Fourth Annual 4-H/FFA Judging Clinic set for Feb. 26 at WWU

William Woods University’s Intercollegiate Judging Team and western riders will host their fourth annual competitive judging clinic Saturday, Feb. 26, in the UPHA arena.


Geared toward 4-H Clubs and Future Farmers of America, the clinic is free and open to the public.  It will begin at 10 a.m. and wrap up around 4 p.m. 


“The clinic has drawn youth and coaches from all over the state in years past, and the team is expecting a great turnout again this year,” said Jennie Petterson, assistant professor of equestrian studies. 


“WWU is able to give coaches and youth judges a chance to not only ask questions in a clinic format, but practice judge multiple mock classes,” she said, adding, “It is difficult to find facilities with enough horses to create multiple practice classes, and WWU is lucky to have many horses to choose from.” 


The clinic will cover evaluation of equine conformation, making quick comparisons, western pleasure, horsemanship, English pleasure and hunter pleasure.  It will also feature an optional break-out session for those coaches and youth who desire more details about presenting oral reasons for competition.


WWU upper classmen are leading the clinic along with Petterson. More than 30 other students ready to serve as horse handlers, riders, group leaders and hospitality volunteers. 


For more information contact Petterson at (573) 592-1102 or