Meet the Coaches

Jamie Grant

Hunt Seat Coach

A South Carolina upstate native, Jamie grew up submerged in a horse-crazed childhood. She was the typical lesson barn rat before channeling her energy toward the hunter/jumper show scene as a teenager. Sustaining endless working student positions, Jamie earned the opportunity to show through her junior years in the hunter, jumper and equitation classes. While completing the Equine Business program at Clemson, she continued to develop her industry experience by working professionally riding and grooming for many reputable trainers in the southeast. After graduation, it took Jamie only a short time to return to her Clemson roots to become their Hunt Seat coach in January 2013. Years of hard work in the industry gained her the opportunity to ride many horses with great professionals— she expects the same diligence from her students. Her teaching style emphasizes the dedication to horsemanship and its way of producing safe, poised and effective riders.

Bekah Strunk

Western Coach

Rebekah started riding in Pittsburgh, PA at a local barrel horse farm. After moving to Indian Land, SC in 2006, she met a trainer who introduced her to the show pen at local open shows and then began showing at APHA breed shows in All-Around events throughout the southeast. She’s competed at multiple APHA youth world shows, earning top 10’s in showmanship and horsemanship. Rebekah came to college at Clemson where she joined the western equestrian team riding in open horsemanship and reining. During her time on the team she earned three trips to IHSA Nationals in horsemanship, reining and as the AQHA High Point Cup rider. She also earned the opportunity to represent Clemson at the AQHA world show in their collegiate horsemanship challenge class. She is currently attending graduate school at Clemson to get a Masters degree doing research in equine exercise physiology and equitation science.

Dr. Kristine Vernon

Team Advisor

Dr. Vernon grew up in North Carolina's horse industry showing in local and A hunter shows, AQHA all around events and 4-H, and continued to show hunters in graduate school in Michigan. Dr. Vernon serves as the Director of the Horse Program at Clemson University, leading the activities of the Equine Center, SC 4-H Horse Project and the Equine Business classes within the Animal and Veterinary Sciences department. Dr. Vernon has helped to facilitate the recent growth of the equestrian team at Clemson, increasing riding opportunities and improved training facilities.