Grand Prix Jumper Gives Clinic at William Woods

Professional hunter/jumper and Grand Prix rider and trainer Patty Stovel will be at William Woods University Nov. 18-19 to give a clinic for William Woods equestrian students.

Stovel, originally from Woodstock, Conn., has been riding her entire life and has spent numerous years at the top ranks of jumping competition, competing and winning at Grand Prix level and many international competitions.

In 1994 she was selected as a member of the World Equestrian Games team and received the team’s highest individual score. She was named alternate for the team in 2002. Just last year she won the $75,000 Devon Grand Prix. She currently competes in the Florida and Kentucky circuits with her partner Shandor 41, an 11-year-old Hanoverian gelding.

The clinic will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, and Stovel will instruct the students on how to get the best out of the horse that they are riding both on the flat and over jumps. She will instruct riders in groups, separating the hunters from the jumpers.

Whitney Miller, a junior of Boise, Idaho, and president of the William Woods hunter/jumper show team, feels that working with Stovel will be extremely beneficial to the students.

“She is a very knowledgeable and respected person in the hunter/jumper industry. It’s a great opportunity for students to get experience with a high level trainer like her,” said Miller.

The clinic will take place in the new Rowland Applied Riding Arena, and all are welcome to observe. For more information contact Linda McClaren at (573) 592-1101.