Meet Our Staff – Meg Broderick
We’re delighted to welcome a new member to our team! Meg is a PATH Intl. Advanced Certified Instructor and just graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine with a Bachelor of Arts in Neuroscience and a minor in Education. We thought everyone would like to learn a little more about this wonderful new addition:
She began riding in first grade, and started competing while in middle school in Massachusetts. She rode through Second Level Dressage, and competed in the New England Morgan Horse Circuit, as well as the New England Dressage Association and Lendon Gray’s Youth Dressage Festival. She then switched to Hunt seat equitation and was the captain of the Bowdoin Equestrian Team for three and a half years.
This summer, she helped launch a therapeutic riding program at Furnace Brook Farm in Massachusetts, the barn where she grew up riding. She also worked as a tour guide for a travel company!
Her favorite horse is a 29-year-old Morgan mare named Diva, who was the first horse she ever competed on (and fell off of!). Meg says Diva “took care of me when I needed it, and challenged me to learn how to ride. As I progressed, she adjusted, always teaching me the next steps.” Meg later began teaching lessons to her students on Diva, and says Diva has been with her every step of her career.
While studying neuroscience and education, Meg began her career by teaching able-bodied lessons and realized that, with therapeutic riding, she could combine her interests. She then taught therapeutic riding lessons at Hearts and Horses in Loveland, CO for two summers, and came to Endeavor last fall to prepare for her Advanced certification.
Of her favorite teaching moments, Meg says, “I love seeing riders and horses build relationships. Riders truly become leaders as their horses learn to understand them, and when they figure each other out their communication is so fluid, even for riders (and horses!) who have a difficult time communicating with other people. All of my favorite moments are times that I've been cut out of the line of communication; I once had a horse pull himself out of my hands to comfort his upset rider and many more horses become what their rider needed them to be. I've also seen countless moments where riders knew what their horses needed before I could say anything.”
Welcome, Meg! We’re so excited to have you and your enthusiasm at Endeavor!