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 Meriruth Cohenour

 Meriruth Cohenour
Equine Instructor/Coordinator
Equestrian Team Coach

Meriruth Cohenour is beginning her second season as the Equestrian Team Coach at Redlands Community College. She is also the Equine Coordinator/Instructor for the program.

Cohenour grew up in Claremore, Oklahoma. After high school, she moved to Stillwater to attend Oklahoma State University. Cohenour graduated in 2005 with a double major in Agricultural Communications and Animal Science. Her time in Stillwater was pivotal and shaped more than just her academic future. "I fell in love with the prairie," Cohenour said. "After college graduation I decided central Oklahoma fit me best and I haven't left since."

In 2010, Cohenour added a Masters Degree in Agricultural Education to her previous degrees from OSU. The timing could not have been more perfect as the job at Redlands opened up shortly after.

Cohenour grew up showing horses in 4-H, APHA and PtHA all-around competition. She enjoyed showing stock horses the most but has ridden, trained and shown many different breeds including Welsh Ponies, Arabians, Warmbloods and Quarter Horses in disciplines such as driving, dressage, pleasure, trail and speed events. "My favorite discipline is whatever I am riding a good horse in at the time," said Cohenour. She competed in horse judging from grade school to college and now judges open shows.

"I have been given many opportunities to learn about this industry throughout my life. I feel it is my duty to pass on my knowledge to my students," said Cohenour. " I believe I am more than an instructor, I am an adviser. More than just me should benefit from my experience and I am willing to share it all with my students."

Cohenour is excited about not only the future of the program, but her student's futures as well. "Whether it be about their education, future college choices, career, or even about their horse, I am always honored to try and help my students form an educated decision."

"This team is such a great opportunity for those students who want to keep showing but can't afford it in college or for those that have always wanted to show and never had the chance. The IHSA format really lets the talented riders shine while giving everyone the chance to test their skills. At RCC, we strive to establish a true team spirit by pushing each other to be better riders, teammates, students and friends."

Meriruth.Cohenour@redlandscc.edu
Redlands Community College
1300 South Country Club Road
El Reno, OK 73036
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