John Thier feels the sum of his life experience is best expressed by the following: “So, one spring I was riding horses for Phillip down in Aiken. Phillip would put the working student riding assignments for each day in this big notebook. I would always get the little red mares because Phillip has a sense of humor, or something. But one morning, I looked in the book, and next to my name were the three nicest horses in the barn other than the ones that Phillip was riding. I felt like the luckiest guy on earth. At the end of the day, Phillip asked me how the horses had felt. Feeling like a big shot and pretty full of myself, I gave him a really objective answer. I said that I thought they needed improvement in this area and that area and what not. I think it either annoyed Phillip, or I was completely wrong about the horses because I was put on nothing but red mares for the rest of the spring.” [Email John]



Leslie Wylie was a professional writer, then a professional rider, before managing to combine the two into a dream job with Nation Media. She helped launch Horse Nation in February 2012 and also contributes to HN’s sister site, Eventing Nation. Her favorite part of each day is racing to the barn after work to snuggle with her equine besties, Esprit and Mishka. Follow Leslie on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (lesliewylie1), and email her at [email protected]


Kristen Kovatch is a self-proclaimed horseback writer located in Mayville, New York. A former dabbler in equitation, horsemanship, reining and reined cowhorse, Kristen also spent a few years on the range working a cattle/guest ranch in Wyoming. Kristen now trail rides and bothers cattle from horseback on the family farm; she also drives the family Percherons for farm and show. [Email Kristen] [Twitter] [Instagram]



Jenni Autry: Eventing Nation Content Egghead-In-Chief. Interwebz Clairvoyant. Facebook Czar. Meme Pundit. GIF Rule Breaker. Cat Lady. #ponypower Read this: Some Thoughts and Musings About Making Things For the Web. [Email Jenni] [@jenniautry]



Morgane Schmidt Gabriel is a 30-year-old teacher/artist/dressage trainer/show announcer/ who still hasn’t quite decided what she wants to be when she grows up. A native Floridian, she now lives in Reno, NV, where she’s been able to confirm her suspicion that snow is utterly worthless. Though she has run the gamut of equestrian disciplines, her favorite is dressage. She has completed both her USDF bronze and silver medals and is currently focused on bringing along Stormy, an APHA gelding, at PSG/I1 and introducing Willie, her coming four-year-old Dutch gelding, to the ways of the show world (though she tries not to be the one with the ‘harpy on a string’ in the warm-up ring). Generally speaking her life is largely ruled by Woody, a 14.2 hand beastly quarter horse, Willie, Stormy, The Husband, and writing gross grad school papers. In her ‘free time’ (i.e. the time she should be sleeping) she draws horses. Visit her website at or her training site at


Lila Gendal is an event rider all the way who found her unique niche at Denny Emerson’s Tamarack Hill Farm in Strafford, Vermont, where she has spent the last eight years. She spends her days riding horses, writing blogs and teaching lessons. She can be found on Facebook at LG Equine Media and Riding Instructor or reach her via email at [email protected].


Leah Hinnefeld is a lifelong equestrian who spent over a decade studying hoof health and metabolism in horses before turning her attention to rider fitness. Leah is a personal trainer certified by the National Academy of Sports Fitness and offers Virtual Fitness Training for riders and horse lovers. You can learn more about how to get fit to ride at Please contact Leah if you are interested in learning more about the virtual posture assessment offered by The Athletic Rider.


Lorraine Jackson of Sanpete County, Utah has been a lifelong daughter of the American West. A graduate and employee of the University of Utah, she has made a study of the history, science, and horsemanship that give the region its distinctive identity. She is enamored with the smart and hearty wild horses and burros gathered from the range, and earnestly works to promote their potential as wonderful sport horses. A die-hard eventer at heart, she is starting her own young BLM mare’s eventing career this season. She has been with Horse Nation since its inception, and is incredibly proud to share stories of the moving, the awesome, and the ridiculous alongside her incredible fellow Horse Nation contributors.


Lindsey Kahn is a South Korean-born, Minnesota-raised nerd whose life is a series of “Oh Crap” moments glued together with laughter, passion and a steady supply of ibuprofen. She somehow manages to balance her lifelong horse obsession, artistic endeavors, small business ownership, a “real world job,” and some semblance of a social life. Raised in a Western saddle at Dan Ramberg’s Woodloch Stable in Hugo, Minnesota, Lindsey dabbled in many disciplines over the years before focusing primarily on trail riding, three-day eventing and ranch horse events. She currently enjoys exploring the lower levels of eventing with her Thoroughbred/Connemara mare Firefly and trying to work the hay belly off of her Rocky Mountain Horse, Griffin. See Lindsey’s art at and check out her custom handmade rope halters at [Kahn Artistry Instagram] [Do or Do Knot Instagram]


Amanda Uechi Ronan used to be very serious, but then she graduated Kindergarten and decided life was too short. A few decades later, deep in the heart of Texas, she can be found teaching her three horses to play soccer with a yoga ball (choreographed with music, obvs), gossiping about British boys (Will Herondale, she loves you!), and eating tacos (like, seriously, her whole diet consists of tacos and Reese’s Pieces). Her claims to fame are being cast as the “titular Horrible Hogglewart” in her 3rd grade class production, marrying the most tolerant man in the universe, and being mother to one awesome kid named Sydney Elise. Find Amanda on Twitter @u_ronan,, Smashwords, and check out her epic fangirling posts on


Sally Spickard joined the Nation Media team in 2013 and now utilizes her internet-stalking/creeper-status skills to write for both Eventing Nation and Horse Nation. She recently relocated from one part of the Midwest to another and resides in Kansas City, MO. Sally can always be spotted by the exorbitant amount of purple she wears, and also prides herself on being an expert chinchilla wrangler. [Email Sally]


Maria Wachter is a self-proclaimed crazy mule lady (similar to a crazy cat lady, just not quite hoarder status). She lives in the mountains outside of Las Vegas, Nevada on her little slice of heaven with her boyfriend, mules, horses and cats. She is obsessed with trail riding and camping, and waits tables at night to fuel her addiction. She has a passion for writing about finding the funny in all things equestrian. She strives regularly to take the seriousness out of the situation and let people see how “special” they are for climbing upon a thousand-pound animal with a mind of its own. [Email Maria]


Candace Wade wrote the book Horse Sluts – The Saga of Two Women on the Trail of Their Yeehaw. She has contributed to Horse Nation, Mature Lifestyles, Riding and Writing, The Tennessean and is a member of American Horse Publications. Candace writes political diatribe, wrote “Hillary’s View” pet column and four unpublished film scripts. She learned to ride at age 46. Still rides at 59+. [Email Candace] [Horse Sluts on Facebook]

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