WWU Judging Team hosts successful clinic and judging contest

William Woods
University’s Judging Team hosted the fifth
annual 4-H and FFA
judging contest Saturday.

Approximately 140 participants from all over Missouri and
some from out of state attended,
with ages ranging
from 8 years old to
seniors in high school.

At the clinic,
competitors learned how to judge different types
of halter and performance classes. Upperclassmen from the judging team and Jennie
Petterson, western riding
instructor at William Woods, described what competitors should look for
while judging the different
Riders from the William
Woods saddle seat and western barns volunteered
their time to
handle the horses used to demonstrate the different types of
classes. A total of 40 horses
from both the saddle seat and western barn were
used for the event””including a horse hand painted by two equestrian students.
Shannon Yeaton of
Epsom, N.H., and Emily Barrett of Bull Valley, Ill., painted
the skeletal system onto western horse,
IWF All That Glitters. The
two students met hours before the clinic to finger paint the outline of the
bone structure onto an unfazed Glitter.
“I think the visible
skeleton was a great help to clinic participants. It was definitely a big
hit as well. Pictures
were being taken like crazy,”
said Barrett, a sophomore at William Woods.
Painting on a live
horse was a unique task.
“To actually paint a
horse was really fun. It was very weird to paint a
living canvas, let
alone one that has hair,” exclaimed
Yeaton, a freshman at William Woods.
Even those who helped host
the clinic learned something during the clinic.
“I learned things I had
never really noticed before,” Barrett said, “and it was a really good hands-on
experience, to say the least.”

Shannon Yeaton of
Epsom, N.H., shows off a fully painted Glitter.