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February 2021 Newsletter

Horse and girl

The Winter quarter at Meredith Manor has been cold, snowy, and icy. Our staff and students have worked extremely hard to keep our horses happy and healthy through the winter weather challenges. Be it weather or a pandemic - nothing stops Meredith Manor!

Next week brings our end of quarter Awards Assembly where staff and students are recognized for their achievements over the winter quarter. We are very excited to be able to open this event up to all students and graduate families for the first time since March 2020! In addition to academic awards like Honor Roll and President's List, staff and students also vote on recipients for Outstanding Achievement, Excellence in the Barn and Most Helpful Students. It takes so much more than good grades to be successful in the horse industry!

Several new episodes of our Podcast, Chestnut Chat, have been added since the last newsletter. Click below to check it out!



January 2021 Newsletter

Meredith Manor is jumping into 2021 with both feet - and all 4 hooves! We are excited to announce the debut of our the Meredith Manor sponsored podcast, Chestnut Chat. Tune in to hear about how it all began, get more information on program options at the Manor, and listen to interviews with graduates working in the industry. We are all about preparing students for careers in the horse industry and this podcast delves into how it all comes together. Two more episodes will be added on February 2nd followed by new episodes weekly. Click below to listen or find us on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Overcast.

The Showing classes have teamed up to plan and host a show for local area riders and their horses. Proceeds from the show will be donated to chiropractic and dental care for school horses at Meredith Manor. They are hoping for a great turn out and excited for the practical experience hosting this event will bring to each student! Check out their flyer below:

Hunter Show Flyer

Last but not least - come join the fun at our Visitor's Day event! Friday, May 14th will be a guided campus tour. Saturday, May 15th will offer interactive opportunities! Click below to read more about this event or to RSVP.



December 2020 Newsletter

December has been a busy month at the Manor! We brought in our Winter 20 class on Sunday, November 29 and they are 3 weeks into their programs. Campus is quiet as we are currently on our Winter Break - December 19 - January 3. The horses are getting a much deserved break as are our staff and students.

In preparation for Christmas, the cafeteria staff put up a tree and hosted a hot chocolate and cookies, tree decorating party. In addition, our staff hosted a cookie decorating and gingerbread house making party. You can see the gingerbread houses on our Facebook group - The Meredith Manor Corral.

We continue to be blessed here at the Manor - good health, great times, and an amazing MM family! Come see for yourself by taking a campus tour. If you feel ready to get started, join a future class today!



November 2020 Newsletter


We wanted to take some time to say thank you! Thank you to our current students and their families for entrusting us with your education and safety through these challenging times. Thank you to every staff member at Meredith Manor who have shown immense dedication to our mission of preparing students for a career in the horse industry. Thank you to all the service providers that supply our campus with everyday necessities and deliver our mail and packages. 2020 has proven to be a year to focus on being thankful for all that you have and we at Meredith Manor feel incredibly blessed and thankful for everyday that we get to do what we love!

This month wraps up our Fall 2020 quarter and the grand finale is a Thanksgiving feast prepared in our cafeteria followed by our graduation and Showmasters horse show. Our Winter 2020 class begins on November 29 - we are very excited to have these new students join the MM family!

If you are considering a 2021 class, we would love to have you visit campus! Whether you are just gathering info, ready to enroll, or even already enrolled, a campus tour helps you to get a feel for our campus culture and be prepared for your experience. In the meantime, I am always happy to help with questions :) Call (304-679-5265), text (304-584-3128), email (kristen.bosgraf@gmail.com), or PM through any of our social media channels.

Happy Halloween from the Manor



October 2020 Newsletter

Happy Halloween from The Manor!

Fall has been beautiful here at the Meredith Manor campus! Our Manor family celebrated Halloween this week with pumpkin carving, the Halloween Hootenanny horse show and ALL THE CANDY! Staff and students along with their horse friends enjoyed a costume contest judged by graduate Audra Broach of The Williamstown Equestrian Center. Costumes included "Taco Bill", "Chef and Spaghetti" , "The Tiger King", and "Tinkerbell" to name a few. We continue to count our blessings each day as we pursue our passion for horses together! Thank you to all the families that contributed candy to our Halloween Hootenanny.

Happy Halloween from the Manor



September 2020 Newsletter


We continue to be blessed here at our Waverly, WV campus! The air is turning crisp and the leaves have started changing color. We are four weeks in to our Fall 2020 quarter and already looking forward to welcoming the Winter 2020 class!

Fall at the Manor

Welcoming the Fall 2020 class!

Our Fall 2020 class arrived on Sunday, September 6 - Registration and move-in day. Twenty one new students joined our program with some even bringing their personal horses along. We took over the Farrier Shop for Registration giving us more space and an open air environment to welcome new students and their families. With each new class our current students host a bonfire to introduce themselves and meet all the new faces. Our remote location is ideal for country kid fun and the students are encouraged to make Meredith Manor their home! If you'd like to join the MM family you can enroll by clicking below.

