Eric Hubbard became the seventh head coach of the nationally ranked Bulldog equestrian program on July 1, 2015, after serving as the programs interim head coach since December 2013.
Hubbard has led the Bulldog equestrian team to new heights, as Fresno State won the United Equestrian Conference (UEC) championship on March 28, 2015, and were ranked as high as No. 5 nationally during the 2014-15 campaign. In April, the team capped off the season by reaching the quarterfinals at the National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) National Championships where the Bulldogs fell to eventual national champion, South Carolina. Under the tutelage of Hubbard, freshman Rachel Williams was named the 2015-16 UEC Horsemanship Rider of the Year and All-American along with teammate Taylor Brown, who is a two-time recipient under Hubbard’s guidance. Overall, he has helped produce four Bulldog All-Americans over three years at Fresno State, along with four NCEA Rider of the Month honors and nine UEC monthly accolades.
Hubbard's Bulldogs registered notable wins during his stint as the interim head coach. In February of 2014 the ‘Dogs defeated No. 2 Baylor and in 2015 defeated three teams ranked in the top six.
He originally came to Fresno State in January of 2013 as the western coach.
Hubbard has a passion for the horse industry, one which was built in him since he was a little kid. He was born and raised in Idaho living on his family's farm where they raised beef cattle and had a lot of horses. Hubbard grew up on horseback and throughout his schooling years he went up through the 4-H ranks and eventually into national level horse shows.
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 love.
In the spring of 2002 he moved to coach at Sewanee, The University of the South. There he was the associate riding director and an assistant coach for the western team. He worked for the Tigers from 2003-05 before moving out to California.
Once in California, he began working as a professional horse trainer. He would train the horses as well as amateur and youth riders two times a week while he received his American Paint Horse Association (APHA) and American Pinto Horse Association (PtHA) judging card. In doing so, Hubbard became qualified to judge equestrian competitions.
Hubbard has extensive riding, coaching and training experience. As a rider in the IHSA in 2001 he led his team to a Western Reserve National Champion in American Quarter Cup (AQHA) while being named National Champion in Open Reining and Open Horsemanship. In 2001 and 2002 he won the All-Around competing in both the English and western events. As a professional trainer, he has had World and Reserve Champions along with multiple riders finishing top 10 at the Appaloosa Horse Club (ApHC) and APHA World Show and has had several named.
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