Rachel Boone joined the Jackrabbit staff as the equestrian barn manager on June 22, 2012, after working on the staff as an undergraduate student.
A 2012 graduate from South Dakota State, Boone oversees the day-to-day operations of the Nathelle and Lawrence DeHaan Equestrian Center, which includes the barn staff and the SDSU horse herd.
In addition to managing the staff, Boone hires the student employees, working with them and their class schedule to make sure all of the chores get done efficiently and properly.
Boone works with the veterinarian and farrier to keep the horses shoed and up to date on their vaccinations and ensures that all of the equipment runs properly, which requires her doing minor maintenance and scheduling the needed tune-ups. She also keeps all of the required supplies of bedding, hay, grain, supplements and medications on hand that the facility needs for daily operations.
In addition to the staff, horses and the building itself, Boone monitors pasture usage to avoid overgrazing, and maintains the grounds around the equestrian center and offices.
An Aberdeen, S.D., native, Boone earned a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental management from South Dakota State in 2012, with minors in biology and geographic information systems. In addition to working at the barn for three years as a student, she played on the SDSU rugby team and participated in Air Force ROTC for two years.
An avid recreational rider, Boone earned three varsity letters in both volleyball and basketball in high school, and helped lead her team to four conference titles in volleyball and a second place finish at the 2006 state tournament, earning academic all-state honors from 2004-06 in the process.