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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Equestrian Career Spotlight: Equine Media

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“In Hollywood and in too many novels nobody walks a horse,” writes long rider and New York Times best selling author Doug Preston. “They leap on and gallop away, and hours later, when a real horse would be crippled up or buzzard bait, they are still tearing along the trail, their super steeds not even […]

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Communications Management in Equine Health

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(Photo courtesy of Leah Strid) Horses travel farther distances with greater frequency now more than ever, and with this travel comes concern for health and safety. Infectious and contagious diseases are among the greatest threats to horse health. A poorly handled outbreak could be catastrophic to the equestrian industry, which means that communication and prevention […]

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The Morgan: Strong will, beauty and a little serendipity

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Slick, a current Morgan on campus in the Western string sporting a chalk skeleton with student Victoria Berlin and Assistant Professor Laura Ward Long before Laura Ward, William Woods University Assistant Professor of Equestrian Studies, had any horse experience, the Morgan was her favorite breed. She got her first Morgan in high school from a […]

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5 ‘Who Knew?’ Facts about: Saddle Seat

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This is Part 3 in our series highlighting interesting facts about each of the four disciplines equestrian studies students can pursue at William Woods University. Sarah Track, Saddle Seat Clinical Instructor, shares what makes Saddle Seat unique at William Woods and in the equestrian world in general. Rack On! The William Woods Saddle Seat string […]

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An equestrian year to remember

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It’s been quite the year for the equestrian programs at William Woods University. Between clinics, shows, competitions, student events, and events for the community, bachelors in equestrian students had a busy year. The Center for Equine Medicine hit the ground running, and all five equestrian teams took home several impressive team and individual awards. “I’m […]

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Equestrian students in midst of busy April

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Just as schoolwork seems to be winding down, equestrian organizations at William Woods University are heating up. Bachelors in equestrian studies students have a busy schedule this month to cap off the year, including home shows in Fulton, and shows from Missouri to Tennessee. “We are wrapping up a fantastic year with four major shows, […]

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