LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Interim Athletic Director Chuck O'Connell has announced the appointment of Gordon Reistrup as Head Riding Coach effective immediately.
Reistrup looks to build upon the foundation laid by his late wife Amy, who guided the Generals to their first ODAC Riding Championship en route to garnering ODAC Coach of the Year accolades in her only season as coach.
"We are pleased to have Gordon take over our riding program and continue the fine tradition of success that Amy had accomplished in such a short time," said O'Connell. "I am sure that our riders will be able to gain a great deal of knowledge from his considerable experience."
"I am excited to have the opportunity to coach the Mounted Generals and continue to build upon the legacy which Amy created during her all-too-brief tenure at the University," said Reistrup. "I am looking forward to working with another talented group of student-athletes for the 2006-07 season, continuing to foster this developing program's depth and competitive success."
Reistrup has been teaching riding and horsemanship since he was a teenager through his involvement with the U.S. Pony Clubs, where he achieved an "A" rating. He gained national exposure in eventing before attending the University of Virginia, where he competed at Nationals all four years. He also competed in the ANRC Championships and won top honors in both types of competition.
A 1988 graduate of UVA with a bachelor of arts degree in English, Reistrup continued teaching a variety of equestrian disciplines throughout college and thereafter until he regained amateur status concentrating on hunters and jumpers. In this role, he helped develop and show young horses and competed more experienced horses to national prominence, including a USEF Horse of the Year Championship in 2004.
Owner of the AYR Show Stable, Reistrup has continued to ride horses in training and coaching advanced clients.
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