Meridian Equine Education Center is focused on the equine in all aspects.
We offer professional equine training and services to the Middle Tennessee area through our riding programs, special events, and clinics. We hope you will attend an upcoming event to learn more about the horse industry!
Meridian Equine Mission Statement:
It is our sincere desire and goal to train and graduate professionals for the equine community who are innovative, educated, professional, and always put the success and well being of the horse first. Meridian achieves this goal by implementing only programs that are of the highest standards and adhere to published equine education guidelines. Our high standards and emphasis on quality education provides our students with the tools and knowledge needed to be leading entrepreneurs in the equine industry.
Director of Equine Assisted Activities & Therapy Program/ Instructor
Cristin graduated with a Masters from MTSU in 2008 with a study focus centered around child development, horse science, and recreational therapy. Cristin’s passion is in therapeutic riding with more than 15 years experience volunteering and working in the field. She has been the assistant coach for the IEA Team Need A Hand, where she uses her experience from showing on the MTSU Eq Team as an undergraduate and alumni to help instill confidence in each rider. While Cristin grew up riding hunters, her love for all things horsey brought her to the western side where she now shows in ranch and stock horse events. Email: Crisitn.Jordan@MeridianEquine.com
Vice President of Equine Affairs/Head Trainer
Brittany Malinoski has spent 15 plus years teaching, training and showing in both English and Western disciplines. The majority of her training and expertise were acquired under Virginia “Wick” Bachmann, the daughter of FEI “O” status Olympic judge Colonel Donald Thackeray. Wick helped hone Brittany’s skills in reining, western pleasure, hunt seat, cross country, breeding, and high end equine sales. Brittany expanded her skills at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown, PA on the IHSA Stock Horse and Hunt Seat teams, competing at the local, state and national level. Brittany served as team captain on the stock horse team. Her passion for horses shows in the excellent care she provides each horse at MEEC. Email: Brittany.Malinoski@MeridianEquine.com
Lance Stover moved to Middle Tennessee when he was 14 years old, and graduated from Blackman High School. After that he spent 4 years in the Army as a tank mechanic and M88 operator. While in the Army, he married his wife Brooke. They welcomed a beautiful daughter, Kinley, to the world in 2015. Lance was introduced to the horse world through his family, and enjoys trail riding and hunting. He is valuable to the Meridian team as a Project Manager, doing everything from building projects, maintaining the farm, and assisting in daily barn management responsibilities.
Steven Ehrhardt is a native of Middle Tennessee and a graduate of MTSU with Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology & Chemistry. He started riding horses when he met his wife, Aly. They have a one year old son named Colton. He currently serves Meridian Equine as a Project Manager, and is the General Education Director for the Meridian Institute of Surgical Assisting. He enjoys camping and trail riding with his American Quarter Horse, Jep.
IEA Head Coach
Nicole received a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) from Murray State University in May of 2017. Prior to graduate school, Nicole completed a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Equine Management, with a minor in Equine Science. While on a 4-H Drill Team, she also showed Tennessee Walking horses for several years in the versatility program, competing in classes including showmanship, english, western, equitation, trail obstacle, western riding, etc. After switching to quarter horses and attending Murray State, she focused more extensively on training techniques and assisting with horsemanship courses and the Murray State Equestrian Team. While working for AQHA Judge, James Rudolph, Nicole training western pleasure and assisted in farm management. Nicole is able to educate riders on horsemanship skills, theory behind equitation and riding, training techniques and much more. Email: Nicole.Shelton@MeridianEquine.com
IEA Assistant Coach
Kate received her Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Pennsylvania State University. Kate started riding and training under Virginia “Wick” Bachmann (daughter of FEI “O” status Olympic Judge Colonel Donald Thackeray) in 2000. While riding under Wick, Kate honed her skills in western pleasure, hunt seat, breeding and high-end equine sales. Kate also taught at Blue Valley Riding Center in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania and expanded her skills even further in hunt seat. For several years, Kate showed in USEF in multiple Hunt Seat divisions at the rated level. She also showed in western horsemanship classes at the local level. Email: Kate.Moreton@MeridianEquine.com