Merri is a graduate of Bennett College, Millbrook, NY, studying in psychology and equine studies to round out her lifetime with horses. Growing up in a family business, Clove Lake Stables, Staten Island, NY, Merri first competed in Madison Square Garden at the age of 4 and has been competing ever since. She qualified for the Medal/Maclay zone 2 finals at the age of 13 and continued to show in such prestigious shows as the National Horse Show, Devon, Harrisburg, Hampton Classic, Monmouth, Middlesex and Woodedge. Merri’s vast experience encompasses being a competitor with many championships, trainer (hunters, jumpers, racing TB’s), instructor of over 40 years, (Marshall sterling finals, adult amateur hunter finals, USEF children/adult jumper classics, hunter classic winners, many year-end awards, 6 times instructor of the year), coach (pony club nationals winning team and equitation champion), avid foxhunter of 45 years and staff member, and horse show manager and judge. She is a lifetime member of USEF, USHJA, Professional Horsemans Association and a member of Amwell Valley Hounds and Red Oak Foxhounds.
Merri comes to the Stonehouse family, from New Jersey where her and her husband owned and operated Cedarview Farm, a training, boarding and show facility, for 25 years. She has taught students ages 2-75, at all levels from beginner to “A” show riders. She feels it is essential to educate both horse and rider in a gentle yet firm fashion, to achieve the utmost of the unique experience of becoming one with your horse. Merri joins our staff because she believes in making happy horses and happy people.