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Caitlin Lorraine Smith, Equestrian & Equine Rescue Advocate

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 11:35 AM

From Oregon, USA, Caitlin Lorraine Smith is a die-hard horse-girl. As an advocate for rescue, abandoned, auction, and feedlot horses, she keeps informed on the day-to-day postings and networks of horses in need. As equine rescue efforts increase in the United States, Caitlin is on the frontline, finding homes for as many equines as she can. I support and applaud Caitlin’s outstanding efforts to promote, save, and honor equines.

Paige Clements, Artist

Posted on April 26, 2016 at 12:10 AM

From Texas, USA, Paige Clements is a budding artist. Paige is known for her beautiful equine and western art, capturing truth and emotion behind every day scenes. The daughter of a life-long cowboy and a supportive mother, Paige knows the value of hard work and determination. With her American Quarter Horse, Molly, Paige values creativity and integrity, and knows what it means to love a horse.

Cody Jeffery, Equestrian

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 11:25 AM

A junior at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, USA, Cody Jeffery’s passion is riding and writing. Majoring in Business Administration with a double minor in Professional Writing and Communication, Cody’s goal is to fuse her two passions of horses and journalism and work as an equine public relations professional or write for publications that specialize in the cutting, reining, or reined-cow horse industries. Some of her favorite things include traveling, soaking up the sun, teaching (academic or equestrian), volunteering, and of course, riding her horse!

Jayne Thurber-Smith, Writer & Equestrian

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Residing in Norwalk, Virginia, USA, Jayne Thurber-Smith is an award-winning freelance writer for various publications including Faith & Friends, Sports Spectrum magazine,, and more. As a sportswriter, Jayne has had the opportunity to interview various celebrities from MLB Player Josh Hamilton to Olympian Scottie Hamilton, to Surfer Bethany Hamilton.

Karen Melroy, Equine Blogger

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 11:10 AM


Karen Melroy was born in Galion, Ohio, USA, raised in Newark, Ohio, and has lived in Canal Winchester, Ohio for the last few years, with her boyfriend and his children. Despite Karen’s best efforts, she didn't get her first horse until she was in junior high school. She won Quarter Horse Reya in a raffle at a horse show. Karen stabled Reya from 1991 until 1994, and then she purchased another horse, Buddy, and sold Reya. In between, she leased a Paint gelding for a year.

Dany Hancock, Rides on the Wild Side

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 11:10 AM

Miss Dany Hancock has lived in Botswana and worked in the horse safari industry, one way or another, for 17 years. She lives in Maun on a smallholding with her boyfriend Ernie, a pilot who also works with her on the technical and social media side of her company, with their dogs, horses and hens.

Sam Griffiths, World Equestrian Extraordinaire

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Author, equestrian, my friend and colleague, Roland Clarke, recently had the great opportunity to interview Sam Griffiths and Team Griffiths. Thanks, Roland, for sharing this amazing interview; Congratulations Sam and Team Griffiths on your amazing performance!

The Bionic Bull Rider Barry Brown

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 11:05 AM

Born and raised in Michigan, USA, Barry Brown got his start when an older brother put him on his first bull at a Wild West show in Saginaw. He was 15 years old. Later, in his professional rodeo career, Barry met and married a barrel racer from Alabama. Due to a rodeo mishap in December 1970, Barry had surgery to his chest that made medical history. Eight months later he was named the first recipient of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association Comeback Cowboy of the year award.

James A. Hastie, Executive Director TAA

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 7:35 AM

James A. Hastie, Executive Director TAA -  A seasoned equestrian, James A. Hastie knows horses. As the Executive Director of Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance (TAA), James is strategic in promoting equine rehab, retirement, retraining, and adoption. It is a great honor to connect with James and support him in his efforts to save horses.

Windows in the Loft by Sally Gerard

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 7:30 AM

Sally Gerard is an author, poet, and an English teacher. Currently residing in rural eastern Colorado, Sally spent twenty-five years running a resident horse camp program in the mountains for youth and adults. Sally is the author of Windows in the Loft, a futuristic horse-love story that you’ll fall in love with…

Catherine Louise Birmingham, Equestrian & Author

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 7:25 AM

Author Catherine Louise Birmingham is an internationally acclaimed dressage rider, and trainer. Her career spans Germany, Japan, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Jakarta – Indonesia. Her expertise in horsemanship is recognized and respected around the globe.

