Stephens club shows horse skills

Thursday, April 14, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 7:57 a.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Friday through Sunday, Stephens College’s Prince of Wales Club will host the 78th annual charity horse show at the Midway Exposition Center, Interstate 70 Exit 121. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Some proceeds will go to the Cancer Research Center of Columbia.

Michele Smith, chairwoman of Stephens’ Equestrian Department, is the adviser for the group. She said the organization president, Beth Piper, and student Sarah Sulze managed this year’s show.

Although she has been the head of a committee in the past, Piper, a senior equestrian business management major, said she was still unprepared for the amount of work involved in coordinating the show.

“There are a lot of little things to keep straight,” Piper said. “I just want the show to go smoothly and to not forget anything major — happy people and no major disasters.”

Riders from Illinois, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri will be displayed throughout the weekend. On Friday, the jumpers will compete at 3 p.m. On Saturday, the hunters will start at 8 a.m., and the “Society Show” will be at 7 p.m. On Sunday, saddleseat and Western riders will ride at 8 a.m.

The Prince of Wales Club is said to be the oldest active riding club in the country and is part of Stephens’ equestrian department.

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