The equestrian program at William Woods University recently acquired a new set of wheels. Jim’s Motors of Cuba, Mo., loaned a four-horse trailer to the WWU program, with a tentative plan to replace it with an even newer model next year.
Gary Mullen, equestrian studies division chair, is thrilled with this arrangement and says having this trailer will benefit the students and horses at WWU immeasurably.
“We had one aged trailer that needed replacement. We did not have a four-horse trailer for trips that do not require the inefficient use of our massive seven-horse trailer,” said Mullen. “Students might save money on hauling costs if we can haul ourselves instead of hiring extra hauling help. We now have the ability to haul 11 horses at a time to a horse show.”
The $23,000 trailer will most likely be used for competitions where one to four horses attend. The extra room will allow students to transport show curtains, tack and feed. There is even a dressing room with a bed loft.
“The trailer will be much more convenient to use and park than the seven-horse trailer. It is easier to negotiate on the roads, and the dressing room will come in handy at the one-day shows. The padded walls will help keep our horses safe, in addition to the slant load features,” said Mullen.
Mullen expressed his sincere appreciation to Scott Cape of Jim’s Motors, “who spearheaded this sponsorship, which has tremendous potential to benefit William Woods University for years to come.”
Posing with the new trailer are (left to right) Mike Wessel, stables manager; Scott Cape of Jim’s Motors; Gary Mullen, equestrian studies division chair; Laura Ward, assistant professor of equestrian science, and Karen Pautz, clinical instructor of equestrian science.