Alumni Newsletter

Fall 2001

Graduate News:

The following are graduates who have sent us recent updates:

Eva Summers (1999) is currently working in Florida for Michael Poulin. She will finish her Bereiter in Germany in March. Gia Guidera (1996) is currently working as a stable manager for Buddybrock Farm in Jackson, NJ. Janet Davies (1978) is teaching and training at Gleannloch Farms Equestrian Center in Spring, TX. She would love to hear from the old gang. Amber Weidler (1999) is working at a hunter barn in PA teaching lessons and training. She is doing a lot of local hunter shows and some of the rated shows. Misty (Shingleton) Bolton (2000) is operating Walnut Grove Farm. You can visit her web site at . Misty has also judged several Showmasters shows for us over the past year. Shirley (LaMay-Anderson) Lund (1984) breeds and trains quarter horses at her facility, Moose Horn Ranch, in Barnum, MN. Shirley has qualified to run at the National Barrel Horse Association World Finals four times. Ron Osmianski (2000) has a successful farrier practice in Dallas, West Virginia. Christina Morrison (1996) has finished police academy and has been officially assigned to the mounted unit. Dallas Bryan (1993) owns and operates Dallas’ Hoof Care, a complete farrier service, in Kittanning, PA. Michelle (Dutrow) McClafferty (1991) is head trainer and instructor at Mineral Springs Farm in Durham, NC. Michelle and her husband Mike had a baby girl on August 4th, Kaylin Grace. David Bryan (1985) is a trainer/instructor at Liberty Square Equestrian Centre in Kilgore, TX. Shane Gallion (1985) owns and operates Good Sheppard Farm in southern Indiana. Neal and Meg (Miller) Fletcher (1984) own and operate Butter Acres in Burleson, TX. Teri Stahara (1984) owns and operates A Gust O’ Wind Arabians in Columbus, NC. Judy Theuer (1984) is a program assistant at Great Strides Therapeutic Riding, Inc. in Damascus, MD. Lauri (Pettis) Blake (1980) is an owner of Hidden Villa Morgans in Rio Linda, CA., where she breeds, trains, and shows Morgan horses. Holly Grange (1980) is an instructor/trainer at Harvest View Stables in Manheim, PA. Jody Hoch (1979) owns and operates Stonehaven Farm in Centerville, OH, where she breeds exceptional AMHA miniature horses. Lesslie Hammel-Turk (1977) owns and operates Turk Arabians in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Lisa (George) Westmorland (1977) owns and operates Westmorland Paint Horses in Gainesville, GA. Deb Mazza (1976) owns and operates Mazza Horse Services in Bridgeport, VT. Liz (Stevens) Dausman (1975) owns and operates Dausman’s County Line Quarter Horse Farm in northern, IN. Robin DeGraff (1974) owns DeGraff Stables in OH. DeGraff Stables is commited to the breeding of outstanding hunter under saddle, jumping, and dressage prospects. Joni Abney (1973) is co-owner of Outback Farm in New Market, TN where they train and sell sport horses. Carol Baker (1976) is a dressage instructor at Potomac Horse Center in MD. Emily Zeintek (2000) is a dressage and combined training trainer in San Antonio, TX. Kris Ossler (2001) is the Assistant Manager for a combined training facility in Coatesville, PA. Barbara McCarthy is a trainer/instructor for Paxton Farm, Inc. in Batavia, OH. Mary Delima Holland is a trainer/instructor for Champagne Run Farm outside Lexington, KY.

Campus News

We have a full house again this fall with over eighty students from all over the US and several foreign countries.

The maintenance shop (next to the main office) has now been converted into a barn. All barns are now box stalls and there are stalls for 150 horses. The maintenance shop has been moved to what used to be "the fort". A new teaching booth has been constructed between wide and long arenas so training instructors can view both arenas at the same time. A new classroom has been added in the building that used to be "the barracks".

The new bridge that joins the two sides of campus has been completed. The bridge was made higher and widened. All of these projects have been keeping Ron busy, but you know there will always be more!

Meredith Manor went through a re-accreditation last year which is a year long process that includes a very thorough self evaluation and a team visit lasting several days. The visit went great and we were granted a five year term, which is the longest term that is given.

Staff News

Congratulations to Matt and Jenn Bosgraf on the birth of their son, Mason Lee. Mason was born on June 27, 2001 and joins big brother, Isaac. Matt is the business manager and Jenn is head of the western department at Meredith Manor.

Bryan Farcus, head of the farrier dept., is completing work on his Masters Degree in Education with an Equine Studies emphasis. Bryan is also the author of numerous articles being carried by many of the equine magazines and web sites.

Nancy Wesolek, Meredith Manor dressage instructor, received her bronze and silver medals from USDF. Nancy had a very successful show season winning many high point awards with her three dressage horses in Training, Third, Fourth, Prix St. George, and Int. I.

Graduate Web Sites

Be sure to visit our Graduate Links section on our web site where you can visit sites of other graduates. Contact the webmaster at to add your site to our list. Also, be sure to sign our Graduate Guest Book to update us on where you are and what you are doing.

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