Why should equestrian students choose St. Andrews?

2016 graduate Katie Thomas recently interviewed the St. Andrews Intercollegiate Head Coaches as part of her Interdisciplinary Studies major.

KT: Why do you think equestrian students should come to St. Andrews?

Robin Brooks Head IHSA Hunter Seat Coach. “I think that St. Andrews develops well rounded, educated, and compassionate riders and trainers. We offer something for every rider, and provide an education catered to any part of the equine industry in which our students would like to enter.”

Carla Wennberg Head IHSA Western Coach. “Personal attention, great horses, great facility, and great instruction”

Jackie Dwelle Head IDA Dressage Coach. “Our goal is to develop students into respected horsemen and women who value and appreciate the horse. Although competition is an important part of what we do, developing people to be able to think for themselves, analyze situations and be confident informed leaders and decision makers is really what we do.”

 

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The St. Andrews Equestrian Team

Head Coach Thoughts

2016 graduate Katie Thomas recently interviewed the St. Andrews Intercollegiate Head Coaches as part of her Interdisciplinary Studies major.

Head Coaches Robin Brooks, Carla Wennberg & Jackie Dwelle
Head Coaches Robin Brooks, Carla Wennberg & Jackie Dwelle

KT: What type of philosophy do you have about riding and training?

Robin Brooks Head IHSA Hunter Seat Coach. “There is no place for big egos, negative emotions, or poor attitudes around horses. It is our responsibility as riders to understand that when things are not going right the first thing that we need to look into is ourselves. If we were doing a better job asking then our horses would do a better job understanding.”

Carla Wennberg Head IHSA Western Coach. “Takes a student several years of showing IHSA to be good in IHSA. Students have to learn FEEL of horses and learn to be a great catch rider in IHSA. Mistakes are made, NEVER assume a rider knows.”

Jackie Dwelle Head IDA Dressage Coach. “Be fair to the horse, listen to the horse as he is never wrong but can be confused. For riders allow them to make mistakes so they can feel the difference between doing something the right way and the wrong way. Be patient with riders and horses as they struggle to develop the skill and finesse to perform.”

IHSA National Co-Champions 2016!
IHSA National Co-Champions 2016! – Tied with Berry College
IHSA Zone Champions 2016!
IHSA Zone Champions 2016!
IDA National Championships 2016
IDA National Championships 2016

St Andrews New Head Coach Robin Brooks Advances Her Team to IHSA Zones

Robin Brooks
Photo by Vinton Karrasch
Robin
Photo by Vinton Karrasch

St. Andrews has the great honor to announce that we have gained a new IHSA Hunter Seat coach – Robin Brooks. Robin came to St. Andrews in the Fall of 2015 from California. Within just a few months she became the Head Coach when the position became vacant. Robin has had many years of experience in the horse world ranging from riding, training to marketing. Robin loved horses since she was a little girl. She grew up in Chesapeake City, MD where she started showing mostly in the jumper ring a career that advanced to the junior jumpers. Robin attended the well-known equestrian school, Virginia Intermont where she was avid member of the Equestrian Team. She majored in business administration and minored in equine studies, areas in which she excelled. In December of 2014 Robin completed her MBA at Wilmington University. Robin began her professional career at Abingdon Equestrian Center where she was the Director of the Program, training students as well as horses. After that Robin went back to her alma mater where she worked for seven years. At Virginia Intermont, Robin worked as the Director of Admissions as well as working in the marketing department. Eventually Robin became one of the amazing coaches in the Virginia Intermont equestrian program. In October of 2014 Robin packed up her bags and moved across the country fulfilling her dreams in the horse world. She accepted a position with Coral Reef Ranch of Rancho Santa Fe in California. Where she rode for them until July of 2015. The most recent move brought Robin back to the east coast to Laurinburg, NC where she is now the St. Andrews IHSA Head Coach. As her career at St. Andrews is still young she has already brought in a numerous amount of wins for the Equestrian team. The team continues to advance under her supervision and leadership and will travel to IHSA Zones in a couple weeks. “This first year with St. Andrews has been an amazing experience, I have enjoyed working with all of the great students, wonderful horses, and knowledgeable and caring staff.” ~Robin Robin has greatly impacted many riders and horses around the nation in her life as she continues to have a great impact on the St. Andrews Equestrian Program