Hunter/Jumper riders bring home ribbons from Tulsa, Okla.

Twenty-one William Woods University students and one alumna recently
returned from Tulsa, Okla., where they competed in the Oklahoma Holiday Finale
Horse Show, sponsored by the Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Association.

Also attending the competition Nov. 16-20 were four WWU
student grooms and a WWU student videographer and photographer.
 
“The season-end competition was the result of several months
of hard work by student riders,” said Dr. Linda McClaren, professor of equestrian
studies. “All WWU riders had the opportunity to work with their show horses to
prepare them for the national level, A-rated show, and they brought home an
array of ribbons for their efforts.”
 
The following students showed in the hunter divisions:
 
Kirsten Schwall of New Lebanon, Ohio, rode Varena in
the 2’6” Low Hunters, Baby Green Hunters and Modified Child/Adult Hunters. The
pair brought home numerous second place ribbons and never placed lower than
sixth.  Schwall and Varena won a Reserve
Championship in the Baby Green Hunters.
 
Ellie Cole of Friendswood, Texas, showed Reno
in the 3’ Low Hunters and the Children’s Hunters. They received first place in
the Children’s Hunters O/F class and brought home a variety of other ribbons,
never placing below seventh.
 
Ashley Martin of Belvidere, Ill., rode Glory Road
in the 3’ Low Hunters and the 3’ and the Amateur Adult Hunters. They won their
3’ Low Hunter class and brought home numerous other ribbons. Ashley and Glory
Road also galloped to 10th place in the prestigious Washington
International Horse Show/Marshall Sterling (WIHS/MS) Adult Hunter Classic and a
Reserve Championship in the Low Hunters.
 
Elizabeth Cato of Grapevine, Texas, showed Timeless
in the 3’ Low Hunters and the 3’ Amateur Adult Hunters, as well as in the MS
& THIS NAT Adult Medal class and an Adult Equitation on the flat class. The
pair won three classes, including first place in the WIHS & MS Hunter
Classic. Finishing up with a Reserve Championship in the Adult Amateur Hunters
18-35, Cato and “Timmie” were the toast of the hunter ring for WWU.
 
Melanie Hemstreet of Issaquah, Wash., rode J Arthur in
the 3’ Low Hunters and the 3’Amateur Adult Hunters, as well as in the WIHS/MS
Adult Hunter Classic, the MS & THIS NAT Adult Medal class and an Adult
Equitation on the flat class. Horse and rider brought home numerous ribbons and
never placed lower than eighth.
 
Stephanie Fisher of Coppell, Texas, showed the young
hunter Catillac in the 2’6” Low Hunters and the Baby Green Hunters. This show
was the first national level show for “Cat.” Fisher is training Cat as part of
her Mentor-Mentee project collaboration with McClaren. Fisher and Cat earned
several ribbons and never placed lower than sixth place.
 
Ashley Dorion of Hinckley, Ill., rode Remington in
the 3’ Low Hunter and the 3’ Amateur Adult Hunter, as well as the WIHS/MS Adult
Hunter Classic (4th) and the MS & THIS NAT Adult Medal class.
They received several ribbons and never placed lower than eighth.
 
Hannah Podgorski of Glastonbury, Conn., showed What
the Doctor Ordered in the 2’6” Low Hunters and the 2’9” Modified Child/Adult
Hunters. They received first place for their warm up trip on Saturday, and
brought home several other ribbons, never placing below seventh.
 
Anna Miller of Tulsa, Okla., rode Sam I Am in
the 3’ Low Hunters and the 3’ Amateur Adult Hunters, as well as in the
WIHS/MSTER Adult Hunter Classic (9th), the MS & THIS NAT Adult
Medal class and an Adult Equitation on the flat class. The pair brought home
numerous ribbons.
 
Geri Crawford of Plano, Texas, showed Astound in
the 2’3” Beginner Rider Hunters, the 2’3” Very Low Hunters and the 2’6” Low
Hunters, as well as in two Beginner Equitation classes. They won a 2’6” Low
Hunter class and received several other ribbons. The pair never placed below
seventh.
 
Ali Strakal of Tulsa, Okla., rode Merlin in the
3’ Low Hunters and the Children’s Hunters. The pair received first place in one
of their 3’ Low Hunter classes and brought home a variety of other ribbons,
never placing below eighth.
 
 
The following riders competed in the jumper divisions:
 
Marie Arnold of Waterloo, Ill., rode Bon Voyage
in the .90 meter Jumper, 1 meter Low Adult Jumper, and 1.05 meter Low Adult
Jumper classes and placed no lower than eighth.
 
Jacque Franco of San Diego, Calif., showed Shadow
Fax in the 1.05 meter Jumper, 1.10 meter High Adult Jumper, and 1.15 meter High
Adult Jumper classes. The pair received ribbons no lower than fifth place and
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