LEXINGTON, Va. -- Amy Reistrup, Washington and Lee riding coach, passed away on Friday, July 7, following a brief battle with cancer.
Reistrup was hired to coach the riding program in September of 2005 and made an immediate impact on the program, guiding the Generals to their first Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship during the 2005-06 season. She also mentored Caitlin Lane '06 to ODAC Rider of the Year honors and a berth to the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championships. For her efforts, Reistrup was named the 2006 ODAC Coach of the Year.
"It was with great sadness that we learned of Amy's death," said W&L Athletic Director Mike Walsh. "In her short time at Washington and Lee, she proved to be an outstanding coach and role model for our equestrian athletes. Although we are saddened by her loss, we are buoyed by the courage and leadership she brought to our program."
"I have competed in riding for 17 years and I have never had a coach that inspired me as much as Amy," said captain Katie Goodrich '06. "She was great at working with people of all different ability levels, she always offered positive reinforcement, she strongly supported our academic success, and she wanted to get to know all of us as individuals. To have a coach that cares so much about you is amazing because it helps you to believe in yourself and makes you feel as though you can achieve anything. My senior year was the best of my four years at school in large part due to the friendship that I gained from Amy. She was always willing to listen, helped me through some difficult times with my horse, talked through my grad school decisions with me, and always had a funny story or joke to offer up. I will miss her laughter and smiles, but I am grateful for the time that I got to spend with her and will remember her always with much admiration."
An accomplished professional equestrian, riding instructor, and intercollegiate coach, Reistrup's personal successes included countless national championships as a junior, amateur, intercollegiate and professional rider. A Virginia Horse Shows board member and VHSA Horseperson of the Year, Reistrup's Grand Prix show jumping career included multiple national and international placings. She won the 1999 Grand Prix de Penn National World Cup qualifier and an invitation to compete individually at the 2000 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.
A 1985 graduate of the University of Virginia with a degree in psychology, Reistrup captained the school's equestrian team as a junior and senior. She was a four-time qualifier for the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and Affiliated National Riding Commission (ANRC) championships each of her four years, winning the ANRC individual and team championships in 1984 and 1985.
Reistrup joined the Virginia riding staff shortly after graduation and then moved on to coach at Southern Seminary College in 1990, working with the eight-time IHSA National Champions for three years.
Private services will be held at the Reistrup farm and the family requests in lieu of flowers, that donations be made to the local SPCA or the Rockbridge Area Hospice.
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