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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 programs, but are open to all students, regardless of their major.

Dressage Club

William Woods Dressage Club was created to foster, encourage, and promote improvement in the art of Dressage, as well as promote gymnastic training for all styles of horsemanship.

Each year Dressage Club organizes and hosts a number of events open to the public and members volunteer at numerous events around Fulton and surrounding communities in Missouri. This year members of Dressage Club:

  • Volunteered to facilitate the Dressage National Finals in Lexington, Kentucky
  • Organized and facilitated the 2016 Schooling Dressage Show in Fulton
  • Hosted Dressage clinics
  • Hosted the Recognized Dressage Show
  • And more

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.

Each year the Hunter/Jumper Show Team organizes and hosts a number of events open to the public and members volunteer at numerous events around Fulton and surrounding communities in Missouri. This year members of the Hunter/Jumper Show Team:

  • Organized and facilitated the Annual Hunter Jumper Derby Horse Show
  • Hosted the Jeff Cook Clinic
  • Organized and facilitated the 2016 Hunter Jumper Spring Show
  • And others

Advisor: Michelle Smith

Paddock Club

The Paddock Club of William Woods University, comprised of students from all four equestrian seats, serves to promote interest in and education about the horse through shows and community service projects, while providing social and fellowship opportunities for members.

Advisor: Jennie Petterson

Saddle Seat Club

The goal of William Woods Saddle Seat Club is to promote unity and camaraderie between all students of Saddle Seat, regardless of the breed of their preferred Saddle Seat mount. The organization also helps to promote the discipline of Saddle Seat and raise awareness of Saddle Seat as a sport on campus and in the horse industry.

Each year the Saddle Seat Club organizes and hosts a number of events open to the public and members volunteer at numerous events around Fulton and surrounding communities. This year members of the Saddle Seat Club:

  • Helped facilitate the World Cup Selection Trials
  • Sponsored Smith Lilly Clinic and evening speaker
  • Volunteered at the Horse bowl in Columbia, Missouri
  • And more

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.

Each year Western Club organizes and hosts a number of events open to the public and members volunteer at numerous events around Fulton and surrounding communities. This year members of Western Club:

  • Organized and facilitated the Annual Western Club Show
  • Volunteered at the Horse bowl in Columbia, Missouri
  • Organized and facilitated the 2016 Richard Shrake Clinic and horse show
  • Hosted an end of fall semester party
  • Hosted an end of spring semester party
  • Attended the 2016 March to the Arch AQHA show in St. Louis, Missouri
  • And more

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 four to five members 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 the organization meets about once a week to practice for competitions. Fall competitions they participate in include: The Morgan Grand National and World Championship show, U.S. Arabian National Horse Show — from which William Woods Judging Team took home the national championship title this year — and the National Reining Futurity.

In the spring, the Judging Team focuses on giving back to the community through helping at a variety of clinics and judging contests throughout the state of Missouri. The team also conducts its own Judging clinic for 4-H and the Fulton community.

In addition to hosting LEAD events, other events the Judging Team is involved in throughout the year include:

  • 2015 U.S. Nationals Judging Contest in Tulsa, OK
  • AQHA World Championships Judging Contest in Oklahoma City, OK
  • John Pipkin judging clinic at the National Equestrian Center during the Show Me Equine Summit
  • And others

Advisor: Jennie Petterson