The Coaches

The Purdue Equestrian Team is excited to announce that we have selected Kathryn Kraft to take over the mantle of coach after Krista steps down at the end of this season!

Kathryn has a background in the hunter/jumper industry and IHSA experience. She has been riding in the Indianapolis area since she was 5 and has shown on the “A” circuit in the equitation and hunters for most of her life. She was a scholarship basketball player and rider at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. There she was an open rider and team captain on the hunt seat team as well as a very competitive rider on the western team. She had lots of success in the IHSA including many high point rider awards and top 3 placings at national events. Unfortunately, COVID-19 did not allow her to participate in post season. Over the last year she has served as the graduate assistant for the equestrian team at SMWC. Kathryn has shown a love for Purdue and wants to continue to build upon the successful foundation the Steinmetz have created!

We are excited to have Kathryn joining our program and can’t wait to see what the future of the team holds!

Krista Steinmetz

In college, Krista competed on the Purdue Equestrian Team in the Open division all four years and competed at the 2004 IHSA Nationals in Open Flat. After graduating, Krista went on to be a Riding Fellow at Sweet Briar College from 2005-2007, where she helped coach the school to a 3rd place finish at the 2006 IHSA Nationals. From 2007-2015, Krista was an instructor and head coach at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, where she took the team to their first ever Nationals in 2008 and again in 2010. After coming back to Purdue and serving as the assistant coach to her father from 2015-2017, Krista Steinmetz took over as the head coach at the end of spring 2017.

Jerry Steinmetz

Jerry Steinmetz founded the Purdue Equestrian Team in 1980. He served as head coach for 37 years and in those years took 20 teams to IHSA Nationals, 10 of them finishing in the top 10. Jerry brings years of horse experience to the team, and after many accomplishments has taken a step back to allow his daughter take the reins as head coach.