Coach Becker has been working with horses her entire life. She grew up on a horse farm in New Jersey, where her mom was a trainer. Caroline began riding at an early age, making her way up from small ponies to the Equitation. Caroline was a working student and gained a lot of experience by catch riding in the show ring as well as working with many different sale horses throughout her career. During her junior career, Caroline qualified several horses for Junior Hunter Finals, catch rode quite a few jumpers, and competed successfully at USEF Medal Finals (2009, 2011, 2012), USET Finals (2012), and Maclay Finals (2012). In 2012, Caroline placed 10th at Maclay Regionals in Jacksonville Florida, securing her a ride to the National Horse Show in Kentucky.
Following in her older sister’s footsteps, Caroline was recruited to ride on the Division 1 Equestrian team at Auburn University. Caroline was a part of the 2016 SEC Championship and National Championship team. She was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2014, 2016, and 2017 and the NCEA Academic Honor Roll in 2016 and 2017. Caroline graduated from Auburn University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and as a four-year student athlete.
Following graduation, Caroline took a short break from the horse industry to work for the Minnesota Vikings. She worked in Guest and Premium Services working on securing the best fan experience in the National Football League. Following her time at the Vikings, Caroline returned to the horse industry working for her family farm and several other barns in the industry.
Caroline decided to further her education at Oklahoma State University, where she received a Master of Business Administration concentrating in Nonprofit Management and a Graduate Certificate in Business Sustainability. Caroline was the Graduate Assistant for the Oklahoma State Division 1 Equestrian team during her two years (2019-2021) at the University. In 2021, the team won the Big XII Championship.
Shortly after graduating from OSU, Caroline pursued a career in the nonprofit industry – she worked for Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina as the Associate Director of Development. Caroline focused on fundraising via internal events.
Caroline returned to the plains in August 2022, excited to follow in her mom’s footsteps as an IHSA coach. Caroline has big goals for the Auburn University IHSA Hunt Seat Team and is looking forward to many successful seasons to come.
Caroline has an older sister, Anna, a fellow Auburn Alumni who coaches for the Division 1 Equestrian Team at the University of Georgia. A younger brother, Daniel, who is a successful engineer. And her parents, Don and Julie, who couldn’t be happier to be saying ‘War Eagle’ once again. Caroline lives in Auburn with her dog, Willa.