WWU Plans Equestrian Academic Showcase

Prospective students from Florida, Texas and California are among those who have registered to attend William Woods University’s equestrian academic showcase Nov. 6. The all-day event is being planned for high school students interested in studying for careers in the equestrian industry.

A highlight of the day will be a “parade of disciplines” at 1 p.m. in the large indoor arena, featuring students and horses from dressage, hunter/jumper, saddle seat and western concentrations.

In addition, Parker Lovell of Winston-Salem, N.C., will speak to prospective and current students at 3 p.m. about “The Equestrian Professional’s Opportunities: Finding Your Niche in the Horse Industry.” Lovell and her husband, Cash, own and operate the Cash Lovell Stables and Riding Academy, which has been training horses and riders for more than 60 years.

Current WWU equestrian students will model appropriate lesson and show riding attire and answer questions about their studies, and an overview of equine scholarship opportunities will be presented. Also planned are barn and campus tours.

William Woods University, in 1972, was the first school in the country to offer a bachelor’s degree in equestrian science. A degree in equine administration was added in 1992.

The university has a reputation for providing one of the finest equestrian studies programs in the country—filling a national, regional and local demand for graduates holding a four-year equestrian science degree.

This demand is heightened by a thriving equine industry that contributes about $112 billion to the U.S. Gross Domestic Product each year.

The university’s equestrian facilities encompass a city block, with 128 large box stalls in four stables, two heated indoor arenas, a lighted outdoor ring and a 40-acre cross-country riding course.

The equestrian studies program is the most popular at William Woods, with an average of 102 students majoring in equestrian science and 14 students majoring in equine administration each year for the past 10 years. The placement rate for WWU equestrian graduates is nearly 100 percent.

Breeds represented in the William Woods stable include American Saddlebreds, Appaloosas, Arabians, Morgans, National Show Horses, Quarter Horses, Thoroughbreds and Warmbloods. The university provides instruction in saddle seat, hunt seat, dressage and western.

Students interested in attending the equestrian academic showcase should contact the WWU Office of Admissions at (573) 592-4221 or admissions@williamwoods.edu. Registration deadline is Oct. 29.