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Equestrian club to host weekend shows

October 31, 2013

The Prince of Wales Club at Stephens College is hosting two schooling shows on campus this weekend.

The Western Schooling Show starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, and the Saddle Seat portion of the show begins at 1:30 p.m. On Sunday, the Hunter/Jumper Schooling Show begins at 9 a.m.

The shows are 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. It’s also open to the public.

“We can expect anywhere from 30 to 50 outside riders and as many as 100 spectators,” she said. “In the past the shows we have put on here for the community have always been a huge hit. 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 provides a riding opportunity, it also gives Stephens equestrian students experience managing and running equestrian events. The club has 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.

She encourages everyone to attend.

“The weekend looks to be beautiful weather, so I anticipate we will have a great turn out,” she said.

“We will have concessions, and it will be a wonderful opportunity to get out and enjoy the fall weather.”

Next week, equestrian instructor Karen Craighead and two students are headed to a Pinto Horse Association of America show in Tulsa. 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.

Junior Candis Miner is showing Paint Me Fred and Sophomore Shelby McCoy 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!”

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