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The St. Andrews Equestrian Staff

Peggy McElveen

Director

St. Andrews Equestrian Center

mcelveen@sapc.edu

Dr. Laura Kellam

Veterinarian-In-Residence

Assistant Professor in Equine Studies

kellamll@sapc.edu

Jackie Dwelle

Equine Studies Instructor
Dressage Coach

dwellejm@sapc.edu

Audrey Hayden
Operations Manager
haydenac@sapc.edu

Kellie A. Garrabrant
Barn Manager
garrabrantk@sapc.edu

More Info. on the Staff

Pebbles Turbeville

Director, Therapeutic Horsemanship

Chair, Equine Studies

turbeville@sapc.edu

Elizabeth M. Dulski

Assistant Director, Therapeutic Horsemanship

dulskiem@sapc.edu

Carla Wennberg

Western Coach

wennbergc@sapc.edu

Kelly Meehan

Associate Barn Manager

meehankk@sapc.edu

Marianne Stark
Barn Assistant

Staff Veterinary Intern
starkma@sapc.edu

Andrew Michael
Barn Assistant
michaela@sapc.edu

Heather Wile
Riding Instructor
Event Manager
wileh@sapc.edu

Kelsi Peterson
Show Team Coach
petersonk@sapc.edu

Matt Arrigon
IHSA Hunter Seat Coach
arrigonmb@sapc.edu

Rob Jacobs
Equestrian Education Coordinator
jacobsrl@sapc.edu

Jennifer Sansbury
Associate Barn Manager
sansburyjenn@sapc.edu

Jeremy Sansbury
Facility Manager
sansburyjw@sapc.edu

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Peggy McElveen

A 1971 graduate of Sweet Briar College, Peggy is the director of the St. Andrews Equestrian Program. She oversees everything in the program from coaching and recruiting riders to looking at prospective donation horses.  She is also a member of the St. Andrews faculty, serving as an instructor in Equine Studies. Prior to joining St. Andrews in 2000, she served as the coach of the N.C. State and Peace College intercollegiate riding teams at MacNair's Country Acres in Raleigh. She served for 16 years as the associate director of the Raleigh YMCA Camp Seafarer and is a certified camp director with the American Camping Association. In the 1970's, she coached the University of South Carolina intercollegiate riding team. She is a dedicated member of several committees and boards serving the equestrian community including service for the American National Riding Commission, Intercollegiate Horse Show Association, the United States Equestrian Federation, the United States Hunter Jumper Association, and the North Carolina Horse Council. Peggy was recognized in 2011 by the United States Hunter Jumper Associate as the Affiliate Instructor of the Year and in 2012 by the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association with the prestigious Pioneer Award.

     
 

Dr. Laura Kellam

Dr. Laura Kellam attended Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Music and Biology. Then Dr. Kellam continued her education at Virginia Polytechnic University in Blacksburg, Va., obtaining her DVM degree. She took an Equine Surgery and Medicine Internship at the University of Guelph, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She completed her residency of Equine Internal Medicine at the University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri. Dr. Kellam has been a member of the St. Andrews equestrian staff since August 2004. She is the Veterinarian-in-Residence and Assistant Professor in Equine Studies. Dr. Kellam is responsible for the veterinary care and maintenance of the 140+ herd at the St. Andrews Equestrian Center. She is also the professor of the equine science-related classes and pre-veterinary studies program. Dr. Kellam’s riding interests resides in three-day eventing with some hunter/jumper experience as well. Dr. Kellam is a musician who plays piano and sings as a mezzo-soprano.  She loves cold weather and enjoys skiing and snowboarding and dog sledding. However in the southern climate, Dr. Kellam has picked up sea-kayaking to keep her happy in the warmer weather.
     
 

Jackie Dwelle

Jackie is an Indiana Wesleyan University Alumna, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in the Science of Management in December of 2003. She also continued her education with an MBA from East Carolina University in July of 2006. Jackie has been a member of St. Andrews since 1998 serving in various roles including Equestrian Facilities Manager and Director of Instructional Riding. Jackie teaches a variety of classes in the Equine Studies curriculum, teaches riding lessons and serves as the dressage coach. She was recognized in 2012 with the Class of 2004 Distinguished Faculty Award from St. Andrews. Before Jackie came to St. Andrews, she was a barn manager for several barns in Southern Pines, spending nine years at Ed and Sandy Minchin’s Pine Meadow Farm working with International Hunter Futurity prospects. She also worked as barn manager and groom for eventer Mark Weissbecker, and for Diana Dodge at Nokomis Farm working with show hunters. Prior to moving to Southern Pines Jackie worked as head groom and road manager for Michael J. Plumb and Karen Stives and their three-day event horses. Jackie serves the Intercollegiate Dressage Association as National Secretary and Treasurer. She has been recognized by IDA as Coach of the Year and as an inductee into the IDA Hall of Fame.

