Dover, Del. (Dec. 16, 2019) — Delaware State has tapped a horse industry veteran to serve as an assistant coach for the university’s equestrian team.
DSU Equestrian Head Coach Jennifer Ridgely has announced the appointment of Rhonda Replogle of Clear Spring, Md., to her staff as an assistant, working primarily with the Western riders. Since 1986, Replogle has served as owner/head trainer of Rhonda Replogle Show Horses. As proprietor, she was responsible for the care, custody and control of training horses, in addition to coaching and mentoring clients on equine purchases.
Her company trained and prepared clients’ horses for show performances and competitions, while also providing individual and group lessons.
Replogle is internationally recognized as a top horse show judge and competitor. She is a four-time All-American Quarter Horse Congress judge (2008, ’11, ’14, and ’18) and a three-time judge at the American Paint Horse World Show (2012, ’15, and ’19).
In addition, Raplogle has served as a judge for the International Buckskin World Show, American Quarter Horse World Show, American Quarter Horse Association Level 1 Championship, along with European, Swedish and Australian national championships.
She also brings extensive experience as a judge for National Collegiate Equestrian Association championship events to Delaware State.
Replogle professional achievements also include coaching 10 American Quarter Horse Association Justin rookies-of-the-year, an Olympic Young Rider in reining, 20 American Quarter Horse Association High Point winners, in addition to directing student-athletes to wins at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress and Youth World shows.
She is a lifetime member of the American Quarter Horse Association and Professional Horseman’s Association, and presently serves as a member of the American Paint Horse Association, International Buckskin Association and National Reining Horse Association, among others.
“I am beyond excited to have Rhonda join our coaching staff,” said Ridgely. “Her vast experience in the equine industry is going to be a tremendous asset to our program”
A graduate of Finley University, Replogle is scheduled to begin her Delaware State position in January.