William Woods University will host a youth horsemanship clinic sponsored by the Ace Bronco Bunch 4H Group, June 20-23. The clinic is open to anyone and will include riders from around the state. This year, approximately 30 riders 18 years and under, will participate in the clinic.
“The purpose of the clinic is twofold,” said Chris Bleitz, a member of the Ace Bronco 4H Group. “First, it is an opportunity to learn about the different disciplines that involve horses, such as western, dressage, hunter and jumpers. Along with that, it is an excellent opportunity to get together with old friends and to make some new ones that share the same interests.”
Participants are welcome to bring their own horse but have the option of leasing/renting one from William Woods University’s stables.
“We definitely want [the riders] to learn more about the different disciplines and how to become a better rider, but most importantly, we want them to learn how to create a strong bond with their horse and how to work with those around them,” explained Bleitz.
The cost for the event ranges from $75 for 4H members to $100 for non-members. For an additional fee, room and board are also provided.
“There are so many [things] that the clinic offers, but every year there is something different. You name it, one time or another [and] you will have an opportunity to experience it,” said Bleitz.
The clinic starts at 8 a.m. on Friday, and ends following the show on Sunday at 8 a.m. The show is free and open to the public. For additional information, contact Chris Bleitz at (636) 458-2245 or Carol Dean at (636) 271-8104.