Trainer Spotlight: Andrea Bill

28 02 2010

Andrea Bill

Andrea Bill’s first “outing” as a two-week old baby was to a horse show. Later, Andrea did a lot of leadline, both in and out of the show ring. Her first real teacher was an elderly and very small pony named “Tiny”. Andrea competed at Pony Finals every year from 1986 through 1995. At Mount Holyoke College, she successfully competed in Intercollegiate Horse Shows Association and rode as an alternate on the United States Intercollegiate team in Luxembourg and Malmo, Sweden. Andrea was chef d’equipe for the winning American team in 1999 and was captain of the Mount Holyoke team in her junior and senior years. After graduating from Mount Holyoke in 2001 with a double major in Latin and Physics, she pressed on to earn her civil engineering degree from University of Massachusetts while serving as assistant coach of the Mount Holyoke team.

Andi Bill wearing her other hat.

Andrea moved to Madison in 2004, entered the graduate program in the Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Wisconsin and immediately searched for a way to ride and teach. She started teaching at Hoofer Equestrian Center in 2005, was Hoofer Riding Club President for two years and currently holds the position of Head of Instruction.

Hoofers is a unique organization. It is completely student run and adheres to all the regulations of the University of Wisconsin. It is open to students and the general public for lessons and boarding and serves as home to the University of Wisconsin Intercollegiate Equestrian Team. There are around sixty horses at the facility and nearly a hundred students in the lesson program.

Andi is the Traffic Safety Engineering Program Manager at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Wisconsin and Head of Instruction at Hoofers and somehow finds time to work on her Ph.D. She is teamed with John Flint from John and Tammy on Star Country 96.3 for Ariat Jumping with the Stars!

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