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W&L Equestrian Coach Receives Prestigious Award from the Virginia Horse Shows Association Gordon Reistrup was presented with the Susan Hagan Memorial Trophy for the second time.

Reistrup--scaled-510x533 W&L Equestrian Coach Receives Prestigious Award from the Virginia Horse Shows AssociationGordon Reistrup, head riding coach

Gordon Reistrup, head coach for the Washington and Lee University equestrian program, was presented with the prestigious Susan Hagan Memorial Trophy at the Virginia Horse Shows Association (VHSA) annual meeting and convention held Dec. 2-4 at The Homestead Resort. The award honors the legacy of Ms. Hagan, who is considered a pillar of sportsmanship in the equine industry. It is presented annually to a loyal VHSA member who exemplifies sportsmanship, camaraderie and fairness.

Reistrup is the first two-time winner in the 30-year history of the trophy, having claimed the honor in 2013 as well. He has served on the VHSA Board of Directors since 2007 and currently serves on several committees and panels as well.

Reistrup has led the W&L equestrian program since 2007, guiding the Generals to a pair of Old Dominion Athletic Conference titles and five runner-up finishes. He has also been named the ODAC Equestrian Coach of the Year on two occasions.

A 1988 graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in English, Reistrup is the owner of the Colliers Creek Show Stable, which serves as the home base for the W&L equestrian program.

The VHSA, founded in 1947 to honor and preserve tradition and equestrian sport, is celebrating its 75th anniversary.

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