August 25, 2017 – Columbus, Ohio – The Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) is pleased to announce the addition of Megan D. Taylor as IEA Sales Representative and former Board member and IEA Regional President Bernard (Bernie) Villeneuve as National Finals Coordinator.
As Sales Representative, Taylor's primary responsibility will be to lead the Sales and Marketing efforts in establishing partnerships and collaborating with sponsors, advertisers, vendors and logo licensees. Villeneuve will plan and supervise all aspects of both IEA Hunt Seat and Western National Finals.
About Megan Taylor
As a five-time Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) Zone 5, Region 1 Coach of the Year and winner of the 2009 and 2016 IHSA National Horse Show Sportsmanship Award, Taylor is well-versed in interscholastic riding in a draw-based format. She has significant experience in coaching, training, judging, stewarding and course designing having served as Equestrian Head Coach and Director of Riding for The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee as well as Head Trainer for The International Riding Academy in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
A graduate of Purdue University, Taylor is a United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Certified Trainer, a United States Equestrian Foundation (USEF) Learner Judge, an approved American National Riding Commission (ANRC) Junior Horsemanship Challenge Judge and has conducted numerous instructional clinics at private farms and college programs. Taylor currently serves as a board member of IHSA, ANRC, and the Intercollegiate Equestrian Foundation (IEF). For the IEA, she has most recently served as a steward for regular season, regionals, Zone Finals, and the National Finals Horse Show in the 2016-2017 season.
Taylor resides in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.
About Bernard Villeneuve
Villeneuve, a Canadian native and long-time, successful IEA coach stepped down from the IEA Board of Directors to take on the position of National Finals Coordinator. An experienced course designer and Trainer/Instructor, he most recently served as a Trainer for Double Deuce Farm in Concord, Ohio and coached the Lakeland Community College IHSA Hunt Seat Team. Coaching numerous riders to National Championships, Villeneuve has also served as a Trainer/Instructor for Maypine Equestrian Center and Riding Program Coordinator for Andrews Osborne Academy both in Willoughby Hills, Ohio. In addition, he served as the Assistant Director of Riding at Oldfields School in Sparks, Maryland.
Villeneuve is a member of USEF, IHSA, IEA, and the Ohio Professional Horseman's Association and holds an Equine Canada Coaching Level 1 Certification. He currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina.