Head Coach: Shanda Draper-Mattix
Shanda Draper-Mattix is the Horse Program Director at Colby Community College and is the coach of the CCC Equestrian Team. This year’s Equestrian Team consists of 25 riders. Already this fall, the team has received high point wins at all Zone 7 Region 1 western competitions. Shanda also serves on the Kansas Horse Council Board of Directors, is the Kansas Horse Council Region 1 Director, EquiFest of Kansas Chair, is a state certified horse show judge, and is a 4-H horse volunteer. She was raised on a commercial cow-calf operation in Northwest Kansas and grew up showing Quarter horses, barrel racing, and competing in horse judging contests. As a youth she was a member of the 2001 AQHYA Reserve World Champion Horse Judging Team and the 2002 AQHYA World Champion Horse Judging Team. Shanda is an alumni of the Colby Community College Equestrian Team and Kansas State University Women’s Varsity Equestrian Team and the 2005 Kansas State University Horse Judging Team. As a college equestrian, she was a regional qualifier all four years. Shanda and her husband, Caleb Mattix, reside in Colby and continue raising the Draper family’s commercial cattle herd.
Assistant Coach: Elizabeth Kinnally
Elizabeth Kinnally, Assistant Equestrian Team Coach, attended the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyo., and Laramie County Community College in Cheyenne, Wyo. where she majored in math education. A native of New Jersey, Kinnally has been involved in IHSA competitions for eight years. She joined the equestrian team in college, riding as an Intermediate Jump and Open Flat rider, and as a sophomore made it to Nationals for jumping. In addition to assisting her mother with private hunt seat lessons, she recently served as the Assistant Equestrian Team Coach at the University of Wyoming. "My equestrian education is not based solely on my intercollegiate riding experience," said Kinnally. "I have had a lifetime of learning and was given a strong foundation in hunt-seat equitation, which remains my discipline of choice today. I began teaching at the age of 15, and strive to give each student a strong set of basics for riding any horse effectively." Kinnally has placed in shows on the East Coas from the Hampton Classic to the Winter Equestrian Festival at Wellington. She continues to help her mother with her training business when possible. Kinnally is available to give private lessons or beginning jumping clinics.