IEA Dressage Team

Meredith Manor - The place to go for your IEA show!

Meredith Manor has been a host facility for IEA Dressage teams for several years. Many of our graduates go on to coach IEA teams and reach out as an alumni to coordinate bringing their team to our campus. This season we hosted Marciak/Causelot Equestrian Team coached by 2002 graduate Kathleen Bulko Marciak on Saturday, September 19th. Meredith Manor staff and students spent the day warming up and holding horses and telling our guests about all our wonderful programs. Meredith Manor is proud to support such a wonderful organization as IEA!

Visitor's Day 2020

Visitors Day 2020

The last event of the month was undoubtedly the most fun! We hosted our annual Visitor's Day on Friday, September 25th and Saturday, September 26th. Prospective families, alumni, and parents of current students joined us for the weekend. Friday consisted of touring campus and class in session, giving prospective students a real time look at what life is like here on our campus. Saturday included interactive opportunities - riding the bucking machine, doing a leatherworking craft, participating in a massage mini clinic, as well as spending time in our farrier shop. If you missed this event you can still come visit campus! Campus tours are conducted on Mondays and Fridays at 10 am all year. Click below to schedule your visit!



August 2020 Newsletter

Congratulations! YOU MADE IT!

Friday marks the end of Summer Quarter at The Manor. Every day, every week, every month that passes feels like such an accomplishment in these trying times! Our dedicated staff and students make it possible for MM to continue to offer quality programs even in the most challenging situations. We will celebrate the graduates on Thursday, August 27 and complete the quarter with our Showmasters competition Friday, August 28. New September students Register and move-in on Sunday, September 6 - we can't wait to have you here! If you want to join a program in 2020 you have one more chance - Winter Quarter starts on November 29. Click below to enroll into the Winter 20 class or any other future class! Final preparations are in place for our Visitor's Day and info packs will be sent out this week. Campus tours are available all year on Mondays and Fridays as well. I'm here to help with all of your questions - call (304-679-5265), text (304-584-3128), or email (kristen.bosgraf@meredithmanor.edu) anytime!


Old Photo Horse Show



July 2020 Newsletter

Meredith Manor is operating in person, on-site classes for Fall 2020. We have been able to do so throughout the pandemic while adhering to CDC guidelines in regards to distancing, sanitization, and mask wearing where appropriate. Many schools have not been as fortunate and will operate online this Fall. Careers in the horse industry require hands-on experience in a wide variety of situations - the skills that must be mastered simply cannot be learned online! It's not too late to enroll for a 2020 class, starting September 6 or November 29.

Did you know our program is for more than just people? Horses can come learn at our program as well! Everything from unstarted to fully finished horses would be appropriate. They must be sound enough to be used on a daily basis and old enough to be worked under saddle. Board is $250/month and includes our feed, farrier work, and stall. Contact Carrie at carrie.spence@meredithmanor.edu or click below for more information.

Campus tours are available year-round on Mondays and Fridays at 10 am. Visiting our campus is a great way to decide if this program fits your needs! We also have our annual Visitor's Day scheduled for September 25 & 26.



June 2020 Newsletter

As we persevere through these unprecedented times, our new mantra is #meredithmanorstrong. Our staff and students have come together as a family to stay safe while continuing to follow the passion for horses burning in each of our hearts. The Spring graduates had a special, intimate awards assembly to honor their accomplishments. The next week we welcomed new Summer students to our program and campus. What a blessing it has been to keep operating through these challenges! Thank you to all the families that have trusted us with not only their child's education but also their safety!! If you are looking for your pot of gold at the end of the rainbow you'll find it right here at Meredith Manor.



May 2020 Newsletter

Spring Quarter is a wrap!

While the world has come to a grinding halt, Meredith Manor continues to ride forward! This spring has brought many challenges - changing the way the cafeteria serves meals, moving completely away from classroom time, making group sizes even smaller, limiting travel for our students and closing campus to outside visitors to name a few. These restrictions have made an already intimate, hands-on program even more so and has given our Meredith Manor family an opportunity to be #meredithmanorstrong in the face of adversity. We are thankful for each other, our health, and the horses that make every day so special!

Congratulations to our May 2020 Graduates

Click Top 10! below to see how we stack up to other massage programs



April 2020 Newsletter

Easter at the Manor!

After 20 years of life at the Manor, this is the first Easter I've seen our staff, students, and horses get to spend together. Sunday will be filled with fun - coloring contest, egg hunt, and scavenger hunt followed by a traditional ham dinner with all the fixins prepared by our wonderful cafeteria staff!

Coloring Contest!

