Equestrian Career Spotlight: Professional Horse Show Judge

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The critical eye of a professional horse show judge can be highly intimidating for exhibitors. However, the world can look very different from inside the ring. Understanding the mind of a judge — the responsibility, thought process and goals — might change your perspective as an exhibitor. While a showing background is important for a […]

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Equestrian Career Spotlight: Equine-Assisted Therapy

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Each year over 66,000 men, women and children with cognitive, physical, and emotional challenges — including over 6,200 veterans and active duty military members — find strength, independence and healing in the presence of horses through equine-assisted therapies and activities according to the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International. We could spend a lifetime […]

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Off-horse fitness tips every equestrian major should know

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Every bachelor’s in equestrian student knows that riding places demands on certain muscle groups, and in order to ride our best and ride safely — whether you are riding casually or competitively — strengthening our muscles, developing endurance, flexibility and strong posture will help us sustain our riding career for the long haul. In an […]

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3 tips for your next equestrian clinic

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Any equestrian student is no stranger to the clinic — an opportunity to further your equestrian education through professional horsemanship training. But just like no teacher or instructor is the same, no clinic is going to be the same experience. Nonetheless, here are a few tips to remember for each one: 1. Set goals. What […]

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Choosing the equestrian seat that’s right for you

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William Woods University Equestrian programs are home to four different seats: Dressage, Saddle Seat, Hunter/Jumper and Western, each with their own unique characteristics, styles and perks. When a student comes to William Woods, they have the opportunity to  experience all four seats,  but then have the opportunity to specialize in any one with riding courses […]

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Equestrian Roundup; Top equestrian events of 2017

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2017 was a busy year for William Woods University’s Equestrian programs. As the new year takes hold, and spring semester hits full swing, we reflect on a number of great events of last year and look to the 2018 year with excitement for what is to come. February American Saddlebred horse trainer Tammy DeVore came […]

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National Horseman article highlights rich history at William Woods University

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Why is having a full equine science education important? A question posed by Betts Coup at the beginning of her 9-page article published in National Horseman last month titled “The Equestrian Studies Program at William Woods University: Tradition and Evolution.” The article explores the rich history of the equestrian science degree at William Woods University […]

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Taking a picture of the U.S. equine industry

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In a post on the William Woods University Equestrian Studies Facebook page in June, we linked to the National Economic Impact Study of the U.S. Equine Industry. This survey will be used in a number of ways, but it had many asking what exactly is a global impact study? And how will this kind of […]

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Student Q&A: George Morris Clinic Recap

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Vonla Glassman riding Chip at the William Woods University George Morris Clinic, April 28-30. From April 28-30, world-renowned clinician and Olympian George Morris visited William Woods University last month to conduct a clinic for riders starting age 14 through adult, including William Woods equestrian students. Junior Vonla Glassman helped organize and prepare for the clinic, […]

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Equestrian Teaching Techniques

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Think about the great riding instructors and teachers you’ve had throughout your life. Chances are, they gave a lot more thought to how you learn than you knew. There are so many things to consider when pursuing a career teaching riding and building a riding curriculum — age, specialization area, discipline, ability level, and more. According […]

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