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Kari Briggs

Kari and Buddy Dressage 2003Kari Briggs is the Business Manager of the Austin E. Knowlton Center for Equine Science.  As part of her duties as the Business Manager, Kari oversees the equestrian program and actively coaches riders of all disciplines.  She stays busy throughout the year traveling to intercollegiate horse shows and competing her own horses in the sport of Eventing.

Kari grew up riding and competing throughout her childhood in a variety of disciplines.  She graduated from Otterbein in 2003 with a degree in Education and has since completed her MBA her at Otterbein in 2011.

As an equestrian, Kari strives to continue to meet her own competitive goals.  She is an active competitor and enjoys all aspects of the horse sports. Kari has competed through the Advanced level in eventing.  She is also a graduate 'A' pony clubber and has ridden and competed on the A rated hunter/jumper circuit.  Kari continues to enjoy learning and improving on her own riding and has had the opportunity to clinic with some the best riders in the world, including Captain Mark Phillips, Lucinda Green, Greg Best and Ian Stark.

Kari oversees the equestrian program and actively participates in coaching members of all three team disciplines; dressage, eventing, and huntseat.

Krystin Schmid

Krystin Schmid Equine CoachKrystin has an extensive background in the horse industry and has been riding most of her life. Growing up she was an active participant in the Canadien and United States Pony Clubs and graduated USPC as an A rated member. Krystin has successfully competed through the Preliminary level at USEA recognized horse trials, has earned her USDF Silver medal, and is currently working towards her Gold.  Outside of her riding accomplishments, Krystin graduated from OSU in 2008 with a degree in civil engineering, and in 2011 with her masters in architecture. She is currently at SHP Leading Design as a project designer and EIT and at Integrity One Realtors as a buyer coordinator.

Krystin assists with the coaching duties for both the eventing and dressage team.

Jennifer Roth

Jennifer RothA native of Ohio, Jennifer grew up riding horses. Having ridden several different disciplines as a child, Jennifer started focusing on dressage at age 12 with her trainer Sharon Ridge of Cincinnati, Ohio.  In 2002, she graduated from Otterbein University Summa Cum Laude with honors with a BS degree in Psychology. 

Jennifer has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver, and Gold Medals and is a current FEI competitor and instructor.  She has had numerous Regional Championship placings Training Level through Grand Prix, top placings at the 2013 US Dressage Finals, and top rankings at the USDF Horse of the Year at multiple levels.  Jennifer participated in the inaugural Dressage Foundation/USDF Young Rider European Education/Training Program (now called the Young Rider Olympic Dream Program).  She is also a USEF "r" judge.   Thanks to a lovely recommendation from the legendary George Morris, Jennifer spent time training in Germany in 2006 at PSI/Hof Kasselmann as a working student.  

Jennifer is a firm believer in continuing education for both herself and her clients.  She has worked with such top notch trainers as Silke Rembacz, Michael Barisone, Linda Zang, Robert Dover, Dolly Hannon, Courtney King-Dye, Debbie McDonald, Scott Hassler, and Charlotte Bredahl just to name a few.  

Feel free to check Jennifer's lifetime scores at www.centerlinescores.com or www.USDF.org under Jennifer Roth (USDF #23099 since there are several Jennifer Roths). 

Jennifer assists with the coaching duties of the Dressage team.

Lindsay Yinger

Lindsay Yinger riding Otterbein's CahirLindsay has been a member of the Otterbein coaching staff since 2010.  As one of the IHSA coaches, she has helped Otterbein become recognized as a nationally competitive team. Strong placing’s at the National and Zone level has secured Otterbein as a competitive equestrian program.

Lindsay began riding horses at age 9.  From the very beginning Lindsay knew she had found her true passion.  Lindsay showed through her junior career in the 3 foot & 3 foot 6 divisions.  With a focus on the equitation.   In 2002 Lindsay graduated college with a degree in Veterinary Technology and had the opportunity to work for Dr. Bill Patterson, an internationally recognized FEI lameness veterinarian.  This experience gave Lindsay valuable foundation in both horse care and preventive maintenance.

Lindsay balances her time at Otterbein with her active show stable, Lindsay Yinger Show Stables.  She continually strives to maintain a high level of teaching and training, alongside her own competitive goals.  She continues to expand her own experiences by riding and training with the best. She has ridden with top professionals such as Jeff Cook, George Morris, Darren Graziano, Colin Sequia, and Sandy Farrell.     

Lindsay assists with the coaching duties of the huntseat team.

Equine Science

  • At the Knowlton Center

    Jane Kidder, Administrative Assistant
    p/ 614.823.3020
    f/ 614.823.3042
    e/ kidder@otterbein.edu
  • On Campus

    Donna Rhodeback, Administrative Assistant
    p/ 614.823.1517
    f/ 614.823.3042
    e/ drhodeback@otterbein.edu