Oct. 7, 2009
NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-An experienced riding instructor who currently manages a horse farm is the new Head Equestrian Coach at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Arden currently leases and manages Hobby Horse Farm in Rehoboth, MA, where she teaches and also runs a rated hunter show series.
A native of Pawtucket, RI, Arden graduated from LaSalle Academy and the University of Rhode Island, where she earned a bachelor's degree in political science. A rider since she started at the age of seven at Endolane Farms in Little Compton, RI, Arden qualified for the United States Pony Club's national championships in Virginia and Kentucky. As a junior rider, she qualified for numerous medal finals.
Arden began working under Olympic trainer Paul Valliere in 2002, achieving the USPC's c-1 rating, which combines horse care knowledge and riding skills. In 2004, she worked for top grand prix rider and trainer Molly Ashe at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL.
In 2005, Arden moved to the Raven Rock Farm in Scotland, CT, where she served as the head trainer and sale horse rider. Moving on to Merigold Farm in Plainville, MA, she served as the head riding instructor, had her own horses, and taught lessons to the general public. Arden subsequently ran Highland Stables at the Lepore Farm in Lincoln, RI, before moving on to Hobby Horse Farm, where she leases and manages the facility.
While she has a wealth of experience, this will be Arden's first experience as a collegiate head coach. "One of my students was Meredith Milliner, who was the captain of the team last year, and she encouraged me to apply," said Arden. "This is the first time I've coached a collegiate team. I'm very excited; this is my main focus right now. I want to qualify the team for nationals. Hopefully, we'll have a really successful season coming up."
"I am very excited to have Meredith join our staff," said UMass Dartmouth Director of Athletics Ian Day. "She brings energy and enthusiasm that our student-athletes will appreciate."
The Corsairs will begin their season when they host the first show of the year on Saturday, October 24th. The season involves between six and eight shows, with each team responsible for hosting a show each year.
UMASS DARTMOUTH ATHLETICS