Do you want to get in on the fun? Print this page and send your colored picture to Kristen by Monday, 4/13. Winner will receive a MM logo T-shirt!

Coloring Contest!

Choose either picture to play along!



Visitor’s Day 2020

We sure have missed having visitors come to campus! We are still hoping and praying we can host Visitor's Day 2020, scheduled for May 22 & 23. If you've been wanting to come for a visit, this is a fun way to see class in action and even do hands on activities with our staff and students. Click below for more info or to RSVP!


March 2020 Newsletter


In these trying times, we at Meredith Manor are truly blessed. Our campus is filled with dedicated, hardworking students spending their days with the animals we love! Our secluded, private campus is the perfect atmosphere to ride out the chaos happening in the world. As we pass the days with our horses and campus family, we pray that our friends and families stay safe and healthy.

Enroll now for Summer or Fall classes!

MM is the only trade based equine college in the US. Come get the skills you need to start your career today!

Already enrolled? Claim your gear!

Share your points with Kristen via email, text or Facebook. Then sit back and wait for your gear to arrive!


Visitor’s Day 2020

Visitor's Day is a great way to visit our campus and see first-hand if this is the right program for you! Currently scheduled for May 22 & 23 including campus tour as well as interactive opportunities. Register below!


February 2020 Newsletter

February has flown by in the blink of an eye! Our farrier students enjoyed a visit and special presentation by AAPF certified farrier Joshua Sanders, APF-I, discussing starting a business after their education. Continuing students have completed class sign ups for the March quarter and we are all excited to welcome the new March students on Sunday, March 8th! If you want to get started in March it's not too late! ENROLL NOW and you can start your path to a career with horses. You also have June, September, and November class options if March is just too soon :)

The Western IHSA team traveled to Youngstown, OH this past weekend to compete. The highlight of the show was seeing competitors from other teams pumping each other up and cheering each other on - even if they were competing in the same class! Coaches had some fun too riding reining patterns on stick horses during the lunch break.

It's just two short weeks before our Graduation and Showmasters competition to mark the end of the Winter Quarter. The Graduation and Awards assembly will be at 3:00 PM in the cafeteria on Thursday, March 5. Staff and student voted awards, academic awards, and certificates will be presented. Showmasters will follow on Friday, March 6 starting at 9:00 AM. Friends and family are always welcome to attend!


January 2020 Newsletter

Happy New Year! Here’s wishing you a blessed 2020!

It’s a new year full of possibilities and at Meredith Manor, we’re looking forward to helping more and more students, staff and alum thrive in the equine industry.

That’s why our farrier instructor, John Crothers, returned to the annual International Hoof-Care Summit in Cinicinnati earlier this month. There, farriers and horse experts from around the country and around the world came together to share the latest information, techniques and products. The conference features speakers, classroom and roundtable discussions and a trade show, all in an effort to teach farriers new ‘tricks’ they can pass on to their students, clients and colleagues. Plans already are under way for next year’s conference. For information or to register go to americanfarriers.com.

There hasn’t been much in the way of snow so far this winter at Meredith Manor, but a recent cold snap saw the return of the ‘bucket brigade.’ Students work to keep buckets of water in heated areas of the barn so the water doesn’t freeze and close barn doors and windows at night to keep horses toasty. Thanks to all of those students who stepped up to keep our horses warm and watered! Spring is still a ways off, so chances are the brigade will continue to be needed in the weeks to come.

Congratulations to doctor Clara Mason, one of our Meredith Manor colleagues who helps us care for the horses at MM. Dr. Mason was recently named the Good Works Recipient by the American Association of Equine Practitioners thanks to her efforts to strengthen animal cruelty laws in West Virginia and work to identify - and care for - at-risk horses. She has worked with law enforcement agencies in the state as well as others to educate them about the law, how to recognize abuse, and the need for the law to be implemented. She assists in prosecuting cases and has even testified in court in cases against abusive owners.

Thank you Dr. Mason!

Plans already are under way for this year’s Visitors Day coming up in May. We hope you’ll plan to visit Meredith Manor, whether you are a student looking to attend or a graduate. There will be something for everyone! Details about Visitors Day will be included in upcoming newsletters and online at meredithmanor.edu

Spring: Feb. 10 (Quarter starts March 20)

Summer: May 11 (Quarter starts June 20)

Fall: July 31 (Quarter starts Sept. 20)

Admissions Director, Kristen, says "We offer the option to enroll right up until the start of each class however, getting enrolled early gives you time to get organized so you can focus on your education once you arrive."

Please contact Kristen Bosgraf, Director of Admissions and Graduate Services, with any questions or comments. She can be reached at < Kristen.bosgraf@meredithmanor.edu or at 304-679-5265.


December 2019 Newsletter

Merry Christmas from Meredith Manor!

