Mitchell joined Randolph College in July of 2012 after a very successful 13-year tenure at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Since taking over at Randolph he has had three riders qualify for IHSA Nationals and in 2014 coached one National Champion.
In his 13 years at Cornell, he led many riders to regional and zone championships. His teams claimed 27 collegiate horse show team crowns, including four Ivy League titles. Mitchell led his team to a brand new level during the fall of 2011, guiding the group to six invitational titles in eight competitions, already matching a school record for victories in a season (six show titles in 2003-04). Mitchell's teams won a pair of shows (Skidmore, Hartwick) en route to a regional reserve champion showing in 2009-10. His 2010-11 team won its first-ever regular season regional championship after claiming four team blue ribbons during the season.
Mitchell had previously been an instructor and trainer at the Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Scarborough, N.Y., and was the barn manager and trainer for Lion Hill Farm in Easton, Conn., from 1996-98. During that time, he also served as an equestrian instructor for Sacred Heart University and was an assistant coach and instructor at Pace University. He coached one of his riders to a national championship in walk-trot equitation at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association competition and had other riders place among the top 10 nationally in the novice flat, novice fences, intermediate fences and open levels.
Mitchell was a member of the NCAA steering committee for equestrian and is also a member of the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA), and a board member of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA). He is a graduate of Longwood University in Farmville, Va., with a degree in business administration and marketing.
About the College Preparatory Invitational
The CPI is committed to educating student riders about the options available to them as college equestrians by providing them with resources to help them create their desired college equestrian experience. During the CPI horse shows, riders in grades 9 through 12 have a chance to win scholarships in hunt seat equitation competition and participate in educational presentations throughout the event. In an effort to encourage academic excellence and embed social integrity as a lifelong commitment to the equestrian sport, the CPI Scholarship and Educational Fund also awards riders the opportunity to win scholarships for academics and community service. To learn more about the CPI, please visit
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