This fall Elizabeth Leary joined the campus as the new stable manager, replacing Ellen Schroyer.
Leary previously managed large barns and breeding operations, worked as an instructor and trainer, was the captain of her college hunt seat team, and worked as a veterinarian technician.
Leary's career experience
Leary also has experience with vaulting, as well as western equestrian disciplines such as reining, barrel racing and western pleasure, and English disciplines such as hunt seat and dressage, and saddle seat riding.
"Leary tried really hard to get a lot of experience," John Tukey, Dir. of Equestrian Studies.
"There is not just one way to do things; there are a lot of ways," Leary says.
Leary brings breath of fresh air to program
Leary says she is very excited to learn about Wilson College and work with the students and staff to continue to improve the stables.
Leary says that one of the reasons that she decided to come to Wilson College was the atmosphere. She wanted a barn where her daughter, Mackenzie, would enjoy spending her time.
"The staff has been so wonderful," says Leary, in helping her to adjust to the new environment and learn all of the horses.
At a meet and greet on Weds, Sept. 14 at 7:00pm in the Brooks Science Complex, Leary asked students in the audience about themselves. She wanted to know their names and majors.
Leary and Dixie Diva
Leary brought two older school horses with her, a quarter horse gelding and a pony named Dixie Diva. Dixie was originally trained for western pleasure but Elizabeth uses her to teach many disciplines. Both horses are currently living in the field behind the cross-country course.