Notable hunter/jumper clinician returns to WWU

Clinician Jeff Cook will return to William Woods University
this weekend, Feb. 17 and 18, to educate another generation of WWU
hunter/jumper riders.

Cook is a former student of George Morris, considered a
“founding father” of hunt seat equitation.
 
Since 1979, Jeff Cook has been a successful trainer and rider
within the equine industry. While an assistant trainer for George Morris, Cooks’
students and horses showed successfully at major horse shows across the United
States and internationally in Italy and Mexico. He also coached at the Pan
American Games in 2007.
 
The sought-after clinician says he’s not a big fan of
gadgets, and likes to keep riding and training simple. Cook believes in
teaching the importance of following a system, being consistent and believing
that you can always improve.
 
In addition to teaching and giving clinics, Cook has also
written several articles about the sport and the industry, including a 28-month
series on starting a horse over fences for Practical Horseman magazine.
 
The week leading up to the clinic has inspired a flurry of
activity in the barns on the WWU campus as riders prepare their horses and
themselves to ride with this well-respected horseman.
 
“I am both excited and nervous about the clinic this weekend.
It’s only the second clinic I’ve ever ridden in, and I think it’s going to be a
great way to kick off my last semester at William Woods,” said Heather McCasky,
a graduating senior.