Left to right: Russ Walther, Sue King, Fred Magazzeni, Jill Paxton (Director of Equestrian Studies) and Michelle Arnold
Russ Walther has an extensive background in
riding, training, judging and consulting; and has joined the program as a
hunter/jumper instructor. Originally from Virginia, he is the former director
of the college equine program at Southern Seminary and a former Equine
Association president for Virginia, North Carolina and Indiana. Walther has
judged and course designed for the Maclay Finals, as well as judging and
managing Pony Finals three times. In addition to the Finals, Walther has
managed more than 10 multi-breed shows and trained his daughter to become a
Pony Final champion. He is also responsible for recruiting U.S. Olympic team
member Beezie Madden into his former collegiate program.
Sue King will
instruct equestrian students in eventing, a new area of focus for the program.
Eventing includes the disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show jumping.
King has competed in and taught three-day eventing for 30 years. She graduated
from Wittenburg University in Springfield, Ohio, and holds a master’s degree in
education from Syracuse University in Syracuse, N.Y. After building multiple
programs around the country, King looks forward to creating the eventing
program at The University of Findlay.
Magazzeni is the new dressage instructor and Intercollegiate Dressage
Association (IDA) team coach. Originally
from Ohio, Magazzeni graduated from Houghton College, N.Y. After
graduation, he relocated to Germany to work for the PSI Dressage Training Yard
and with the dressage team of Jorgen and Christoph Koshel. While in Germany,
Magazzeni also worked with several national teams in training for Olympic
riding competitions and flew horses to Doha Qatar for the Asian Games. Upon
returning to the United States, Magazzeni accepted a position riding and
training for Horses Unlimited in New Mexico. In his position with The
University of Findlay, he’ll instruct students at the James L. Child, Jr.
Equestrian Complex and continue to ride, train and compete.
Arnold has been teaching in the English equestrian studies program at The
University of Findlay for the past twelve years. In the equestrian program, she teaches all
levels of riders from Medal/Maclay through beginners, and teaches the
techniques involved with the training and progression of horses, such as starting
young horses under saddle, starting green horses over fences, hunters, and up
to and including Level 4 jumpers. Ms.
Arnold also takes her students to compete in “A” rated shows as well as AQHA
shows throughout the school year. During her time at Findlay, she has taken the Summer Horse Show
class as well as private clients on the road to “AA” rated shows. In 2005, as head coach of the IHSA hunter
seat equestrian team, she led the team to a national fifth place finish. From
2001 – 2004 she was the assistant equestrian team coach when the team was twice
reserve national champions as well as fifth in the nation. Her private business
of nineteen years of starting young horses under saddle and over fences
continues to be successful.