WWU to Host Equestrian Academic Showcase

William Woods University will host its annual Equestrian Academic
Showcase Nov. 12-13. The showcase will give potential students and parents an
opportunity to visit with equestrian faculty members, watch current equestrian students
in action and tour WWU’s equestrian complex.

Two clinics will also be conducted. Pierre St. Jacques, who
was recently selected as the first alternate for the U.S. team for the 2010
World Equestrian Games, will work with dressage students. Ann Judge-Wegener, an
accomplished judge, instructor and trainer who is also known for riding
Thunder, the mascot for the Denver Broncos, is this year’s western clinician.
Attendance for the 2011 Equestrian Academic Showcase is
expected to be about 100 students. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday,
and the campus will remain open to visitors all day Sunday.
Highlights of the weekend include a Parade of Disciplines, a
Student Q & A and a fashion show of equestrian attire. Parents will have the
chance to ask questions of faculty and students and see a presentation by
alumni about why they chose William Woods, job opportunities after graduation
and the equine industry in general.
The year’s showcase will introduce prospective students to
the new equine general studies major, which was added this fall. The major is
meant to be combined with a concentration in art, equestrian leadership,
equestrian studies, equine media or therapeutic riding to give students more
specialized knowledge and more career options after graduation.
The bachelor’s degree in equine general studies is the third
equestrian-related degree to be offered at William Woods University.  In 1972, WWU was the first school in the
country to offer a bachelor’s degree in equestrian science. An equine
administration degree was added in 1992.
William Woods University has a reputation for providing one
of the finest equestrian studies programs in the country – filling a national,
regional and local demand for graduates holding a four-year equestrian science
The university’s equestrian facilities
encompass a city block with more than 150 large box stalls in four barns, two
heated indoor arenas, a lighted outdoor ring and a 40-acre cross-country field. Many breeds of horses are represented
at William Woods, including American Saddlebreds, Quarter Horses, Morgans,
Thoroughbreds, Arabians, Warmbloods and Friesians.
The equestrian studies program is the most
popular field of study at William Woods. There are currently 166 equestrian
science majors and 40 equine administration majors. There are 15 students
currently pursuing the new equine general studies degree.
Prospective students interested in attending the 2011 Equestrian
Academic Showcase should contact the Admissions Office at Admissions@WilliamWoods.edu or by
calling 573-642-2251 ext. 4221.
Pierre St. Jacques
Ann Judge-Wegener on Thunder