Michelle Arnold – English Equestrian

Q: What is your name, the courses you teach?
A: I’m Michelle Arnold. I’m the Hunter/Jumper Instructor for the English Equestrian Riding Program and I’m from Carmel, Ind.

Q: What kind of hands-on learning is happening in your classes?
A: We are very unique in our equestrian program. The students have the opportunity to work five days a week, with instruction. They are very hands-on with the horses – grooming, riding, caring for their stalls, turning them out. Even on the weekends, they have the opportunity to ride and care for the horses.

Q: Among your students, in whom have you seen a professional change?
A: Our students have the great opportunity to do internships, both within the United States and abroad. We’ve seen extreme growth in the students who have taken advantage of this opportunity, not to mention watching them grow through their four years of great instruction they receive.

Q: What is your favorite part about teaching?
A: I love being around the horses, as well as the students. I have a passion for teaching, and I have the great privilege of connecting the two together: teaching and working with horses.

Q: Outside of the classroom, what do you love to do?
A: I go to church on campus. I’m a member of the worship at Winebrenner, through the College First Church of God.

Q: What is your advice for a student making a college decision?
A: I advise future college students to feel comfortable with wherever they are. Most people, when they come to Findlay, feel like it’s family – a family away from home. They have a great opportunity to be part of that family and maintain those friendships once they leave.

Q: What do you love about being an Oiler?
A: I love being an Oiler because we are always looking to the future, bettering ourselves, but also cherishing our history and where we’ve come from. It’s an exciting time to be an Oiler.


Students work with nationally and internationally renowned trainers right here on campus.
Over 100 horses reside at our facility, so students have the opportunity to work with many different breeds, such as warm bloods, Thoroughbreds, Quarter horses, and Friesians.
Horses are brought in from the midwest for students to train one-on-one, in addition to our university-owned horses.
Our equestrian students can land specialized positions nationally and internationally in areas like journalism, training, event planning, business, breeding, marketing, and research.
Students begin caring for and riding horses in their very first year and are given five days of assigned time at the barn to care for and ride their horses each week.
Our James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex boasts three prestigious indoor riding arenas, a jumping field with a new cross country course, an equine hospital and pharmacy, 155 stalls, and wash racks with hot and cold water.
Our IHSA Hunt Seat team has been national reserve champion five times since 2002. Our IDA team has consistently ranked in the top 10 over the past five years.