Wishing our Meredith Manor family a very Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to our students, staff and alumni! We hope all of you get the chance to spend some time with friends and loved ones this holiday season.

Campus is closed the week of Christmas, but before we left for break, students were treated to a tree lighting and Christmas Cookie event. Thanks to our awesome cafeteria staff for making it happen!

"I am blown away by the community here at Meredith Manor! This year has shown me how fortunate I am to be surrounded by dedicated, hardworking staff and students all working towards a common goal of excellence," Kristen from Admissions shares.

We are already excited about 2020. Looking ahead, plans are under way to participate in additional horse shows.

Western will be competing in Youngstown, OH in February and Huntseat competes in March at Stonegate Farm in Coolville, OH.

We hope to see all of you on campus in 2020! Weekly tours continue to be available every Monday and Friday and our annual Visitors Day is coming up May 22 & 23. In 2019, 111 families took advantage of our on-campus tours. It’s the best way to speak to students and faculty, sit in on classes and really see what we are all about.

Registration is under way for our Spring and Summer Quarters. Deadlines are 3/8/20 & 6/7/20. Secure your spot and enroll today. Enrolling is easy, apply online or reach out to Kristen, our Director of Admissions and Graduate Services, at kristen.bosgraf@meredithmanor.edu.

You can see what’s happening on campus by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.

We’ll see you in the new year!


November 2019 Newsletter

WVU takes Champion at IHSA show hosted at MM!

Meredith Manor is thankful for all of you!

A very Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from all of us at Meredith Manor! In keeping with tradition here at The Manor, our excellent cafeteria staff will prepare a Thanksgiving feast for students, faculty and staff. We will enjoy turkey with all the trimmings! It’s a chance for students to come together to appreciate all they have accomplished and give thanks for the many people who have helped along the way.

The Thanksgiving holiday also signals the conclusion of our Fall Quarter. Graduation and end-of-quarter awards will be Thursday, Nov. 28 and our Showmasters event will be presented Friday, Nov. 30. Congratulations graduates and good luck to all of the students participating in the show!

The Showmasters event caps off a very busy month of shows for Meredith Manor and its students. On Nov. 2, Meredith Manor hosted seven collegiate teams for an IHSA competition. Riders completed more than 100 rides with top honors going to teams from West Virginia University and Youngstown State University. A team from The Manor also competed, with some students participating in their first show ever.

That show was followed up by another on Nov. 23 when former MM graduate Kathy Marciak hosted an Interscholastic Equestrian Association dressage show using MM as the venue. Meredith Manor students and staff helped to put on the event which was open to students in middle school and high school.

"Hosting shows at Meredith Manor gives potential students a different way to access campus and it's community," says Kristen Bosgraf. "It also shows our current students organizations they can network with as they embark on their equine careers."

Meredith Manor was also excited to welcome graduate Leah Wilson back to campus in November to conduct a graduate clinic. Wilson is the owner and operator of Central Ohio Riding Club near Marysville Ohio, and her twin daughters are currently enrolled at MM. Wilson said she was thrilled to come back to MM as an instructor. She graduated from MM with a Riding Master IV in 1986.

“Never in a million years did I think I would walk down that road between the barns again as an instructor,” she said. “My time at Meredith Manor was one of the most defining periods of my life.”

She said it was a blessing to be able to return almost 30 years later and share her expertise with today’s students. In the week she spent on campus, Wilson spent time with the teaching class each day and instructed some jumping and Western dressage classes. She also spoke to education classes, theory classes and farrier students.

“It was just what I was looking for,” she said.

Wilson encouraged other MM grads to consider coming to campus to teach. She said in the past it would have been hard for her to leave her business and spend a week at The Manor. But, with the recent hire of a MM graduate to help her, she knew she would be leaving the business in good hands.

“I want students to know that if they really knuckle down and take advantage of their opportunity, they’ll be ready when they graduate,” she said.

Any MM alumni who would like to learn more about conducting their own graduate clinic should contact Kristen - Director of Admissions and Graduate Services - at kristen.bosgraf@meredithmanor.edu or call 304-679-5265.


October 2019 Newsletter

It's Fall, Y'ALL! Schedule your visit to Meredith Manor today!

Fall is one of the best times to visit our beautiful campus in Wild & Wonderful West Virginia!

We offer tours every Monday and Friday. Call, email or text your request today at 304-679-5265, (email) kristen.bosgraf@meredithmanor.edu or (text) 304-584-3128. We can't wait to hear from you so don't wait!

Fall Festival planned for 1 to 4 pm Oct. 26

Ghouls and goblins will invade our Waverly, WV, campus the afternoon of Saturday, Oct. 26.

Our Fall Festival will feature a Haunted Barn, costume contest, pumpkin decorating, refreshments and so much more. Open to kids of all ages. If you are in the area, don't miss a chance to see Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre in a whole new way - if you dare!

