October 11, 2013 Leave a comment
New coaches, new horses, new riders – Goucher’s highly successful Equestrian Team faces more than the usual changes for their upcoming season.
Last spring, after earning 5th place at the IHSA (the equestrian equivalent to NCAA) National Horse Show, the team’s long-time head coach Patte Zumbrun retired from the program.
After dedicating over 30 years of her life to Goucher athletics, Zumbrun was careful to leave her team with an ideal replacment. Jennifer Bunty came to Goucher in 2007 and has worked closely with Zumbrun as the team’s assistant coach. Zumbrum’s retirement brought a promotion for Bunty.
“One day she said to me: ‘I think I’m going to retire.’ I thought she was kidding, but she never really changed her mind after that. The entire time I was working here, she had prepared me incredibly well. I’m more sad than scared [of the transition], but I was also happy for her because she gave such a big chunk of her life to this place,” Bunty said.
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