Eight William Woods University equestrian students competed in the St. Louis Area Dressage Society (SLADS) Fall Festival Show and brought home numerous ribbons. Karen Pautz, clinical instructor of equestrian science, coached the students.
Of the 30 tests, WWU took home a ribbon in all but one class, and more than half of them were blues. Seven school horses competed, and one student showed her own horse.
Senior Erin Ackley of Jefferson City, Mo., rode An Honest Request in her Third Level debut, winning her three tests with very good scores (66 percent).
Sophomore Maggie O’Leary of Florissant, Mo., rode Enchanted to three firsts and a third in his debut as a dressage horse in large classes against tough competition.
Freshman Lucy Fuelle of Ann Arbor, Mich., rode Raphaelo at First Level and brought home four blue ribbons with scores in the high 60s.
Senior Morgan Williams of Cape Girardeau, Mo., rode her own horse, Sahara’s Starr, to three blues in the Adult Amateur division of Third Level, and earned her second qualifying score for next year’s Regional Championships.
Junior Abby Dinsick of Plainfield, Ill., showed Kaletto and brought home two firsts, a third and a fourth at First Level. Because Dinsick is not a member of USEF, she showed in the open divisions against professionals.
Also bringing home good ribbons were Kaitlyn McIlvaine of Hinsdale, Ill., who showed L.A. Hardway; Jamie Large of St. Louis, Mo., who showed Lamborghini, and Laura Weatherspoon of Fulton, Mo., who showed Sylvester; all horses over the age of 20.