Love Horses? So do We & We have the Career for You! Admissions office attends the first of two October career and college fairs

We traveled to the Mountaineer Challenge Academy near Kingwood, WV, to speak to students planning to graduate in December. For some, the love of horses is real, but they didn't realize that passion could be a career.

The Meredith Manor Admissions Team is available to conduct tours, speak to students or participate in College or Career Fairs. We love the chance to tell others about what our program has to offer and show those who love horses it can be a career, not just a hobby.

It's October and it's time to fill out your FAFSA!

You could be eligible for Federal Financial Aid! It's easy to find out, just go online and fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Plug in your information to find out what grants or loans you could receive.

Traditional Federal Financial Aid and veterans Benefits can be applied to qualified programs offered at Meredith Manor.

Have Questions? Call us at 304-679-5263. We can help!


September 2019 Newsletter

Summer Quarter Concludes with Showmasters and Graduation

The summer class closed out the quarter with the traditional Showmasters event. Participating students were judged in a variety of areas including Show Jumping, Western Dressage and Equitation and Dressage Eventing competitions, among others.

As always, friends and family were invited to attend.

"I love it," said Amy, mother of Meredith Manor student Raina Schweidt, who attended her first Showmasters event. "This is her dream. She has always worked with horses and I'm proud of her. She pursued her dream."

Four students graduated from Meredith Manor programs: Michael Farrier, Mason Cardwell, Kira Witty and Lindsey Wrabel. Congratulations to all and we wish them much luck and success!

Check out photos of the winners on the official Meredith Manor Facebook page.

Fall Quarter Begins: Still Time to Register for Winter 19, Spring 20

Our Fall Quarter started Sept. 9 and new students have moved in, registered for classes and begun their own story at Meredith Manor. The deadline to register for our Winter Quarter is Dec. 1 and the deadline to register for the Spring Quarter is March 8. Don't wait! Call Admissions Director Kristen Bosgraf for information at 304-679-5265.

Family Career Awareness Day

Do you know a student interested in an equestrian career who lives in the Ohio/West Virginia region? Meredith Manor will participate in the upcoming Family Career Awareness Day set for October 17 at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Marietta, Ohio. Come learn about the various careers available in the horse industry and the ways Meredith Manor can help you get there.

The career fair is 4 to 7 p.m. and open to students in grades 7 through 12.

Competition Season to Begin

Two Teams to Compete for Meredith Manor: Western and Hunt Seat

With the start of the Fall Quarter comes the start of show season for two Meredith Manor Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) teams - a western and a hunt seat - both of which will be coached by Kristen.

The teams are scheduled to compete beginning later this month when the Western team travels to Reedsville, WV. In the months ahead the teams will travel to Youngstown, Ohio, and Coolville, Ohio, among other locations. Meredith Manor will host a show here on our campus in November. For information about the teams contact Kristen at kristen.bosgraf@meredithmanor.edu.


August 2019 Newsletter

Photo Credit: Reghan McNaul

2019 Summer Workshops Successful

Our 2019 Summer Workshop series attracted dozens of young people from nine states and two countries! Participants attended a Riding workshop in June, Farrier workshop in July and Massage workshop earlier this month - all of which helped expose potential students to Meredith Manor instructors and programs.

Admissions Director Kristen Bosgraf said the workshops were a resounding success. Those participating came from as far away as Canada, California and Massachusetts, mixing in with locals from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

"I'm often asked about summer programs for younger participants which prompted us to offer these workshops," Kristen said. “I was blown away by the interest and the number of people who participated."

Many attended more than one workshop in an effort to get a broader experience covering multiple disciplines. In some cases, parents jumped in to experience the workshops as well.

Planning is underway to offer workshops like these again next summer. One goal is to make Meredith Manor accessible to younger students - the workshops are open to anyone 16 and older - and another goal is to expose our program to potential students who live in our region. The one-day sessions cost only $25.

"We're really looking forward to building on these workshop formats, potentially offering multiple days or offering programs to younger participants," Kristen said.

Popular Breeding Class Offered

This summer was also a chance for enrolled students to participate in our breeding program with Dr.Walter Threlfall. The well-known theriogenologist visited the Meredith Manor campus frequently during the summer quarter and at times, our students traveled to his Ohio farm. There, students performed examinations on horses and Threlfall demonstrated biopsies, vaccinations and other injections.

Theriogenology is the study of animal reproduction and it's just one of the many terms and concepts Dr. Threlfall presented to his students this term. Threlfall said it's important a breeding class teaches students about the whole horse.

"Brain function, hormones and managing the estro cycle, I teach structure first, then function," he said. "Then we move on to treating things that are wrong, foaling and vaccinations of mares and foals."

The breeding course is typically offered during the summer quarter only.

