WWU Dressage Riders Place Well in Kansas City

William Woods University recently competed in 19 classes at the Kansas City Dressage Society Spring Kickoff Dressage Show. Riders brought home 19 ribbons, including seven firsts, six seconds, one high-score ribbon and two reserve high scores.

 


The show was held at the Hale Arena at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., March 27 and 28.

 

“This show had VERY nice horses, so we held our own against tough competition,” Karen Pautz, WWU dressage instructor, said. “More important than the ribbons, however, were the dozens of comments I received from other trainers, competitors and show staff regarding our students’ friendliness, competence and general good behavior!”

 

Maggie O’Leary of Florissant, Mo., rode Enchanted and received three firsts and a second in their four classes. She was also awarded High Percentage Training Level Jr/YR, Reserve High Percentage, and O’Leary and Enchanted earned their final qualifying scores needed for regional championships.

 

Erin Ackley of Jefferson City, Mo., rode An Honest Request to one first and two seconds. She was awarded High Percentage Third Level Amateur Adult, and also earned the final qualifying scores needed for regional championships.

 

Lisa Huntoon of Kingdom City, Mo., riding Kaletto, received two firsts, a second and a third out of four Training Level Amateur Adult classes. Huntoon and Kaletto have now earned all their qualifying scores for regional championships.

                                                             

Laura Weatherspoon of Fulton, Mo., and Exquisit TC earned a first and a second at Training Level Amateur Adult, as well as two thirds at First Level Amateur Adult. Weatherspoon and “TC” also earned all their qualifying scores for regional championships.

 

Kaitlyn McIlvaine of Hinsdale, Ill., riding L.A. Hardway, won a second, two thirds and a fifth at First Level Amateur Adult. McIlvaine and “LA” earned one qualifying score toward regional finals.