Four horses and five students from William Woods University made the trip to the National Equestrian Center in Lake St. Louis, Mo., where they competed at the Missouri Arabian Horse Association (MAHA) Class “A” Horse Show March 13-15.
According to Jennie Petterson, western instructor, the show “went very well.”
Katie Hudson of Fulton, Mo. showed university-owned SH Mmystic Flight to first place in both the 1/2 Arabian In Hand Geldings 2 & Over class and Championship. The pair also competed under saddle, winning the Open 1/2 Arabian Hunter Pleasure class, and taking third in both the Amateur to Ride 1/2 Arabian Hunter Pleasure Championship and the Open 1/2 Arabian Hunter Pleasure Championship.
Hudson also competed aboard her own horse, LA Cochise, winning every class she entered. These included the 1/2 Arabian Western Pleasure Amateur to Ride, 1/2 Arabian Western Pleasure Amateur Owner to Ride, 1/2 Arabian Trail Amateur To Ride, 1/2 Arabian Trail Open and 1/2 Arabian Western Pleasure Amateur to Ride Championship.
Izzy Hilgers of Warrenville, Ill., showed WV Kyss of Fame, taking third place in 1/2 Arabian In Hand Geldings 2 & Over. Hilgers also took Kyss of Fame into his first under saddle class—a Walk and Trot class of 15 horses. He had been brought to the show just to gain experience, but he was so well-behaved that Petterson and Hilgers decided to enter him in a class. According to Petterson, it was a “quiet, successful, first riding class ever.”
Kayla Fogarty of Troy, Mo., showed Prazer OBF to win the 1/2 Arabian Sport Horse Geldings In Hand Amateur to Ride.
Petterson also credited grooms, Megan Eldrige of Mexico, Mo., and Tara Rattray of Othello, Wash.
“Our grooms were wonderful and made it possible for our riders to show multiple horses and in multiple disciplines,” said Petterson, who said the show was a worthwhile learning experience for all involved.
“The students experienced preparing a horse for breed level competition, and competing under USEF guidelines…even though they were competing as amateur riders, they have done all of the training leading up to this show themselves,” said Petterson. “There is no substitute for real world experience.”