Mary Meneely came to Auburn in 2015 and enters her third season as an assistant coach. She oversees the Western discipline for the Tigers.
The 2016-17 season saw more accolades for Meneely’s Western corps highlighted by the team’s second-consecutive SEC Freshman Horsemanship Rider of the Year nod from Kara Kaufmann. A trio of Tigers in Kaufmann, Hannah Stephens, and Megan Rauh earned All-America nods for the efforts on the year. In addition, Alexa Rivard picked up her second-straight All-SEC honor.
In her first season, Meneely’s crew was instrumental in the program’s run to the 2016 SEC and NCEA National titles. Her Horsemanship riders had a successful campaign with Griffin Knight leading the way, earning All-America and SEC Co-Horsemanship Rider of the Year recognition.
In addition, Hannah Loseke earned All-America honorable mention honors and was placed on the NCEA Championship Team. Newcomer Lauren Diaz also had a successful season, being named the SEC Freshman Horsemanship Rider of the Year.
On the Reining side, Meneely’s riders were led by Rivard and Blair McFarlin. Rivard secured All-America and All-SEC honors, while McFarlin was named to the NCEA All-Championship team.
Meneely came to Auburn following a stint as a member of the Georgia equestrian coaching staff. She was first named assistant coach in 2010 and was promoted to associate head coach in March 2013.
Meneely led the Western team to an impressive 65-26-17 record, including a 37-12-5 mark in Horsemanship and a 28-14-12 record in Reining. Meneely helped lead the Bulldogs to two National Championships, and three Reserve National Championships.
Under her guidance in 2014, three Western riders earned spots as NCEA All-Americans, as well as picking up the NCEA Western MVP in Reining and SEC Rider of the Year.
Meneely owns and operates Meneely Show Horses, Ltd., of Conyers, Ga., along with her husband Rob. They have produced over 500 World and National Championships in both Western and Hunt Seat.
Meneely has handled all aspects of the business, including recruitment and training of show riders, selection and training of horses, sales and marketing of the business, farm management, and custom design of show clothes. She and her husband Rob have traveled the world providing clinics, training and competing.
For three years (1996-99) Meneely developed and taught equestrian courses at Georgia Perimeter College in Conyers.
A native of Washington, Meneely started her own equine coaching and training business while attending the University of Washington. She then completed her undergraduate studies from American InterContinental University.
Meneely is married to Robert Meneely and the couple has two sons, Ryan and Michael. Ryan is a sophomore at Auburn and is a member of the football team.