Meri grew up in New York and began riding horses when she was 10-years-old after her older sister, Elizabeth, began riding horses. She grew up competing as an all-around rider in local shows and as part of her local quarter horse youth team. In high school, Meri had her first experience with reining horses thanks to Richie Fisher, a local horse trainer.
Meri, again following in her sister’s foot steps, attended the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio where she received her bachelor’s degree in Western Equestrian Studies and a bachelor's in English.
While attending the University, Meri had the opportunity to work for Dan and Wendy Huss, who were also instructors at the school at that time. In the summers, and after graduation, she worked for NRHA trainer, Matt Lantz.
"Lantz gave me a lot of opportunities to ride and show reining horses,” Meri says.
In 2007, her alma mater had an open instructors position at the western farm. Meri decided to return and teach while running her training business on the side.
Meri married fellow trainer, Findlay graduate and manager of the James L. Child Jr. Equestrian Complex at the University of Findlay, Brent Marsh in 2014. They reside in Findlay with their two dogs, Oscar and Callie. She is currently working towards her Masters of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Writing.
Meri would like to thank her sister, Elizabeth, for getting her started in horses, and their parents (Insert names here) for always being supportive.
Some of the most influential trainers for Meri have been:
Dan and Wendy Huss