Meet The Coach: Eileen "Bud" Roberts
Eileen "Bud" Roberts
University of Findlay
Instructor in Equestrian Studies, Assistant Coach for IHSA Hunter Seat Team Known as “Little Bud” in high school, Coach Roberts inherited her nickname from her father, a farmer whose plow horses, Nell and Star, helped ignite her own ‘horse fever.’
1. Where do you coach and how long have you been there?
I started teaching at the University of Findlay in August of 2011 and have been Assistant Coach for its IHSA hunter seat team since joining the university
2. What makes you proudest about your current team?
I coach with Stella Prescott, who has had a very successful career as an instructor and trainer with many top-level equitation championships under her belt. Together we have joined the University of Findlay (UF). to bring a strong structure to the Equestrian program and to the IHSA team. We have been developing a strong team that is physically fit and ready to compete.
3. Were you an IHSA rider in college? If so, who did you ride for?
Unfortunately, no, the IHSA began right around the time I graduated from college. I would have loved being on an IHSA team.
4. Who was your mentor/inspiration as a young rider and why?
I had several: Kathy Kushner, because she was one of the first women to compete at the Olympic level; Anne Kursinski, because she continues to be a strong force in show Jumping; Beezie Madden, because she is an excellent role model and continues to practice good equitation every day; and finally, Michael Matz, who showed the world how horsemen can be good at more than one discipline.
5. What has been your most memorable IHSA experience?
IHSA teams represent a group that recognizes and supports one another. My birthday usually falls on an early spring show weekend and one time, two competing colleges surprised me with a cake and sang Happy Birthday during the show! Needless to say, I was very touched.
L.A. Pomeroy, IHSA media liaison