Head instructor, Holly Butler Pincus is certified by the United States Hunter Jumper Association as a trainer. She has thirty-five years of tenure in the equine industry, fifteen years as an instructor and coach, experience teaching hunt seat equitation and dressage classes at the university level, and as a head coach for Intercollegiate Dressage Association teams, IHSA and IEA hunt seat equitation teams. She has coached numerous individuals competing from the local through the recognized level in hunters, jumpers, eventing, dressage, and mounted games. In addition to many years of volunteer and outreach activities, Holly has a Bachelors in Animal Science and a Masters degree from Virginia Tech.

     Holly largely credits former supervisor, mentor, room mate, coach and friend of 30 years, former Virginia Tech Equestrian program director, Teresa McDonald for the attributes that enanbled her to be successful in the equine industry. Teresa brought Holly on to help with the Virginia Tech Equestrian program as she battled stage four cancer. In addition to her skills as an instructor and coach, Teresa valued Holly as a skilled business woman who worked hard to become educated and endeavored to increase this skill set. Above all, Teresa valued honesty, loyalty, and integrity. She felt and believed these qualities were paramount to a healthy program and the best situation for her students. The opportunity to assist Teresa during this period was the greatest professional and personal compliment Holly has or ever will receive.

     Coaching highlights include winning three out of the four competitions coached in her first season as an Intercollegiate Dressage Association team head coach for Virginia Tech, defeating the 2013/2014, and 2014/2015 National Champion Intermont dressage team in each of these wins. No other IDA team in the nation was able to defeat the Intermont IDA team even once in those two seasons. A Virginia Tech dressage rider was voted most improved in the region for her performances during this time period.

     In arguably the most competitive IHSA region in the nation, Holly qualified five out of eight riders for Regionals, won Zones and got through to IHSA Nationals in her first season as an IHSA head coach. With a small club team, handicapped by two vacant point rider spots, Holly coached the Radford University IHSA hunt seat equitation team to finish near the middle of the pack, ahead of VT perennial nemesis Intermont Riding in the Fall of 2014.

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