Meet our faculty:

Left to right: Russ Walther, Sue King, Fred Magazzeni, Jill Paxton (Director of Equestrian Studies) and Michelle Arnold

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Russ Walther

     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

     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.

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Fred Magazzeni

     Fred 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.

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Michelle Arnold

     Michelle 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.