Humphrey brought national championship experience to South Dakota State when he
joined equestrian program as an assistant in 2005, and continues to build the
Jackrabbits into a national contender after taking over the program in the fall
A Kevil, Ky., native,
Humphrey guided the 2007, 2009 and 2010 SDSU Western teams to the Varsity Equestrian
National Championships, and coached a total of 20 Western riders in his tenure
that qualified for Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Regional shows. Of
those 20 riders, six qualified in multiple years, including Tory Ruppert, who
qualified for the regional show three times. Humphrey also coached four riders
that advanced to the IHSA Western National show.
The success of Humphrey
coached riders continues into the summer, as Helen Lauth earned a selection to
compete at the National Reining Horse Association Derby in the Collegiate
Championship class in Oklahoma City, Okla., in both 2009 and 2010, finishing
eighth overall in 2009 and sixth in 2010.
the 2006-07 season the Jackrabbit Western team garnered a selection to the
Varsity Equestrian National Championships for the first time in school history,
and seven Humphrey-coached riders qualified individually for IHSA Regional competition, with two riders advancing to Western Semi Finals
competition hosted by Cal-Poly, Pomona.
Humphrey's leadership, the Western squad put together a solid season in
2007-08, sending eight riders to postseason competition, two of which advanced
to the IHSA Western Semi Final, including Abby Knobbe, who won the open reining
two semi-final riders then qualified for the IHSA National Championship Show
held at the Los Angeles Equestrian Center. Two other Jackrabbit riders
also represented SDSU at the Varsity Equestrian Championships in reining.
Humphrey guided four
individual riders to the IHSA Regional during the 2008-09 season, led by
Ruppert, who advanced to IHSA Nationals. 2008-09 also saw the Western team return
to the Varsity Equestrian National Championships in Waco, Texas, for the second
time in school history.
success continued into the 2009-10 season, when seven riders qualified for the
IHSA Regional show in Crookston, Minn. Angela Gebhart led the way for the
Jackrabbits with a win in open reining to advance to the IHSA Western
Semifinals in Pomona, Calif., where she finished fourth. From there, Gebhart
went on to IHSA Nationals at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., where she
finished ninth in the nation.
Jackrabbit Western team qualified for the Varsity Equestrian National
Championships in 2009-10 for the second straight year and third time overall.
The Jacks rode well at nationals in Waco, Texas, but fell to defending national
champion Georgia in the first round.
Prior to joining the Jackrabbits for their inaugural campaign during the
2005-06 season, Humphrey served as assistant coach in charge of the Western
discipline at South Carolina for three seasons. The Gamecocks finished fifth in
the Western standings at the 2005 Varsity Equestrian National Championships in
Santa Fe, N.M., while combining with a first-place effort in the Hunt Seat
standings to win the overall championship.
his days at South Carolina, Humphrey served as graduate assistant coach of the
Western Kentucky University equestrian club team in Bowling Green, Ky. He
earned a bachelor's degree in animal science at WKU in 2000 and a master's
degree in agriculture in 2002.
As a member of the Western Kentucky equestrian team, Humphrey won the American
Quarter Horse Association Trophy open reining class at the 1999 IHSA Nationals
in Cazenovia, N.Y., and earned Reserve National Champion in open reining in
1997 and open western horsemanship in 1996 at the Intercollegiate Horse Show
In addition to his riding skills, Humphrey also judged on the winning team in
the junior division of the All-American Quarter Horse Congress Judging contest
in 1995, placing ninth individually.
A member of the Varsity Steering Committee for equestrian since 2001, Humphrey
served on the competition committee from 2002-08 and the championship selection
committee from 2007-08. He began serving on the Promotions committee in 2008
and continues to serve as the chairman for the 2009-10 season. In addition to
all of the committees, Humphrey works with the new school task force.
Humphrey started his coaching career, he managed the West Kentucky Exposition
Center in Murray, Ky., for one year. He plays an active role of numerous
equine-related organizations and also judges and announces horse shows of all