Meighan M. Ferguson is the assistant trainer at McKenzie Stables.
Meighan is a native Oklahoman who began riding a mere five years old in the “A” hunter ponies. She moved on to the jumpers at nine where she competed in the junior jumpers both on the A circuit and the OHJA and AQHA as a student of Laureen McKenzie. She was a member of the Council Oak Pony Club earning her “H-A” and “A” ratings by the age of 18.
While in the Pony Club, Meighan developed her love of eventing. She became a working student at Gold Chip Stables, owned by former USET team member Mike Huber. She traveled with Mike’s team to England and Sweden as a groom/exercise rider. Meighan was also on the Area 5 team for the 1993 and 1994 Young Rider Teams (2-star level). As a Top Ten young rider, she was invited to train at the YR’s training session at the USET Headquarters in Gladstone with Jimmy Wofford for two consecutive years, afterwhich she worked for Wofford as an apprentice and launched her competitive adult career.
Since then, Meighan has gone on to compete on client horses and her own horses through the advanced level. She is known for her ability to find either talented young horses or schoolmasters for any level of rider matching them up perfectly. Having started regular buying and training trips to Ireland since 1997, she has brought back horses both for herself and for her clients that have gone on to successful competitive careers.
Meighan has trained with: Laureen McKenzie (H/J), Mike Huber (Eventing), Ann Webber (Dressage), Virginia Leng (Eventing), Joey Brumbaugh (H/J), Jimmy Wofford (Eventing) and Anthea Kin (Dressage).
Meighan has participated in clinics with Col. Robbie Robertson, Melanie Smith, Tony Font, Jim Graham, Blythe Tait, Lucinda Green, Ralph Hill, Ann Richard Haller, Phillip Dutton, Capt. Mark Phillips, Felicitas Von Neuman Cossell, Alex Worman and Jorge Montalvo.
Now Meighan’s concentration is on developing talented horses for the upper levels and is looking for the right partner to go back to the national and international level at the CCI level.