"You have to breed at the right time, and be careful not to over breed, to prevent damage or disease and have a better chance of conceiving," he said. "You have to work with the mare - it's not that tough."

When Threlfall isn't teaching, you can find him putting up hay or caring for the sheep on his Ohio farm. Growing up he didn't have horses and didn't own his first horse until he was 18. His love of farming came from his grandfather and one of his daughters continues the farming tradition today.

Fall Registration Underway, Don't Miss Out!

Our fall class is filling up, but there are still a few spaces available so act now! Registration for the Fall quarter is Sept. 8 with the first day of classes Sept. 9. We also have begun taking registrations for our Winter and Spring quarters. To enroll or find out more about Meredith Manor and its programs, contact Kristen in our admissions office at 304-679-5265 or email kristen.bosgraf@meredithmanor.edu.


July 2019 Newsletter

Photo Credit: Reghan McNaul

Happy Fourth of July from all of us at Meredith Manor!

Yes, it's July! The summer is slipping by and Meredith Manor has been buzzing with activity. There are lots of new faces on campus as our summer quarter is officially under way and we are welcoming dozens of prospective students participating in workshops and tours. Oh, and those babies? They just keep getting cuter!

Register now for Fall classes!

The start of our fall quarter is right around the corner. Anyone wishing to register for fall must do so by Sept. 8. Classes begin Sept. 9. Secure your spot now by contacting Kristen Bosgraf, admissions director, at 304-679-5265 or email her at kristen.bosgraf@meredithmanor.edu

Dr. Oscar Skavdahl, horse chiropractor

Our students learn from our great instructors but also from other trusted professionals who visit campus on a regular basis. One such professional is Dr. Oscar Skavdahl, certified horse chiropractor. Students recently observed as he checked horses' vitals, examined their overall horse health and then systematically adjusted each horse as needed.

"First you have to determine if it's really a chiropractic problem," he explained. "I check the heart and eyes to establish a base while the horse is relaxed. That way I know if I'm stressing him out later."

One of those horses was Jazzy, who at 20, was getting her first adjustment ever! Dr. Skavdahl re-aligned her neck and back and popped a rib back into place. Through it all Jazzy remained calm and relaxed. Dr. Skavdahl certainly has the right touch!

Read more about Dr. Skavdahl's visit in our blog, The Manor, found on our website.

First of three career workshops a success!

Also on campus this summer are students and young adults participating in our three career prep workshops. The first, our riding workshop, was held in June. A dozen participants toured campus and learned about our programs. They spent the afternoon with riding instructor Audra Broach who taught them training theory and techniques, then participants rode the bucking machine!

Our next workshop is coming up on July 10. This workshop will feature our farrier program and instructor John Crothers. Participants will learn about horse and hoof health and forging. To find out more about this workshop - and our massage workshop coming up in August - go to meredithmanor.edu

Don't get left behind, follow us on Twitter!

How's your summer going? Lets us know! We'd love to see pictures of you and your horses. Send us pics of you and your horse enjoying summer and we will share some through our social media accounts.

Meredith Manor recently started a Twitter account and we need followers! The Manor can also be found on Facebook and Instagram - we hope you'll join us!



June 2019 Newsletter

Photo Credit: Reghan McNaul

Everyone loves babies and we have two on campus - horses, that is. Ginger gave birth to a baby boy in late May and about a week later Phooey gave birth to a baby girl. Both little ones are kicking it up and doing fine. Find us on Instagram and Facebook to track their activity.

Our 2019 Summer Quarter is under way as Meredith Manor welcomed new students to campus and wished much luck to its Spring Graduates.

Nine students graduated from Meredith Manor programs. Parents and friends attended an awards ceremony June 6 and our Showmaster’s competition June 7. Congratulations to all of our awards recipients and Showmaster’s winners. Check out photos of the winners on our Facebook page!

We also said goodbye to longtime Meredith Manor riding and horse health instructor Nancy Sterrett, who was recognized for her commitment and dedication to The Manor, its students and the horse industry. Sterrett is leaving her position at Meredith Manor after more than 20 years.

"I've known Nancy for 20 years as an instructor, a mentor and a friend," Admissions Director, Kristen, said. "I have seen her dedication and commitment. She has shown me how someone can take their dream and make it a reality."

In the Admissions office, Kristen is working hard to prepare for the incoming fall class. Spots are filling up, so anyone wishing to enroll for the 2019 Fall Quarter should contact Kristen at kristen.bosgraf@meredithmanor.edu or by calling 304-679-5265. Questions about financial aid? We can help! Contact Janie at janie.crothers@meredithmanor.edu.

The registration deadline for the Fall Quarter is Sept. 8. Enroll now!

Preparations are under way for the first of three Career Prep Workshops to be held on campus this summer. The first, our Summer Riding Workshop, is Wednesday, June 26. All spots are filled and attendees will take part in a scavenger hunt, campus tour and hands-on activities with riding instructor Audra Broach.

