William Woods University’s Fall Festival Horse Show, an annual event organized by students, will be held during WWU’s Fall Family Weekend Saturday, Oct. 12. The show begins with the high jumper class at 9 a.m. and closes with the five-gaited pleasure class in the afternoon. The Fall Festival Horse Show is an opportunity for students to experience both sides of a show–competition and management. Volunteer opportunities normally do not extend to management positions, and even less frequently do volunteers get to help create the whole show. The show is free and open to the public, and family members, campus friends and the community are invited to attend throughout the day. This show, unlike many others, will feature three of the disciplines offered at William Woods–hunter/jumper, western, and saddle seat. Students are designing a program for the show that will include descriptions of the class, the riders’ names and some of their background. The classes themselves are meant to help both students and horses improve. The show will be held in the Bettina Bancroft Equestrian Center, UPHA Arena, while warm-ups will be held in the Rowland Applied Riding Arena. The show office, concessions and t-shirt booth will be in the EQS lounge, near the UPHA Arena. A horse show has been held during Fall Family Weekend for nearly 30 years, although it has been called several other names during that time. By tradition, the only competitors are WWU students, and they typically ride the school’s horses. Students may bring their own horses with permission of their applied riding instructor.
The Fall Festival Horse Show is organized by students in the events management class, with help from the facility management class. The events management class comprises19 students who split into groups to cover everything, each with their own leader. A lot of work goes into putting on a show, as illustrated by the number of crews involved. Crews include: ribbons—buying enough for each class and distributing them; gate—opening and closing the arena gates when needed; jump—setting up, changing and taking down the needed equipment for the hunter/jumper classes; decorations—decorating the UPHA arena for the fall festivities; announcers—calling class and riders’ numbers and places; horse show office—answering any questions or help solve problems; warm-up arena—making sure things go smoothly in the Rowland Applied Riding Arena; and concessions/t-shirts. Everyone helps with set-up and clean-up. The classes have been preparing for this show since the beginning of the year, and almost constantly this last month, according to Dana Giboney, one of the events management students. “The hardest part was making sure we have appropriate classes for students and finding appropriate judges for that class,” said Giboney. For more information, contact Michele Smith, visiting professor of hunter/jumper, at email@example.com or (573) 592-1101.