NCEA Distinguished Alumni Awards

The National Collegiate Equestrian Association in 2016 created the NCEA Distinguished Alumni Awards.

The awards are presented to women who, after the completion of their undergraduate degree at an NCEA-sponsoring institution, have made significant contributions in a professional field.

Distinguished Alumni are recognized in eight categories including Business, Community Engagement, Education, Equine Industry (Rider/Trainer/Coach), Equine Industry (Medical/Pharmaceutical), Health Sciences/Services, Media & Communication, and Young Alumni. Distinguished Alumni are separated from their institution for at least six years prior to nomination and are recognized as distinguished in the following areas: academic success, athletic success, outstanding service contributions, and post-graduate success.

Each NCEA team has the opportunity to nominate one alumna in each category annually. The nominations are reviewed by a selection committee and the recommendations are then approved by the NCEA Board of Directors.

Class of 2019

  • Business: Caroline Daniels-Willis (Oklahoma State)
  • Community Engagement: Lindsay Neubarth (Auburn)
  • Education: Haley Jacobi (TCU)
  • Equine (Rider/Trainer/Coach): Jessica Braswell (Auburn)
  • Equine (Medical/Business): Dr. Kathryn Nenneker (Fresno State)
  • Health Sciences/Services: Dr. Hanna Lindskog (Texas A&M)
  • Media & Communication: Courtney Ament (South Carolina)
  • Young Alumni: Erin Gillette (TCU)

Previous Classes

Business: Caroline Daniels-Willis (Oklahoma State)

Caroline Daniels-Willis graduated Summa Cum Laude from Oklahoma State University where she completed her undergraduate degree and her MBA during her four year student-athlete experience with a perfect 4.0. This past December she completed a second master’s degree, Masters of Science Information Assurance-Concentration Big Data Analytics. Caroline was a two time All-American in Reining and served as team captain her senior year.

She currently works for Sadia National Laboratories where she is a project manager responsible for the Science & Engineering Information Systems group, managing $35M in yearly funding for many new software development efforts in addition to operations and maintenance of existing systems. Prior to her current position, she served as Project Management for Project Controls Analyst Space Mission Program. In this position, she managed projects and project controls for the Defense Systems and Assessments (DS&A) Space Mission Program which focused on the development of first-of-a-kind real time processing, tasking, exploration and dissemination systems for national security missions.


Community Engagement: Lindsay Neubarth (Auburn)

Lindsay Neubarth graduated Magna Cum Laude with a dual degree in Criminology and Psychology at Auburn followed by a Master’s of Education, Educational Foundations and Leadership Technology; Sport Management. She was a four year standout student-athlete who served two years as a team captain. She showed a commitment to community service early in her time at Auburn when she led the Auburn Equestrian team to earn the top award for community service for four straight years with involvement in elementary schools, Habitat for Humanity, local food banks, Tigers Give Back Days, the local animal shelters, and handicapped riding programs.

Currently Lindsay is the Director of Athletics Development at Auburn University and also retains position titles in a number of community service organizations including Co-Chair, Finish Line: Shamrock Shuffle; Co-President, Salvation Army Echelon; Director of Partnerships and Event Experience, Volition America; and active involvement in Chicago Equestrians for A Cause. Following her graduation from Auburn she was the Associate Head Coach of the Auburn Equestrian team for seven (7) years and part of multiple national and conference title seasons. In her current role of financial development for the Auburn Athletics Department she is instrumental in community engagement and continues to work with important outreach programs.


Education: Haley Jacobi (TCU)

Haley graduated Magna Cum Laude with a dual major in Marketing and Supply Chain Management from Texas Christian University in 2013. She completed her Masters of Sport & Entertainment Management in 2015 from the University of South Carolina. During her tenure at TCU she was a 4 year starter in both equitation over fences and equitation on the flat along with being named to the 2012 & 2013 NCEA Academic All-America First Team and honored as the Big 12 Co-Scholar Athlete of the Year in 2013.

Haley has served the student athlete community starting as a Graduate Assistant for the University of South Carolina’s baseball team. She then took a position at Texas A&M Corpus-Christi as an Academic Counselor as well as the Life Skills coordinator and was the academic support for Women’s Soccer and Softball team. Haley currently holds the position of Athletic Academics Coordinator at Austin Peay State University. Her accomplishments and responsibilities include but are not limited to overseeing the academic progress of over 100 members of the APSU Football team in compliance with the NCAA; oversees academically at-risk students, and works closely with coaches from all teams to foster an atmosphere of retention with goals of graduation. She has cultivated relationships with community partners, such as Operation Teammate, where Austin Peay and Fort Campbell collaborate to provide children of deployed service members with an opportunity to experience being an honorary teammate at a variety of sporting events.


Equine (Rider/Trainer/Coach): Jessica Braswell (Auburn)

Jessica graduated Magna Cum Laude with a dual degree in Agriculture Business & Economics and Spanish International Trade in 2009 from Auburn University. She continued her education at Auburn and completed her MBA in 2010. While at Auburn she was a 4 year member of the equestrian team and in 2009, earned the Auburn Female Scholar Athlete of the Year title. Jessica was a part of the 2006 National Championship team and the 2009 Hunter Seat National Championship.

