Prospective Students

Frequently Asked Questions

If you don't find answers to your questions here, you can use the Site Map to find a page on our site or contact Kristen at or 304-679-5265.

Where is Meredith Manor located?
We are located in the foothills of West Virginia just outside of Parkersburg. We are just across the Ohio River from Marietta, Ohio. View on Map
What are the enrollment requirements?
To be eligible for admission, a candidate must meet the following requirements:
  1. 16 years of age or older
  2. Graduate from a fully accredited and approved high school or hold a high school equivalency diploma (GED)
  3. Be in good general health including good physical strength, coordination and agility, sight and hearing.
We do not have a GPA requirement and we do not require SAT or ACT scores. Many students who may not have excelled academically do very well in our program where they are pursuing a skill based education. For complete admissions requirements details, see the Admission Requirements section of our catalog.
How much riding experience do I need to be accepted into the Riding Master programs?
All levels of riders from true beginners to experienced professionals are accepted into our programs. All incoming students will go through riding evaluations and will be placed in classes appropriate for their skill level.
What age of students attend Meredith Manor?
We've had students from age 17 to 63. Many of our students start directly out of high school, many transfer from equine studies programs at other colleges where they didn't feel they were getting adequate hands-on time with the horses, many are older students who have long dreamed of making a living with horses and have decided to make a career change, and some are experienced equine professionals who want to sharpen their skills or gain a formal education.
Can I bring my horse with me to Meredith Manor?
Yes, students may bring their own horses with them. The student will determine if they will ride the horse exclusively or if it will be ridden by other students as well. For more information, visit our Bring Your Horse to College page and read our Policy Regarding Student Horses page in our catalog.
Do I have to bring a horse with me to Meredith Manor?
No, students have access to the approximately 145 horses at Meredith Manor. While some students do bring their own horse, it is neither a requirement nor an advantage to do so.
What is a typical day like at Meredith Manor?
Visit our Sample Daily Schedules page to get an idea of a typical day in each of our programs.
What equipment will I need to bring with me to school?
You can find a general equipment list in the catalog or on the Equipment page. Also, Kristen would be happy to help any incoming students with questions regarding equipment. You can call her at 304-679-5265.
What is the difference between the different programs, ex. RMI, RMII, RMIII, RMIV, RMV, RMVI, 36 Wk Comp RMIII, 36 Wk Comp RMVI, 72 Wk Comp RMIII, 72 Wk Comp RMVI, Equine Science Master, and Shoeing Short Course?
The Riding Master I-VI programs are sequential, upon completion of one program you may move on to the next until you've completed the Riding Master VI which is our full program. You may also choose to graduate upon completion of any program.

The Comprehensive Riding Master programs are available for students using federal financial aid. By law, to be eligible for financial aid you must be enrolled in a program of 30 weeks or more. Our Riding Master I - VI programs are 12 weeks each, so we offer the Comprehensive Riding Master programs which are just 3 Riding Master programs lumped together to make the program long enough to be eligible for financial aid. The Riding Master I, II, and III together have the same curriculum as the Comprehensive Riding Master III. So if you are applying for federal financial aid you will need to enroll in a Comprehensive Riding Master III program, otherwise you may enroll in the Riding Master I program.

The only difference between the 36 week and 72 week Comprehensive Riding Master programs is the length of time it will take to complete the program - the curriculum is the same. The 72 week programs are what we refer to as extended programs, you will take the same classes - it just takes twice as long to complete. Some students elect to take the 72 week programs because they need more free time for outside obligations including work, child care, etc.

The Equine Science Master program is for students who do not want to be involved, or cannot be involved, in the direct riding of horses, yet wish to pursue a career in management, teaching, farrier, massage therapy or a combination of these. It has a similar curriculum to the Riding Master programs but instead of having 2 Riding classes and 2 Career Area classes per day, the Equine Science Master students have 3 career area classes per day and no riding classes.

For our Farrier students we offer a 12 week Shoeing Short Course which is well suited for students with some previous farrier knowledge and skills. We also offer a 36 week Equine Science Master with Farrier Emphasis program which is more in depth with additional focus on anatomy, conformation, unsoundness, diseases, and forge work. The Equine Science Master with Farrier Emphasis is a 3 quarter (36 week) program.

For complete details about the different programs, visit the Programs page.
Which program should I apply for?
If you plan to take riding classes choose the Comprehensive Riding Master III if you intend to apply for financial aid, choose the Riding Master I if you are not going to apply for financial aid. If you do NOT want to take riding classes, choose the Equine Science Master. Farrier only students should choose from the 12 Week Shoeing Short Course and the Equine Science Master with Farrier Emphasis. For more details about the different programs, visit the Programs page. Complete the Program Selection Questionnaire to determine which program will best meet your needs.
Is Meredith Manor's school calendar on the website?
Yes, the calendar is posted here.
Is Meredith Manor an accredited school?
Yes, Meredith Manor is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET), and licensed by the State College System of West Virginia as listed on our Accreditations page.
How do I view the school catalog?
Click on the Request Info link, fill out the form, and click the Submit button. On the confirmation page, click the Process Request button. You will then be taken to a page where you can download an electronic version of our catalog, and you will be sent a hardcopy in the mail if you requested to have one sent. You will also receive an email with a link to the electronic catalog download page so you will have access in the future without having to fill out the catalog request form again.
How much does the program cost?
See the Tuition and Fees page.
Does Meredith Manor offer scholarships?
We do not offer scholarships ourselves, however, Meredith Manor does accept scholarships from any organization for a student in our program. There are many organizations who offer scholarships, many of which can be found by asking your Guidance Counselor, going to your local library, or contacting local equine organizations.
Is federal financial aid available?
Yes, federal financial aid is available to qualified applicants and can be applied to any of the Comprehensive Riding Master or Equine Science Master programs. More Info
Can I use my Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits?
Yes, Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits can be applied towards any program at Meredith Manor. More Info
How do I apply for enrollment?
If you request a hard copy of the catalog, enrollment forms will be mailed to you with the catalog. You can also apply online. Go to the Online Enrollment Forms page, click the Program you would like to enroll in, fill out the form, and click the Submit button at the bottom of the page. After completion of the online form, you will have the option to pay your enrollment deposit online using a credit card or PayPal.
Do you offer job placement services after graduation?
Yes, Meredith Manor provides a lifetime job placement service to our graduates. Please visit our Job Placement page for details.

I will always view attending Meredith Manor as one of the best decisions Iíve ever made and will forever remember and appreciate the people and horses that have shaped my life.
Genny Kraus: 2007 Riding Master VI Graduate