Sarah Track at the Missouri State Fair with other Equestrian Science Faculty in the stands

William Woods University equestrians shine at Missouri State Fair

Fulton, MO – William Woods University Equestrian Science (WWU EQS) faculty, students, and alumni had a great showing at the Missouri State Fair during the Society Show July 31 through August 3. It was a successful week for WWU equestrian riders who attended the local and historic show. Due to the proximity, WWU faculty were able to attend and cheer on the competitors. In the stands, Jennifer Petterson, Laura Ward, Liz Haben, Bailey McCallum, and Michele Smith cheered on fellow WWU riders.

Sarah Track, WWU Saddle Seat instructor, along with four other horse and rider combinations, brought home three Champion, two Grand Champion, and one Reserve Grand Champion placements to name a few. The university’s American Saddlebreds received the championship titles in Park Pleasure, and Five-Gaited classes. 

Sarah Track riding "Designed by Fancy"

Track, riding WWU gelding “Designed by Fancy,” captured a Champion and Grand Champion in the Park Pleasure division.  WWU graduate assistant Alix Polydoros won Champion and Reserve Grand Champion in the Open Three-Gaited division on “Sir Mambo.” Additionally, Polydoros showed “Loaded Question,” and brought home both Championship and Grand Championship titles in the Open Five-Gaited division.

Sarah Track, Alix Polydoros and Lissy Wedel

Showing “I Spy A Firefly,” WWU alumna Lissy Wedell earned a Reserve Championship in the Three-Gaited Amateur class. Wedell also earned two fourth place ribbons riding “Riversdream Cimmarron” in the Park Pleasure division.

“It is always fun for me to take William Woods summer riders to the Missouri State Fair horse show in Sedalia.  It is an historic show attended by a fun group of trainers and exhibitors.  We had a successful show filled with many laughs and blue ribbons.  I hope to attend again next year!” said Track. 

Sarah Track standing next to Alix Polydoros riding "Loaded Question"

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