Pursuit of equine excellence

William Woods University's Summer Riding Program marks 22nd year

A rider leads her horse inside the Indoor Riding Area on the William Woods University campus Tuesday during an English hunter pleasure session at the school’s summer riding program.

A rider leads her horse inside the Indoor Riding Area on the William Woods University campus Tuesday during an English hunter pleasure session at the school’s summer riding program. Photo by Brittany Ruess.

Equine enthusiasts from all over the United States are on the William Woods University campus this week for its 22nd annual Summer Riding Program, according to a press release.

View photos of William Woods' Summer Riding Program

The program runs June 29-July 4 for ages 14-18, and July 6-11 for ages 10-13. Riders — beginning and advanced — will go deeper into the disciplines of English hunter pleasure, hunt seat over fences, saddle seat and western riding.

When the they campers aren't in a riding course, they will be learning about show grooming, equine management techniques and other equine lessons such as horse health, anatomy, nutrition, conformation and horse ownership.

William Woods equestrian faculty and professional instructors are teaching the courses.

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