Canton, Mass., native takes over program after serving as assistant coach two years
"I am excited to introduce Kristen Redquest as head coach of the Stonehill equestrian program," said Sullivan. "Kristen's experience, coupled with her passion for Stonehill, which she has demonstrated as an assistant coach for the past two years and again in the interview, made her the ideal choice to lead this program. Stonehill Equestrian continues to succeed at the regional and national level, and I believe Kristen will help to enhance that success."
Redquest takes over the program after serving as assistant coach to Allegra Valberg, who resigned last month, during her two seasons as head coach at Stonehill. Over the last two years Stonehill finished in the top two of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 1, Region 4, standings both years, winning the regional championship this past season. 18 Stonehill riders qualified for regionals, with 12 advancing to the Zone 1 Championships and four reaching the IHSA National Championships.
"I am extremely excited to be named head coach of the Stonehill equestrian team," said Redquest. "It is an honor to be part of such a close knit group. Having spent two seasons as their assistant coach, I have witnessed firsthand the desire and determination these girls possess. I have great expectations for the team and look forward to a very successful year."
In addition to working as an assistant coach with the Stonehill equestrian program to last two years, Redquest has been a trainer at the Canton Equestrian Center since 1991. She provides instruction to beginner to advanced level riders, coaches at area shows and cares for border horses. Redquest has also spent a year as assistant trainer at Millpond Farm in Kittery, Maine, and six years as barn manager and horse show groom at Genesis Farm in Sherborn, Mass.
Redquest earned degree in equine management from the University of Massachusetts in 1993.
Stonehill won the IHSA Zone 1, Region 4, Championship this past season by a 22 point margin. Ten Skyhawks qualified for the individual regional championships, with seven advancing to the Zone 1 Championships and three qualifying for IHSA Nationals in Raleigh, N.C. Junior Cassandra Lorusso (Wrentham, Mass./Dana Hall School) competed in the prestigious USEF/Cacchione Cup.
Stonehill College: Kristen Redquest named head equestrian coach.