COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Texas A&M Equestrian Head Coach Tana McKay announced today the return of Aggie letterman Jessie Weisinger (pronounced WHY-singer) to the team, joining the staff as the assistant coach in charge of the horsemanship squad.
“I am very excited about having one of our alumni returning to Texas A&M to be part of our staff,” McKay said. “Jessie was a great team member and was one of the ‘originals’, who was on the team from 1999-2002. She comes to us with a very diverse background in many aspects of the horse industry. Jessie has been very successful as a trainer and a coach and I know will make a great impact on this team.”
Weisinger comes back to Aggieland from Berthoud, Colo., where she spent the last three-and-a-half years as an assistant trainer at the Guynn Training Center. Before moving to Colorado, Weisinger worked for the Star of Texas Fair and Rodeo, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
While working with the Guynn Training Center, Weisinger was instrumental in developing and forming the Rocky Mountain Wranglers (RMW) – a middle school and high school team within the Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA). The RMW was formed in the fall of 2012 and saw immediate results, being named the 2013 and 2014 Zone 8 High Point Middle School and High School Team. Additionally, the high school team placed fifth overall at the 2013 IEA Nationals and sixth overall at the 2014 IEA Nationals while the middle school team took eighth in 2014.
The Corpus Christi native has enjoyed recent success as a rider, taking honors as the Rocky Mountain Quarter Horse Association (RMQHA) Year End Champion in Open Ranch Horse Pleasure on her mare Feelin Catty. Weisinger also placed in the top 15 in Green Western Riding at the 2013 American Paint Horse Association (APHA) World Show, and was the 2012 recipient of the RMQHA Julie Fabrizius Memorial Rising Star Award.
Weisinger rode for the Aggies from 1999-2002 as one of the original members of the Aggie equestrian squad, and was a part of Texas A&M’s first national title in 2002. She is the daughter of Violet Highfill ’80 of Corpus Christi, and Glenn ’79 and Luthena Highfill of Bryan, Texas. Formerly Jessie Highfill, she is married to Aggie football letterman Jeremy Weisinger ’99.
"I am excited to be back in College Station and working for my alma mater,” Weisinger said. “I have so many great memories here. I met my husband here and made life-long friends from my time as a student. I am looking forward to working with a great staff and the best collegiate equestrians in the nation. Ride tough and Gig 'em!"
Weisinger and the Aggie equestrian squad begin the 2014-15 season on Sept. 25 at home against UT Martin. To learn more about Texas A&M equestrian, log on to 12thMan.com and follow @AggieEquestrian on Twitter.