Beth Bass is in her ninth season as the horsemanship coach for the 11-time national champion Texas A&M equestrian team.
Bass’ riders have seen tremendous success in her tenure, as the horsemanship squad has posted an amazing 86-22 record in the seven seasons under the varsity equestrian umbrella. Among the successes are five western team national championships, including back-to-back-to-back-to-back titles from 2009-12. After dropping her first-ever VENC show on a tiebreaker, Bass saw her horsemanship squad win 15 straight at the pinnacle event of the collegiate sport.
Individually, Bass’ riders have brought six national championships home to Aggieland. Highlighting the list is Caroline Gunn, who as the most decorated rider in school history brought home all three VENC individual horsemanship national titles for which she competed.
Bass is very active in the development of varsity equestrian as it proceeds towards its hopes of becoming an NCAA Championship sport. She was the 2006-07 committee chairwoman for the Varsity Equestrian National Championships and continues to serve as the vice-chair of the Championship Committee.
The Port Arthur, Texas native came to the Aggies after having served as associate head coach at the University of Georgia from 2002-05, having been the Bulldogs’ western coach since they achieved varsity status in 2002. She coached Georgia to runner-up finishes in the western division at the Varsity Equestrian Championships in 2003 and 2004. The Bulldogs claimed fourth place in 2005. Georgia won the overall team title at the Varsity Equestrian Championships in both 2003 and 2004.
Prior to her time in Athens, Bass spent five years teaching in the Texas A&M animal science department and was the manager of the A&M Horse Center.
Bass graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Texas A&M in 1990 followed up by a master’s degree in agriculture/equine sciences in 1997. She was a co-founder of the first equestrian club team at A&M back in the fall of 1989 and was also the first person in the program’s history to compete for the Aggies, doing so in Maryville, Tenn., in September of 1989.
Bass has shown horses on the American Paint Horse Association, American Quarter Horse Association, and National Reining Horse Association. In 2001, she was named the APHA world champion in novice hunt seat equitation. She has also been named to the APHA Top 20 amateur list and was named the APHA all-around novice amateur at the 2001 world show. She continues to compete at AQHA and NRHA shows as well as coaching local riders on the AQHA, APHA, ApHC, and 4-H circuits.
THE BASS FILE
- Hometown: Port Arthur, Texas
- Education: Texas A&M (B.S. in Psychology, 1990)
Texas A&M (M.S. in Agriculture/Equine Sciences, 1997)
- 2005-: Texas A&M (assistant coach)
- 2002-05: Georgia (associate head coach)
|Hometown:||Port Arthur, Texas|
|Alma Mater:||Texas A&M '90|