Mary Pardee is the Director of Riding and an Assistant Professor of Equine Studies at Lake Erie College. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English from the University of Kentucky in 1984. She went on to earn a Secondary English Teaching Certification in 1996 and a Master of Education from Lake Erie College in 2012. She has also been a coach for the IHSA teams at Ball State and Lake Erie College, and she has taken numerous riders to prestigious shows and national finals. Mary is best known as an enthusiastic and devoted teacher. “I like seeing my students master new skills and concepts, particularly when they have an ‘AHA!’ moment.” Mary teaches the upper-level hunter seat classes, the popular Methods and Materials of Teaching Riding class, and a schooling class in which students work with difficult or inexperienced horses.
What makes Lake Erie College a unique place?
The School of Equine Studies operates in a facility that is among the finest in the country and uniquely suited to combining classroom courses with hands-on, experiential learning. Classes are small enough to insure personalized learning and are taught by faculty who are not only excellent instructors but continue to participate in the equine industry at the highest levels. Our faculty works with the students to provide internships and job opportunities at some of the finest equine business in the country and around the world.
M.Ed., Lake Erie College
B.A., English, University of Kentucky
Teaching Certification in Secondary English
United States Equestrian Federation
United States Hunter/Jumper Association
Intercollegiate Horse Show Association
Wrote curriculum for two new courses for the School of Equine Studies
Established and conduct the EQ 109 Kentucky trip – a four day trip to Lexington, KY that introduces students to some of the finest equine facilities, businesses and professionals in the world. This trip is consistently ranked as one of the top collegiate experiences by equine students.
Developed and conducted three highly successful international study tours that focused on the history, culture, and equine industries of England/Ireland, Germany/Austria, and Argentina.
Established an ongoing internship program for School of Equine Studies students with trainers in France and with WinStar Farm in Lexington, KY.
Coached IHSA team members to National Finals for four out of the past six years as IHSA head coach.