Lindsay Hayes, Meredith Manor Graduate
Lindsay graduated from Meredith Manor in March of 2005 after what she describes as
“the most challenging, eye-opening 365 days” of her horse career.
Lindsay decided to attend Meredith Manor after careful consideration along with several Universities and Colleges that also offered equine programs. After discussions with her coach,
boss, and several other professionals in the horse industry, she decided that the other programs
(although prestigious varsity names were attached) just didn’t measure up in the amount of hands-on time with horses and in the saddle.
As a student at Meredith Manor, Lindsay quickly became aware of the thought, research and careful attention to detail that went into the core program. Although heeding seemed to be
something she was somewhat familiar with in many different aspects of her life, Lindsay continued to press instructors for the How’s and Why’s of the program. She became
interested in comparing the program at Meredith Manor to other widely known trainer’s philosophies and saw a direct correlation. She observed as a scared, timid
horse built its confidence in training classes. She was in awe of the “outlaw” horses who
had been rejected from other schools and trainers, as they turned into quiet, understanding, sane horses.
Being one of the handful of international students during her time at Meredith Manor, Lindsay ran into very few obstacles. Learning about different cultures within the
United States, different accents, different beliefs, and different lifestyles was a highlight of her time there. Friends and peers encouraged Lindsay to learn more about their hometowns and visit
nearby states for equine events such as the Rolex 3 Day Event, held in Kentucky and the All American Quarter Horse Congress, just two hours from campus in Columbus, Ohio.
Every day was not rosy at Meredith Manor. Lindsay ran into plateaus in her riding and learning curves. She dealt with personal and health issues. But there was always an underlying feeling of
learning this wonderful “way of learning”, that kept her focused.
Lindsay left Meredith Manor with not only an enormous “toolbox”
of skills for her future career, but also a healthy appreciation and understanding of how to turn her passion of working with horses and people into a successful career.
Upon graduation Lindsay had a plan she had devised with the help of one of her instructors. Her ultimate goal was to have her own lesson and training business. Her plan was to get some
experience and specialize a bit in one riding discipline, develop her riding skills and perhaps a show
career and reputation, before returning to her true passion: coaching. She quickly got a job as an apprentice with a reining trainer who was the leading money earner in Ontario. From there she
went on to work as an assistant trainer for a well known breeder of reining horses.
In January of 2007 an opportunity arose for her to manage the lesson and day camp facility she
had ridden at as a youngster, through her teenage years. Lindsay jumped in with both feet and boosted the lesson enrolment, increased the day camp attendance and started a leadership,
horsemanship and first aid course. Unfortunately, the long term agreement fell through and Lindsay was unsure of how to continue with her career.
With encouragement from friends, family, co-workers and peers from the past few years, Lindsay decided to do some training and coaching independently and see where it led. From one
horse and one semi-private lesson a week, Lindsay's business grew. After only a few months she was up to full time. Lindsay now has 45 students and her clientele is building by the day. In
September of 2008 Lindsay was named the official western coach for the University of Western Ontario Equestrian Team. She has up to 4 horses in for training at any given time, is a
judge for local club shows, gives clinics, writes equine-related articles and is just starting her show career. One of Lindsay’s long-time students is
now in attendance at Meredith Manor with another student enrolled and eagerly awaiting her turn.
Lindsay reflects fondly on her time at Meredith Manor and uses the skills she developed
repeatedly on a daily basis. She enjoys keeping in touch with fellow alumni and seeing what’s in store for her own students, who will also be graduates in the near future.
Lindsay Hayes graduated from Meredith Manor in March 2005 with a Riding Master IV and Equine Massage Therapy Certification.
She is now the Owner, Instructor, Trainer, Clinician, and Equine Massage Therapist at Lindsay Hayes Equestrian Coaching and Training in London, Ontario, Canada. Read Lindsay's blog at lindsayhayes.blogspot.com.
Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre
Meredith Manor is a nationally accredited
equestrian career college dedicated entirely to producing professional riders, trainers, instructors, and farriers for the horse industry. All programs and courses are designed
specifically to prepare you for a successful equine career. Our programs range in length from 3 to 18 months, and our students spend 6 hours a day in primarily hands-on, skill based
classes with additional time spent in the barns and with the horses. Students don't have to excel in academic, classroom based classes to be successful in our programs, but they must have a
passion for horses and a dedication to having a successful equestrian career.
Meredith Manor's name and reputation are known by serious horse people throughout the world.
Students from the ages of seventeen to sixty-three have attended the School from every state and many foreign countries. Meredith Manor strives to provide a climate of learning in which each
student may identify and accomplish his or her goals. We have continuously researched the horse
industry, designed the facilities, and developed the educational programs that will give our students
the training, experience, and confidence needed to have successful, life-long careers with horses!
Meredith Manor International Equestrian Centre
147 Saddle Lane
Waverly, West Virginia 26184
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