Drew Equestrian Team Welcomes New Head Coach Megan Finkle

By Amelia Tirey

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The Drew University Equestrian Team recently welcomed a new coach into its ranks. Megan Finkle was appointed as Drew’s new equestrian coach for the 2022-2023 season. Finkle provided lessons at Drew back in 2019, and she is now returning to give lessons at Crewe Hill Stables, located a mere five miles from campus in Morristown.

Finkle’s history includes a very successful career as a rider, having competed at Grand Prix level—the highest level of equestrian show jumping—and as an equestrian coach. She has helped young riders find their footing in the sport and has developed some of her students’ talent to the point of competing at the national level. In addition to being a rider and coach, Finkle helps run her family business at the stable. 

In an interview, Drew’s new coach expressed enthusiasm about working with the team and showed huge appreciation for the good nature of her students. Unlike before, she now accompanies the team to the off-campus shows, where she relishes the chance to see her students’ hard work and determination shine through on the center stage.

Vitória Ribero de Toledo (left) and Alyx Swope-Bell (right), Photo Courtesy of Megan Finkle

Finkle also remarked on the team’s excellent progress in lessons and looks forward to seeing them compete later down the road. She sang high praise for the two members of the team who are already competing at shows, Vitória Ribeiro De Toledo (‘25) and Alyx Swope-Bell (‘26). Swope-Bell has already begun to make a name for herself at these shows, consistently placing high-up in her classes. 

The Drew Equestrian team is always looking for new members. One of the benefits of D3 sports is having the ability to walk onto any sports team with a variety of experience, and the equestrian team is no different. Whether you have ridden your entire life or have never even sat in a saddle, you are more than welcome to join. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, email Finkle at finklemegan@gmail.com.  

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