WWU Saddle Seat riders celebrate successful month

November was a busy month for the William Woods University
Saddle Seat group, beginning with the 2012 Equestrian Academic Showcase on
campus and continuing with the American Royal in Kansas City, where they earned
a championship and reserve championship.

Tiffany and Steve Wheeler of Louisville, Ky., conducted
riding clinics both days of the showcase, Nov. 3 and 4.  Many horse and rider combinations showing at
the American Royal rode with the Wheelers in final preparation for the
show. 
 
“Young, energetic and very talented (and, of course, Tiffany
is a William Woods graduate), the couple was very kind to the students and
seemed to have a wonderful weekend here in Fulton,” Sarah Track, WWU clinical
instructor of equestrian studies/saddle seat, said.
 
This year William Woods took 10 horse and rider combinations
to the American Royal National Championship Horse Show Nov. 13-17. 
 
“Bringing home one championship and one reserve championship,
William Woods was once again superbly represented by its students,” Track
said.  “The students did such a great
job; I was so proud of all of them.” 
 
The results:
Ashton Street and “The Straight Guy” were the
Missouri/Kansas Adult Country Pleasure Champions and Grand Champions. “Mojo,”
as he’s called, was Champion and Grand Champion in 2011 with Lauren Greenwald,
and in 2010 Beth Oseroff showed the same horse to two third places in the Open
division of the Adult Country Pleasure. 

Murphy McSemek and “Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves”were Reserve Champions and Reserve
Grand Champions in the Missouri/Kansas Amateur Five-Gaited class.  “Gypsy” was champion and grand champion in
2011 with William Woods student, Shannon Garcia. 
 
Corie Jean Allen and
Maria Gudger
showed
the horses, “The First Fling” and “Winsdown Bridgeworks” to fourth and third,
respectively, in the Missouri/Kansas Five-Gaited Pleasure class.
 
Francesca Fields showed “My Paramour” to a third and
fourth place finish in the Missouri/Kansas Three- Gaited Show Pleasure class.
 
Aubri Kennammer showed “Ro & Me’s Kiss and Tell”
to a fourth place finish in the Missouri/Kansas Three Gaited Show Pleasure
Class.
 
Also riding at the American Royal were Ashley Smith, Liz Curtin, Carly Fettig, and Allison Strash.
 
CUTLINE:
Ashton Street and The Straight Guy (commonly known as Mojo) wait
to make their victory pass after winning the Missouri/Kansas Adult Country
Pleasure Championship at the American Royal National Championship Horse Show.
With them is Sarah Track, WWU clinical instructor of equestrian studies/saddle
seat. Street and Mojo later went on to claim the Grand Championship.