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New equestrian coach looks to continue winning ways at NMSU

Date: 10/12/2010

New Mexico State University Athletics Director McKinley Boston announced in August that Audrey Van Eman had been hired as the Aggies new equestrian head coach. Van Eman is the program's third head coach since its inception in 2004-05.

"First of all, I'm extremely excited to be here at New Mexico State," Van Eman said. "I'm also excited to work with [equestrian assistant coach] Robin (Morris), and it seems like she has done an excellent job with the Western side of our program. I'm looking forward to meeting the girls and I feel this team is supported greatly by the university and has everything it needs to be a nationally competitive team. I'm ready to hit the ground running and try and help this team reach its full potential."

"We are excited to have Coach Van Eman joining the NM State athletics family," Boston said. "We feel her experience will position our equestrian team to continue to build a quality program."

Van Eman comes to NMSU with more than 23 years' experience in competitive horse riding - four of those years as a member of the Oklahoma State equestrian team - and six years of professional instruction, training and showing at competitive show facilities. She has also participated in many disciplines, including hunter seat, dressage, cross-country and reining. As a junior rider, Van Eman earned multiple circuit championships at both the state and regional levels.

On the collegiate level Van Eman was a member of the Oklahoma State equestrian team from 2000-03. During her time with the Cowgirls, Van Eman helped OSU win two national championships while placing fifth and seventh at the IHSA National Championships in Individual Open Fences. She was a team captain for two years at Oklahoma State and was named team MVP in 2003.

Upon graduating from Oklahoma State, she became an active professional member of the United States Equestrian Federation and the United States Hunter Jumper Association, and served as an assistant, head and private trainer at several show stables in greater Oklahoma. Within two years as a head trainer, Van Eman led students showing both locally and in the AA hunter jumper circuits to more than 15 top year-end championships. These included the Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Association's 2005 Horse & Rider of the Year, as well as local medal finals champions.

In 2006, Van Eman and her husband David moved to Los Angeles. For four years she served as assistant trainer at Freeway Farms, where she trained junior and children's equitation riders, as well as their horses, who successfully showed or qualified for medal finals in such prestigious events as the ASPCA-Maclay, West Coast Equitation, the Washington International Horse Show, the California Professional Horsemen's Association Junior and Foundation, Pessoa, the Pacific Coast Horse Show Association, the Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association, Foxfield, Rosewood, HBO and Taylor Harris Medals. Previous students and horses have been contenders in the USEF Show Jumping Talent Search and 15-17 equitation championship titles, and have won reserve in the Interscholastic Equestrian League Medal Final Championship.

Van Eman was born in Tulsa, Okla., where she started to ride at the age of seven. She and her husband David have been married for six years. She also enjoys movies, fishing and camping.

Written by Tyler Dunkel.
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