Alix Polydoros, an equestrian science major from Scottsdale, Arizona, recently received the top equestrian award for graduating seniors at William Woods University. It was one of several awards presented April 27 to outstanding students in the equestrian studies division who graduated in December or May.
Polydoros received the 2016 Vera Chenoweth Outstanding Equestrian Graduate Award, which is given annually to the overall outstanding equestrian science graduate. The recipient must be an accomplished horseperson, as well as the person who has given the most service to the division over four years. The selection is made by the entire equestrian studies faculty.
A May graduate, Polydoros is working with world class American Saddlebreds and Hackney Ponies at Hollow Haven Farm in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
Brianna Jaeger, an equestrian science and business administration double major from Maryland Heights, Missouri, was the 2016 Atkinson Achievement recipient. The award is given annually to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the most growth as a rider and horseperson while at WWU.
Jaeger, who graduated in December, also was named the Distinguished Scholar in Equestrian Science at WWU’s academic convocation April 20. She is working as a graduate assistant at William Woods while pursuing her MBA.
In addition, each year faculty recognize outstanding graduating seniors in each discipline who have made significant contributions to the seat.
Jessica Scharenbroch, an equestrian science major from Kiel, Wisconsin, received the Western Appreciation Award. Since graduating from William Woods May 7, she is working for IIB Farms in Oronogo, Missouri, for Liz and David Bentley. “I could not be more ecstatic to have landed what I can only describe as my dream job,” she said.
Betsy Krutek and Amanda Tucker, both equestrian science majors from O’Fallon, Missouri, and Polydoros, received the Saddle Seat Appreciation Award. Krutek is working for Ann and Frank Miller in Southern California, as their assistant trainer and instructor and Tucker is seeking a job in the saddle seat industry. Both graduated in May.
Ashley Larkins, an equestrian science and equine administration double major from Fort Lupton, Colorado, received the Hunter/Jumper Appreciation Award. After graduation May 7, she returned to Colorado to finish up her wedding plans and look for a job.
Lynn Flucke, an equestrian science major from Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin, and Marta Andersen, an equestrian science and equine administration double major from Baker City, Oregon, received the Dressage Appreciation Award.
A May graduate, Flucke has moved back to Wisconsin to work for the University of Wisconsin-Madison as the assistant barn manager and riding instructor at the Hoofer Equestrian Center.
Anderson, who graduated in December, is working for OmniCreative, based out of St. Clair, and teaching riding lessons in St. Louis. She was named the Distinguished Scholar in Equine Administration at WWU’s academic convocation April 20.