William Woods University’s Summer Riding Program is now in its 17th year. The camp consists of two one-week sessions for students between the ages of 10 and17. Students receive instruction in western, hunter pleasure, hunt seat over fences or saddle seat.
Riders of all skill levels are welcomed for the program, which is held on the WWU campus in Fulton, Mo. Students between the ages of 14 and 17 will attend camp July 4-9, while students 10 to 13 years old will be on campus July 11-16.
The program encompasses not only riding skills, but a range of other equestrian knowledge. Students learn about the responsibilities of owning a horse, anatomy, nutrition, handling and show grooming, among other subjects.
They are given the opportunity to ride once or twice a day in small groups with other students of similar experience. The instructors are William Woods equestrian faculty and students who ride and show in their respective seats. The horses used in the program are horses that have been donated to the William Woods equestrian program.
This is a residential program, which means that the majority of students stay on the campus for the duration, although commuting is also permitted. Each year, more than 100 riders from 15-20 states participate.