Our July workshop will focus on our farrier program and will be lead by farrier instructor John Crothers. Register by July 3 to participate in activities July 10. Registration is also under way for the August 7 workshop which will feature our equine massage program and instructor Lisa Jensen. At just $25 for the day, spots are filling up, so register now either on our web site,http://www.meredithmanor.edu/summerworkshops.asp, or by contacting the admissions office, 304-679-5265. Available to anyone 16 years and older, the workshops are a great way to visit Meredith Manor and see what we’re all about!


May 2019 Newsletter

Photo: A campus favorite - Ranger!

Our campus is lush and green as temperatures begin to warm and spring quickly fades into summer at The Manor.

This is Jenny in the Admissions Office where we have lots to share about recent and upcoming activities.

Meredith Manor's annual Visitor's Day weekend was a huge success. More than 120 people converged on campus May 3 and 4 to tour the facility, meet the staff and learn about our programs. Parents, current students and future students participated in hands-on activities, attended classes and demonstrations and learned about financial aid.

Admissions Director, Kristen had this to say about the weekend. "We tried a new format and it was a huge success! Not only did we tour our program in action but we spent time in smaller group info sessions and also had a chance to make a personalized key chain in the leather shop."

Some first-time visitors traveled from as far away as New Mexico, Texas, Colorado and Michigan. Thanks to all who took time out of their busy schedules to learn more about what Meredith Manor has to offer!

The last day of Spring quarter is quickly approaching and in a few weeks several students will graduate. The last day of class is June 4, with awards June 6 and the Showmasters horse show June 7. Congratulations to our graduates and good luck!

"This school has prepared me for the real world," says upcoming Farrier graduate Amanda Brzezinski. "John pushes you to be the best you can be and knows when to stop pushing. He teaches us skills that we will need in the real world. The clinics that are held here are a major help, and they are so informative."

New in Summer '19! Three Career-Prep Workshops will be offered: June 26 will feature our Riding programs, July 10 will feature our Farrier program and Aug. 7 will feature Equine Massage. Each session holds a maximum of 10 spots.

The one-day events cost $25 and will be lead by our certified instructors. Those attending will also be able to explore our campus and learn about financial aid opportunities. Lunch will be provided. The workshops are open to anyone 16 and older.

To find out more and to register, contact Kristen Bosgraf, Admissions Director, at 304-679-5265, text at 304-584-3128 or email her at kristen.bosgraf@meredithmanor.edu

Finally, registrations for the Summer and Fall Quarters are under way! Anyone wishing to attend the Summer Quarter must register by June 9, and anyone wishing to register for the Fall Quarter must do so by Sept. 8. Secure your spot now by contacting Kristen!


April 2019 Newsletter

Photo: Scout enjoyed the spring sun!

The Meredith Manor annual Visitor’s Day is fast approaching! This is Jenny in the Admissions Office where we are excited to welcome parents, current students and alumni to our Open House May 3 and 4. Join us!

Friday will begin with a tour at 9:30 a.m. followed up Saturday with sessions covering financial aid, graduate services and the variety of the certifications offered here at Meredith Manor. You can also enjoy hands-on activities in our Leather Shop, Farrier Shop and some will have a chance to ride our Bucking Machine!

There’s still time to RSVP, just contact Kristen, our Admissions Director, at 304-679-5265, or kristen.bosgraf@meredithmanor.edu.

This week I traveled to beautiful north-central West Virginia and southwestern Pennsylvania to represent Meredith Manor at college fairs. The first was at the MountaineerChallengeAcademy in Kingwood, WV, about 25 miles east of Morgantown. About 100 cadets attended the fair, many of whom will graduate in June. Many were interested in the trade-based certifications offered at Meredith Manor and the farrier program was a popular topic of discussion.

That college fair was followed up by a fair hosted by Southmoreland High School in Alverton, PA, about an hour’s drive north of Morgantown. About 400 students in grades 9 through 12 attended the fair. This high school is located in a rural area, and Meredith Manor’s display attracted the attention of many who have a background in farming, 4-H or horses.

I made some great connections with many potential students! Thanks to the organizers of these college fairs for including Meredith Manor. I look forward to participating again.

Meredith Manor also recently served as a sponsor for the IEA Zone 11 Finals at Swan Lake Stables in Littlestown, Pa. Admissions Director Kristen Bosgraf attended the event and winners in Horsemanship Testing were presented with Meredith Manor gifts. Meredith Manor is also a sponsor at the upcoming IEA Dressage Finale at Otterbein University on April 13-14. Catherine Butski, a 2003 Riding Master VI graduate, will represent MM at the event.

