O’Toole Named Assistant Equestrian Coach
July 18, 2016

ATHENS, Ga. – Head Coach Meghan Boenig has announced the hiring of Alexandra (Linscheid) O’Toole as the new Assistant Equestrian Coach at the University of Georgia. O’Toole will be primarily responsible for coaching Georgia's Equitation Over Fences squad as well as recruiting for the Hunt Seat discipline.

 

“We have the good fortune of welcoming back a Bulldog whose dedication, passion and drive develops success in and out of the arena,” Boenig said.  “Alex O’Toole, Georgia Equestrian Alumnus, is back! As a former team rider I remember her focus on great horsemanship, effective riding and teamwork. Unlike most freshmen who are unsure of their future goals, Alex wrote on her freshman questionnaire that she would be a professional in the horse industry.  She didn’t waste any time in making that goal a reality with the building of her program, Wisteria Farms, after graduation. Coach Laura and I are very excited to join her in molding a bright future for the Bulldogs.”

“I am very honored to have been chosen as an assistant coach for the University of Georgia’s equestrian team,” O’Toole said. “I am excited to once again be a part of this great program, this time as a coach for the Equitation Over Fences squad. It will be a privilege to teach this number of highly qualified equitation riders.”


 

 

O’Toole comes to Georgia after establishing her own program as the owner and trainer at Wisteria Farms in Monroe, Georgia. During that time she has trained students from short stirrup, junior hunters, International Hunter Derbies as well as Jumpers through Mini Prixs at the A circuit level. Additionally, she coached a successful IEA team through Zones, managed four IEA shows per year, and is awaiting her USEF “r” Judges License approval in Hunters and Hunter Seat Equitation and Jumpers.

Prior to Wisteria Farms, O’Toole spent four years as a member of the Georgia equestrian team and was among the first group of scholarship equestrians in 2003. During her time with the Bulldogs, she helped the Hunt Seat Team to a national title in 2004, as well as leading Georgia to the 2004 NCEA National Championship. She received numerous high scores during her tenure, including an 85.5 against Auburn, defeating her opponent by 15 points, and earning Most Outstanding Player honors against Kansas State with a score of 86.5 in Equitation Over Fences during her junior year. Additionally, O’Toole has been added to the Equestrian Hall of Fame at Stoneleigh-Burnham School, where she attended high school.

O’Toole graduated with a B.A. in Sport Studies from Georgia in 2007 with an emphasis in Sports Business. She is married to Ryan O’Toole, a 2005 graduate of UGA. Together they have a 10-month old son, Callan O’Toole.

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