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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.

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...
When I think about my experience owning two blind horses, I’m instantly drawn to the proverbial phrase, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”My first horse, Sanibel, started losing her vision at the age of 14. After accepting the...
When Mary Trowbridge learned she was being featured in Horse Illustrated for her work with the Arabian Horsemen's Distress Fund, she was shocked.“This story cannot be about me!” said Trowbridge, founder and board member of the AHDF. However, the...
When self-identified “aging horsewoman” Sharon Roberts made her first social media post detailing how arthritis, balance loss, and weight gain affected her retirement riding plans, she was amazed when the online community jumped in to commiserate and support her....
With the right attitude, enthusiasm and determination, anything is possible, even when you don’t know where to begin. Smitten with classic prints, her equestrian lifestyle and an eye for style, Kimberly Barratt trusted her intuition and vision, creating her...
Aubrey Torrez, 29, is the first to confess that she’s always been an advocate for the underdog.“In this sport, almost everyone is an underdog to a certain extent,” says the barn manager and equestrian coordinator for Rolling Oaks Estate,...
I wasn’t worried about performing the actual mass removal; it was a procedure I’d done on many horses and wasn’t a difficult surgery. The mass was in a tricky location on the horse's knee, and it would be difficult...
In 2020, the topic of racial equity came roaring into the headlines in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Many of us wondered what we could do to help bring healing to our country. As equestrians, we can see...
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