Meghan Lyons – Instructor

Meghan LyonsDaughter of an avid foxhunting dad, Meghan was destined to be a horsewoman. From a very early age you could have found her riding bareback every day after school, to weekends spending endless hours in the saddle, up with the whips of her families’ foxhunting pack. Her interests blossomed into carriage driving, paper chases, hunter jumper shows and long distance trail riding. Early adulthood brought a respite from constant interactions with horses. Nursing school took precedence, then her family. After her second daughter was born, she resumed seeking relationships with her equine friends.

Several years ago, while witnessing a close friend, only days out of a coma, sit astride a horse at a therapeutic riding center, she knew there was something there for her. Amazed at what she witnessed at that facility, she soon sought the training needed to become a certified therapeutic riding instructor. For nearly 10 years, Meghan has experienced endless joy aiding amazing people towards oneness with their steeds, either through her teaching or through educational opportunities. In addition to teaching, she has also been the director of education at Thorncroft, organizing instructor courses and learning opportunities for those in the horse community, including hosting clinicians from all over the world. She thrives on helping others understand horse dynamics and to find new ways to connect and communicate with horses to make for a positive experience for both horse and rider.

She carries certifications with PATH International (the former North America Riding for the Handicapped), Centered Riding, EAGALA, Thorncroft Equestrian Center Instructors Course and has passed Phase I & II for Pennsylvania Council of Therapeutic Horsemanship. She is also going through the Parelli program with her own horses. Her current passion is studying horse behavior and learning and implementing natural horsemanship techniques.

When Meghan is not working with her equine partners, you can find her hanging out with her family, trailing running and hiking, gardening, practicing yoga, kayaking, reading or serving others in her community.

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