Rachel Boone joined the Jackrabbit staff as the equestrian
barn manager on June 22, 2012, after working on the staff as an undergraduate
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.
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.
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.
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