Danica Jorgensen, Western Coach
Danica Jorgensen began coaching the Texas Tech Equestrian Team in 2009, while studying for her masters degree in Animal Science at Texas Tech University. Originally from El Paso, Texas, Danica began riding and competing at the age of 5. As a youth rider, Danica was Top 10 at AQHA Youth World multiple times, and before turning pro, also was an AQHA World Show Finalist in Working Hunter & Hunter Hack.
For two years, Danica was the assistant trainer to Bill & Tina Kaven, where she fine tuned her training and instruction skills while showing Western Pleasure horses in all the AQHA majors. She then worked for a year as assistant trainer to Nancy Sue Ryan, training and showing Hunter Under Saddle horses. She now owns and operates Danica Jorgensen Show Horses out of Lubbock, Texas, training many AQHA Amateur & Youth Riders specializing in Western Pleasure, Trail, Western Riding. Horsemanship, Showmanship, and Hunter Under Saddle.
During her time as Texas Tech Equestrian Team Coach, she has lead two riders to Top 10 Finishes at IHSA Nationals in Reining. Under her guidance the team has grown for 10 western riders to 20+ riders, and consistently places as High Point or Reserve High Point Team.
Originally from Mansfield, Texas, Lindsey took her first horseback riding lesson at the age of five and started teaching beginner riding lessons through the United States Pony Club (USPC) at the age of thirteen. Throughout her USPC riding career she qualified for Nationals in Show Jumping, Combined Training, Dressage, & Tetrathalon and was a graduate "B" of the organization. As a Youth Rider she also won the United States Dressage Federation Junior Young Riders Dressage Individual & Team gold medals, competed & was Top Ten at Arabian Youth Nationals, and was a catch rider at Morgan Horse Youth Nationals, Welsh Cob breed shows, along several other pony & hunter/jumper associations.
In 2000, Lindsey made the move to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech. Shortly after the Texas Tech Equestrian Center (TTEC) was donated to the university, Lindsey began an internship there which led to a job teaching lessons and the beginning of the youth lesson & summer camp program. She also created an open show series called the Matador Championship Circuit, and served as show manager for several other shows hosted at TTEC. After graduating with her bachelors degree, she worked for McDougal Companies as a Graphics Designer and Assistant Director of Marketing, focusing on social media. In the evenings she continued to teach lessons at TTEC and coached riders all the way to AQHA Youth World.
In 2009, Danica asked her to help coach the English side of the Texas Tech Equestrian Team. Since then the English team has grown from 7 riders to 25 English riders and is currently ranked first out of eight teams in their region. In seven years as coach, 35 English riders have been Regional Championship Qualifiers, 15 moved on to Zone Championships, and 5 moved onto place in the Top 15 at IHSA Nationals. She is currently a member of the Texas Tech University Equine Programs Advisory Board, and served as Equestrian Team Sub-Committee Chair for two years. She also serves as the IHSA Zone 7, Region 2 Standards & Ethics Committee Chair.
In 2010, she opened Woodrow Ridge Equestrian Center, a horse boarding, lesson, and training facility in Wolfforth, TX. In 2015, she moved her boarding and training business back to where she considers home, the Texas Tech Equestrian Center, and now operates as Key Equestrian. When she's not teaching riding lessons or training eventing, dressage, and hunter/jumper horses, she is on the road traveling to shows & clinics along coaching the Texas Tech Equestrian Team.
Lindsey Jones, English Coach