Summer Riding Program Scheduled for July

William Woods University’s Summer Riding Program kicks off July 3, marking its 13th anniversary year. The program provides a comprehensive horse experience and an equal riding opportunity for riders of all ability levels.

The program is divided into two sessions, not based upon experience, but upon age. A session for ages 14-17 runs July 3-8, followed by a session for ages 10-13 on July 10-15. Both sessions will take place in the William Woods Equestrian Complex, located on campus.

Each session will offer the participant a choice of lessons in Hunt Seat or Saddle Seat and 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 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, along with discussions on conformation, health care, unsoundnesses, handling and show grooming, to help assist participants in their stable responsibilities.

Last summer, more than 100 riders from 20 different states and one foreign country (Italy) 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