about Meaghan

USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist
M eaghan Byrne is a USDF-certified instructor (T-2) and is pursuing 3rd – 4th level certification. She lived in Germany from 2009-2011, where she worked first as a groom for American International rider Catherine Haddad-Staller, and then for two years a professional rider for German Olympian Heike Kemmer. While in Germany, Meaghan earned her class 4 and 5 performance awards from the German FN. Before moving abroad, Meaghan gained dressage experience as a working student for Cindy Sydnor and Cynthia Collins. Her riding has also been greatly influenced by clinicians Eckart Meyners, Conrad Schumacher, Sarah Geikie, Jennifer Baumert, and Lilo Fore.
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accomplishments

  • Secondary chaperone for The International Young Rider Dream Program- Aachen, 2018 sponsored by The Dressage Foundation
  • USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program Participant
  • Chef d’Equipe for Region 1 Junior Team at the 2015 & 2016 North American Junior and Young Rider Championships (NAJYRC)
  • Victor Vidal Hugo Memorial Award Recipient
  • Bronze and Silver Medalists at Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival
  • Several top five placings at GAIG/USDF Regional Championships- Region 8 and Region 1
  • Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA) Regional Champion and fourth place at IDA National Competition
  • East Coast Rider’s Cup Champion
  • New England Dressage Association (NEDA) Year End Champion and Reserve Champion
2012
  • Participated in the USDF/USEF Young Rider Graduate Program.
  • Accepted a position with the Equestrian Studies Department of her alma mater – Averett University in Danville, VA.
2011
  • Returned to the United States and established a freelance training business in northeast Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire
  • Worked with para-dressage rider Donna Ponessa and coached her to second place in the Grade 1b test at the 2011 Dressage Affaire CPEDI3*
2010
  • Continued Employment as a Rider at the stable of German Olympian Heike Kemmer
  • Invited to Participate in USDF Graduate Young Rider Program
2009
  • Moved to Vechta, Germany
  • Professional Groom for Catherine Haddad for 6 months
  • Employed as a Rider at the stable of German Olympian Heike Kemmer
2008
  • Young Horse Trainer at Rougemont Sport Horses
  • Selected to participate in USDF Graduate Young Rider Program
  • Intercollegiate Dressage Association Regional Champion
  • Fourth Place finish at Intercollegiate Dressage Association National Competition
  • Organized Clinic with Sarah Geike
  • Organized Two Intercollegiate Dressage Association Competitions
  • Aided in the organization of USDF “L” Program
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Averett University with a degree in Finance
2007
  • Became the youngest USDF Certified Instructor (T-2) in the country
  • Organized weekend Symposium with Jane Savoie
  • Organized Two Intercollegiate Dressage Association Competitions
  • Aided in the organization of several USDF Certified Instructor Workshops and Testing
  • Aided in the organization of USDF “L” Program
  • Working student for Cindy Sydnor during Summer
2006
  • Awarded USDF Bronze Medal
  • Aided in the organization of several USDF Instructor Certification Workshops
  • Working student for Cindy Sydnor during summer
2005
  • USDF Region 8 Championships Fourth Place – Third Level
  • USDF Region 8 Championships Sixth Place – Second Level
  • Debuted at Prix St. George at Westbrook Hunt Club Recognized Spring Show
  • Selected to participate in Conrad Schumaker Young Rider Clinic
  • Full time Working Student for Cynthia Collins
  • Moved to Willow Bend Farm in Hamilton, MA
2004
  • Part-Time working student for Cynthia Collins
  • Graduated with High Honors from Manchester-Essex regional High School
2003
  • USDF Region 8 Championships Fifth Place – First Level
  • USDF/ ABIC Region 8 Champion -Training Level
  • East Coast Rider’s Cup Champion-Training Level
  • Silver Medal at Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival
  • NEDA Year End Champion- Training Level
  • NEDA Year End Reserve Champion- First Level
  • Awarded the Victor Vidal Hugo Memorial Award for Highest Scoring Junior in the Nation
  • Awarded the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence
  • Part-time Working student for Cynthia Collins
  • Silver Medalists at Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival
2002
  • Moved to Kensington, NH to train with Cynthia Collins
  • Continued bi-monthly clinics with Kathy Connelly
  • Participated in Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival
2001
  • Bronze Medalists in Lendon’s Youth Dressage Festival
1989-2000
  • Lessons with Anne Coan
  • Monthly Clinics with Kathy Connelly