Cindy Ford with members of the Skidmore College Equestrian Team. Photo courtesy of Skidmore College
Originally from Albany, New York, Cindy Ford coached at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs from 1988-2019. She is the winningest coach in the IHSA, earning eight IHSA Team national championships. Ford guided her first team to a repeat national championship in 1991 and then proceeded to win national titles in 1995, 1996, 1999, 2010, 2013 and 2018. Ford was honored by her peers with the IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011. Her 1991,1995, and 1999 teams were inducted into the Skidmore Athletics Hall of Fame along with Courtney Phibbs '97, one of her most decorated and successful riders. In 2019, Ford announced her retirement. She proceeded to lead her team to an unbeaten regular season, won Regional and Zone championships and finished fourth at IHSA Nationals.