Liberty University Equestrian Center

Jim Arrigon

Executive Director of Equestrian Programs

Jim came to Liberty for the big facitlity expansion in 2015 and took over a young, struggling team and program.  A year ago Liberty had never won a horse show, before the 2016-17 team won 10 horse shows and the hunter team narrowly missed an undefeated regular season and won their first IHSA Regional Championship.  Liberty also had the 2017 Cacchione Cup Champion, and a Tournament of Champions High Medal Champion, and Liberty's first Nationals appearance and ribbon.   

He grew up in Cincinnati, building a horse career on both sides of the Ohio river.  He served as IHSA National Secretary for 25 years and is the only person to coach National Champion Teams and individual riders in IHSA, NCAA, and IEA. He rode for the University of Kentucky, then coached Murray State, Miami of Ohio, Ohio State and Xavier over 25 years, with over three dozen team and individual National Championships, both Hunter Seat and Western.

In a 15 year run, his Miami of Ohio team finished Top 6 in the nation 11 times. In his final 4 years at Miami they won NCAA National Champions three times, and won Series Champion Team for Tournament of Champions twice. They finished 3rd in the nation his final year and he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. After leaving the college ranks, he coached the IEA National Champion Beckett Run high school team that produced riders for Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Cornell, SMU, Virginia Intermont, Kentucky, Charleston, West Virginia, Mount Holyoke, Ohio State, Miami, Ohio U and more.  

He has coached Cacchione Cup riders that have been Reserve Champion, twice third place, five times in the Top 5, and 8 times in the Top 10.  He's coached several Tournament of Champions medal winners, and his students have been the MVP of the NCAA National Tournament, All Big 12 Conference rider, Team Captains for Vanderbilt, Cornell, Kansas State, Mount Holyoke and Randolph. Jim has a BS in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky, MS in Equine Nutrition from Murray State Universit


 


Suzanne Flaig

Associate Director / Associate Head Coach
 

Suzanne Flaig has been involved with collegiate riding for over 20 years.  First, as a student at Miami University of Ohio riding for their IHSA Team, she competed in multiple disciplines and earned an individual National Championship in Equitation in in 1991.  After graduating in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts, she began her collegiate coaching career at Pennsylvania State University.  She eventually came her back to her alma mater as an Assistant Hunt Seat Coach and then on to Oklahoma State University where she coached for thirteen years.  During her time at Oklahoma State, she experienced the structure of both the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association as well as the emergence of varsity programs and the National Collegiate Equestrian Association of today.  She served on multiple committees within the NCEA and was a proponent of Invitational events for college riders. 

She currently serves as the Associate Director of Equestrian Programs for Liberty University.  She lives in Evington, Virginia with her husband Michael and their two children.

 



John Eubank

Farm Manager 

John is a well known and highly respected lifetime horseman in central Virginia.  Prior to becoming the Liberty Farm Manager in summer 2016, John worked in the collegiate equestrian programs at Sweet Briar College and Randolph College. 

John has his own Turkey Ridge Farm in Amherst County, where he trains and shows Tennessee Walking Horses.   His horse, "JFK's Political Strategy" was the 2016 Horse of the Year for the walking horse assocaition.

 

 

Lauren Eagles

Western Coach

Lauren grew up on a small horse farm in Mt. Vernon, Missouri, the daughter of a professional horse trainer.  Lauren grew up showing All-Around horses through the APHA.  In college, she rode IHSA for Missouri State University in Springfield, where she received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business and has a minor in Equine Science.

Lauren coaches the IHSA western team, and she has begun the process to become a licensed APHA judge.


Kimberly Counts

Barn Staff

Kimi Counts is a 2016 graduate of University of Mary Washington, where she was a Team Captain and twice Regional Cacchione Cup Champion.  Kimi is a Lynchburg native and moved back to town after graduation.  Her responsibilities include assiting with the hunter equestrian team, schooling hunter horses, supervising student barn worker crews.


Meghan Nedow

Barn Staff

Megan is a 2015 graduate of St. Andrews University in North Carolina.  Her college major and her specialty at Liberty is Therapeutic Horsemanship.  Meghan assists with the Kinesiology Horsemanship classes and works with the new Therapeutic program, in addition to supervising student barn workers.  She is originally from Michigan and moved South to attend St. Andrews.


Kayla Sims

Barn Staff

Kayla is a 2017 Liberty grad and was the western Team Captain for two years.  She is originally from Kansas, was an Opera Performance major at Liberty, and hopes to attend veterinary school someday.


 

Laura Weigert

Barn Staff

Laura came to Liberty Equestrian after previously working in equestrian programs at both Swet Briar College and Randolph College.  She is responsible for supervising student barn workers, as well as general barn crew work.  She specializes in maintaining horse grooming.


 

   
   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 


 

 

 

 


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