NM State Equestrian Hires New Head Coach Audrey Van Eman

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - New Mexico State Athletics Director Dr. McKinley Boston announced Thursday that Audrey Van Eman has been hired as the Aggies’ new head coach. Van Eman becomes the third head coach in program history since its start in 2004-05.

"First of all, I’m extremely excited to be here at New Mexico State," Van Eman said. "I’m also excited to work with Robin (Morris) and it seems like she has done an excellent job with the Western side of our program. I'm looking forward to meeting the girls and I feel this team is supported greatly by the university and has everything it needs to be a nationally competitive team. I’m ready to hit the ground running and try and help this team reach its full potential."

"We are excited to have Coach Van Eman joining the NM State Athletics family," Boston said. "We feel her experience will position our equestrian team to continue to build a quality program."

Van Eman comes to NM State with over 23 years of experience in competitive horse riding, four of those years as a member of the Oklahoma State equestrian team and six years of professional instruction, training and showing at competitive show facilities. She has also participated in many disciplines including hunter seat, dressage, cross-country and reining. As a junior rider, Van Eman earned multiple circuit championships at both the state and regional levels.

On the collegiate level, Van Eman was a member of the Oklahoma State equestrian team from 2000-03. During her time with the Cowgirls, Van Eman helped OSU win two national championships, while placing fifth and seventh at the IHSA National Championships in Individual Open Fences. She was a team captain for two years at Oklahoma State and was named team MVP in 2003.

Upon graduating from Oklahoma State, she became an active professional member of USEF (United States Equestrian Federation) and USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Association), and served as an assistant, head and private trainer at several show stables in greater Oklahoma. Within two years as a head trainer, Van Eman led students showing both locally and in the AA hunter-jumper circuits to over 15 top year-end championships. These included Oklahoma Hunter Jumper Association's 2005 "Horse & Rider of the Year", as well as local medal finals champions.

In 2006, Van Eman and her husband, David, moved to Los Angeles. For four years she served as assistant trainer at Freeway Farms where she trained junior and children's equitation riders, as well as their horses, who successfully showed or qualified for medal finals in such prestigious events including: ASPCA Maclay, WCE (West Coast Equitation), WIHS (Washington International Horse Show), CPHA (California Professional Horsemen's Association) Junior and Foundation, Pessoa, PCHA (Pacific Coast Horse Show Association), LAHJA (Los Angeles Hunter Jumper Association), Foxfield, Rosewood, HBO, and Taylor Harris Medals. Previous students and horses have been contenders in the USEF showjumping talent search, 15-17 equitation championship titles, and have won reserve in the Interscholastic Equestrian League Medal Final Championship.

Van Eman was born in Tulsa, Okla., where she started to ride at the age of seven. Van Eman and her husband, David have been married for six years. She also enjoys movies, fishing, and camping.