Natalie Gilbert joined the Jackrabbit equestrian staff as a graduate assistant in July 2013.
A Dallas, Texas native and a passionate rider and competitor, Gilbert competed in both hunt seat and western disciplines since the age of 10. She began her competitive career in the pony hunters and equitation, followed by a long career in the jumpers. She then brought that experience to the equestrian team at West Texas A&M, where she repeatedly competed in postseason Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competitions, advancing through regionals and zones to compete nationally.
After her career with Buffalos, Gilbert started riding reined-cowhorses. Her first year showing, she qualified for the NRCHA’s Celebration of Champions and won a year-end award with the regional NRCHA association.
In addition to her horse related success, Gilbert participated in and earned honors for her leadership and hard work, earning a selection to serve in the elite West Texas Agriculture Ambassadors during her junior and senior years. She also served as the youth director for the regional cowhorse association.
Gilbert graduated from West Texas A&M in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree in equine industry and business, with minors in animal science and English, and began working towards a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction in 2013 at South Dakota State. She eventually wants to teach at the collegiate level in an equine program and plans on pursuing a career in coaching collegiate equestrian.