WWU Judging Team to Host Clinic and Judging Contest

William
Woods University’s Judging Team will host the fifth
annual 4-H and FFA
Judging Clinic Saturday (Feb. 25). Those attending the clinic are members of FFA
and 4-H.

Participants
are located throughout Missouri and some
are from out-of-state.  Previous clinics have included 100 to almost 200
people in attendance. The
ages of those
participating in the clinic
can range from 8 years old to
seniors in high school.
 
The
first session will involve a
clinic in which Jennie
Petterson, the western riding
instructor at William Woods, and the upperclassmen of the judging team will instruct
the participants. An explanation of what the competitors should be looking
for while judging the class will be given.
 
The
second half of the
clinic will give the
competitors the opportunity to apply what they learned during the first session
to judge real
classes. Two halter classes and two performance classes will be held as an actual contest
would.
 
A
total of 40 horses
will be used for
the clinic, including horses from both the Western and
saddle seat barns. Those riding in the clinic will be divided into different
sections based upon style of riding and breed of horse.
 
Also
helping host the event are at least 50 volunteers whose jobs range
from greeting the participants as they arrive to
actually riding in the clinic.
Christine Whittier, a junior at
William Woods University and a member of the judging team, is excited
for the clinic.
 
“I’m
looking forward to
riding in one of the
judging competition classes the most. I’ve been working hard to prepare my
horse for an important show coming up, and I’m very interested to hear the
opinions of the judges and the competitors about my horse.”