Alumni Newsletter

Spring 1999

Graduate News:

Greetings from Meredith Manor! Sorry I took so long to update the graduate news. I'll try to do better next time. Our new web site has been great and it's wonderful to hear from our graduates.

The following are graduates who have sent us recent updates:

Rick Jochim (1977) is residing in Big Horn, Wyoming. Rick is a hunter/timber/point to point trainer and huntsman for Mrs. Shoemaker's fox hounds and also has his own private pack. He breeds Appendix Quarter horses and owns a cutting horse stallion. Rick received the Lifetime Teaching Credential in Horsemanship from the state of California, was a Senior Rider with the Royal Lipizanner Stallions, and was the equestrian double for Antonio Banderras.

Lynda (Roemer) Broas (1982) is the co-founder and farm manager of Equine Rescue, Inc., a non-profit 501(c) horse rescue in Orange County, New York. They have a web site that will soon be up at

Jon Gillham (1995) is an assistant cutting horse trainer for the Furst Ranch in Argyle, Texas. Jon was the 1998 Sooner Trailer NCHA Reserve Champion in the Limited and 1998 Abilene Summer Circuit Reserve Champion. He has a 3 year old he will be showing in the futurity this year.

Michelle (Dutrow) Diaz (1991) runs Mineral Springs Farm, a hunter-jumper training facility in Durham, North Carolina.

Sandy (Slack) Reby (1976) is the owner and manager of Redview Stable in Westfield, Indiana. Redview is an all breed boarding/training barn specializing in Arabians. Sandy has won multiple championships in Arabian Shows.

Marcia (Fleming) Yeager (1969) is residing in Orange Springs, Florida. She has spent 30 years in the horse business training and showing hunters and jumpers to the Grand Prix Levels then Arabians to National and Top Ten Awards, and now has started driving and competing in Combined Driving Events. She is currently the museum curator for the Austin Carriage Museum.

Nora (Cochran) Romero (1988) is a licensed thoroughbred jockey. Nora was the 1993 leading apprentice jockey, and the leading female jockey in Texas in 1994, 1995, and 1996. You can e-mail Nora at

Diane (Grub) Hellen (1974) is a harness horse race trainer, owner and driver. Diane is currently racing at Pompano Beach, Florida. Over the past 24 years, she has been the leading trainer several times in various states.

Elizabeth Heldt (1996) is a trainer and instructor at Morton Grave Equestrian Center in Wilmette, Illinois.

Victoria (Farnell) Perkins (1975) is the owner of a small quarter farm in North Creek, New York. Vicki is currently the AQHA Senior High Point in the Nation, has the #1 aged mare in New York, and the High Point Halter Horse. Vicki is the systems manager for Gore Mountain Ski Area.

Leesa (Winter) Paulsen (1977) is in the process of starting her own commercial carriage business. Leesa would love to hear from any of her old (she uses that term lightly) classmates, or anyone else who is interested in driving horses. You can contact her at: 47 B Lisa Lane, Griffin, Georgia 30223, or e-mail:

Christine Demmons (1998) has taken a position of instructor/manager at Turkey Track Stables, Inc. in Tijeras, New Mexico. The word is that Crissy is loving her job and they are loving her!

Brandon Hardin (1995) is working for Steve Gilbert (1981) at his reining horse training facility in Englewood, Colorado. Steve moved his business from Delaware to Colorado in the Spring of 1998 and he is in the process of putting up a second indoor arena.

Ron Meredith's Articles:

I hope you have had a chance to read some of Ron's articles in the equine magazines. Ron has monthly articles appearing in over 60 regional and national magazines. You can also read a new article each month on the Meredith Manor web page under Monthly Features.

It's A Boy!

Congratulations to Matt and Jennifer Bosgraf on the birth of Isaac Fennimore Bosgraf, born December 19, 1998. Matt is the Meredith Manor Business Manager and Jen is head of the Western program at Meredith Manor. Jen is ready to get back in the saddle, but it might be awhile before we have Isaac riding!

Other Staff News:

Bryan Farcus, Meredith Manor Farrier Instructor, will be traveling to Colorado again this Spring to participate in a personalized, one-on-one Advanced Farrier Training session with Dr. Doug Butler. Bryan has been working one-on-one with Dr. Butler for the past two years.

Nancy Wesolek, Meredith Manor Dressage Instructor, had another successful show season this past year. She competed Michael (a 5 year old Oldenberg Stallion) at First and Second Levels, and Don Carlos (a 6 year old Oldenberg Gelding) at Second and Third Levels. Both horses won most of their classes and one or the other received High Point Awards at every show. Michael was Reserve Champion in Second Level at the Regional finals in New Jersey, and Donnie was third at Third Level.

Kim Hall, Meredith Manor Jumping Instructor, traveled to Cincinnati recently for some additional training with a hunter/jumper trainer. Kim took her 5 year old Hanoverian mare with her and had a great time.

Meredith Manor is now offering Three Levels of Teaching Certifications:

With completion of Teaching I-III, a minimum 3.0 grade point average in Teaching, a Riding Master III certificate, 60 hours of supervised teaching, and satisfactory completion of a written and practical examination, a student can receive Level One Certification. Level Two Certification requires completion of Teaching I-IV, a Riding Master IV Certificate, a 3.0 GPA in Teaching, 130 hours of teaching, and satisfactory completion of a written and practical examination. Level Three Certification requires completion of Teaching I-VI, a Riding Master VI Certificate, a 3.0 GPA in Teaching, 200 hours of teaching, and satisfactory completion of a written and practical examination.

I want to thank you for the amazing education that you gave me. The fantastic amount that I learned at MM gave me a rock solid foundation that I have built on over the years. For your dedication, vision and absolute practicality I thank you!
Bekah (Bailey) Murchison: 1992 Riding Master I Graduate