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5 ‘Who Knew?’ Facts about: Dressage

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This is Part 1 in our series highlighting interesting facts about each of the four disciplines equestrian studies students can pursue at William Woods University. Karen Pautz, Clinical Instructor of Dressage, shares some interesting facts about the discipline, including a few unique things about its relationship with William Woods. 1. Dressage has global reach. It […]

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March 4th, 2016

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Equestrian Degree Course Spotlight: Stable Management

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Every student pursuing an equestrian degree at William Woods University takes EQU 221 Stable Management because in this course, students learn the management skills that every equine professional will use on a daily basis. Stable management involves several distinct areas: Health and safety Associate Professor and Equestrian Studies Division Chair Jennie Petterson says that stable […]

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January 29th, 2016

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Understanding horse communication

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In her book The Horse: The Epic History of Our Noble Companion, journalist and equestrian Wendy Williams visits with horse experts from around the world to chronicle the story of the bond between horses and humans, a 56-million-year journey. The book includes only fairly recent scientific insights regarding the social sensitivities in which horses can […]

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January 22nd, 2016

Posted in Equestrian Books & Resources, Equine Culture

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What is it like to be a champion?

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Just ask the William Woods University Equestrian Judging team. With two competition teams and seven learner judges, William Woods University had a big presence at the U.S. Nationals Arabian/Half Arabian Championships in Tulsa this past month. These two teams earned the title of National Champion, as well as a fourth place honor, and many individual […]

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January 15th, 2016

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William Woods University equestrian team brings home National Championship

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When they came home from the October 30 U.S. Nationals Arabian/Half Arabian Championships in Tulsa last month, William Woods University equestrian teams carried with them several impressive accomplishments, including a National Championship trophy. The William Woods University Judging Team — comprised of two competition teams and seven learner judges, coached by Western Instructor Liz Haben […]

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December 22nd, 2015

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Meet William Woods University Equestrian Color Breed Congress teams people and horses

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October and November are busy months for William Woods University Equestrian students. From before the sun rises to long after it sets, there is hustle and bustle in every barn, riding ring and tack room. On top of their coursework and prepping for colder Missouri days to come, students and faculty prepare for several shows. […]

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December 17th, 2015

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Summers of Equine Past: We want to hear about yours!

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Pardon the cliché, but it’s the beginning of a new school year, and getting back in the saddle can take some serious work. But the truth is, most William Woods University Equestrian students hardly spent their summers relaxing by the pool. Summer to an equestrian student means more time for riding, learning, working with horses […]

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September 15th, 2015

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Meet the William Woods 2015 Pinto World Championship team

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From June 8-20, William Woods University will be competing in the 2015 Pinto World Championship at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex in Tulsa, Okla. “This is such a great show and opportunity for students to compete at the national level.  Pinto is very student friendly and from the stalling office, the show office to […]

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June 15th, 2015

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The Arabian Part 2: One of the most beloved riding horses

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Last week, we talked about the history, popularity, and impact — either indirectly or directly — of the Arabian horse breed on every riding horse in the world. A 2003 survey found that 67 percent of purebred Arabian horses are owned for recreational riding. Arabians appear in almost every part of the equestrian field. Their […]

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January 23rd, 2015

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A series on Arabians in America: Part 1

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The Arabian is the oldest known riding horse in the history of the world. With roots in the Middle East, Arabian horses developed a lung capacity that contributes to its incredible endurance. Their large nostrils and eyes, small muzzles and wide foreheads are also believed to contribute to their sinus development from their days in […]

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January 9th, 2015

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