William Woods University to host summer riding program

halterBeginning to advanced riders, ages 10 to 18, will have the opportunity to improve their skills during William Woods University’s 24nd annual Summer Riding Program, which begins July 3. Lessons in hunter on the flat, hunt seat over fences, saddle seat or western will be offered.

Young riders and horse enthusiasts from all over the United States travel to attend this unique camp. The first session will take place July 3-8 for riders ages 14-18, with the second session July 10-15 for riders ages 10-13. Riders have the option to stay in on-campus residential halls or commute.

Riding lessons are scheduled once or twice a day. The usual format will be one riding lesson in the morning and a second lesson after dinner. On days where special activities or off-campus excursions are planned, students will ride longer once a day rather than twice.

A student applies a topical conditioner to a horse’s hooves. Care of horses is one of the things campers learn at WWU’s Summer Riding Program.
A student applies a topical conditioner to a horse’s hooves. Care of horses is one of the things campers learn at WWU’s Summer Riding Program.

In addition to riding lessons, campers will participate in horse-related activities, such as show grooming, equine management techniques and lessons in other equine-related topics. Each session will include demonstrations and discussions on horse health, anatomy, nutrition, conformation and the responsibilities of horse ownership.

All of the horse-related activities take place in the William Woods Equestrian Complex, which is located on the campus. It includes six barns, two large indoor riding arenas and an outdoor ring.

“I am so excited to be a part of the summer riding program again this year,” Jennie Petterson, the program director and an associate professor of equestrian studies, commented. “The energy and enthusiasm that the riders bring to WWU help to remind me about the sheer joy of just being around the horses. I am so proud that William Woods is helping to educate the younger generation of horse lovers!”

The Summer Riding Program staff consists of William Woods University equestrian studies faculty and students. All staff members are active in riding and showing in their respective seats.

For more information, contact Petterson at Jennie.Petterson@WilliamWoods.edu or (800)995-3159 x4280 or Melissa Purvis, administrative assistant, at Melissa.Purvis@WilliamWoods.edu or (800)995-3159 x4397.