WWU hunter/jumpers earn ribbons in Tennessee

William Woods University
students recently showcased at the Harvest Time Charity A-rated USEF
hunter/jumper horse show in Germantown Tenn., earning one championship and
three reserve championships.
 
Twenty horses, 19
riders, three grooms, videographers and photographers attended.  
 
“Everyone had a great
time,” Jacque Franco, a senior from San Diego, Calif., said. “The people and
overall atmosphere at Germantown are wonderful, and our horses and riders all
performed beautifully throughout the week.”
 
Franco and Shadow Fax
earned a third, fourth and fifth in their classes.
 
Kayla Lancashire, a
freshman from Fenton, Mo., commented, “The overall atmosphere is like a big
beauty pageant is how I can really explain it. The girls and guys that we
competed against knew what they were doing and all their horses were in
pristine condition.”
 
Lancashire and Double
Shot Expresso placed second, third and several other places in various classes.
 
Shelby Dorfman, a
freshman from Hainesville, Ill., and WWU horse Worthwhile, aka Watuga, earned champion
in the limit rider division.  They also
took two firsts, a third, a fourth and several other places in various classes.
 
“I enjoyed the show, it
gave me a chance to show my skills and my horse’s skills and gave me the chance
to get to know my new show team members,” Dorfman said. “We had a couple of
sticky moments in our ride but he did very well considering we were there for a
week.”  
 
The show grounds had a
trail for the participants and their horses to ride on, which Taylor Hahn, a
sophomore from Ellisville, Mo., appreciated. Hahn took a second, a third and
several other places in various classes.
 
“I think it was great
mentally for the riders, and especially the horses, to walk on the trails,” she
said.
 
Other horses and riders
who helped the team included Get In Line and Hannah Podgorski, a junior from
Glastonbury, Conn. They were reserve champions in the .85 Meter Jumpers.  In addition, the pair claimed a first, second
and two thirds in various classes.
 
Willoux and Anna Burman,
a senior from Ramona, Calif., were reserve champions in the .95 Meter Jumpers.  The horse and rider took a first, a second, a
third and several other places in various classes.
 
Timeless and Brie
Lehnhoff, a senior from Lees Summit, Mo., were reserve champions in the
Modified Child/Adult Hunters.  They also
captured two firsts and several other places in various classes.
 
Other riders capturing
first place ribbons were Ellie Cole of Friendswood, Texas, and Melanie
Hemstreet of Issaquah, Wash.  Second
place ribbons went to Kylee Elliott of Shawnee, Kansas, and Chelsea Ziebert of Sandy,
Utah. Winning third place were Caydie Bennett of Aguanga, Calif., and Grace
Palmer of St. Louis, Mo.
 
“We were competitive in
all divisions we entered,” Linda McClaren, WWU professor of equestrian
studies/hunter-jumper, said. “Several students received job offers and as
always, our wonderful horses earned interest and praise from all.”
 
Each rider was responsible
for the care of their WWU horse at the show.
 
“The horses do so much
for us and they deserve to be pampered all week,” Hahn said. “The ribbons don’t
mean as much to me as all the little things we accomplished as a pair. One of
the best parts of going to these shows, is accomplishing the goals you have
made for yourself, and watching others achieve the goals they have set, as
well.”
 
Lancashire added, “I
really enjoyed this show. I soon adjusted fairly well to the schedule, and I
got to learn a lot from my very first A show. I would highly recommend that
show to anyone who would like to try showing at the A circuit level against the
pros.”
                                                        
 
CUTLINES:
Riders from William Woods University gather with their coach,
Linda McClaren (in white) after the Harvest Time Charity A-rated USEF
hunter/jumper horse show in Germantown Tenn., where they earned one
championship and three reserve championships. 
(Blue
Ribbon Photography by Kayla Cardinal)

Shelby
Dorfman and WWU horse Worthwhile, aka Watuga, earn champion in the limit rider
division. They also took two firsts, a third, a fourth and several other places
in various classes.  (Blue Ribbon Photography by Kayla Cardinal)

 
Anna Burman and Willoux capture the reserve champion crown in the
.95 Meter Jumpers.  The horse and rider
also took a first, a second, a third and several other places in various
classes.  (Blue Ribbon Photography by Kayla Cardinal)