Zeliha A. Thomas, Crown QuarterHorses

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 7:05 AM

Crown Quarterhorses is the only FEI and NRHA recognized Western Trainer in the Netherlands. Their mission is to preserve the Dutch bred Quarter and Paint horses, as well as to promote the sport of Western Riding, and breeding new Quarter Horses, as well as teach the art of Western Riding.

Yogesh Bockhar, Photographer & Equestrian

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 9:55 AM

From Hyderabad, Anhra Pradesh, India, welcome photographer, Marwari horse owner, and equestrian Yogesh Bochkar!

Kim Ablon Whitney, Author

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 9:45 AM

Author Kim Ablon Whitney lives with her husband and three children in Newton,Massachusetts, USA. In addition to writing fiction, she is a United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) ‘R’ judge in hunters, equitation, and jumpers and has officiated at the Washington International Horse Show Junior Equitation Finals, the Capital Challenge, the Winter Equestrian Festival, Lake Placid, and the Vermont Summer Festival. As a junior, she showed in the equitation, placing at the USEF Talent Search and USEF Medal Finals. She later competed as an amateur in the A/O jumpers, winning top ribbons at World Equestrian Federation (WEF), Lake Placid, and Devon on her self-trained off-the-track Thoroughbred. Kim's newest book release, Blue Ribbons, is a must read for all horse lovers!

Cheryl Giacchetti, Mkulu Kei Horse Trails & Riding Holidays cc.

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 7:20 AM

From Port Elizabeth Area, South Africa, Cheryl Giacchetti is a Founding Board Member of Mkulu Kei Horse Trails & Riding Holidays cc. An avid equestrian, Cheryl enjoys sharing the waves with other riders! Gorgeous horses, stunning landscape, beautiful accommodations, and much more. If you’re looking for the perfect South Africa horseback riding adventure, connect with Cheryl and find what is waiting for you on the Sunshine Coast!

Janette Perrett, The Original Rug Bag

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 7:15 AM


The Original Rug Bag will revolutionize your tack room by not only keeping your rugs clean but making it look smart and tidy. It is what we have been waiting for to protect our expensive rugs and to help them last longer. From Hertfordshire, UK, welcome Janette Perrett, CEO of The Original Rug Bag Company

Natalie Reinert, Equestrian & Author

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 7:05 AM

Welcome equestrian and equine writerNatalie Reinert! From the short stirrup classes at dusty hunter/jumper shows in Florida to galloping the inner dirt at Aqueduct Racetrack in New York City, it's always been about Thoroughbreds. Beginning with a blog about retraining a retired racehorse named Final Call, Reinert published her first novella, The Head and Not The Heart, in 2011. This was just the first of her "horse books for grown-ups." The Alex and Alexander series follow two racehorse trainers determined to do the right thing by their horses and themselves in a trying business. In 2014, the second volume, Other People's Horses, was named a semi-finalist for the Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, for full-length horse racing literature.

Marley Filiptseva, Keystone Dressage

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 6:55 AM

From Alliston, Ontario, Canada, welcome Marley Filiptseva, the proprietor of Keystone Dressage! Marley is an expert in equine care, classical and modern dressage training, and the development of exceptional, competitive dressage horses and riders. With over 20 years in the equestrian world Marley opened the doors of KeyStone in January of 2011 to offer top level coaching and training.

Shelley Hamilton - Horses 101

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 3:55 PM

Shelley Hamilton is the proprietor of Spirit Horse Farm and the facilitator/instructor of Horses 101, a program geared for all ages of horse enthusiasts! From Ontario, Canada, Spirit Horse Farm embraces the wonders of horsemanship…

Vivian Chang, World Equestrian

Posted on April 18, 2016 at 7:00 PM

Vivian Chang competes with her gorgeous horses on the international circuit. She is a dressage rider based in the UK where she has been competing various horses since 2007. Her aim is to compete at CDI3* (Concours de Dressage International) venues and 2014 Korea Asian Games.