Adam V. D’Agostino, who has coached three American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) High Point Riders to Top Five finishes at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) National Championship, joined the Albion College Equestrian coaching staff in July 2018. Since his arrival, the Western Equestrian Team has earned the 2019 Zone 6, Region 4 High Point Team, with several riders advancing to the Semi-Finals level. D’Agostino also serves at the IHSA Nationals as a Steward and a member of the Western Horse Selection Committee.
Previously, D’Agostino was an Associate Lecturer in Equine Business Management and Business Management and Head Western Coach of the Equestrian Team at Cazenovia (N.Y.) College. D’Agostino coached the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Individual Open Reining National Champion, who also placed third in the AQHA High Point Rider competition and advanced the Western Team to AQHA Trophy competition at the 2017 IHSA Nationals. Under D’Agostino’s direction, Cazenovia has advanced riders to the NRHA Derby Collegiate Cup and the AQHA World Show Collegiate Challenge.
A graduate of the University of Findlay, D’Agostino got his start in coaching as an intern with the Western Team that captured the 2010 IHSA National Championship. He also coached the junior varsity Western team for two seasons at Findlay.
As a collegiate rider, D’Agostino was a member of the Western teams that finished as the Reserve National Champion in 2008 and the National Champion in 2009. For Findlay, he was the National Champion in AQHA Trophy Team Advanced Western Horsemanship in 2008 and 2009.
A member of several equestrian organizations, including the AQHA Professional Horsemen’s Association and Markel American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Professional Horsemen’s Association, D’Agostino owns Empire Performance Horses, a business specializing in all-around performance horses for show competition. He has trained a number of national-level champions and year-end award winners. His career has given him the opportunity to work for distinguished AQHA Professional Horsemen Nancy Sue Ryan, Scott Jones and David Miller, as well as FEI Driving trainer, Darren Menkins. Adam also judges Open and 4-H shows and provides clinics on a multitude of topics in the Western industry.