WWU Students Volunteer for 4-H Central District Horse Bowl

They may not be Alex Trebek or Pat Sajak, but several William Woods University equestrian students and faculty members recently experienced life as game show hosts.


This is the fourth year that WWU has supplied all of the volunteers to run the competition rooms for the Central District Horse Bowl, held in Columbia, Mo.


Sarah Track, saddle seat instructor, and Jennie Petterson, assistant professor of equestrian studies, and 10 WWU students volunteered as judges, monitors (who ask the questions) and score keepers. 


The contest is comparable to a quiz bowl, asking 4-H’ers questions about equine anatomy, physiology, training and veterinary care. Senior through the youngest, junior division compete to go to the state contest.


“Contestants buzz in when they want to answer, and the competition can be fierce,” Petterson said.  “It is amazing the knowledge that even some of the very youngest contestants demonstrate during the competition.”