WWU student selected to participate in prestigious dressage clinic

William Woods University junior Krista Spencer of Naperville,
Ill., has been selected as one of eight young dressage riders from across the
Midwest to participate in the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) Platinum
Performance/USDF Junior/Young Rider Clinic Series.

The clinician will be 2012 Olympic dressage rider Jan
Ebeling, who became famous outside the dressage industry this summer for riding
Rafalca, an Olympic dressage horse owned by Anne Romney. The clinic will be
held Dec. 8-9 at Pine Hill Farm in North Kansas City, Mo.
Spencer will ride WWU’s Take Over (Tigger), a 19-year-old
Danish Warmblood Gelding, who has helped her earn both her USDF Bronze and
Silver medals. Spencer and Tigger made their successful Prix St. Georges debut
(the first of the international dressage levels) in October at the St. Louis
Area Dressage Fall Classic show, winning both their classes.
Youth members of the USDF between the ages of 14 and 21 at
all riding levels were eligible to apply for the prestigious clinic, which
includes both individual riding lessons with Ebeling and classroom lectures.
The clinics are designed to help young talented riders begin to make a
successful transition into the dressage profession.
“Acceptance into the clinic opens important industry doorways
for the riders, such as invitations to the Young Rider Graduate program and
professional trainer clinics, as well as the possibility of competing in the
North American Junior/Young Rider Championships,” Karen Pautz, clinical
instructor of equestrian studies at WWU, said.
Platinum Performance/USDF Junior/Young Rider Clinics are open to auditors, who
can find registration information by going to http://www.usdf.org/education/clinics/jryr/dates-locations.asp.                                                                      

Junior Krista Spencer and Take Over (Tigger) make their Prix St. Georges debut
at the St. Louis Area Dressage Society (SLADS) Fall Classic dressage show.
Photo by Art by Jesse Franks (http://jessefranks.zenfolio.com/)