WWU Western Riders attend successful Pinto Horse Show

William Woods
University’s western riders
attended the Easter Buckle Show
in Claremore, Okla.,
April 7. Riders
competed in the amateur
division in both western and hunt
seat classes.

Joni
Spurgeon
and Balido KA:  Placed well in almost every
class with a beautiful hunt seat equitation pattern to start off the
morning.  Balido was impressive on the rail and had a fan club by the end
of the show.
 
Katie
Bigge
and Unzip This: The pair was nearly rock solid
consistent throughout the day. They placed high in both Novice
Amateur and Amateur in all classes
(showmanship, hunt and western).  Bigge
finished the day as the high point Novice
Amateur rider of the show.
 
Danielle
Heerdt
and Red N Precious:
The team had big
wins in hunter under
saddle classes and had solid placings in both hunt and
western
classes.  It can be challenging to put a retired show horse back in the ring and
Danielle’s riding met the challenge head on.  Heerdt
finished as Reserve High Point Novice
Amateur for the show.
 
Brie
Shillingford
and Purely Zip N Rock: The pair was
nearly flawless in showmanship,
with impressive wins in both Novice
and Amateur divisions.  They continued the day dominating the rail and
pattern classes with wins in pleasure and
horsemanship. 
 
Shannon
Yeaton
also attended the show as groom for the
four horse and rider teams.
 
Each rider came
away with national pinto
points in multiple
classes, and are well on their way to
achieving Register of Merit awards in the Novice
Amateur and Amateur divisions.
 
Jennie Petterson, western riding
instructor at WWU, coached the students at the show.
 
“The Pinto show in Claremore, Okla.,
was a smashing success with four very competitive horse and rider combinations,”
Petterson said.  “WWU horses were turned out impeccably with help from
groom Shannon Yeaton, and both fellow competitors and spectators and show
officials commented on the wonderful turnouts and positive attitudes of the
students.”