Penny Bushong

Penny Bushong at Meredith Manor Equine School

Before I could walk, I was strapped to my mom's waist on the back of a horse as we worked or gathered cows. As I grew older, I acquired a true love for horses and used this on the family ranch and showing. Everyone always commented that I had a quiet mannerism and understanding with horses. Because of my eagerness to learn and dedication to make horses part of my career, I began looking for a college that offered a horse program. In my senior year in high school, my agriculture teacher received literature on Meredith Manor. In the summer of 1997 my mom and I flew back east to tour the campus. No frills or fancy but enthusiasm and dedication. It was great! I enrolled in the Fall Quarter and am proud to be completing my Riding Mater VI in February. I have been offered several jobs with trainers in my hometown, and will finish my education at UNR.


The progress we have seen in Erin's riding and other horse skills has been tremendous. She came to Meredith Manor without a significant amount of riding experience. Today she is a proficient rider, and the confidence she has developed in the care and training of horses is very satisfying for both of us.
Parents of Erin McElmury: 1996 Riding Master Graduate