HEAD COACH -

Coach Dorsey has been working with horses for 37 years and has been a collegiate coach for the past 17 years. She began riding at age eight and has shown extensively, starting in the 4-H at age eight and progressing to Open, AQHA and NSBA events specializing in all-around competition.   

 

Lisa graduated from the University of Findlay in 1998 with a B.S. in Western Equestrian Studies and a minor in Business Management. In 2012, she completed her Master's degree at Auburn University in Adult Education and Sport Management.

 

While at Findlay, Dorsey competed for the Western IHSA team as both an open horsemanship and reining rider. After graduation she went on to train professionally in the industry and coached both youth and amateur riders. In addition, Dorsey has judged both open and 4-H competitions, and also spent years as a reproduction specialist managing some of the top reproduction facilities in Ohio and Florida.

 

Dorsey came to Auburn in 2007 as Auburn's NCAA Equestrian Team's Western Coach and coached for 7 seasons. She helped the team earn top-four seeds for the National Collegiate Equestrian Association Championships four times and helped lead the team to Overall National Championships in 2011 and 2013.  She coached numerous All Americans and NCEA National Championship MVP's.  Prior to coming to Auburn, Lisa spent three years at Miami of Ohio as the western coach and led the Redhawks western team to a top ten National finish and coached the regional High Point Rider.  

 

In 2015, Coach Dorsey reestablished the IHSA team at Auburn.  Since its revival the team has been a powerhouse in Zone 5, Region 2, consistently finishing in the top three in the region as a team and having regional high point riders, regional, zone and semifinal qualifiers and riders finishing top 10 at the IHSA National Championships.  Dorsey currently serves as the Zone 5, Region 2 Regional President.

 

Lisa is married to her husband Chris and they have a 7-year-old son, Andrew, and a 3-year-old daughter, Avery.

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ASSISTANT HUNTSEAT COACH - 

Megan is from Katy, TX, and has been riding horses since she was 3 years old with her mom and an older sister who is a dressage trainer. She has been competing all her life and has shown mainly in the jumpers and Jr. hunters on the AA circuit. Before coming to college she also catch rode in Ocala and Wellington Fl for multiple winter circuits.

Megan graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science in May 2021. While at school, she was a competing member for the IHSAs hunt seat team and served as Hunt Seat vice president her senior year. While not at the barn or work she spends her free time with her German Shepherd Ferguson who can be seen at practices.

WESTERN COACH - 

Coach Sarah is from Irmo, SC and started riding with the Clemson University IHSA team as a freshman in the beginner horsemanship class in 2011 and progressed through the divisions to end her senior year in Level 2 horsemanship. After starting graduate school at Auburn in 2015, she started practicing with Auburn's IHSA team and competing at IHSA shows in the alumni horsemanship classes. She competed in Alumni Horsemanship at Nationals in 2017 and Semi-finals in 2018. This is Sarah's first year coaching the western team and she is very excited to help everyone finish the season strong!

 

While here at Auburn, Sarah earned her Master's degree in Wildlife Science in 2018 and is currently working on her PhD in Biology, studying eastern gray squirrel food hoarding behavior. She recently retired and took home one of our IHSA team's horsemanship horses, Dan. When at home, she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Michael, and their 2 cats, Sam and Bun.

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