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Q&A: Meet the Coaches

Cynthia Ford
Director, Riding Program & Equestrian Team Coach
Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

Cindy started riding at age 11 at My Play Stables in Guilderland, NY and at 14, got her first horse, at Halloween and aptly named, Trick or Treat. After attending SUNY-Albany she rode and taught at Dutch Manor Stables for 19 years before joining Skidmore College in 1988 as its director of riding and as head coach in 1990. Coach Ford is a 2011 IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award winner whose Skidmore Thoroughbreds have proven hard to beat, with six national championships (including sharing the 2013 IHSA Collegiate Cup with Saint Lawrence University coach Mary Drueding), and countless regional and zone titles. In addition to her IHSA career, she has produced junior and amateur USEF winners and is a trustee of the Capital District Hunter Jumper Council.

 

Bob Story
Head Coach, Charleston Women's Equestrian Team
College of Charleston
Charleston, SC

In May 2014, Story coached CofC to its third IHSA Collegiate Cup reserve national title and over the course of his 30-year career has qualified two dozen teams for the IHSA National Championships. This year's reserve team championship marked the 30th anniversary since qualifying his first IHSA Nationals team – also to Harrisburg.

 

Margaret Cornwell
IHSA Riding Coach
Ferrum College
Ferrum, VA

Where do you coach and how long have you been there? I am currently coaching Ferrum College's IHSA riding team which has made a come back this year after a 14-year hiatus from the school's athletic programs. We started riding this year and will begin competing in Fall 2014. Prior to Ferrum I was coach for Radford University's team.

 

Mark Aplin
IHSA Hunter Seat Team Coach
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison,WI

Coach Aplin and his hunter seat team qualified for the 2014 IHSA National Horse Show, May 1-4, in Harrisburg, PA, after finishing as high point team at the Zone 7 Finals.

 

Jennifer Bunty
Director, Equestrian Program
IHSA Hunter Seat Coach
Goucher College
Baltimore, MD

Where do you coach and how long have you been there? I am the Director of the Equestrian Program at Goucher College in Baltimore, MD. I began working at Goucher in 2007 as Assistant Director shortly after graduating college. In 2012, I was promoted to Associate Director and in 2013, to Director.

 

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