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Horse People

The horse industry is full of stories about interesting horse people from various disciplines, breeds, and styles of riding. Read their stories in Horse Illustrated and Young Rider magazines. See how others triumphed over a challenging riding or training situation, interesting feats riders have accomplished, and how others have overcome the odds for a big win at an equestrian competition. Learn how some have spent their lives helping horses and/or riders, either through rescues, therapeutic riding programs, or through charities that they are passionate about. Find inspiration and connection from the lives of other passionate horse people, including horse owners, riders, and those who love horses.

There’s more to love when it comes to riding less, at least for these four adults who ride ponies.When someone says pony, do you picture a little girl in braids wearing pink? Or maybe a little cowboy with a...
Mark Bolender is a busy guy…Mark and his wife, Lee, owners of Bolender Horse Park, are the founders of the International Mountain Trail Challenge Association (IMTCA), and Mark is a three-time National Mountain Trail Champion. Mark takes great pride...
For beauty expert Jessica Andrews, equestrian underwear designed to flatter, fit and offer comfort to women in the saddle just made sense. She took matters into her own hands and founded Eques Pante.When the pandemic brought a bustling world...
“It’s a defense mechanism not knowing how many horses I own,” laughs Carson Kressley. “It helps protect my fragile psyche. I think I have about seven. We have a family farm in Pennsylvania with around 25 horses, but my...
Jeanne McDonald paved her own path to success with the perfect blend of dogged New England determination, unwavering persistence, and a heaping dose of patience. She’s a Grand Prix dressage rider, a U.S. Dressage Federation bronze, silver and gold...
Julie Goodnight is the real deal.When I first met Julie Goodnight for an interview, I was reminded of how much I love “real” horse people. People who care more about the horse than a ribbon. People who take horsemanship...
Every horse needs a halter, and every barn dog needs a collar. Claire Painter, owner and founder of Clever with Leather in central Kentucky, makes it her daily mission to provide horse owners everywhere with the essentials, along with...
Even in the 21st century, some people still make a living “cowboying" — or working as freelance cowboys.Among these independent individuals—male and female—is an entrepreneurial group known as “day workers.” Instead of working at just one operation, they hire...
A love of horses and art led Leah Kaufmann on an unexpected journey to start an equestrian brand.Leah Kaufmann’s horse obsession developed at an early age. She grew up in Seattle, but her mother passed on a passion for...
I haven’t always been a fearless horse owner, but I’ve had to draw on that persona many times. I first realized that I was changing into a brave person when sitting at my desk in an office in Wisconsin...
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