Event/Dressage - Meet the Coach

Mandy Alexander
Head Dressage Coach

Mandy Alexander was born and raised in Lexington, Ky. She started riding at the age of four and learned the art of lead line classes. In an attempt to develop her love of riding, Mandy’s parents volunteered at and took her to the Rolex KY 3-Day-Events from her infant days. Rolex inspired Mandy to become an Eventer. In her teenage years Mandy was very active in 4-H. She bought her first horse with her own money when she was 14. At 18 she knew she wanted her career to be in the horse industry and was drawn to Midway College.

When Mandy came to Midway College as a student, her riding disciplines were Hunt Seat and Eventing. Under the guidance of Coach Shelby Hume, she learned to ride western and competed at several Western IHSA shows. As a member of the Hunt Seat IHSA team, Mandy was on the Champion Zone team in 2003, and placed 3rd at the IHSA National Horse Show for Intermediate Equitation on the Flat in 2004. Mandy graduated from Midway College in 2004 with a Bachelor of the Arts in Equine Management.

With her new degree Mandy was asked to manage a well-known thoroughbred operation in Versailles, KY which she did for the next couple of years, getting to sales prep and manage some of the finest horses in the state, including 2006 Derby contender Brother Derek. During that time Mandy was bringing along her own extremely talented event horse and when an opportunity to work for her Alma Mater came up she couldn’t pass it up. Mandy accepted the position of barn Manager for Midway College.

When her horse, Cameron, started competing in the upper levels of eventing shows, Mandy accepted the position of Assistant for Cathy Wieschhoff, a local international eventer based in Lexington. During her time with CW Event Team, she competed throughout the CCI2* and Advanced Level in Three-Day Eventing. Mandy trained with many well-known riders such as Karen and David O’Connor, Dorothy Crowell, Amy Tryon, Missy Ransehousen, and Ann Kursinski. When Cameron retired, Mandy left professional competition and went to work for the Kentucky Horse Park in the Parade of Breeds.

During her time at the Kentucky Horse Park Mandy was lucky enough to get to ride some rare horses from around the world, learn to ride breeds such as the Paso Fino, Akhal-Teke, and the Tennessee Walker and to work the World Equestrian Games in 2010. When Midway was looking for a new Dressage, Coach Mandy couldn’t resist to return to her College once more and is excited to use her knowledge to help develop a group of new up and coming riders.