William Woods equestrian students to conduct Jumping Derby

A William Woods University equestrian student shows off her jumping skills.
A William Woods University equestrian student shows off her jumping skills.

William Woods University will hold its annual Jumping Derby Oct. 1, starting at 8 a.m. The fall horse show, which is free and open to the public, will be held on campus using the two indoor arenas and the outdoor arena.

Traditional hunter classes start the day off and culminate with the Hunter Derby, Lo Jumper Derby and the Hi Jumper Derby.

Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each class, division championships and the winners of each of the featured classes on the day’s schedule.

The derby is organized and managed by the Hunter/Jumper Show Team and its faculty sponsor, Michele Smith. The show team puts on a number of fundraising events throughout the academic year. Proceeds from these events contribute to show team members’ ability to participate in a nationally recognized horse competitions with William Woods show horses.

“The derby has grown a little each year, with many ‘outside’ horses joining the William Woods students and horses for a friendly competition,” Smith said. “There is often a nice audience composed of not only friends and families of competitors, but also members of the Fulton community who just come out to enjoy an afternoon of show jumping.”

For more information, contact Michele Smith at michele.smith@williamwoods.edu.