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Pursuit of equine excellence: William Woods University hosts 22nd annual Summer Riding Program

Equine enthusiasts from all over the United States are on the William Woods University campus this week for its 22nd annual 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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A rider leads her horse inside the Indoor Riding Area on the William Woods University ...

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A young girl guides her horse Tuesday during an English hunter pleasure class at the ...

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A rider prepares her horse to go through an obstacle Tuesday during a hunt seat ...

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A rider smiles at her instructor while being given instruction during an English hunter pleasure ...

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A rider receives one-on-one instruction Tuesday inside the Indoor Riding Arena on the William Woods ...

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A rider clears the bar during a hunt seat over fences lesson Tuesday in the ...

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