Jackie is the author of a published book Your First Horse and various articles on horse care. She holds the British Horse Society Assistant Instructor certification and a Parelli level two graduate.

     
Pebbles Turbeville  

Pebbles Turbeville

Pebbles Turbeville is the St. Andrews University Therapeutic Horsemanship Director, Associate Professor and Chair of Equine Studies Department. She received her Master’s degree in Recreation from North Carolina State University. Pebbles is a PATH Intl. Advanced Instructor, Lead Evaluator for Registered on-site certification and Associate Evaluator for Advanced certification. She was a former NARHA Board of Trustee and serves on the PATH Intl. Mentor Training Task Force. Pebbles teaches and advisees and mentors over thirty students in the area of therapeutic horsemanship.

     
 

Carla Wennberg

Carla is a University of Georgia Alumna, graduating in 1981 with a B.S. degree in Animal Science. Carla joined the equestrian staff in 2006 as the head Western Coach and teaches dressage instruction as well. Carla is responsible for coaching the IHSA Western Team, and teaching horse judging classes. Carla has won three World Championships at AQHA Youth Worlds, and was All Around Youth at American Quarter Horse Congress. Carla has also won a bronze medal in dressage. She has been an AQHA judge for 22 years, and spent 18 years as a NRHA and NSBA judge. She has judged in eight foreign countries. Carla has also worked at other universities prior to coming to St. Andrews. She spent six years at Colorado State University, five years at the University of Georgia, and almost five at Martin Community College.

In 2008 Carla was honored as AQHA Horseman of the Year and in Oct. 2010 she served as a FEI steward for reining at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. In 2012 she was awarded IHSA Sportsmanship Coach of the Year and in 2013 Carla's IHSA Western team were Reserve National Champions. A multi-faceted horsewomen she also has earned her United States Dressage Federation Bronze medal.

“Making the horse's welfare foremost is the job of the FEI steward and by working at the World Games justified to me this work as a steward is exactly that!”

     
 

Kellie A. Garrabrant

Kellie is a 1991 graduate of Davis & Elkins College earning three bachelors and two associates degrees by successfully completing a double major in history and English with a minor in criminology while pursuing her love of art and fashion. Throughout her life she has been involved in the equine industry in various aspects ranging from riding and training to teaching and barn management. Training with and learning from professionals in her industry, Kellie began competing professionally in 2001. She has competed as a member of The Women’s Professional Rodeo Association (WPRA), Southern Rodeo Association (SRA), National Barrel Horse Association (NBHA), as well as the IBRA and IPRA. As the overall barn manager, Kellie leads the barn staff in the care of the St. Andrews’ horses. She primarily works at the lesson and western barns. Her quarter horse, JJ, is semi retired although can run with the best of them when asked! Kellie’s philosophy is to learn from everyone and every situation and she strives to be the best horsewoman that she can be.

     
 

Elizabeth Dulski

Liz Dulski is a 2011 St. Andrews graduate from Brielle, NJ. Liz graduated with a major in Therapeutic Horsemanship with a minor in Equine Business Management. Liz participated in the IHSA Hunt Seat team showing in the novice division. Liz was very active in the Therapeutic Horsemanship program the school offers and now has received her NARHA/PATH Advanced Instructor certification. Liz's horse Simon participates in the Ride-Like-A-Knight therapeutic program and she has a project horse starting in the fall of 2013.

     
Heather Wile  

Heather Wile

Heather grew up in a small town in southern New Hampshire. She earned a degree in Equine Business Management from St. Andrews, rode on the IHSA team, played an active part of putting on many different kinds of horse shows, and taught lessons to fellow students. Growing up, Heather rode at Pony Farm in Temple, NH where she participated in the barn team, teaching team, show team and training team. She also served as the head riding instructor at both the Pony Farm summer camp and International Riding Camp just north of New York City. Heather organizes all in-house horse shows, is responsible for organizing and administering the Equitation Classes, and teaches hunter seat lessons.

 

 
     
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Kelsi Peterson

Kelsi is joining the staff as the Show Team Coach. The Colorado, native is a St. Andrews graduate who majored in Psychology with a minor in Equine Studies and competed on the IHSA Hunter Seat Team, the ANRC Team and the Show Team. Kelsi also served as the Riding Council President during her time at St. Andrews. Since graduation, she has worked for Troy Hendricks at Kimber-View Farm in Pennsylvania as a manager, trainer and instructor. In the fall of 2010, she had the opportunity to start hew own business operating out of Black Gable Farm in Maryland. She has a broad and talented client base, training in both hunters and jumpers, taking them to shows in Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Additionally, she starts and brings along young horses and has recently been active in the Breeding Divisions at such major shows as Upperville and Devon.

