Hubbard Joins Equestrian Coaching Staff
Eric Hubbard will be coaching the Western team for Fresno State.
Eric Hubbard will be coaching the Western team for Fresno State.

Jan. 25, 2013

By Kelly Mason

FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State equestrian's head coach Collins Daye announced the hiring of Eric Hubbard the new Western coach on Thursday morning. Hubbard will take the reins immediately of the Western team to complete the coaching staff.

"I am really excited to be joining the coaching staff with the equestrian team," said Hubbard. "I feel like I am going to bring in a fresh set of eyes and new energy. I look forward to bringing this fresh approach and new perspective to the program."

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 went into open 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]."

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 spring of 2002 he moved to coach at Sewanne, The University of the South. There he was the Associate Riding Director and an assistant coach for the Western team. He worked there from 2003-2005 and then moved out to California.

Once in California he started working as a professional horse trainer. He would train the horses as well as amateur and youth riders that were usually attached to all the horses. He worked with each horse and rider two times a week. While being a professional horse trainer from 2005-2008, he also received his American Paint Horse judging card in 2006 allowing him the right to judge equestrian competitions.



Hubbard has extensive riding and coaching experience, as well as training experience. As a rider in the IHSA he was the Reserve National Champion in World American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) in 2001 competing as an open rider in reining and horsemanship. In 2001 and 2002 he won the All Around competing in both the English and Western side. As a professional trainer, he has had multiple riders finish top 10 at the AQHA World Show and has had some named World and Reserve Champions.

Hubbard joined the team this week and will be coaching this weekend as the Fresno State Bulldogs host the Georgia Bulldogs at the Fresno State Student Horse Center. The competition starts at noon, with Equitation over Fences and Horsemanship kicking it off.

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