William Woods University received more than two dozen awards, including four horse championships, at the Missouri Horse Shows Association’s annual banquet Feb. 16 in Columbia.
Linda McClaren, assistant professor of equestrian science at WWU, was named the 2001 Instructor of the Year, an award she also won in 1999. The university’s Winter Fun Show won the 2001 Horse Show of the Year award.
Morgan Shindler, 12-year-old daughter of Mike and Kenda Shindler of Fulton, won the state championship in the Academy Saddleseat Equitation Walk/Trot/Canter division riding William Woods horses. She is instructed by William Woods students and faculty members, Gayle Lampe and Laura Ward.
The other awards won by WWU went to William Woods-owned horses and were based on the number of wins by the horses at member horse shows in Missouri during the 2001 show season. Various William Woods equestrian students rode the winning horses.
In a competition where each division had as many as 46 entries, William Woods horses took four firsts, three seconds, three thirds, and an assortment of fourths, fifths and sixths.
Champions were Dunit Bars in Open Western Pleasure Adult, Paragon’s Jolie in ASB 3-gaited Ladies, Who Ah in ASB 5-gaited Show Pleasure and Flame Town in MHSA English Pleasure.
Reserve champion awards were given to A Slight Investment in Open Western Pleasure, Shamrock’s Locamotive in ASB 5-gaited Open and Flame Town in Arabian English Pleasure.
Third place winners were: MJK Seize Command in Morgan English Pleasure, Royal Caribbean in ASB 3-gaited Park and Hot Capers in Academy Pleasure Walk/Trot/ Canter.
Fourth place winners were: Bazooka Joe in ASB 5-gaited Show Pleasure, Key to Success in Amateur Morgan Western Pleasure and Morgan Western Pleasure, MJK Seize Command in Morgan English Pleasure Amateur, and Stonewall’s Jack O Diamonds in Academy Pleasure Walk/Trot/ Canter and ASB 3-gaited Show Pleasure.
Fifth place winners were: A Slight Investment in Open Western Pleasure Adult, Swatch Watch in ASB 5-gaited Open, Paragon’s Jolie in ASB 3-gaited Open, Thee Thunder Rolls in ASB Country Western Pleasure, Currency in ASB 3-gaited Park, Shamrock’s Locamotive in ASB 5-gaited Amateur and Providence in Non-Pro Hunter.
Sixth place winners were: Dunit Bars in Open Western Pleasure, Legendary Johnny D. in Morgan English Pleasure, Flame Town in Arabian English Pleasure and Blaze in Limit Rider Hunter 15 and Over.
The Missouri Horse Shows Association is a multi-breed organization made up of approximately 700 individual members and 150 member horse shows. MHSA is organized to inspire, encourage interest in and regulate equestrian competition in various disciplines such as dressage, saddleseat, western and hunter/jumpers.