William Woods University’s western riding students are offering all children in the Fulton community the chance to get “up close and personal” with some of the equines in the WWU program.
An event they’re calling “Horse Care 101” will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 18, in the UPHA Arena on campus.
WWU is partnering with SERVE and the Fulton Housing Authority to provide the workshop for youth in Callaway County who otherwise wouldn’t have the opportunity to be around horses. The event is open to any local child who is interested.
Students in the western applied riding classes and the Western Club will demonstrate the basics of handling a horse. They plan to show the children how to maintain a horse, proper feeding, grooming and basic horse handling. They will also provide a basic riding demonstration.
“WWU has an amazing facility and yet there are so many people in the community who haven’t seen our facility and what we do here,” stated Jennie Petterson, western riding instructor. “Many youngsters have few, if any, opportunities to get up close with horses, and for some seeing a horse can be a life-changing occasion.”
Petterson added, “Service-learning benefits the WWU students because it gets them involved with the Callaway community, and it gives our equestrian students an opportunity to share what they know about horses with others.”
“SERVE is grateful to the students of William Woods for providing a great opportunity for children in the community who might not otherwise have access to such a unique learning experience,” said Lisa Brown, executive director of SERVE, Inc.