has been the Director of Western Riding at the University of Findlay for 30
years. He was named the David Allen Teacher of the Year in 2005. Steve has
judge’s cards for the AQHA, NSBA, NRHA and the NRCHA. He has judged horse shows
in the United States, Germany, United Kingdom and Australia. Steve has judged
the AQHA World Show, All-American Quarter Horse Congress, NRHA Derby and The
Australian Reining Futurity.
actively shows in cutting and reined cow horse shows now but has shown horses
in western pleasure, reining, trail and western riding. He has had youth and
amateurs win year-end awards in numerous events in the past. He has had
Congress winners and many top ten riders. He is
currently the coach of the Ranch Horse Team at the University. Steve started
the IHSA team in 1987 and coached for 15 years.
Art O’Brien has been a successful
professional in the equine industry for over 30 years. His main focus has been showing performance
horses and coaching clients within the Quarter Horse and Appaloosa breeds, in
addition to National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and National Snaffle Bit
Association (NSBA) competitions.
In Spring of 2004, O’Brien began
teaching at The University of Findlay as an instructor of western riding. He is currently the director of the junior
class and also helps teach sophomore colt breaking. An alumnus of Findlay’s
equestrian studies program with the class of 1979, O’Brien has a vested
interest in the continued growing success of Findlay’s already nationally acclaimed
program. He is a tremendous asset to the
curriculum, and is dedicated to allowing his years of experience in the
industry help mold new young trainers.
He enthusiastically teaches principles taught by the founder of the
program, Dale Wilkinson, while constantly incorporating current trends in the
Meri Sheffler graduated from the
University of Findlay in 2002 with a B.S. in Western Equestrian Studies
and a B.A. in English. After spending time in the industry working for
horse trainers and private owners, Meri returned to join the western
equestrian studies faculty in 2007. She teaches the sophomore colt
breaking class and the senior riding class as well as senior seminar,
which aids students in the job search. Meri is also a student advisor.
In addition to her duties with the University
of Findlay, Meri is also a reining horse trainer and competes in
National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) shows all over the country.
She is a multiple Congress champion and has been a finalist at NRHA
major events. Along with her show career, Meri has coached multiple
youth and non pro customers to wins and achievements in NRHA and AQHA
Cindy Morehead has been an instructor for the University of Findlay
since the founding of the Western Equestrian Program in 1977.
Cindy is the head coach of the University of Findlay Western IHSA
Equestrian Team, a position she has held since 2005. During her time as
head coach the IHSA Team has won both the Team Championship and the High
Point Rider in the Region for Zone 6. They have been Semi-Final
Champions every year except one and were Reserve Champion that year.
There have been four AQHA High Point Riders and two Reserve AQHA High
Point Riders and the team has four National Championships since Cindy
became head coach.
Cindy is also an accomplished horse trainer who has produced multiple
All American Quarter Horse Congress Champions and top ten placers. She
has also coached multiple World Show Qualifiers.
Cindy is also a long standing director of the Ohio Quarter Horse Association and a well respected clinician and judge.
Mark Smith has been a professional horse trainer for 30 years. His
primary focus has been in showing horses in the Paint Horse industry.
Mark earned an Associate degree in Equine Studies and Business
Administration from The University of Findlay. He also holds a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Education from The University of Maine. Mark has been
employed by the University of 10 years. Mark moved here from
Pennsylvania where he owned and operated his own Training facility with
on Mark's accomplishments include multiple World and Reserve World
Champions, Top Ten in the Nation in 11 different events, over 50
"Superiors" in 6 events, coached many youth and amateurs to State
Championships and Top Ten in the National Titles.
Mark also holds judges cards in APHA, IBHA, PtHA, NSBA and PBHA, has
served as President and Vice President of the Pennsylvania Horse Clud
and Vice President of the Shenandoah Paint Horse Club, APHA National
Director, and Co-coach of the IEA Reserve National Champions of both
high school and junior high teams.
In addition to teaching, Mark keeps busy training and showing horses
for his customers, and enjoys helping them achieve their goals. Mark
has given many clinics at the local and state level. He looks forward to
teaching others and showing horses with his daughters.
Clark has been an instructor in the UF Western Equestrian
Program for twenty two years and has also helped coach the UF IHSA Equestrian Team. He graduated from the Ranch Management Program
at Texas Christian University and also was in the US Marine Corp.
Bradley has trained horses for over 40 years in addition to conducting youth and adult clinics. As
an AQHA, NSBA, and NRHA judge, Clark has had the opportunity
to judge horse shows all over the world including Australia, England,
Canada, Brazil and throughout the US.
A member of the NRHA Hall of Fame and the All American Quarter Horse Congress Hall of
Fame, Clark is also a two time NRHA Futurity Champion and has won multiple championships
at the Quarter Horse Congress in Versatility, Reining, Pleasure, Cutting and
2001, he was voted by his peers
as the AQHA Professional Horseman of the Year. Clark has served as
NRHA and OQHA and has been chairman on several committees for both
organizations. Currently, he is a National Director Emeritus for AQHA.