WWU saddle seat riders to show in St. Louis

Riders in the saddle seat program at William Woods University will travel to Lake St. Louis for the annual Bridlespur Kick-Off Show, Thursday through Saturday (April 9-11), at the National Equestrian Center.

The Bridlespur Kick-Off Show, formerly known as the The Bridlespur Hunt, has hosted an annual horse show since the 1930s when it was a common site to have

Sarah Track, saddle seat instructor
Sarah Track, saddle seat instructor

saddle horses and Hackneys competing with the hunters and jumpers.

Over the years, like most shows, the breeds separated and Bridlespur became an exclusively hunter/jumper show. For years it remained the premier horse show event of St. Louis.

In 2011, because of one board member who also has Saddlebreds, it was proposed that the Bridlespur Horse Show again include classes for saddle horses much

like Devon or Germantown (and now the National Horse Show).

Instead, the entire show was turned over to Saddlebreds and Hackneys and joined forces with the Missouri Horse Shows Association to launch the show season and became the new Bridlespur MHSA Kick-Off Show.

“Bridlespur Kick-Off is a show that WWU attends each year. It is always a fun show—close to home and affordable. As always, I strive to put together the best horse/rider combinations to not only meet the needs of the students but to represent WWU at its finest,” Track said.

For information on the William Woods University Saddle Seat program, contact Track at sarah.track@williamwoods.edu.