Approximately 200 FFA and 4-H youth, coaches and parents gathered at William Woods University Feb.13 to learn the ins and outs of horse judging from the world champion WWU Intercollegiate Judging Team.
“The clinic was a rousing success with 4H and FFA coaches and youth from all over the state of Missouri (as far away as the Arkansas border, the Kansas City area, to our back yard here in Callaway County) gathering to sharpen their horse judging skills in preparation for the Missouri State 4H Contest the next weekend,” Jennie Petterson, equestrian science instructor and coach of the Intercollegiate Judging Team, said.
Petterson said 35 WWU students helped to facilitate the clinic, volunteering most of their Saturday to help out. In addition, 24 William Woods horses were used for the clinic.
“The students ran the event with efficiency, professionalism, and energy. They were all wonderful representatives of WWU and the equestrian program,” Petterson said.
Western rider Amanda Seitter of Peculiar, Mo., sits atop Frazier.
Courteney O’Patry of San Diego, Calif., rides Taz, a western horse.
William Woods University equestrian students judge a saddlebred halter class.