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Melody Taylor-Scott

Answers for the Equestrian Industry
5517 Van Dyke Rd., Lutz FL 33558
MelodyTS@aol.com ~ 508 397-6959 Web Design & Media
Http://www.OffTrackThoroughbredHelp.com
Http://www.EvergreenWebAndMediaServices.com
Advanced Licensed Instructor – Facility Consultant – OTTB Help
Secretary ~ MHC Horsemanship Assistance Fund
Http://www.MaHorseCouncil.com
President ~ North East Thoroughbred Sporthorse Association
Http://www.NorthEastThoroughbred.com 
Equestrian Protection Specialist ~ Corinthian Insurance
Http://www.CorinthianInsurance.com/Melody_bio.html

EQUESTRIAN BACKGROUND

Present

About Melody Taylor-Scott:
• Member on the Board of the Massachusetts’s Horsemen’s Council for 8 years, responsible for their website, FaceBook page, digital and print ad design, and media for the MHC and for the MHC ‘Days of Champions’ 3 day Huntseat Medal Finals held annually at the Northampton Fairgrounds in September, working closely with DOC show Chair and show manager.

  • Secretary for the MHC’s Horsemanship Assistance Fund, a program that awards $500 in vouchers to applicants who qualify to help further their riding and learning.
  • Media and Facebook page for the New England Equitation Championships also. This is a 5 day long NEHC Medal Finals held every October in W. Springfield, MA.
  • Media, Web and FaceBook coverage of the NEHC Western Reining Seat Medal Finals, NEHC Hunter Pleasure Seat Medal Finals, and the Media and photography for the annual Year End Banquets for MHC, NEHC, and South Shore Horsemen’s Council.
  • Equestrian Protection Specialist, licensed property and casualty producer specializing in the unique needs of the Equestrian Industry.

As a retired Hunter/Jumper trainer with over 45 years in the industry and experienced web designer, digital media expert, and photojournalist, I bring a unique combination of skills to the table for the equestrian industry.

1999 TO Present

In November of 2003 choosing to downsize my operation I relinquished the lease on the main barn in Holliston, MA, moved my lesson horses, re-opened Evergreen Equestrian Center and partnered with my daughter Melanie E. Scott as assistant trainer. Evergreen Equestrian Center supported a riding school business hosting six lesson horses and offering training, showing, coaching at the shows, horsemanship programs, and facility consultant services.
Opened a DBA/Broad Hill Equestrian Center in Holliston, MA, a 35 stall facility. This operation specialized in boarding, training, showing, lessons, hosted Hunter/Jumper horse shows on the farm, organized riding clinics, and hosted and taught the
Framingham State College Intercollegiate Riding Team.

1994 TO 1999
At the decision of the owners of Claybrook, Mr. and Mrs. Franchi, to close the boarding operation and strictly lease blocks of stalls to outside trainers, I moved back to my home farm and reopened Evergreen Equestrian Center. During the winter months I would lease a block of stalls and move my operation indoors at Claybrook. Also, during this time I managed hunter/jumper schooling shows, independently leasing the facilities at Claybrook for the show.

1991 TO 1994
Employed by Claybrook Equestrian Center in Medway, Ma., a sixty stall facility, as Hunter/Jumper trainer and instructor, having complete charge of the hunter lesson program, teaching the owners’ children and approximately fifty students per week ranging in ability from beginner to Medal/Maclay and Jumper riders. Also, I was in charge of selecting, training and showing the sale horses, and schooling the boarders and their horses in preparation for the AHSA show circuit. The Equestrian Center hosted bi-monthly hunter/jumper horse shows for which I was the show manager and coarse designer.

1986 TO 1992
Opened my own training and lesson barn, Evergreen Equestrian Center in Southborough, Ma. a ten stall facility. Over the years I have shown and trained many hunters and jumpers, specializing in rehabilitating thoroughbreds off the track and retraining them for productive lives as show horses. Also, coaching Junior and Amateur riders at the shows from the local level to AHSA “A” level in the hunters, equitation, and jumpers. My daughter, Melanie, moved up from Lead Line through Short Stirrup, Pony Hunter, and Junior Hunter, Medal/Maclay under my instruction.

