Jolene Laughlin – Director of the Schools of the Sacred Heart Equestrian Center
Jolene Laughlin is a 2001 graduate of William Woods University and holds a bachelors degree in Equestrian Science with a proficiency and special interest in Dressage. She was the Tri-State Horseman’s Association’s “Dressage and Two-Phase Trainer of the Year” in 2002 and the “TSHA Reserve Trainer of the Year” in 2003. In addition to her degree in horse science, she draws from a lifetime of experience with horses, having studied, ridden, trained, or competed in the dressage, combined training, vaulting, western, and hunter/jumper disciplines.
Aubrey Fait – Assistant Director of the Schools of the Sacred Heart Equestrian Center, Hunter/Jumper Instructor
Aubrey Fait joins us all the way from Wisconsin. She has been riding since she was six years old and horse showing since she was nine years old. She had the opportunity to qualify for the National Pony Finals three years in a row. As she got older she was able to move up to higher divisions in the hunter discipline. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Training and Instructor at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana. There she rode in the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association for four years and qualified for Nationals two years in a row. At school, she was her Hunt Seat team’s captain for two years and the school’s first high point rider in hunt seat for the region. After completing college, her first job was working at a sales farm where she gained further experience in her field.
Morgyn Purdy – Schools of the Sacred Heart Equestrian Center Western Instructor
Raised in Morgantown, Ind., Morgyn Purdy began riding when she was eight years old. She showed in the local 4-H club competing in a variety of disciplines including western, hunter/jumper, and saddle seat. Throughout high school she worked closely with a Saddlebred trainer in order to gain a more well-rounded experience. Morgyn received her Bachelor’s degree in Equine Business Management with minors in Business Management and Equine Science from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana. There she competed on the school’s Western Intercollegiate Horse Show team, where she qualified and placed within the top ten at Nationals two years in a row. After graduating, she spent six months working at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky in the ICU caring for premature foals. Currently, she is pursuing her masters degree in Nonprofit Organizational Leadership from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College. Morgyn also spends time riding her own horse, Girlie, and soon hopes to be competing in Reining with her.