Emily Barrett of Bull Valley, Ill., received the top equestrian award for graduating seniors at William Woods University.
Barrett is the 2014 Vera Chenoweth Outstanding Equestrian Graduate. The award is given annually to the overall outstanding equestrian science graduate. The recipient of this award must be an accomplished horseperson, as well as the person who has given the most service to the entire division over four years. The selection is made by the entire equestrian studies faculty.
Georgia Hellum-Willits of Portland, Ore., and Krista Spencer of Naperville, Ill., were the 2014 Atkinson Achievement recipients. The Atkinson Achievement Award is given annually to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the most growth as a rider and horseperson while at WWU.
Three students were recognized as Distinguished Scholars: Barrett, equine administration; Ashley Sundin of Holt, Mo., equestrian science; and Rebekah Savage of South Berwick, Maine, equine general studies.
Faculties of the various disciplines may, but are not obliged to, designate graduating seniors as Distinguished Scholars. Eligibility requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.4; the equestrian faculty also considers other relevant academic factors and variables in the selection process.
In addition, each year the riding disciplines recognize outstanding graduating seniors in each discipline. Those recognized this year were:
- Sundin and Emma Staley of Cherry Hills Village, Colo., Dressage Appreciation Award
- Hellum-Willits, Western Appreciation Award
- Kristen Cuneo of East Kingston, N.H., and Katie Lash of Bellaire, Mich., Saddle Seat Appreciation Award
- Rachel Arnold of Prairie Village, Kan., Hunter/Jumper Appreciation Award