Megan started her riding career as an eager elementary school student at Young Mountain Farm under the instruction of Patti Young. In 2015, Megan relocated to Lexington to attend the University of Kentucky and obtain her Bachelors of Business Administration in Marketing and Management, with a minor in Sociology. While in Kentucky, Megan taught out of several local farms and served as a therapeutic riding instructor at Central Kentucky Riding For Hope.
Megan has competed through the Preliminary Level in 3-day eventing at events across the Southeast, consistently placing in the top 6. She has extensive experience developing young horses, specifically off-track Thoroughbreds. Megan regularly clinics with professionals including Lillian Heard, Sinead Halpin, Doug Payne, and others.
After graduating with honors in spring 2019, Megan is returning to Knoxville, Tennessee area to build upon her existing business. She served as Brand and Program Development Coordinator at Harmony Family Center, teaching therapeutic riding lessons out of their facility at historic Camp Montvale until November of 2020, when she transitioned to co-found an environmental social enterprise startup.
In May of 2017, Megan became certified through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International as a therapeutic horseback riding instructor. This certification allows Megan to work with students with mental and physical disabilities to support their personal achievements in and out of the saddle.
Miniature Horse Program
In the fall of 2010, Megan began planning the start of a program using Miniature Horses to spread joy in her community. For several months, she researched the Miniature Horse breed and contacted breeders worldwide. In the spring of 2011, two Miniature Horse mares, Cameo and Go Girl, were graciously donated by Judy Zachary, a local Knoxville breeder, to help jumpstart Megan’s dream.
What started as a few Girl Scout troops and camp visits quickly expanded into The Minis of Young Mountain Farm program, visiting schools and various organizations in the area. At the start of 2013, Megan met with Pam Wolf of Harmony Family Center to discuss ways to collaborate with their programs and shortly after, Megan began work on A Mini Book. A Mini Book: Cameo and Go Girl's New Home tells the "tail" of two Miniature horses whose story parallels that of a child going through the foster care and adoption process. The book is designed to provide an understandable and fun way for families to discuss the often complicated topics of foster care and adoption. Proceeds from the book go back to local organizations.
A Mini Book: Cameo and Go Girl's New Home, is available on Amazon here!
The minis now live at Harmony Family Center's Camp Montvale and are used in various therapeutic programs and services.