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Wilmington College Faculty Horsing Around at Equine Barn

Equestrian Team and Club Holds Second Annual Faculty Horse Show

October 22, 2013

Cathy Pitzer, assistant professor of social and political studies, balances an egg on a spoon as she rides a horse around the arena.

Cathy Pitzer, assistant professor of social and political studies, balances an egg on a spoon as she rides a horse around the arena.

More than two-dozen members of Wilmington College’s faculty gained insight into Ronald Reagan famous quotation, “There’s nothing so good for the inside of a man as the outside of a horse.”

Smiles, laughter and high spirits were in ample supply Tuesday evening (Oct. 22) when a group most comfortable in the front of a classroom found themselves on the top of a horse.

WC’s Equestrian Team and Club held it second annual Faculty Horse Show at the Equine Center, featuring a host of activities geared toward those whose experience with horses range from novice horsemen to, “I rode a pony when I was seven” or “I remember seeing some horses in a Clint Eastwood Western.”

The egg and spoon competition was a hit as WC’s equestrian students led horses around the arena as faculty members balanced an egg on a spoon while the horse walked and trotted, and the faculty received instruction regarding the direction in which they were to extend their arms with the spoon.

Winners of those flights included Becky Haines of the Theatre Department and Randy Gerber from the Agriculture Department.

Later, the faculty gained first-hand knowledge on what judges look for at equestrian shows. The grand finale featured stick pony races.

While the event was designed to give faculty insight into a unique corner of the campus that they might not have otherwise experienced, it also benefited Sugartree Ministries, as all contestants paid a registration fee of canned goods for the food pantry.