William Woods University’s saddle seat horses and riders competed at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., Nov. 12-16.
During September, October and November, the American Royal hosts the world’s largest barbeque contest, livestock and agricultural exhibitions, professional rodeos, horse shows and finally, the National Championship Saddlebred competition.
Saddle seat riders worked all hours this semester to long line, drive and ride to prepare their Royal mounts for their debut. The results:
Shannon Garcia and Gypsies Tramps and Thieves racked to a Reserve Champion and Reserve Grand Champion in the Missouri/Kansas 5-Gaited Amateur Division.
Bryce Smithwick and Ro & Me’s Kiss and Tell rode to eighth place in the Missouri/Kansas Park Championship.
Amanda Tucker and Bluebelle’s Thunder received a seventh place in the Missouri/Kansas 5-Gaited Amateur Championship.
Ashton Street and Stonecroft Front and Center achieved a third place in the Missouri/Kansas 3-Gaited Show Pleasure and an eighth place in the 3-Gaited Show Pleasure Championship.
Melissa Chatto and Harlem’s Irish Dancer received a seventh place in the Missouri/Kansas 3-Gaited Show Pleasure.
Liz Curtin and Reedann’s Yes You May rode to a fourth place in the Missouri/Kansas 3-Gaited Show Pleasure.
Beth Oseroff and The Straight Guy achieved a fifth place in the Missouri/Kansas 3-Gaited Country Pleasure.
Francesca Fields made a good show on Who’s Your Daddy in the Amateur 3-Gaited Park.
Kristen Cuneo and Chance of Thunder had a good show in the Missouri/Kansas 3-Gaited Show Pleasure.
Sarah Track, saddle seat instructor, was impressed by the professional manner of the saddle seat students, given the high caliber of the horse show.
“All of the riders did well handling the pressure and stress of a national championship horse show,” Track said. “I was proud of each and every one of them.”