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 6-year-old son, Andrew, and a 2-year-old daughter, Avery.

HUNT SEAT COACH - Paulina began riding and taking lessons at a young age in South Florida. With over 15 years of experience in the Hunter/Jumper equestrian field, including competing locally throughout her childhood, being a working student for Kim Nadler-Russo for seven years, and teaching safe and professional riding skills to young equestrians in the Auburn, AL area since 2018. In addition, Paulina’s previous experiences serving as a team captain for her Bramasole Stables IEA team and accumulating hours in the saddle as a USEF high school equestrian athlete have inspired her sportsmanship over time.

 

She treasures any time spent around large animals and their canine best friends, and is very dedicated to keeping operations running smoothly around the barn by lending a helping hand whenever possible. Paulina accredits her past year serving as a Student Manager for the NCAA Division 1 Auburn Equestrian Team to her recent development of leadership skills and a priceless learning experience to be able to learn from watching some of the nation’s best equestrians practice, perform and be coached. She is very excited to get the opportunity to work with the Auburn IHSA equestrian team!

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WESTERN COACH - Tracy Morton has been in the equestrian business and in the show pen for more than 40 years. Coach Morton relocated to Auburn from Orange County, California in January 2019. She owned and operated Morton Show Horses, where she trained Quarter Horses and Paint Horses for the all-around events such as Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Trail, Ranch Riding, Western Riding, Reining, Hunter Under Saddle, Hunt Seat Equitation, Halter and Showmanship.

 

Coach Morton led her students and their horses to multiple World Titles, Top Five and Top Ten honors in the AQHA, APHA, PtHA, and PBHA World Shows. She also ran the lesson program for Kerri McKay Quarter Horses in Chino Hills, CA. She was a respected open equestrian judge throughout California. As a youth and amateur rider, Coach Morton won several state and world titles in the all-arounds events. However, the equitation classes were always her favorite.

 

Coach Morton’s youngest daughter rode on the NCAA Division 1 Auburn University Equestrian Team for Horsemanship. She now rides on the IHSA team with her mom. Tracy is married to Jim Morton, (an ‘91 AU Alum). Jim is the Executive Producer of a television show on Discovery Channel called, Naked & Afraid. Ever since Jim brought Tracy to Auburn in 2009, Tracy has been “ALL IN” with Auburn University, the Auburn Equestrian Team and the Auburn Family. Jim & Tracy have 5 adult children, Taylor, Rylee, Chandler, TJ & Maggie.

 

Coach Morton joined the IHSA team at Auburn as their Western Coach in January 2020 during the pandemic (our practice year) and she absolutely loves coaching these incredible students. She is looking forward to competing this year and helping this team reach their goals all the way to Nationals. War Eagle!

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