WWU to Host Saddle Seat World Cup Selection Trials
Every other year, the top saddle seat equitation riders in the country converge on William Woods University’s stables to participate in the United States Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup Team Trials.
The trials, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the equestrian science UPHA indoor arena at WWU March 31. The three-gaited trials will be held 8 a.m.-1 p.m. and the five-gaited trials will be held 1:30-6 p.m.
“From the hundreds of letters and applications the USEF received, 32 riders were chosen: 12 five-gaited riders and 20 three-gaited riders,” said Sarah Track, WWU’s saddle seat instructor.
Three-gaited riders are Brooke Boyer, 15, Johnston, Iowa; Morgan Brison, 17, New Bloomfield, Mo.; Aleia Brown, 14, Dayton, Ohio; Kathlyn Camacho, 19, Pleasant Prairie, Wis.; Hunter Chancellor, 16, Evansville, Ind.; Emily Chapman, 17, Tucson, Ariz.; Sarah Delisi, 17, La Grange, Ill.; Alex Holloway, 19, Edmond, Okla,; Chloe Holmes, 19, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Brooke Jacobs, 31, Georgetown, Ky.; Ali Judah, 22, Louisville, Ky.; Cameron Kay, 14, W. Bloomfield, Mich.; Alexandra Lawson, 18, North Salem, Ind.; Nick Maupin, 18, Sussex, Wis.; Courtney Mc Ginnis, 15, Fishers, Ind.; Abigail Mutrux, 16, Saint Louis, Mo.; Alexandria Ryan, 16, Boulder, Colo.; Kristen Smith, 18, Smithfield, Ky.; John Stutts, 43, Louisville, Ky.; and Zane Sullivan, 18, Albuquerque, N.M.
Five-gaited riders are Ashley Baird, 18, Hinsdale, Ill.; Morgan Brison, 17, New Bloomfield, Mo.; Hunter Chancellor, 16, Evansville, Ind.; Angela Darrow, 20, Hartland, Wis.; Drew Taylor Hewitt, 16, Advance, N.C.; Brooke Jacobs, 31, Georgetown, Ky.; Ali Judah, 22, Louisville, Ky.; Marjorie Townsend, 17, Kansas City, Mo.; Nick Maupin, 18, Sussex, Wis.; Brittany Mc Ginnis, 19, Fishers, Ind.; Mary Mitkish, 18, Emmaus, Pa.; and Rachel Rafolski, 20, Brunswick, Ga.
The event features amateur athletes 14 years of age and older who compete on horses that are unfamiliar to them and are supplied by the host competition. In 2012, USEF will field a team of 10 athletes and two coaches to represent the U.S. in Parys, South Africa.
Having the World Cup selection trials on campus offers a unique opportunity for William Woods University students who act as grooms for the riders and scribes for the judges. They hold the gates, work the concession stand and sell event t-shirts, as well as many other jobs behind the scenes.
The trials were first held at William Woods University in 1996. WWU was chosen because of its outstanding facilities, large number of saddle seat horses and students who are willing to help.
The Saddle Seat World Cup competition originated in the early 1980s with an informal exchange of saddle seat athletes in the United States and South Africa. Teams from as many as five nations compete for the coveted World Cup titles in three-Gaited and five-Gaited.
In 1995, representatives from American Horse Shows Association, the United Professional Horseman’s Association, the American Morgan Horse Association, the International Arabian Horse Association and the National Show Horse Registry met and expanded the concept to create the World Cup Saddle Seat Championship.
The inaugural World Cup competition was held in Louisville, Ky., in 1996. Gayle Lampe, WWU professor emeritus of equestrian studies, coached the U.S. team, which won first place
Another competition was staged in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1998. Madison, Wis., was the site for the World Cup in 2000, and Lampe was one of three judges for that competition.
Robertson, South Africa, was the 2002 site. In 2004 and 2010, the competitions were held in conjunction with the Kentucky Fall Classic Horse Show at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The 2006 and 2008 competitions were held in South Africa.
The 2012 World Cup Team efforts are supported by USA Equestrian Trust, United Professional Horseman’s Association (UPHA), and Shelby Horse Supply.