A new intern as the new year begins

Mon, 01/13/2014

AER is thrilled to introduce our new intern, Megan Benson! She and her sweet rescue dog, Lily, moved in over the weekend and are getting settled. I'm excited to introduce her to our clients and colleagues over the next few weeks!

"My name is Megan Benson – I am excited to come learn and help out at Acadia Equine Rehabilitation!

A little bit about where I come from -- I grew up as a working student for Sue Lightner, hunter/jumper trainer in California. Every day after school I was at the barn, spending my time getting to know the tack rooms and restocking supplies. I was gradually given horses to ride as my skill set changed. My position generously afforded me the possibility to show a wide range of horses and attend clinics. Sue taught me that above all else in the horse world, good horsemanship is to be valued and sought after. Heading into college, I had my heart set on an equine career.

At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, I took advantage of the various equine programs available. I was on the board of the Cal Poly Equestrian Team for four years and served as Captain in my last year. I took a quarter off to go learn how they do it in Kentucky – and interned at a private thoroughbred breeding and training farm, starting the under-saddle training of the yearlings. Upon returning to Cal Poly, faculty member Pete Agalos took me under his wing. After going through his equine behavior modification class myself, I became his assistant for the horsemanship classes and was able to help fellow students through the horse starting process and on to beginning cutting training. I also worked as a staff member at the equine center, performing basic maintenance and management duties. My college experience taught me to broaden my horizons and that good horsemanship, regardless of the discipline, is the core to success in training and teaching. My curiosity being awakened, I desired to see what other parts of the equine industry had to offer.

My last year and a half were spent working at a large-scale breeding and sales-prep facility in Oklahoma. There I was exposed to techniques of managing a sizeable quantity of horses, as well as breaking yearling race horses to groom. After interning for a year, I was hired on as the veterinary assistant/lab technician. I was in charge of semen processing for twelve stallions as well as the lab tests for over 400 horses. I also foaled out mares and was in charge of supply inventory. I took this opportunity to learn from a very skilled group of horsemen, and although learned valuable skills, highly missed working one-on-one with individual horses and their people.

I would like to devote my life to working with horses and the people who cherish them. I appreciate this opportunity to hone my skills and continue to learn my way in this industry. I look forward to meeting everyone involved with Acadia!

Megan Benson"