Emily Cavender enters her third season as the Equestrian Coach.
In her second season in 2019, she coached Aelin Hill to a 15th place finish at the IHSA Cacchione Cup. Hill became the fifth student-athlete since 2007 to compete for the Cacchione Cup and the first for Sewanee since 2015.
Additionally, Christopher Chin qualified for the Zone Championships in the Walk/Trot division.
Academically, she saw eight riders named to the All-Academic Team by the IHSA.
Cavender, in her first season at the helm in 2018, saw one student-athlete, Margaret Dupree, qualify for the IHSA Zone Championships. On the academic side, six student-athletes were named to the IHSA All-Academic Team.
In two seasons with Sewanee, she has coached 14 selections to the IHSA All-Academic Team.
Sewanee Director of Equestrian Karina Gordy announced that Cavender has been named the new coach for the Tigers.
“I am delighted to welcome Emily to the Equestrian center,” said Gordy. “She brings her IHSA competitiveness experience to the team plus her coaching experience. Emily trained under a wonderful IHSA mentor and I am excited to see her lead the Sewanee equestrian team to another successful season.”
Cavender comes to Sewanee after spending the last two years as a graduate teaching assistant at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in Murfreesboro, Tenn. During that tenure, the Blue Raiders won the 2017 IHSA Regional Championship and Reserve Regional Hunter Seat Team Championship.
While not coaching, Cavender taught various courses on horsemanship and was an instructor at Need A Hand Horse Training in Murfreesboro.
Prior to her time in middle Tennessee, Cavender was a trainer and instructor at East Tennessee Equine in Knoxville, Tenn., from June 2010 to May 2015.
As a student-athlete, Cavender competed in open level hunter and advance level western competitions at MTSU. She also was a part of the MTSU Horse Judging Team that judged competitions from around the country, which includes the 2007 IHSA National Championships.