Students from Cazenovia College recently attended the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Ky., an Olympic-type of equestrian competition featuring competitors from around the world vying for titles in any of eight disciplines, including show jumping, endurance, dressage, driving, vaulting, reining, eventing and para-dressage.
The students are all members of Cazenovia College's Equine Ambassadors Club, an equine-focused, community service club. Among them was Jessica Williams, of Cazenovia, who is working toward a bachelor of professional studies degree in management, specializing in equine business management. Williams is a graduate of McGill Toolen High School in Mobile, Ala.
"The trip to the World Equestrian Games was one of the best experiences of my life," Williams said. "All the hard work the whole group put in to fundraising was paid off and we all had an awesome time. My top experiences would definitely be attending the vaulting, jumping and driving events, helping to set up flower arrangements in the jumping arena and being able to meet new people. I had such a great time that I did not want to leave, and even now I want to go back. I will forever have fond memories of our trip to the Kentucky Horse Park."
Jacie Cupertino, a senior equine business management major, said, "The World Equestrian Games brings the best of the best to compete in a world-renowned event, this year bringing the competition to the United States for the first time. This was a series of firsts for this event: it was the first time the games were held outside of Europe, the first time they had an individual sponsor (Alltech Animal Nutrition and Consulting) and the first time all the disciplines competed in one central location. The 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were hosted at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington."
Last year eighteen members of the Equine Ambassadors Club committed to attending the event.