WWU Riders Participate in Jumping Clinic

Five William Woods University equestrian students participated in a riding and jumping clinic presented by Melanie Smith-Taylor, a U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist, Oct. 16 and 17.


Smith-Taylor is a member of the Show-Jumping Hall of Fame and is one of only two riders to ever win the “Show Jumping Triple Crown,” consisting of the competitions the American Invitational, the International Jumping Derby and the American Gold Cup. She was also a member of USET’s Gold Medal Team at the 1979 Pan American Games in Puerto Rico.


The five WWU students participating in the clinic at Stephens College were Olivia Ma of San Diego, Calif.; Ann Kiddy of Cabot, Ark.; Melissa Smith of Fort Meyers, Fla.; Alison Gay of Sugar Grove, Ill., and Indy Sardelli of Fulton, Mo.


“The clinic was truly a special opportunity for our students,” Dr. Linda McClaren, WWU professor of equestrian science, said. “Melanie Smith-Taylor is the co-founder and sole clinician for the United States Hunter Jumper Association’s Emerging Athletes program and so is not available for many other clinics outside of that program. I observed the entire clinic inspired by her passion for giving back to the horses she loves by teaching young riders.”