Megan Rossiter took over the Jackrabbit equestrian
program on June 6, 2011, after spending four years at Drake Johnson Reining
Horses in Wray, Colo., where she assisted in instructing riders, training and
showing reining horses.
"I'm excited to work with the young women on the
equestrian team," Rossiter said. "Being involved in a program with
such great support from the administration, staff and community made this an
easy decision for me."
No stranger to the college coaching ranks, Rossiter began
her collegiate coaching career at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater,
Okla., where she helped coach the Western team, under head coach Larry Sanchez,
as a graduate assistant from 2001 until 2003, when she accepted a newly created
assistant coaching position. During her time on staff at OSU, the Cowgirl Western
squad won the Varsity Equestrian National Championships in 2003, 2004 and 2006,
and the reserve national championship in 2005.
In addition to Varsity Equestrian, the Cowgirls attained
much success in IHSA competition. Rossiter coached riders won 33 individual
Zone championships, 18 Regional championships and seven national titles. The
Cowgirls as a team also won Zone and Regional Championships in 2004, and the
IHSA reserve Western national title in 2002.
Rossiter began her involvement with horses in her
hometown of DePere, Wis., where she grew up competing in the AQHA circuits, congress
and in the AQHYA World Show. She then competed as an intercollegiate rider in
both hunt seat and Western events at Murray State University in Murray, Ky.,
where she participated in the National Student Exchange at New Mexico State
University as a junior in 1998. During that year at NMSU, she competed with the
Aggie equestrian team under coach Larry Sanchez.
graduated from Murray State in 2000 with Bachelor of Science Degree in
Agriculture with a concentration in equine science, and then earned a Master of
Science Degree in Animal Science, with an emphasis on equine nutrition, from
Oklahoma State University in 2008.