WWU Students Win Ribbons at Dressage Show

William Woods University sent five horse and rider combinations to the Kansas City Dressage Society Show at Longview Park in Kansas City, Mo., April 30-May 2. Despite some rough weather conditions, the riders returned with many ribbons and championships.


At Third Level, Erin Ackley of Jefferson City, Mo., riding An Honest Request (Paul) were high scorers both days of the show, and received Reserve Champion for their only test at Fourth Level on Saturday.


At First Level, Kaitlyn McIlvaine of Hinsdale, Ill., and L.A. Hardaway won a first and third on Saturday, and placed fourth in their only class Sunday.


At First Level, Lisa Huntoon of Kingdom City, Mo., and Kaletto were Reserve Champion both Saturday and Sunday, and placed second in both of their Training Level classes.


Also at First Level, Laura Weatherspoon of Fulton, Mo., riding Exquisit TC won second and fourth, and placed fifth and sixth in Training Level classes with a large amount of competitors.


Making his off-campus Training Level debut, Skyy, ridden by Claire Sexauer of Columbia, Mo., won a first and fourth on Saturday as well as Reserve Champion. Sunday, they tied for first and placed second, again ending up Reserve Champion.


“As always, we received many compliments about the horses and riders from other competitors and show management,” said Karen Pautz, clinical instructor of equestrian science. “The footing in the outdoor arenas was pretty horrid on Saturday, and we came home with a good haul of ribbons and championships against tough competition.”