When Ashley Meacham ’16 was a little girl, she grew up spending time with horses in her hometown of Middlebury, Vermont. Fast-forward to college, where she now spends many hours riding and caring for horses at our 35-acre equestrian facility at Ridgetop Farm. Coming from a small town, Meacham picked our beautiful New England campus because it’s conveniently tucked away in the safe and welcoming community of Newton, Massachusetts.
“I chose to pursue my equine management major because I have always enjoyed spending time with horses,” stated Meacham. “Mount Ida is the best place for me because I’m not used to living in a city. I like knowing that I can call or text my professors if I have a question or go to the Writing and Math Center if I need an immediate answer.”
As Meacham prepares to enter her sophomore year, she is already thinking about our Master’s in Science in Management. Once she finishes her undergraduate coursework, she plans to start her master’s degree, so she can one day have her own equine business. In her dream job, she sees herself helping OTTB’s (ex-racehorses) and rehabbing them into different careers, in addition to training students for riding.
While Meacham spends a majority of her time off-campus at Ridgetop Farm, she enjoys her on-campus practical learning. In her required courses and electives, she is building a solid background in business fundamentals with emphasis on equine facility management and the economics of the horse industry.
“Our faculty members are incredible and always there for you whether it’s in or outside of the classroom,” said Meacham. “I enjoy knowing that President isn’t a stranger and is someone who knows you by name and will help you to the fullest extent. Mount Ida is a great campus.”