Administrative Staff & Faculty
Ronald W. Meredith, D.S.: President / Instructor
Dr. Meredith has over forty-five years' experience as president of the school and has developed it from its humble beginnings of six students in 1963 to its current world class level.
Because of his outstanding contributions to the horse industry and specifically to equine education, he has received a number of distinctive recognitions including an Honorary Doctorate of Equestrian Studies Degree from Salem College in 1981, the only degree of this kind in the world.
Dr. Meredith has held seven AHSA judges' cards and has trained top level horses and riders in the cutting and reining world. He has had over 75 articles published in over 150 equine magazines & journals.
Faith F. Meredith: Director / Instructor
Faith has over thirty-five years' experience as a professional in the horse industry. She has successfully competed and trained horses and riders through FEI levels of Dressage.
Faith holds a BS Degree in education and has had over 30 articles published in more than 150 equine magazines and journals.
Nancy Wesolek-Sterrett: Head of English Dept / Instructor
Nancy is a Riding Master VI graduate of Meredith Manor, a Certified Riding Instructor and a Certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist. She holds an AAS Degree with an Emphasis in Equestrian Studies from WVU-P. Following graduation, Nancy toured the U.S. and Canada as a rider for the Royal Lippizaner Stallion Show. Before returning to teach at Meredith Manor, she owned and operated South Wind Stables providing training, clinics, lessons and summer camps.
Since Nancy's return she has accumulated numerous USDF horse awards including having earned her Bronze and Silver Medals on horses she trained. Her horses have repeatedly scored in the top three places regionally. They are now competing from Training Level through FEI levels. Nancy was selected to ride in the 2000 USDF National Dressage Symposium with Walter Zettl. Nancy has also trained both horses and riders for the North American Young Riders Competition. Nancy is the Head of the Dressage Department at Meredith Manor.
Jennifer Varner: Head of Western Dept / Instructor
Jennifer is a Riding Master VI graduate of Meredith Manor and a Certified Riding Instructor. She successfully trains and competes in Reining. Jennifer is the Head of the Western Department at Meredith Manor.
Kelly Bosgraf, M.Ed.: Head of Teaching Dept / Instructor
Before joining the team at Meredith Manor, Kelly taught at several schools in the Southern Ohio area. She holds a BS Degree in Education from Ohio University, a Master's Degree in Education from Marshall University and a Riding Master III from Meredith Manor. Kelly heads the Teaching Department at Meredith Manor.
John Crothers: Head of Farrier Dept / Instructor
John is a Certified Farrier through the American Farriers Association. Before coming to teach at Meredith Manor, he owned and operated his own farrier business for nine years working in conjunction with many veterinarians and other farriers. He also worked with other farrier schools to develop their programs and curriculum. John also holds an Associate's degree from Hocking College in Back Country Horsemanship. John is the Head of the Farrier Department at Meredith Manor.
Walter R. Threlfall, DVM, MS, PhD: Equine Breeding Instructor
Dr. Threlfall is Head of the Theriogenology Area in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and Director of Continuing Education at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
He received his DVM degree from The Ohio State University and an MS in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery as well as a PhD in reproductive physiology from the University of Missouri where he also completed a residency in Theriogenology. He is board certified by The American College of Theriogenologists, and is past president of the College. He served for seven years as the delegate to the American Veterinary Medical Association representing the Society for Theriogenology and currently is the Delegate to the AVMA representing the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association.
He has spoken at many state, national and international meetings, and has published more than 80 scientific articles and more than 50 chapters in numerous textbooks. He has advised over 40 graduate students and residents. He has been honored for his teaching techniques both locally and nationally, and has received educational grants to explore improved methods of instruction.
Mary Lew Johnston: Instructor
Mary Lew graduated from Meredith Manor with a Riding Master VI, Teaching certification, and an Equine Massage Therapy certification.
After graduation, she was farm manager and trainer for Mathis Quarter Horses, a breeding farm producing western performance horses. Most recently Mary Lew was trail ride manager and trainer for Leatherwood Mountains, an equine-based resort and community and the home of The Best of America by Horseback television series.
Elizabeth Barker: Instructor
Lizzy is a 2004 Riding Master VI graduate from Meredith Manor, a Certified Riding Instructor and has a Level III Training Certification. Following graduation Lizzy explored different riding disciplines working on a reining farm in Alabama and as the trainer for Carousel Friesians in Canfield, Ohio. She also enjoyed being an Exercise Rider for Mountaineer Race Track in West Virginia. Before returning to teach at Meredith Manor, Lizzy was the Riding Instructor, Trainer, Trail Guide and Equine Caregiver at Leatherwood Mountains, an equine-based resort and community and the home of The Best of America by Horseback television series.
