William Woods University Hosts First-Ever Pinto Breed Show April 8

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Although William Woods University has been showing Pintos for years, they have never hosted their own Pinto breed-specific show — until now. Classes for the Western program’s Pinto Breed Show, approved by the Pinto Horse Association of America, begin bright and early Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 in the morning — starting with halter and showmanship […]

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EQS Course Spotlight: Breeds and Bloodlines

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Understanding the history of equestrian breeds and bloodlines builds an interesting perspective into history as a whole. For thousands of years, horses have been bred to meet a society’s specific needs. From plowing to carriage driving to uses in warfare and sport to therapy, the history of the horse runs side by side with both […]

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Equestrian Career Spotlight: Horse Rescue

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The Humane Society of Missouri’s Longmeadow Rescue Ranch in St. Louis, Missouri is a “haven for hundreds of abused and neglected horses, cows, goats, pigs, ducks and other farm animals.” According to its website, “the ranch is one of the most comprehensive horse and farm animal care and rehabilitation centers in the country.” Rescue organizations […]

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The importance of understanding horse health

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Days before the world-famous annual Pasadena Rose Parade on New Year’s Day, the Los Angeles Equestrian Center (LAEC) traditionally highlights the horses leading up to the parade at a large event known as Equifest. This year, however, Equifest was cancelled due to an unfortunate outbreak of Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1) at the host venue. It’s […]

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Q&A with Equestrian alum Leslie Potter

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Pictured: Leslie Potter, Photo by: Kit Houghton In an article for Horse Channel, William Woods equestrian studies alumna Leslie Potter writes of the things she misses about being a student at an equestrian school. Among them, Potter misses having more riding instruction than ever before, even up to four lessons per week. She loved the […]

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How about a fox hunt?

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William Woods University equestrian students and faculty have received the extraordinary invitation to ride with the Oak Ridge Fox Hunt Club, Afton, VA this fall. Dr. Rita Mae Brown, noted author, equestrian and Master of Fox Hounds for the Oak Ridge club has graciously invited William Woods University. Afton is located in Nelson County, Virginia […]

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Going for Gold: Equestrian and the Olympics

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William Woods University has a long history of equestrian degree alumni who have participated in international competitions, including the Olympics, Pan American Games, and other international-level competitions in various roles — grooms, trainers, riders. In 2012, William Woods’ Lauren Donahoo groomed for 2012 U.S. Olympic Dressage rider Tina Conyot and her horse Calecto V. And in […]

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Equestrian Course Spotlight: Introduction to the Horse Industry

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In one of their first semesters on campus, every equestrian student at William Woods University, whether working toward a bachelor in equestrian science or equestrian studies, takes EQU 111 Introduction to the Horse Industry. The course is an introduction to equestrians and horse organizations and the role of the horse in today’s society. While most […]

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Program spotlight: Equestrian Art

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William Woods University equine general studies degree offers a concentration in Equine Art. The program combines coursework in equestrian studies with basic design, graphic design and other upper level art classes. Equine artists have a unique ability to take their experiences in the horse world — and understanding of nuances, passion and beauty — and apply […]

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Genetic research helping horses

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For centuries, the equestrian industry has relied on genetics to breed specific physical traits in horses — long before we had any understanding of what DNA even was. From coat color genetics to origins of disease, research in equestrian genetics can mean curing and eradicating diseases, and understanding physical, social and psychological traits. The Morris Animal […]

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