My History with OSU and U of O IHSA

In the beginning our OSU team was just getting organized and we traveled many hours and states to compete for regular season shows. (Washington, California, Utah, Montana, Idaho, Oregon, Nevada).  After overcoming many funding and organizational challenges, OSU managed to get at least one rider to post season competition during my coaching reign.  Our collegiate competitors were tough and often included past top 10 National placing teams. In 2001 Regional show boundaries changed which allowed OSU to spend less resources in travel and more time in 5 practice per week, hosting equitation clinics each term, and hosting regular, regional, and zone shows.

Some highlights include:

  • 1999-2000 Zone Qualifier
  • 2000-2001 Regional Western Team and Zone and National Qualifier
  • 2001-2002- Regional Western and English Team, Zone and National Qualifier High point Regional English Rider
  • 2002-2003 Regional Western and English Team, Zone and National Qualifier, High point Regional Western Rider
  • 2003-2004 Regional Western and English Team, Zone and National Qualifier,High point Regional English Rider
  • 2004-2005 Regional Western and English Team, Zone and National Qualifier, High point Regional Western Rider- Hosting ZONE SHOW
  • 2010-2013 U of O Western Riding Instructor, Qualified Regionals

In 2005, I resigned from my head coaching position and remain on as a volunteer assistant coach.  This allowed me time to focus on teaching academics and accomplishing personal goals.

I am so proud of the OSU Western Team competing and placing at Nationals in 2006 through 20011 and Winning Nationals in 2012.  Several years of planning, practice, and hard work for the students, parents, and coaching staff finally paid off.  Many long term goals were accomplished in 2012 with the OSU Western Team placing 1th in the Nation and OSU AQHA High Point Western rider placing in the top five. 

IHSA gave me the opportunity to combine my love of coaching students, working with horses, while in a competitive environment.  It has been my pleasure to meet many wonderful students and their families. Many of them have left a lasting impression and fond memories that I will cherish forever. I am excited to continue on with IHSA at the University of Oregon.  As the lead Instructor, I have the chance to once again help students gain an understanding of competitive horsemanship and equitation.  Although I do not travel to many away shows I attend and steward many of the Oregon school shows and assist as my time allows. 

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