Speaking of competitions, three of Meredith Manor’s own Western Show Team members were honored recently for their academic achievement. The following students were named to the IHSA All Academic national team: Stephan Hepler was named to First Team for achieving a GPA of 3.8 or higher; Erica Palmatier and Reghan McNaul each were named to Second Team for achieving a GPA of 3.5 or better.

Erica Palmatier said she is honored by the recognition and enjoyed the showing season.

“This year’s show season was great,” she said. “I learned a lot from the judges, the other teams, my teammates and especially my coach. It’s important to have a team and a coach that believes in you. It pushes you to strive to do more."


March 2019 Newsletter

Photo: Theocasey loving bath time!

Spring is in the air at Meredith Manor Equestrian Centre where we recently celebrated the graduation of our latest class and welcomed new students to the start of our 2019 Spring quarter.

In addition to new students, another new face on campus is that of Lisa Jensen. She's our newest instructor.

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Lisa is a former MM student. After graduating in 2014, Lisa worked at privately owned horse barns in Florida before returning to Utah for a short time. She returned to campus this quarter and is the instructor for leather working and massage.

Lisa is excited about her new role and said teaching at Meredith Manor allows her to balance her love of horses with other interests. She said it's important for students to be self-motivated during their time at The Manor and beyond.

Lisa replaces Max Sterrett who left Meredith Manor after 7 years as a full-time instructor to return to work in the airline industry.

Spring is a great time to visit Meredith Manor! The Manor will host its annual Open House Friday May 3 and Saturday May 4. Prospective students and their families, current students and parents and alumni are invited to participate. A campus tour is planned for 9:30 a.m. Friday followed on Saturday with informational sessions about financial aid, certifications and graduate services. We will also provide interactive activities in the leather shop and farrier shop and graduates will have the opportunity to ride the bucking machine!

Representatives of West Virginia University at Parkersburg will also be on hand to provide information about our newest collaboration. Get details on how Meredith Manor students can obtain an Associate of Applied Sciencesdegree at WVU-P. Current students or graduates of MM can obtain an AAS degree with emphasis in Equestrian Studies or Equine Management.

Come learn about our programs, meet our instructors and connect with old friends! For information or to RSVP, contact Kristen in our admissions office at 304-679-5265 or text 304-584-3128.


February 2019 Newsletter

Photo: Elizabeth and Feather sharing a kiss

February arrived with a fury, snowing all day and reminding us winter isn't quite finished. The students showed their love for our campus horses by spending the last week of January hauling buckets in and out to combat freezing and to be sure the horses had plenty of fresh water regardless of the frigid temperatures! It's a good reminder that the horse business doesn't stop for bad weather.

The Western IHSA team spent one of those freezing nights at our local Wendy's raising money to cover the cost for our next competition on February 16th in Columbiana, Ohio. It is our last show of the season, which has been our first season as a team competing. Team riders are a combination of new and old, western and english majors that have an interest in competing in western horsemanship style, intercollegiate competition. We have traveled to Morgantown, WV twice as well as Canfield, OH to compete this season against teams from WVU, Youngstown State University, California University of Pennsylvania, Franciscan University, Slippery Rock University, Clarion University Venango Campus, and Bethany College.

This month we will be hosting two clinician in Western Showing class - Vickey Dunn and Mike Schmidt from Bethany college come this week to talk about Judging and next week we will hear about cutting from WVCHA President, Roy Bauer.

Our current student population will begin class sign ups on Monday as well, choosing their classes and riding disciplines for the Spring 2019 quarter. Each 12 weeks students choose their classes for the quarter and have the opportunity to make requests and give feedback. As their interests and talents grow and develop they have opportunity to adjust class choices to meet their needs and certification goals.

Kristen Bosgraf

Admissions Director

Graduate Services Director

IHSA Western Coach


January 2019 Newsletter

Photo Credit: Jacklynn Matthews

Winter Break is coming to a close and the horses are ready to see all their friends return to campus! January tends to be quiet and cold, a slow march to spring. The Western Showing students can look forward to a Horsemanship Clinic with our IHSA Regional President, Bobby Dean, on Wednesday, January 16th and a Judging clinic with Vickey Dunn and Mike Schmidt on Wednesday, February 6th. The team has one more show before the end of the season and these clinics will help them prepare!

Campus tours resume Monday, January 7th at 10:00am and are available on Mondays and Fridays all year. I love spending the day with prospective families watching class and visiting horses! I hope everyone survived the holidays and is ready for a wonderful 2019. I'm here to help!

Kristen Bosgraf

Admissions Director

Graduate Services Director

IHSA Western Coach


I feel that every day I spent at MM made me more prepared for my future. The theory and the eye that you get from being immersed in an in-depth program really makes all the difference. I have been able to adapt what I know to any discipline, any situation.
Kelly Lagos: 2005 Riding Master VI Graduate