William Woods University is accepting applications for its Summer Riding Program, which begins July 9. Now in its 14th year, the program has a reputation for providing a broad horse experience and an equal riding opportunity for equestrians of all ability levels.
The program is divided into two sessions, based upon age. A session for ages 14-17 runs July 9-14, followed by a session for ages 10-13 on July 16-21. Both sessions will take place in the William Woods Equestrian Complex, located on campus. Riders can select to be residential or commuting participants for the week.
Participants select to ride hunt seat or saddle seat during their session, and the lessons will accommodate any rider, from beginner to advanced. Regardless of riding experience, the sessions provide each participant with the opportunity to leave at the end of the week a versatile equestrian.
All horses will be provided by the university, but participants may choose to bring their own saddles. All participants are responsible for grooming and tacking up before riding, and thoroughly cooling down and grooming their horses after their riding lessons.
Staff members will provide guidance during these stable responsibilities, as well as leading discussions on conformation, health care, unsoundnesses, handling and show grooming, to educate the riders on different aspects of horse care.
Off campus trips may also be planned, and participants will be exposed to areas of the horse world outside their own concentration. This helps to develop a more open-minded equestrian.
Last summer, more than 100 riders from 15 different states participated in the William Woods Summer Riding Program.
For more information, contact Laura Ward, director of WWU’s Summer Riding Program, at (573) 592-1153, or firstname.lastname@example.org.