Deb Stuart of Thunderbay Riding Academy

Deb Stuart
Thunderbay Riding Academy

Hometown: Waxhaw, NC
Time at MM: 1988 - 1989
Program: Riding Master VI
Riding Instructor Certification
Favorite Class: Training I with Ron
First Job After Graduation: I started my own business - Thunderbay Riding Academy!

Current Job:
Owner of Thunderbay Riding Academy in Waxhaw, NC. I'm the Head Riding Instructor, Barn Manager, Acitivity Director and Show Team Coach for a 70+ student academy. I'm also the Director of a residential horse camp and a day camp. Our residential camp is like a week at MM for teenagers. Young horse enthusiasts can experience a taste of what it is like to go to a horse college. This can be an exciting step for riders while waiting to attend MM.

Thunderbay serves its most important function as a training barn. I train and develop the horses used in our lessons, camps and show team programs. My most fulfilling training is accomplished in our Horse Rescue Team that teaches teenagers how to rehabilitate, evaluate and train horses that were destined for slaughter. Being able to use my training skills to give horses a new and promising life is why I think I have the job and life of my dreams!

What is your favorite memory from MM?
I wish I could narrow it down to just one. It is all of the memories of learning about my passion and sharing that experience with your fellow students.

Thunderbay Riding Academy owner Deb Stuart In what ways have your experiences at Meredith Manor impacted your career and who you are today?
I worked in the horse industry before I attended Meredith Manor and while I had some good experiences I had a difficult time supporting myself financially. After graduating from Meredith Manor I had enough skills and knowledge to teach a lesson program, coach a huge and successful show team, train horses on a full time basis and run a business that has supported me for 27 years and counting!

Any advice for prospective students considering attending Meredith Manor?
Go to MM for one thing and one thing only - to learn. Don't let anything or anyone side track you from focusing on that one objective, because that knowledge is what will allow you to live your dream of spending a lifetime working with horses!

Other Feature Alumni

Coming to the Manor has changed my life. I have learned so much and now feel comfortable to enter the horse industry. I came here not knowing if I could make a career out of this or if it was what I really wanted to do. All of the classes and staff have been amazing and proved to me that this is what I want. Thank you for giving me this amazing opportunity.
Jennie Blanchflower: 2008 Riding Master VI Graduate