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He has accepted the position of director of
photography for Chris Cox Horsemanship
Company in Mineral Wells, Texas. Griffin will
be the lead videographer for the company,
oversee other cameramen, and do much of
the editing.
He will also direct the “Chris Cox
Horsemanship” television series. The
show airs three times per week on RFD-
TV, the popular rural-theme television
network available as a basic channel to
40 million homes (DirectTV channel 345
and Dish Network channel 231).
The horsemanship video series, “Ride
the Journey Tour,” will also be part of
Griffin’s responsibilities. These two- to
10-minute videos break down Cox’s
techniques, with information that ranges
from illustrating the psychology of the
horse to basics like how to tie a halter;
all the way to advanced horsemanship
for professionals.
Griffin will also film "Road to the Horse"
events, during which three internation-
ally known horse trainers or clinicians
compete against each other for the title
of “Road to the Horse Champion.”
Competitors choose a horse out of a
group and use natural horsemanship to
form a bond with the horse. Cox has won
the title three times.
In addition to being the three-time,
undefeated world champion of Road to the
Horse, Griffin’s new boss, Cox, is a reserve
champion of the Perry DiLoreto Invitational
team roping, colt starting champion of
Equine Experience, recipient of the Monty
Roberts "Equitarian of the Year" award,
competitor and breeder in the National
Cutting Horse Association, reined cow
horse, and team roping competitor.
Originally from Jefferson City, Griffin
earned his Bachelor of Science degree in
communication, digital video production,
at WWU in May. He started work this fall
on his Master of Business Administration
(MBA) degree and was serving as a
graduate assistant for the equestrian
studies division.
The job offer with Chris Cox was too good
to pass up, so the advanced degree has
been put on hold.
"Aaron has been instrumental in many
aspects of our program, including
maintaining our database, photographing
horses for publicity at horse shows, and
for the media,” Claudia Starr, chair of the
equestrian studies division, said. “We will
miss Aaron, but this is an incredible
opportunity for him.”
A four-year degree from William Woods University and a two-month
stint as photographer and videographer for the equestrian studies
division has led to the opportunity of a lifetime for Aaron Griffin '11.
According to Starr, getting the job with
Cox is a great accomplishment for Griffin.
It carries with it the prestige of working
for a well-known equestrian clinician and
competitor, as well as a terrific salary
and benefits.
“I’m excited about expanding my
knowledge of film and film theory, but I’m
probably looking forward to traveling the
most,” explains Griffin.
While an undergraduate, Griffin directed,
produced, and wrote three feature films:
“Young and Reckless,” “The Forest,” and
“Can I Take Your Order?” He also interned
with Pure Motion Media in Columbia,
Mo., filmed “Three Gun Nation,” for NBC
Sports, made a KOMU-TV commercial
advertising U_News@4, and was the
photographer for the Missouri Ranch
Horse Association.
Aaron Griffin edits horse photos.