In his second season, a former member of the Western Kentucky University Equestrian Team, Joe Humphrey brings his experience to the South Carolina Equestrian program and will serve as the Assistant Coach. He will assist Head Coach Boo Duncan in all areas, specializing in Western.
Before joining the South Carolina Equestrian program, Humphrey was the director of the West Kentucky Livestock and Exposition Center at Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky. He is a member of the AQHA, NRHA, PHBA and US Equestrian as well as several state breed associations. Humphrey also judges and announces all levels of horse shows and is in the process of obtaining judging cards in several associations.
As a member of the Western Kentucky University Equestrian Team, Humphrey competed at the IHSA Nationals all four years, finishing in the top ten five times. He was the 1996 Reserve National Champion in Open Western Horsemanship as well as the 1997 Reserve National Champion in Open Reining. In 1999 Humphrey was named the National Champion in Open Reining. Also, he was a member of FarmHouse Fraternity and the Block and Bridle Club. In May of 2000, Humphrey graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and Marketing and got his Masters in 2002 in Agriculture, specializing in Business.
In his first year of graduate school, Humphrey worked as the assistant coach for the Western Kentucky Equestrian Team for the 2000-2001 season. They qualified five riders for the Zone 3 Finals, and one placed sixth in her class at the IHSA Nationals. He coached Rachel Sternoff in the 2004 IHSA Nationals where she placed ninth
While in attending Ballard Memorial High School, the Kevil, KY native was elected as a senior class treasurer, was on the Student Council and lettered in football. An active member of 4-H and FFA, he won the KY 4-H State Horse Judging, Record Book and Hippology contests. His judging team later won the 1995 All American Quarter Horse Congress Judging Contest, junior division, where he was the ninth high individual overall. As a senior, Humphrey was the recipient of the National AQHA, WKU College Heights Foundation and WKU Agriculture/Leaf Scholarships.