William Woods student wins American Royal championship

Amanda Tucker
Amanda Tucker

William Woods University equestrian student Amanda Tucker and Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves claimed “champion” and “grand champion” in the MO/KAN Amateur 5-Gaited at the American Royal National Championship horse show in Kansas City, Missouri.

“It was the most competitive horse show in many years and the William Woods students once again represented the school with quality horsemanship, sportsmanship and grace,” Sarah Track, WWU saddle seat instructor, said.

Tucker was one of eight WWU saddle seat riders to compete at the Royal. She also made two nice showings aboard Orr’s Fired Up in the MO/KAN 3-Gaited Park class.

“Winning at the American Royal is more than a dream come true,” Tucker said. “I cannot thank everyone enough for helping me accomplish this goal. It truly means so much to me that I have so many people supporting me.”

Betsy Krutek
Betsy Krutek

Other results were:
• Joey Newman and The Kingmaker, reserve in the MO/KAN 3-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship (out of 19) after earning a fifth place in the qualifier.

• Betsy Krutek and Reaganite, reserve both in the qualifier and championship of the MO/KAN 3-Gaited Park class.

• Taylor Boyer and I’m A Skywatcher, two third-place finishes in the MO/KAN 3-Gaited Park class.
• Alix Polydoros, seventh-place (out of 18) in the MO/KAN 3-Gaited Show Pleasure class.

• Megan Graber and King of the Blues, eighth place (out of 18) in the MO/KAN 3-Gaited Show Pleasure Class.

• Alumna Colleen Hertzog, fifth place on Stonecroft Front and Center in the MO/KAN 3-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship (out of 19).

• Kiersten Lockman made two nice shows on Steelin’ a Dream in the MO/KAN 3-gaited Show Pleasure Class.

Track said Krutek and Boyer achieved “A great set of placings as these classes were open to both professionals and amateurs.”