Students participate in U.S. Sport Horse Nationals Horse Show

Three William Woods University western students attended the
U.S. Sport Horse Nationals Horse Show Sept. 27–Oct. 2 at the Kentucky Horse
Park in Lexington, Ky.

Jessie Steinhoff of Union, Mo., showed IWF All That Glitters.
The pair was a preliminary finalist in Half Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle
Amateur to Ride, and just barely missed the callback for the finals.
Erin Springer of Siloam Springs, Ark., showed Prazer OBF, a
horse she has spent an entire year working with. They competed in the Half
Arabian Show Hack Amateur to Ride, Half Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle, and
the Half Arabian Sport Horse Under Saddle Amateur to Ride, and brought home a
National Top 10 ribbon in each class.
“I had a great time showing at the beautiful Kentucky Horse
Park. [Prazer OBF] is a horse who loves to show and it makes the competition so
much more fun to ride a horse who is not only competitive but truly enjoys his
job,” commented Springer.
Rebekah Savage of New Berwick, Maine, went with the group to
act as a groom and photographer. According to Savage, going to a show this
large in a great experience for anyone, even if you’re not showing, because of
the opportunity to observe other industry professionals, gain experience grooming
at national competition and getting to make some industry connections.
“Being able to say I went to Sport Horse Nationals is a big
deal within itself. No, I didn’t show, but I pitched in and was part of a team
effort. And there are so many new things I learned just by going; I was able to
pick up on different training methods, see some different types of horses and
much more,” Savage said.
Like most national competitions, these horses had to qualify
by earning points at local and regional shows in order to compete. Springer
qualified Prazer OBF in the spring and summer of 2011, and Steinhoff qualified
IWF All That Glitters in the spring of 2011. These horses are once again
qualified to compete in the next year’s Sport Horse Nationals.
Jenny Petterson, assistant professor of equestrian studies,
said, “I couldn’t have been more pleased with our presentation and performance
against a field of horses and riders from all over the United States and
Canada. To come away with three national top 10 ribbons was a phenomenal
Erin Springer (left) with Prazer OBF and Jessie Steinhoff
with IWF All That Glitters and their awards

Jessie Steinhoff and Erin Springer