Grace Meagher – English Equestrian

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Q: What is your name, major, and hometown?
A: Grace Meagher; English Equestrian Studies, Equine Business Management; Fairfield, Conn.

Q: What hands-on experiences have you had at Findlay?
A: In the program, there are many things you can do that are hands-on, mainly riding. There also are a lot of equine classes on campus, such as equine science. The professor, Robin Koehler, brought in a horse frame skeleton to show the class. We got to pick things up and look at them. The other day in equine preventive medicine class, we got to see a stallion castration. There are a ton of different things you can see in your equine classes on campus.

Q: Who has inspired you?
A: There have been many professors on campus who have inspired me and changed my world. Many of them are at the English equestrian barn. Some of them are new here, but they’ve inspired me to go out and “get it.” They encourage me to put my heart into it and help me go in the direction I want to go, instead of the direction everyone else wants me to go in.
Another person who’s inspired me is Robin Koehler, who is one of the on-campus professors and also my advisor. I can go and sit down and talk with her if I have any questions, or anything. She’s there to help and helps me do what I want to do.

Q: What appeals to you most about being in the equestrian program?
A: The best part about being an English equestrian major is the riding. It’s really fun to go in there and be so hands-on. You get to ride every single day, and you get to see yourself improve. You can compare yourself from before you came to college to now, and it’s a really great feeling.
With the equine business management program, you get the business side, and you can focus on horses. I can take an accounting class or a business class on campus, and relate it to how I’d manage a barn or how I’d be able to figure out my finances from an equine business.

Q: Outside of the classroom, what do you love to do?
A: I love hanging out with friends. There also are a lot of great activities on campus, such as the comedians who come in and are hysterical, or a campus movie every once in a while.

Q: What is your advice for students making a college decision?
A: Follow your heart and find what you want in a school. There are many people who tell you what you should have in a school and what you should be doing, but you’ll only be happy if you’re doing what you want to do. Follow your dreams.

Q: What do you love about being an Oiler?
A: I love the Findlay family and having a bunch of friends to support you and back you up, especially within the specific majors. You really get along with everyone.

INTERNATIONALLY
RENOWNED

INSTRUCTION
Students work with nationally and internationally renowned trainers right here on campus.
VARIETY
OF EQUINE
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.
ONE-on-ONE
TRAINING
Horses are brought in from the midwest for students to train one-on-one, in addition to our university-owned horses.
DIVERSE
JOB & INTERNSHIP PLACEMENT
Our equestrian students can land specialized positions nationally and internationally in areas like journalism, training, event planning, business, breeding, marketing, and research.
DAY-1
HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
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.
OUTSTANDING
FACILITIES
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.
NATIONALLY
RANKED
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.