William Woods University equestrian students were honored May 3 at the Equestrian Awards banquet for their hard work, academics and dedication to the field.
Jessica Savinelli of Newton, N.H., received the Vera Chenoweth Award as the over-all outstanding equestrian science graduate. The recipient of this award must be an accomplished horseperson, as well as the person who has given the most service to the entire division over four years.
Rachel Davis of Wright City, Mo., and Amy Geeding of Columbia, Mo., received the Atkinson Achievement Award. The award honors the equestrian science major who has demonstrated the most growth as rider and horseperson during his or her time at William Woods.
Zach Duffy of Janesville, Wis., and Christina Frank of Chesterfield, Mo., were named Distinguished Scholars for Equestrian Science, and Ruta Dura of Fulton, Mo., was named Distinguished Scholar for Equine Administration.
Distinguished Scholars are the graduating seniors with the highest accumulative GPA who have also demonstrated the ideals of the equestrian studies division.
Jacki McPherson of Coerdalene, Idaho, received the Dressage Appreciation Award and Kris Maloney of West Seneca, N.Y., received the Saddle Seat/Western Appreciation Award.