The Fresno State equestrian team will celebrate senior day this Friday as they host a double header.
Last Updated: August 1, 2013
After serving as the interim western coach for seven months, Eric Hubbard officially joined the Fresno State coaching staff as an assistant coach on July 23, 2013.
Starting in December 2013, Hubbard added the title of interim head coach to his previous assistant duties that centered on the Western side of the team.
During his time as interim coach at Fresno State, Hubbard saw the Bulldogs to the first round of the 2013 NCEA Western Team Championship. Under his leadership, Western rider Lauren Crivelli was named to the NCEA Academic All-American First Team.
Hubbard, who was born and raised on a small family farm in Idaho, has a passion for the sport. He grew up on horseback and throughout his schooling years he went up through the 4-H ranks and eventually went into showing.
"I've been riding since I was in diapers and I have always had a passion for the horses and for the sport," said Hubbard. "I grew up showing horses and they led me to compete in college with the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and other breed associations."
Hubbard competed for three years in the IHSA for the College of Southern Idaho (CSI). After graduation he stayed at CSI for two more years working as a coach for the sport that he loves so much. In the fall of 2003 he moved to coach at Sewanne, The University of the South. There he was the Associate Riding Director and an assistant coach for the equestrian team. He worked there from 2003-2005 and then moved out to California.
Once in California he worked as a professional horse trainer again. He trained horses as well as amateur and youth riders to compete throughout the country at the national and world levels. While being a professional horse trainer from 2005-2008, he also received his American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) judging card in 2006 and Pinto Horse Association of America (PtHA) in 2011.
Hubbard has extensive riding and coaching experience, as well as training experience. As a rider in the IHSA he was the part of the Reserve National Champion American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Trophy Team in 2001 competing as an open rider in reining and horsemanship. In 2002 he was named the Reserve National Champion AQHA Trophy Rider, which is a combined total of horsemanship and reining scores against the other regional high point riders. In 2001 and 2002 he won the All Around competing in both the English and Western disciplines. As a professional trainer, he has had multiple riders finish top 10 at the American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) World Shows along with World and Reserve World Champions.