ATHENS, Ga. --- Jimmy Frebes, who brings experience as both a competitor and coach on the collegiate level, has been named Assistant Coach for Georgia's Western riding corps, according to an announcement Monday by Bulldog head Equestrian coach Meghan Boenig.
A native of Trenton, Mich., Frebes is a 2008 graduate of the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. The Oilers boast one of the nation's top overall non-varsity equestrian programs, having won several IHSA national team championships, as well as numerous Reserve national titles and individual crowns.
"We're very excited to have Jimmy joining our coaching staff," Boenig said. "He's an incredibly positive, supportive teacher of the sport with a great deal of experience. Jimmy knows what it's like to be on an Equestrian team, to coach a team, and those are invaluable traits. I am confident that he will help us continue the outstanding tradition of success that our Western riders have built here at Georgia."
Findlay also offers a number of academic studies in the equine field, and Frebes earned a pair of B.S. degrees in 2008: in Western Equestrian Studies and another in Equine Business Management. In 2007, he won the IHSA national championship in his specialty, Advanced Western Horsemanship, and helped lead UF to latest team title.
Frebes also has experience working as a trainer at two prominent Midwestern horse farms: Thyfault Performance Horses in Shelby, Ohio, and RS Performance Horses in Pella, Iowa.
"This is a very exciting time for me," Frebes said. "I realize that I'm coming into a program at Georgia that is nationally recognized and well-respected by everyone in the sport. I look forward to carrying on the great Western tradition that Georgia has already started here. I couldn't be more excited."
For the 2009 season, Frebes served as a graduate assistant coach for the Oilers while working toward his Master's degree in Business Administration. He'll complete his degree during his first season at Georgia.