William Woods freshman big winner at Color Breed Congress

Whitney Joy
Whitney Joy

A William Woods University freshman was Overall High Point ApHC 14-18 Division and won first place in six categories at the Color Breed Congress last month in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Whitney Joy of Hanover, Massachusetts, was first place champion in ApHC Most Colorful Youth, ApHC Hunter in Hand Geldings, ApHC Hunter Under Saddle 14-18 to win the National Snaffle Bit Association Trophy, Hunt Seat Equitation 14-18, Bareback Horsemanship 18 and under and Key Hole Race 14-18. She also was second place reserve champion in ApHC Western Showmanship 14-18 and ApHC English Showmanship 14-18.

Joy said she was “excited about competing and representing our school.”

Altogether, nine WWU students and university-owned horses competed Nov. 10-15 at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at the Expo Square in Tulsa. Exhibitors from all over the country compete within breeds as well as against one another in the Champion of Champion Classes.

The Color Breed Congress encompasses shows for four separate breeds into one—the Pinto Horse Association, Palomino Horse Breeders of America, Appaloosa Horse Club and American Buckskin Registry.

Claire Trafton
Claire Trafton

Claire Trafton, a sophomore from Evergreen, Colorado, showing Cheesy, took first place champion in PtHA Am Novice Hunter Under Saddle, second place reserve champion in PtHA Am Novice Hunt Seat Equitation and eighth place in PtHA Am Novice Western Horsemanship.

Nikki Bell
Nikki Bell

Nikki Bell, a senior from Mukilteo, Washington, was second place Reserve Champion in PtHA Am Jr. Ideal Pinto English and PtHA Am Jr. Discipline Rail English and third place in PtHA AM Jr Hunter Under Saddle.

Ashley Bauer
Ashley Bauer

Ashley Bauer, a senior from Warrenton, Missouri, showing Gracie, took fourth in PtHA AM W/T Hunt Seat Equitation, sixth in PtHA AM Overo Color, sixth in PtHA AM W/T Trail and seventh in PtHA AM W/T Horsemanship.

“I love the atmosphere of being with other riders, trainers, horses, and professionals of all ages,” Bauer said. “The family atmosphere that WWU creates when we travel as a group to shows is just wonderful.”

Marissa Danielle Boster
Marissa Danielle Boster

Marissa Boster, a junior from Girard, Illinois, showing Zipper, won fifth in PtHA Am Jr. Discipline Rail English, eighth in PtHA Am Novice Hunt Seat Equitation and ninth in PtHA Am Jr. Ideal Pinto English.

“I love the atmosphere of the show,” Boster said. “Everyone is genuinely supportive and helpful and the show is very laid back while still being competitive.”

Patti Finch
Patti Finch

Patti Finch, a junior from Berryville, Arkansas, took fifth in PtHA AM Novice Trail and ninth in PTHA Am Jr. Trail.

Kelly Suntrup
Kelly Suntrup

Kelly Suntrup, a senior from St. Louis, Missouri, showing Junior, took 10th in both PtHA Am Hunt Seat Equitation Solid and PtHA Am Hunter Under Saddle Solid.

“I love showing at Color Breed because it celebrates so many different breeds of horses,” Suntrup said. “I also love to show with William Woods because I get to be surrounded by such an amazing support system.”

Maggie Matthews
Maggie Matthews

Maggie Mathews, a freshman from Wright City, Missouri, showing Duke, won third place in PtHA YA Novice Showmanship, seventh in PtHA YA Novice Hunder Under Saddle, eight in PtHA YA Novice Hunt Seat Equiation and 10th in PtHA YA Novice Western Horsemanship.

Hanna Jacobsen
Hanna Jacobsen

“I love going and meeting new people that share the same love for the sport that we do, and I love making new memories with people, and making the most out of the opportunity that I’ve been given,” Matthews said.

Hanna Jacobsen, a junior from Elkhorn, Nebraska, showing ImA Cuervo Cowboy (aka Wally), took ninth in PtHA AM Novice Hunter Under Saddle and 10th in PtHA Am Novice Hunt Seat Equitation.