William Woods University recently hosted a group of young South Africans, as well as an international competition, as part of the International Invitational 2005, between South Africa and the United States.
The United States won the gold medal for both the three-gaited and five-gaited competition. Three William Woods equestrian majors helped represent the United States: Jamie Bender, a junior from Springfield, Neb.; Liz Duggan, a senior from Clearwater, Fla., and Amanda Wright, a senior from Ilion, N.Y.
The International Invitational was created in the spirit of the well-known World Cup competitions, designed to give other young adults a chance to experience that same type of team camaraderie, as well as a chance to showcase their equestrian talents on numerous different horses.
Similar to World Cup competitions, the invitational consisted of rail work, as well as pattern work for both five-gaited and three-gaited teams.
Equestrian professors Gayle Lampe and Laura Ward were the local facilitators and the United Professional Horsemen’s Association (UPHA) Chapter V served as co-sponsor.