Her English instructor, Kay Meredith, went on to become an alternate on the US Dressage Olympic Team. The School's western influence came from cutting and reining trainer, Dale Wilkinson.
Acquiring the Meredith Manor Riding Master and the International British Horsemaster, Patty was hired as head instructor for Meredith Manor. At that time, Kay Meredith pursued her Dressage Career with great success. After three years, Patty returned home to open her own farm, Meadow Haven Training Farm, Inc.
Patty was a native of South Carolina, and known best as little Patty Biggers on the black pony. Her love of horses was nurtured by her father. She broke her arm at the tender age of three in a fall, and was taught to get right back on the horse. She has gotten back on ever since.
To pursue a career in horses, Patty attended Meredith Manor School of Horsemanship in Waverly, West Virginia. It was the only accredited school in the US that taught all disciplines from dressage and jumping, to cutting and reining.
Ray Norwood came back into Patty's life in 2004. Over that time, he had never lost his passion for halter horses! Though now a retired Contractor and business owner, he spent every free moment studying pedigrees of Quarter Horses and Paints. With his knowledge of pedigrees and Patty's experience, they teamed up. PattyRay Paints became a reality in 2005. Discovering this team to be an unbeatable combination they became Mr. and Mrs. Ray Norwood Jr on November 17, 2007.
As years went by, Meadow Haven evolved into a teaching facility for hunt seat, jumping, and dressage. Patty took students to multiple state championships on the A Hunter Circuit. Studying the Thoroughbred market, Patty began putting limited partnerships together for Thoroughbred mares, as well as, training and fitting yearlings for the track and Two Year Old in Training Sales. Many of her colts went to Belmont, Garden State, Louisiana Downs, and Florida. One of her most loyal clients was Quest Royal Farms in New York. In 1989 Patty closed the horse business to the public to pursue other interests.
Becoming involved in the ApHA, Patty held the SC offices of Secretary and later President. Showing and training Appaloosas, she specialized in versatility. Taking one horse and winning in halter, hunt seat, western pleasure, trail, barrel racing, pole bending, and rope race were a few of her accomplishments. Training the great Appaloosa mare, Top Bobbin, for Ray Norwood began a wonderful friendship. Together, they took Bobbin all the way to Gear Champion.
A student at a hunter show in Aiken, SC.
From a newspaper article about Patty teaching form over fences.
Wishful Conclusion 2007 Yearling Tobiano Mare PtHA Reserve World Champion.
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