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Melyni WorthMelyni Worth, PhD, PAS
President and Director of Research & Development

Originally from Great Britain, by way of Kenya, Dr. Worth has a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Biochemistry from Newcastle University, received a Masters in Equine Nutrition from University College of Wales (Aberystwyth) and a Ph.D. in Equine Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from Virginia Tech.

Melyni founded Foxden Equine in 1996 and has written articles in publications including Dressage Today, Holistic Horse, and Virginia Horse Journal. Her book, The Horse Nutrition Handbook, is a staff favorite at the USPC Bookstore, and has been used in Equine nutrition courses across the country.

Melyni holds a British Horse Society Assistant Instructors certification (BHSAI), and an International Trainers License (II) from the European Union, and has trained horses and taught riders for 28 years. She has taught riding and horse management programs at college level as well as being a lifetime rider and competitor. She breeds Knabstrupper sport horses at her farm in Staunton, Virginia.

In addition to her responsibilities at Foxden Equine, Melyni works as a consultant and writer in equine nutrition and exercise physiology.

Meg JonesMeg Jones
Office Manager and Bookkeeper

Originally from Springfield, IL, Meg moved to Virginia at twelve and grew up riding pony hunters. She has a Bachelors degree in Animal Science from Virginia Tech, where she and Melyni first met and were roommates. Meg spent 12 years in the banking world before joining Foxden Equine full-time in 2000 as the office manager and bookkeeper.

She is an avid rider and competitor and has a homebred Warmblood gelding named Time to Shine, who she competes in the Hunters.

To contact Meg directly please email meg@foxdenequine.com

Jacob Arbaugh

Marketing & Quality

Control Manager

Growing up in the Shenandoah Valley, Jacob is a native of Staunton, VA. Jacob attended Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia where he got his Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media Arts, focusing in Marketing, Advertising, and Public Relations; with a minor in Equine Studies.

During his time at Bethany Jacob rode on the IHSA Hunt Seat team where he was co-captain his first two years, and then went on to become captain his junior and senior year. 

To contact Jacob directly please email jacob@foxdenequine.com

Karen PletcherKaren Pletcher
Customer Service

Karen is originally from Indiana, where she received an Associate degree from Davenport College of Business and began 22 years of travel agent work. Karen moved to Virginia with her husband and their two daughters in 2003. She started with Foxden Equine in the order packing department and has been a Customer Service Representative since 2009.

To contact Karen directly please email karen@foxdenequine.com

Jen ShraderJennifer Shrader
Shipping & Receiving

Jennifer is a native to the Shenandoah Valley and has lived here her whole life. She started riding at age 9 and has remained a dedicated rider ever since. She started working in the shipping & receiving department at Foxden Equine in 2009. In her free time Jennifer enjoys riding and spending time with her son and dogs.


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