to gallop around and jump
natural obstacles,” said senior Melissa Smith, president of
the Hunter/Jumper Show Team.
Divisions in the show included various levels, including
jumping patterns consisting solely of cross rails to courses
containing obstacles nearing four feet. The wide range of
levels allowed many different riders to compete, which is
strongly encouraged every year of the competition.
“The derby is an excellent opportunity for everyone who
rides horses to fences,” said Dr. Linda McClaren, professor
of equestrian studies.
According to riders and
spectators alike, this
year’s event was quite
the success. As usual, it
included WWU equestri-
ans as well as “outside”
“I think we had a good
turnout,” said Smith.
“We had quite a few out-
side people come.”
It is no wonder that so many people show up. Jumping in
natural felds is gaining popularity for hunters and jumpers.
“In our contemporary hunter/jumper show world, the value
of riding outside the ring is recognized,” said McClaren.
“Currently, we are seeing a resurgence of riding outdoors
over natural obstacles in both hunter and jumper competi-
tions nationwide.”
To adhere to the discipline’s growing interest in riding out-
side of the show ring, WWU’s equestrian cross-country
course is growing slowly but surely. This year the course
included a new log that the high jumper divisions used in
Jumping outside is
something not every
rider is able to do.
WWU continues its
tradition of providing
equestrians with a
deeper understanding
of the industry by
providing them
opportunities such
as this.
The Derby Tradition
Honoring Professor
Paul Clervi
by Dani Moritz
photo by Amanda Griffey
photos by Sally Rolfe