The Hunter/Jumper riders at William Woods University have had a busy semester, recently finishing four consecutive weeks of horse showing. It started with the WWU Jumper Derby on Oct. 21-22, which was followed by the Irish Fox Fall Horse Show on Oct. 27-29, and the American Royal Horse Show on Oct. 30-Nov. 5. The final show in this nonstop series was the Lake St. Louis Show on Nov. 8-12.
WWU horses and riders garnered numerous ribbons from these shows, and senior Amara Packwood of Leavenworth, Kan., won the MHSA Hunter Seat Medallion Finals Championship, receiving $2,500 in scholarships.
The WWU Low Jumping Derby was won by Cristi DeMauro of Lake St. Louis, Mo., riding her own horse. The High Jumping Derby was won by JoJo Levy of Clayton, Mo., and Spirit.
Irish Fox Fall Horse Show was also a successful show for the students.
Jessie Billham of Wright City, Mo., was the Adult Amateur Hunter Champion, riding Capital Account. The pair also won a third in the All Day Warm Up, three first places in the Adult Amateur Hunters, a first place in the Adult Equitation Over Fences, and a second place in the Adult Equitation On The Flat.
Chelsea Bouse of Tulsa, Okla., on Reno was the Limit Rider Adult Reserve Champion. They also earned a second and third in the Limit Rider Hunter Over Fences, a second in the Limit Rider Equitation over fences, a first place in the Limit Rider Hunter Under Saddle, and a second in the Limit Rider Equitation on the Flat.
Kendall Gill of Columbus, Ohio, rode Magic Hour to be named Novice Adult Hunter Reserve Champion. The pair also won two second place ribbons in the Novice Adult Hunters.
The Novice Rider Jumper Reserve Champion, riding Detante, was Erin Ackley of Jefferson City, Mo. They also won a first in Novice Rider Jumper.
Amara Packwood was the Level 4 Jumper Reserve Champion atop Prince Dell Te Fire. She also won the MHSA Hunter Seat Medallion Finals Championship on Mane Event, with Nicole Kovanda of Maplewood, Minn., earning the Reserve Championship with Reno and Rachael Hill of Carrollton, Texas, winning fourth place aboard Touché. Kovanda also won third place in the Adult Equitation Over Fences, and first place in the Adult Equitation on the Flat riding Reno.
Jenny Hewitt of Seymour, Ill., and Jelly Bean won a third in Novice Rider Jumper, Nichole Peatross of Duchesne, Utah, and Touché won a third in the Adult Amateur Hunters, Amanda Smith of Fayette, Maine, and Mane Event won a second in the Adult Amateur Hunters and Audrey Rickert of Lincolnshire, Ill., won a second place in the Adult Amateur Hunters Under Saddle on Merlin.
The Lake St. Louis Thanksgiving Horse Show was also a big success.
Audrey Rickert showed Merlin to a third place in Adult Amateur Hunter Under Saddle 18-35, as well as two fourths and a fifth in the alternating Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 courses.
Whitney Miller of Boise, Idaho, showed Cosmopolitan to take second in the Ariat Adult Medal, fifth in the Warm Up Over Fences, and sixth in Adult Amateur Hunter Under Saddle 18-35. The pair also took fifth, sixth and seventh in the various Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35 courses.
Jessica Litfin of Topeka, Kan., teamed up with Vienna to take second in Children’s/Adult Jumper (Low) Level 3, and fourth in Children’s/Adult Jumper (Low) Level 2.
Dorothy Topa of Hanover Park, Ill., rode Three Spats to take two thirds, a fourth and a fifth in the various Adult I Hunter courses, as well as third in the Ariat Adult Medal, and eighth in Adult I Hunter Under Saddle.
Corey DeVore of Russel, Iowa, showed Homer to take third, fourth and fifth in the alternating Novice Rider Jumper Level I courses.
Rachael Hill took the reins and guided Rum Point to a fifth place finish in Novice Rider Jumper Level I.
Elise Bellefontaine of Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada, showed J. Arthur to take second in Adult I Hunter. The pair also took fourth in Adult Amateur Hunter Under Saddle 18-35, as well as two thirds and a fifth in the various courses of Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35.
Jojo Levy teamed up with Prairie Silver to take seventh place in Warm Up Over Fences, and eighth place in Novice Hunter.
Ashley Stannard of Plymouth, Minn., rode Pro Bono in a the very competitive pre-green hunter division, taking third place in Low Hunter Under Saddle, as well as fifth in Pre Green Hunter Under Saddle I, 3’. The pair also won seventh and fifth, in the various Pre Green Hunter I, 3’ courses.
Stannard then turned the reins over to Jenna Stimac of St. Charles, Mo., who rode Pro Bono to take a fifth place, two sixth places and a seventh in Adult Amateur Hunter 18-35.
Erika Sandrok of Glen Ellyn, Ill., showed her own six-year old Salute This in the Level 2 Jumpers division, compiling several double clear rounds, a credible accomplishment for their first show.
Amara Packwood of Leavenworth, Kan., picks up the MHSA Championship, with class sponsors Jimmy Clay (left), representing William Woods University, and John Korenak, representing Irish Fox Stables. WWU gave a $2,000 scholarship to the winner and Irish Fox Stables, owned by Korenak and his family, donated a $500 scholarship to the winner.