Liberty University Equestrian Center

Jim Arrigon

Executive Director of Equestrian Programs

Jim is very pleased to be joining a great staff at Liberty University this year. He grew up in Cincinnati, then spent several years in Kentucky before settling back in Cincinnati for most of his career. He served as IHSA National Secretary since 2001 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 nearly 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, 2002-2005, they won NCAA National Champions three times, and won Series Champion Team for Tournament of Champions. They finished 3rd in the nation his final year and he received the 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association. After leaving the college ranks, he coached the 2009 IEA National Champion Beckett Run high school team that has produced riders for Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Cornell, SMU, Virginia Intermont, Charleston, West Virginia, Mount Holyoke, Ohio State, Miami and more in recent years. His students have included Cacchione Cup Reserve Champion, Tournament of Champions medal winners, MVP of the NCAA National Tournament, All Big 12 Conference rider, Team Captains for Vanderbilt, Cornell, Kansas State. Jim has a BS in Animal Science from the University of Kentucky, MS in Equine Nutrition from Murray State University.

Lauren Eagles

Western Coach

Lauren grew up on a small horse farm in Mt. Vernon, MO.  She is blessed to have a horse trainer for a mom, and sat on her first horse when she was knee high to a grasshopper. Lauren grew up showing All-Around horses through the APHA.  In college, she rode IHSA for Missouri State University, in Springfield, MO.  Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business and has a minor in Equine Science.

Megan Velardo

Barn Manager

Megan grew up in New Jersey and has pursued her love of horses since early childhood. As a student at Houghton College, she was heavily involved in the equestrian program where she developed a solid classical dressage foundation and spent time studying a wide range of equine disciplines including dressage, hunter/jumper, western horsemanship, therapeutic vaulting, and driving. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communications and minors in Equine Studies and Business. Her equestrian background includes a variety of equine experiences including collegiate, therapeutic, and multi-discipline riding instruction, extensive rehabilitation and rescue experience, a certification in equine sports massage therapy, and a comprehensive barn management background. She accepted a position as Barn Manager at the Equestrian Center in August 2015 and is looking forward to starting her second year at the facility.