Jennifer Fair: Instructor
Jenny graduated from Meredith Manor with a Riding Master VI, Teaching certification, and an Equine Massage Therapy certification. After graduation, Jenny worked at Tally Ho Farm, an eventing and dressage competition barn, as an assistant trainer and instructor. With her experience competing and coaching throughout the western United States, Jenny received her instructor’s certification through the United States Eventing Association. Prior to returning to Meredith Manor, Jenny owned and operated J. Fair Equestrian, a teaching and training business operating out of Park City, Utah.
Samantha Capoferri-Fellin: Instructor
Sam is a Riding Master VI graduate of Meredith Manor, a Certified Riding Instructor, Trainer and Equine Sports Massage Therapist. She holds an AAS Degree with an Emphasis in Equestrian Studies from WVU-P.
Before returning to Meredith Manor she was head trainer and instructor at Horsegate Ranch in Hempstead, TX and owned and operated Triforce Equestrian Training in Welmar, TX. She actively shows in Dressage and is currently working towards her USDF Bronze Medal.
Audra Broach: Instructor
Audra is a Riding Master VI graduate of Meredith Manor and holds a Teaching certification, Level III Training certification and Equine Sports Massage Therapy certification. She completed an additional nine months of study at Meredith Manor as a Graduate Assistant. Prior to returning to Meredith Manor, Audra was a barn manager for a top dressage facility in New York.
Max Sterrett: Instructor
Max holds a Regents Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University at Parkersburg as well as two Associates of Applied Science degrees from Vincennes University. Max has also studied leather working under Master Saddle Maker and Craftsman Pete Harry of Pembroke, KY.
Max is also a faculty member at West Virginia University at Parkesburg where he serves as Program Coordinator / Instructor for the Multi Craft, Industrial Maintenance and Machining programs. Prior to teaching, Max spent almost 20 years in the commercial aviation industry working various positions within the airline maintenance division. Max also ran the maintenance departments at two plants for Simonton Windows, a Fortune 500 company.
Max is a 2012 Excellence Award recipient, an award given out by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development located at the University of Texas. He is also a certified Master Trainer for the National Center for Construction Education and Research as well as an Occupational Health and Safety Administration authorized outreach instructor.
Melissa Gilbert: Director of Admissions
Melissa has spent the past ten years working as our Director of Admissions. Before coming to Meredith Manor, Melissa spent fifteen years in management, sales, and public relations.
Her formal education consists of two years at West Virginia University in Parkersburg supplemented with various professional seminars and clinics. Melissa also participates in continuing education in Admissions procedures.
Kristen Bosgraf: Admissions Representative
Kristen is a Riding Master VI graduate of Meredith Manor and Certified Instructor. She taught and trained in South Carolina before returning to join the staff as an Admissions Representative. Kristen has successfully competed in AQHA and open shows throughout West Virginia, Ohio, and Illinois. She also participates in continuing education in Admissions and Financial Aid.
Rachael Dubois: Graduate Services Director
Originally from Quebec, Canada, Rachael graduated from Meredith Manor in 2007 with a Riding Master III and an Equine Massage Therapy certification. Rachael has been a fixture in the main office ever since, assisting the staff, students and admissions personnel with day to day operations. She also participates in continuing education in Graduate Services.
Matt Bosgraf: Financial Aid Director / Business Manager
Matt holds a BS Degree in Business Administration from West Virginia University in Parkersburg. He has also participated in continuing education in Financial Aid.
Janie Crothers: Financial Aid Officer
Janie holds a BS in Accounting from Wheeling Jesuit University and a MBA from Baker College. Before joining Meredith Manor, she worked in public accounting for over 7 years.
Dirk Bosgraf: Director of Marketing and IT
Before joining Meredith Manor, Dirk spent 5 years with Simonton Windows, one of the largest vinyl window manufacturers in North America, as a database administrator and manager of their Business Intelligence group. He holds a BS in Computer Science from Ohio University.
Denver Hess: Accountant
Denver holds a BS Degree in Business Administration from Ohio University. He has experience in public and private accounting.
- Ronald W. Meredith, D.S.
- Faith F. Meredith
- Dirk Bosgraf
- Matt Bosgraf
- Elizabeth Hammerman, ED.D.
- Virginia Preston