William Woods University’s Summer Riding Program, now in its 17th year, runs through Friday (July 17). Students between the ages of 10 and 17 attend week-long instruction in western, hunter pleasure, hunt seat over fences or saddle seat.
Riders of all skill levels are welcomed for the program, which is held on the WWU campus in Fulton, Mo. Students between the ages of 14 and 17 attended last week, while students 10 to 13 years old will be on campus through Friday.
The program encompasses not only riding skills, but a range of other equestrian knowledge. Students learn about the responsibilities of owning a horse, anatomy, nutrition, handling and show grooming, among other subjects.
They are given the opportunity to ride once or twice a day in small groups with other students of similar experience. The instructors are William Woods equestrian faculty and students who ride and show in their respective seats. The horses used in the program are horses that have been donated to the William Woods equestrian program.
This program is a residential program, which means that the majority of students stay on the campus for the duration, although commuting is also permitted. Each year, more than 100 riders from 15-20 states participate.
For more information, contact the program director, Laura Ward, at email@example.com or (573) 592-1153.
CUTLINES: Allison Hellebusch of Wentzville, Mo., a student in the 10-13 age group, practices riding during WWU’s Summer Riding Program.
Dr. Linda McClaren, professor of equestrian science at William Woods University, instructs Charlotte Lorenz of Kansas City, Mo., during the Summer Riding Program.
On WWU homepage: Lubov Wallace of Leawood, Kan., sits on Sambuca, while Caroline Rumbolo of Ballwin, Mo., and Sophia Krehmeyer of St. Louis set the jump.