Equestrian students to compete in Tulsa
Published: Nov. 4, 2013
Stephens equestrian instructor Karen Craighead and two students are headed to a Pinto Horse Association of America show in Tulsa this week.
The event includes a Pinto show, Appaloosa show, Palomino show and a Buckskin show. At the end of each day, there will be championship classes, including all.
Candis Miner '15 is showing Paint Me Fred and Sophomore Shelby McCoy '16 is showing Radical Rendezvous.
“The show looks good in numbers, with most classes having more than 25 entries,” Craighead said. “This show also hosts the World Championships for the Western Dressage Association. Should be a fun show!”
The show follows a weekend of schooling shows on the Stephens College campus hosted by the Prince of Wales Club.
A Western Schooling and Saddle Seat show was held Saturday, with a Hunter/Jumper Show on Sunday.
The shows were not only for Stephens students but also for other competitive riders in the community, said Sara Linde Patel, an equestrian studies instructor and club advisor.
“In the past, the shows we have put on here for the community have always been a huge hit,” she said. “The community riders who come appreciate the opportunity to bring their young riders or green horses to a show where they can be sure to get a positive experience. I am always proud of how our students make the outside riders feel at home and welcome. They go above and beyond to answer questions and to make sure that all who participate have a great time.”
The event not only provided a riding opportunity, it also gave Stephens equestrian students experience managing and running equestrian events. The club worked for weeks planning, budgeting and preparing for the shows.
“The students learn the ins and outs of how to put on a successful horse show,” Patel said.