Megan Murray, USHJA Certified Instructor

Megan began riding consistently at the age of 8 at the Thomas School of Horsemanship in Melville, NY. She started with their camp, ended up taking lessons all year, and eventually began showing. Megan was also a founding member of the Equus Valley Pony Club, and competed in Quiz and Dressage rallies with EVPC. To this day she carries the skills, knowledge, and safety standards she learned while participating in Pony Club, an international organization.  While attending St. Anthony’s High School (Go Friars!) she rode on the equestrian team, working her way up to being Captain of the team in her Senior Year. In her years of horse showing, she rode in all three rings on various horses and ponies including her own Autumn (known in the show ring as Octoberfest) and a horse she leased from TSH named Truman (show name Capture The Moment). She won year end awards consistently and was also the first rider to win the Citizen of the Year award.

At the age of 16, Megan became an Assistant Riding Instructor at Thomas School, working at summer camp as well as year round, and at the age of 18 she became a full, Certified Instructor through the HSA (Horsemanship Safety Association). After realizing her passion for teaching, Megan worked for 9 years at Thomas School, teaching riders from the beginner levels to successful Show Team riders, and eventually became the Ride Director, overseeing the other instructors and scheduling of lessons, etc.

In the midst of holding a teaching position at TSH, Megan also attended Suffolk County Community College, earning a degree in Veterinary Science Technology, which helps her in the day to day management of the horses, as well as in the event of an emergency.

Throughout her years of teaching, Megan’s students have earned numerous year end awards including High Point Rider for a series, Rider of the Year (given to the rider who sees the most improvement throughout the horse show year), the James Walsh Memorial Trophy (awarded to the rider who demonstrates the highest level of horsemanship, sportsmanship, and in all ways demonstrates exemplary behavior), and Citizen of the Year (awarded to the student who overall demonstrates the best sportsmanship and is a positive example to other students) as well as year end ribbons. They continue to make her proud on a daily basis, through their dedication to riding, sportsmanship, and horsemanship.

In 2013 Megan participated in the USHJA (United States Hunter Jumper Assoc.) Trainer Certification Program with Bernie Traurig hosted by the North Shore Equestrian Center, and became Certified in 2014.

Megan is also Red Cross CPR, First Aid, AED and Epi-Pen Certified.

In 2016, Megan founded Autumn Woods Farm in memory of her beloved horse, Autumn who was a very important part of her life since she was in grade school. Autumn was Megan’s best friend and partner in crime, and the two loved competing together. Eventually, Megan brought Autumn to Thomas School and began using her in some of her lessons, until her retirement in 2014.

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“The relationship I had with my horse was a big part of why I eventually began teaching. She was very special to me and the things she taught me I couldn’t have learned anywhere else. She taught me how to be a fierce competitor, but stay cool under pressure. She taught me patience and flexibility, which I think about every time I teach. It really was something beautiful to watch a horse that could zip around a jumper course pack a beginner kid around a lesson with a smile on her face, totally adjusting to who was on her.

I approach every lesson with that memory in mind-sometimes you need to adjust your plan to how a student or horse is feeling or behaving that day, sometimes you need to teach the same idea to a student in a different way. I also don’t believe in yelling or being negative with my students. I think that they should be riding because they love it and want to learn, and I believe that being kind, patient, and supportive, while pushing them to do their best is the most effective way to help them achieve their goals and foster their relationship with the horses they ride.”

-Megan

I have been riding with Megan for many years now and have nothing but great things to say. After taking a break from riding and slightly dreading going back, she introduced me to horses that would make me fall in love with riding again. Her vast experience and knowledge of the horse industry and riding has taken me froma beginner to the point where I am looking forward to purchasing my first green horse and training it under her careful eye. Knowing what Ms. Megan Murray can do, I am very proud and excited to watch her new business grow and to watch her succeed in this new chapter in her life.Thomas Russo, client

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