 
     
 

Matt Arrigon

Matt is from Lynchburg, Va., and is starting his second year at St. Andrews as the head coach for the IHSA Hunter Seat Team. He grew up in his parents' horse business at Beckett Run Farm in Hamilton, Ohio, before going to Miami of Ohio University where he earned a degree in Management and Business. After graduation he worked professionally in the horse industry in Ohio until accepting the Head Coach position at Lynchburg College in 2008. During his four years at Lynchburg, he coached many riders to Zone IV championships and IHSA National Individual Reserve Champions. Additionally, he operated his own Ashmont, Stables, LLC, with his partner Ashley Lovegrove and coached clients to numerous championships at USEF shows.

Matt led the St. Andrews IHSA Hunter Seat team to win their first Zone Championship title in 2013. The team placed 8th at the National Championships in Harrisburg, PA.

 
     
 

Jennifer Sansbury

Jennifer, from Taylors, S.C., serves as the Associate Barn Manager, heading the day to day operations of the boarder, dressage, and therapeutic horsemanship barns. She is a graduate of Lander University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught first grade before opening The Riding Academy in Conway, S.C. She has managed barns, taught lessons and coached the Coastal Carolina University Equestrian Team. In 2012 she served as the Barn Coordinator for the IHSA Nationals in Raleigh.

 
     
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Jeremy Sansbury

Jeremy is the Facility Manager for the Equestrian Center. The Taylors, S.C., resident is a graduate of Francis Marion University with a degree in Criminal Justice. A US Marine Corps Combat Veteran, Jeremy is the Production Manager for Pro-Fab, Ins., and previously served for six years as the Technical Manager for Anderson Farms. Jeremy has tremendous mechanical and technical training as well as great leadership skills.

 
     
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Audrey Hayden

Audrey, from Montclair, Va., is the Equestrian Program Operations Manager. Audrey graduated from St. Andrews in 2011, with a degree in English Literature and Composition. During her four years as a student, she competed as a member of the IHSA Hunter Seat Team, and ANRC Nationals Team; as well as horse showing on the 'A' and 'C' Show Teams. Prior to her return to St. Andrews in August of 2012, Audrey spent a year working for the EMO Agency, Inc., in Warrenton, Va., as a Licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Agent in their Equine Liability and Farm Department. Audrey is the voice on the other end of the phone when you call our Equestrian Center; her duties include the day to day organization of the program including record keeping, scheduling and keeping track of all staff and students. She also works as the IHSA, Zone 4 Region 3, Points Secretary by keeping track of all of the points for every team and rider that competes throughout the competition year.

 

 
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Rob Jacobs

Rob came to St. Andrews as a student from Maryland. During his collegiate competitive years, he was awarded the IHSA National Championship in the Novice Fences division. He also received the Susan Tieken Intercollegiate Sportsmanship Trophy and finished third in the USEF Cacchione Cup Medal Finals at the IHSA Nationals. A 2011 graduate, Rob holds a B.A. in politics with a minor in equine business management.

In the fall of 2012 Rob returned to St. Andrews to teach lessons and now serves as the Equestrian Education Coordinator. This is a brand new position for the 2013/2014 school year that will create additional opportunities for our students. A North Carolina Hunter Jumper Association (NCHJA) Licensed Judge, he judges throughout the year around his coaching schedule.

 

 

Kelly Meehan

Kelly is a 2008 graduate from St. Andrews with a degree Therapeutic Horsemanship Business Management. After graduation, Kelly taught lessons in Atlanta and worked at Dover Saddlery.  In the fall of 2011 she returned to St. Andrews to serve as an Associate Barn Manager.

 
 

Mariann Stark

Mariann Stark is originally from Virginia Beach, VA and is a 2011 graduate of St. Andrews University. Mariann graduated with a BA in Equestrian Business Management and while she was a student she also was on the St. Andrews women's golf team. Mariann joined the St. Andrews team as a Barn Assistant in 2011. Beginning in the fall of 2013 she will be adding Staff Veterinary Intern to her responsibilities working closely with Dr. Kellam and the Student Veterinary Interns.

 

 

Andrew Michael

Andrew Michael is a December 2011 St. Andrews graduate from Bel Air, Maryland. Andrew graduated with a major in History with an emphasis in European studies. Andrew participated in the IHSA Hunter Seat team showing in Novice over fences and Novice Flat; he was also part of the A and C show teams. While at St. Andrews, Andrew took advantage of many of the Equine Business and Equine Science classes.

 

 

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