C.J. Law is in her 32nd season as head coach of the Mount Holyoke College riding team. One of the top coaches in the nation, she has guided the Lyons to three IHSA National Championships (1986, 2000, 2006) and four Tournament of Champions titles (1993, 1997, 2002, 2007) since taking over the reins of the program in 1984. Her teams have advanced to the National Championships 22 times, and three of her riders have earned national titles by capturing top honors in the Cacchione Cup Class (1990, 2002, 2010).
Law was named Horsewoman of the Year by Spur Magazine in 1997 and was also selected as one of its 20 most influential horse people in the country. She received the prestigious IHSA Lifetime Achievement Award for her innovative ideas promoting sportsmanship in 1998. Law founded the IHSA Senior Academic Achievement and National Horse Show Sportsmanship Awards.
In addition to her coaching duties at Mount Holyoke, Law has been a vital part of the College's Equestrian Center staff for over 21 years. As Riding Program Director, she oversees a physical education program with over 150 riders per week.
Law has served on the IHSA Board of Directors since 1986 and has been the IHSA Zone 1 Chairperson since 1989. She has chaired the IHSA Education Committee, the NCAA and the National Horse Show Committees. In addition, she is presently a member of the IHSA Marketing Committee. From 1986-88, she was the IHSA Zone 1, Region 3 Regional President. Law has been an organizer of the IHSA Zone 1 Championship Horse Show since 1989. She organized and hosted the IHSA National Championship Horse Show in 1989, 1997 and 2007.
As a junior rider, Law gained extensive hunter and equitation experience. In addition to competing at the open level during her college days, she also rode and trained her horse, Nobody’s Perfect, to the intermediate level in eventing.
She graduated from the Averett College equestrian program and later spent time as an instructor at the school from 1980-82. Over the course of her career, Law has studied with internationally recognized professionals in dressage and combined training. She was selected as a rider to train with then-U.S. Olympic coach Jack LeGoff.
Law enjoys riding dressage. During the summer months, she serves as Director of Riding at Camp Forest Acres in Fryeburg, Maine. She is the mother of four children. Her eldest, Jessica, graduated from Mount Holyoke in May of 2013.