1978 TO 1986
Free lance instruction and catch riding show horses in the Metro-West area of Massachusetts. At this time another of my responsibilities was the show string and training of Saddle Rowe Inc., a forty stall facility in Medway, Ma., coaching the two daughters of the owner of the farm through their junior years. The daughters are currently in charge of the barn, continuing the running of a successful show string and lesson program.

1976 TO 1978
Employed by Nimrod Farm in Weston, CT. a thirty five stall facility, teaching lessons and coaching the “B” string students at the shows. Trained under Ronnie Mutch, American Horse Show Association “R” Hunter and Huntseat equitation judge. Traveled on the Florida “A” circuit with Nimrod Farm as road manager and helped school the pony riders on the “A” circuit.

1972 TO 1976
Immigrated to Canada, holding Landed Emigrant status.

1973 To 1976
Employed by Dwyer Hill Farms, in Ashton, Ontario, Canada- This farm sponsored Canadian Olympic Show Jumper Team Captain Ian Millar. Employed as Farm Manager in charge a fifty stall facility, the staff and stable management and when the show season began, I went on the road with Ian Millar as Road Manager, responsible for the exercise, maintenance and soundness of the Olympic caliber jumpers, and the care and packing of equipment as we would be on the road for a month or more at a time. We traveled to the Florida circuit and the Toronto “A” circuit though the Lake Placid, NY, and the Indoor Circuit shows.

After coming off the show circuit, and at my request, my position was moved to the sale horse barn and riding school. In this position, I supervised the staff in the individual feeding program and care and schooling of the sale horses as well as, training the new grooms for both the boarder and show barns. At this time, I organized and started the riding school. As Director of the school, my responsibilities included selecting and training the school horses, booking all lessons, developing the entire riding program, and coaching the farm’s Junior and Amateur customers at the local “A” shows.

Multiple opportunities to school with American Legend George Morris were provided to me by Dwyer Hill Farms.

I assisted in the organization of the area’s first Riding Instructor License testing. This was a three-day testing program accommodating twenty-seven applicants for certification by the Canadian Horse Council, the Professional Horseman’s Association, and The National Equestrian Federation of Canada, and hosted by the Dwyer Hill Farms facility.

1972 TO 1973
Worked one year at Mardon Farms, in Arva Ontario. This was a twenty-five stall facility with a small and large animal veterinary clinic on the premises, teaching lessons, exercising boarder horses and assisting as a vet technician on rounds with the resident large animal veterinarian.

1969 TO 1972
Traveled on the Eastern States Thoroughbred Racing circuit as a professional groom, and exercise rider, working at:

  • Rockingham Park, NH
  • Atlantic City Race Course, NJ
  • Garden State Park, NJ
  • Tropical Park, FL
  • Gulf Stream Park,FL
  • Hialeah Race Track,FL.

Worked a season in Ocala, Florida on Thoroughbred farms breaking and training yearlings for the track and the Hialeah Sales.

1967 TO 1972
Employed by Pine Hill Riding Center, Framingham, Ma. a forty stall facility, as Groom and exercise rider.

1965 TO 1967
Employed part time at Norfolk Hunt Club, Medfield, MA as Groom and exercise rider for the hunt horses.

CERTIFICATION

Licensed at all above race tracks with the Thoroughbred Racing Protection Bureau as a Professional.

Licensed by:

  • State of MA and FL Licensed Property and Casualty Insurance Producer
  • The National Canadian Equestrian Federation
  • The Professional Horseman’s Association
  • The Canadian Horse Council as Advanced Instructor
  • Licensed Massachusetts Advanced Instructor
  • Senior Professional Member of the United States Equestrian Team since 1976
  • Senior Professional Member of the American Horse Show Association since 1976
  • Advanced Licensed Massachusetts Instructor since 1976