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Pat Raia

Pat Raia is a veteran journalist who covers a range of equestrian lifestyle topics. When she’s not working, Raia unwinds with her Tennessee Walking Horse, Santino.

How Santa Anita Changed Horse Racing

"People just love the horses—they love to pet them and they love to watch them run,” says Fran Burns, head…

3 months ago

Reversing Time: Seniors Adopting Senior Horses

When she was a girl, Joni Miller would save her lunch money to afford to ride at a local barn.…

7 months ago

Horses and Divorces: Deciding Who Gets Custody

From making the big decision to divorce to divvying up the property, everything about the process is complicated, emotional and…

8 months ago

For Women Only: Serenity Ranch’s Equine Therapy Program for Female Veterans

Cari Simmons faced her share of challenges during her 25-year career in the U.S. military, but none of them compared…

8 months ago

Equine Legislation and the Democratic Congress

In 2007, 59 slaughter-bound horses were en route from Indiana through Illinois to a sale barn in Minnesota when the…

1 year ago

Why Women Love Horses

Why women love horses - the connection between horses and girls—and later women—existed below sociologists’ radar until recently. Seventeen-year-old Corrie…

1 year ago

Equine Animal Communicators Listening to Horses

When the performance of one of her horses began to slip, rider and trainer Sue Lyman called in an equine…

1 year ago

Appalachian Trainer Face Off

In 2019, Jacqueline Chevalier, DVM, attended the Appalachian Trainer Face Off competition in Winfield, W.V., intending to support event sponsor…

2 years ago

Increasing Inclusion in Equestrian Sports

During the last century, Pat Kelly’s father was a jockey of some renown. Riding for mostly white horse owners, he…

2 years ago

At Issue: Equestrians Split Over SafeSport

During her career as a trainer, horse show judge and clinician, Jennifer Woodruff of Port Richey, Fla., has always offered…

2 years ago