William Woods University offered an Equestrian Academic Showcase for prospective students Nov. 6, highlighting its nationally known equestrian program. The all-day event was planned for high school students interested in studying for careers in the equestrian industry.
More than 50 prospective students and 140 family members and other guests attended. Among them were students from 16 states, including New York and California.
The prospects spoke with faculty members, current students and admissions representatives to learn more about a degree in the equine industry.
“It was an exciting, information-filled day that ended with an elaborate buffet in the large indoor arena,” Kate Engemann, admissions representative, said.
A highlight of the day was a “parade of disciplines,” featuring students and horses from dressage, hunter/jumper, saddle seat and western concentrations.
In addition, Parker Lovell of Winston-Salem, N.C., spoke to prospective and current students about “The Equestrian Professional’s Opportunities: Finding Your Niche in the Horse Industry.”
Lovell told about the abundance of money-making opportunities in lesson programs and lesson instruction for people who are creative in their business and marketing strategies. She and her husband, Cash, own and operate the Cash Lovell Stables and Riding Academy, which has been training horses and riders for more than 60 years.
Current WWU equestrian students modeled appropriate lesson and show riding attire and answered questions about their studies, and an overview of equine scholarship opportunities was presented. Barn and campus tours were also provided.
William Woods University, in 1972, was the first school in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in equestrian science. A degree in equine administration was added in 1992.
The university has a reputation for providing one of the finest equestrian studies programs in the country—filling a national, regional and local demand for graduates holding a four-year equestrian science degree.
This demand is heightened by a thriving equine industry that contributes about $112 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product each year.
The university’s equestrian facilities encompass a city block, with 128 large box stalls in four stables, two heated indoor arenas, a lighted outdoor ring and a 40-acre cross-country riding course.
The equestrian studies program is the most popular at William Woods, with an average of 102 students majoring in equestrian science and 14 students majoring in equine administration each year for the past 10 years. The placement rate for WWU equestrian graduates is nearly 100 percent.
Breeds represented in the William Woods stable include American Saddlebreds, Appaloosas, Arabians, Morgans, National Show Horses, Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods. The university provides instruction in saddle seat, hunt seat, dressage and western.
Students interested in the equestrian program at William Woods should contact the WWU Office of Admissions at (573) 592-4221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.