Jessica currently holds the title of Associate Head Coach of the Auburn Equestrian Team and has coached the team to the 2013, 2016, and 2018 NCEA National Titles along with the 2013 and 2018 Hunter Seat National Championships. The Auburn Tigers also earned the 2016 SEC title under her leadership. Jessica has coached 30 hunter seat All Americans, 6 Hunter Seat National Championship Most Outstanding Performers, 2 SEC Riders of the Year and was awarded the 2018 NCEA Coach of the Year Title. She also serves the NCEA as the Co-Chair of the Championship Committee and has served on the compliance committee, competition committee and promotions committee.


Equine (Medical/Business): Dr. Kathryn Nenneker (Fresno State)

Kathryn graduated Cum Laude from Fresno State University in 2010 and continued her education at Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph earning her DVM along with American Society of Animal Science high scholastic achievement award. Kathryn was also a member of the Omega Tau Sigma Professional Veterinary Fraternity while enrolled in Vet School. During her time at Fresno State, she was named Team Captain from 2007-2009 and in 2008 was awarded the “Bulldog of the Year” award.

Kathryn has worked as a veterinarian since 2015 and currently works for West Coast Equine Services. Prior to her work at West Coast Equine, she worked as a veterinarian at Conejo Valley Equine. She has volunteered with the Rural Veterinary Services group within the Humane Society, servicing rural communities on Native American Lands. She has also participated in the Ventura County mounted Posse education night. On top of her impressive career as a veterinarian, Kathryn is also a devoted wife and mother and still continues to support the Fresno State Bulldogs.


Health Sciences/Services: Dr. Hanna Lindskog (Texas A&M)

Hanna graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2008 with a degree in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University. She was named a Verizon Scholar Athlete in 2005, 06, and 07, and was a member of the 2007 National Championship Western team. She continued her education at the UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry where she graduated in 2012 as a Doctor of Dental Surgery with Distinction in Teaching and Research. While at Texas A&M, Hanna was a member of the 2007 National Championship Western Team as well as a Verizon Scholar Athlete in 2005, 2006, and 2007.

Hanna is engaged with professional service within the dental community and is a member of the Houston Academy of General Dentistry and the Texas Academy of General Dentistry. She currently holds the title of President of the Houston Academy of General Dentistry and has recently been accepted for the Fellowship in the International College of Dentists at the American Dental Association. Hanna is committed to serving the community and actively supports the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo; she volunteers at Open Trail Ranch where she assists with equine therapy for individuals with special needs; and she volunteers at the Wounded Warrior Family Support Center.


Media and Communication: Courtney Ament (South Carolina)

Courtney graduated in 2006 from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in Print Journalism. While a member of the USC Equestrian team, Courtney competed as a member of the horsemanship squad in both the IHSA format and the Varsity Equestrian format. She was integral in the 2005 Varsity Equestrian National Championship win for the Gamecocks with a 3rd place finish in her section of horsemanship. In addition to her athletic achievements and contributions, Courtney also earned academic recognition on the Dean’s List.

Following graduation, Courtney worked with the Way to Go magazine which was the official publication of the NSBA. After helping that grow into one of the premier print publications in the country, she and her family created their own print magazine, InStride Edition. For the past six years, InStride Edition has been an international print magazine dedicated to the people who breed, raise and train show performance horses at the highest level. The magazine explores topics ranging from the latest developments in veterinary science and horse care to analysis of the best paying show programs around the world. Courtney currently holds the title of owner and publisher of InStride Edition where her responsibilities include writing articles, online media, website development and management of all social media outlets.

In addition to Courtney’s professional commitments, she finds time to serve with the Junior League and Habitat for Humanity.


Young Alumni: Erin Gillette (TCU)

Erin graduated Summa Cum Laude from Texas Christian University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration as a Finance major with a minor in Actuarial Mathematics. While at TCU she was recognized as a member of the Academic All Big 12 Equestrian Team and the NCEA Academic All-America First Team as well as earning the TCU Scholar recognition with a 4.0 GPA. Erin was a team captain of the 2016 Reserve National Championship Team and was named to the NCEA All-Championship Team for Horsemanship after scoring a 161 in the semi-finals.

Following graduation, Erin accepted a position within the ACCESS Rotation Program at Texas Instruments where she has completed rotations in the Analog Power Products Business Unit, Business Planning Analysis Unit, and projections within the Finance department. While at Texas Instruments, Erin has been named the Volunteer Lead to the Welcome Wagon whose purpose is to foster interactions between new hires and the experienced finance and operations community to enhance the understating of Texas Instruments business and contribution to career development.

In addition to her busy professional schedule, Erin finds time to serve as a volunteer at Equest, an Equine Therapy Program and also volunteers at TCU Equestrian home meets to warm up horses and assist with meet day operations.