NCEA Distinguished Alumni Award to Erin Prutow

Erin Prutow and Bella

Edited Press Release

NCEA’s Distinguished Alumni are recognized in nine categories including Business, Community Engagement, Education, Equine Industry (Trainer/Coach), Equine Industry (Professional Rider), Equine Industry (Medical/Pharmaceutical), Health Sciences, Media & Communication and Young Alumni.

Each recipient must be separated from their institution for at least six years prior to nomination and are recognized as distinguished in the following areas: academic success, athletic success, outstanding community service contributions, and post-graduate success. 

Erin Prutow was nominated by her alma mater, Oklahoma State Equestrian where she competed in the over fences division from 2007-2011. During her time at OSU, she helped the Cowgirls secure the first of nine Big 12 titles and a top-five placement at the NCEA National Tournament.

A team captain for the 2010-11 season, Prutow set an example in and out of competition. She had the second-best record on the team in Fences to finish off her career record of 19 wins and two MVPs. 

In 2011, Prutow was named one of Oklahoma State’s 12 Outstanding Seniors. This prestigious award is selected from the top 1% of the graduating class across all five of OSU’s undergraduate colleges honoring only 12 students for their exemplary academic, extracurricular and leadership achievements.

As a Cowgirl, Prutow achieved a 4.0 grade point average and reached the President’s Honor Roll every semester as a student at OSU. She also served as the president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Council for three years and represented the Big 12 Conference as a member of the Chick-Fil-A Community of Champions Team. 

She graduated summa cum laude from the OSU Honors College with a double major in Political Science and Philosophy. From there, Prutow continued her academic journey at Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, GA where earned her juris doctorate before relocating to Southern California. 

Following her move to the West Coast, Prutow remained tirelessly involved in the equine world serving as a working student to numerous trainers in southern California while saving up for her first horse. She passed the California bar exam and began her practice of law in Los Angeles in 2016.

In 2019, she was admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court, where she served as second chair in a trial representing a standardbred breeding farm regarding the hobby-loss rule. Her close involvement in that trial motivated her to start her own equine law practice serving as an advisor to a vast array of equestrian clientele.

As a solo practitioner who is still active on the hunter/jumper circuit, Erin offers a seasoned and practical approach to assist her clients in any number of equine related issues including sales and leases, business planning and dispute resolution. She proudly represents members of the US Olympic Equestrian Team, USEF Hall of Fame Trainers, and international sales and breeding businesses.

In addition to her professional accolades, Erin has volunteered for the Compton Junior Equestrians, a branch of the venerated Compton Cowboys as well as Los Courage Camps, an organization passionate about teaching under-represented communities about courage, inner strength, and leadership in sports. Erin has also served on the board of various non-profits including the Entertainment Aids Alliance.

She regularly publishes articles in The Plaid Horse and has appeared on the Plaidcast, featured for her continued involvement in the equestrian community. Erin is currently competing in the adult amateur jumpers with her beloved mare Bella.