Summer Riding Program Marks 11th Year

The summer riding program at William Woods University will mark its 11th anniversary this year. The program consists of three sessions and will present a comprehensive horse experience for riders of all ability levels.

The summer program kicks off with an adult session for ages 18 and up that runs June 12-15. A session for ages 14 to 17 runs July 6-11, while a session for ages 10 to 13 will run July 13-18. Each session will offer lessons in Hunt Seat, Saddle Seat and Western.

The William Woods Summer Riding program is designed to develop a versatile and open-minded equestrian through its many learning opportunities. Along with riding, participants will learn conformation, health care, unsoundness, handling and show grooming, through on- and off- campus opportunities. Each successive year the program has grown. Last year the program had 109 riders from 14 states.

Participants do not need to bring their own horse but will be responsible for their assigned horses after each lesson. This includes proper grooming and tacking-up before riding, and thorough cooling out and grooming after riding. Staff members will offer guidance with these responsibilities.

The cost of the program for the adult session is $275, which includes riding lessons, all class material and a summer program t-shirt. Participants must provide their own housing and transportation.

For high school and middle school sessions, the cost for residential participants is $575 for the week. This includes the riding lessons, all class material, field trip transportation costs, a summer program t-shirt and room and board for the week. A $375 fee for commuting participants is also available for these two weeks.

Applications will be accepted in the order in which they are received with a $50 deposit enclosed. Included in each registration deposit is a $25 non-refundable fee. Enrollment is limited to 10-15 participants for the adult session and 45-50 for each of the other sessions.

Students who wish to come with a friend who falls into a different age group should contact the director for arrangements. Due to limited space, riders are encouraged to send in their applications with the deposit as soon as possible.

William Woods University’s equestrian studies program has an international reputation. In 1972, William Woods became the first university in the nation to offer a four-year degree in equestrian science. An equine administration program was added in 1992.

The university provides instruction in saddle seat, hunt seat, dressage and western. The school’s on-campus stable complex includes 106 large box stalls in four barns; each barn containing its own wash racks and tack rooms. The university maintains a large indoor arena, large lighted outdoor arena and a cross-country course.

For more information, contact Laura Ward, director of WWU’s Summer Riding Program, at (573) 592-1153.