We’re one-year old today–and what a very, very long way we’ve come. A million-and-a-half page views later, we have some serious shouting-out to do.
Top photo: Reader Jocelyn S. Mackie of Portland, Ore., and her horse Chance
Shout-out #1: Our sister site, Eventing Nation
Talk about riding in on some awesome coattails. Horse Nation wouldn’t be where it is today without the support of Eventing Nation, which has truly revolutionized the way we communicate and share information within the sport of eventing.
Shout-out #2: Our brilliant publisher, John
I call John a genius all the time, and he’s always like “no I’m not blah-blah-blah,” but it’s true. The guy’s got some serious vision, and I’m so honored that he’s entrusted Horse Nation to my care–even after I turned this in as a logo design concept.
Yep. It’s farting stars.
Shout-out #3: Our dream team of sponsors and partners
Have you ever seen a more beautiful lineup than this one? My lord. I just want to kiss every last one of them on the mouth. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Shout-out #4: Our talented writers, artists and contributors
One of the things that makes Horse Nation stand apart from other equine publications is that it’s largely created by YOU. In addition to our stable of regular columnists and illustrators, Horse Nation maintains an open-door policy when it comes to content: We want the website to be what you want it to be, and we think the best way to accomplish that goal is to give you a hand in shaping it. I am continually floored by the quality of content we receive–if you want to join in the fun, check out our Contributor Guidelines here.
Shout-out #5: Our readers!
You guys are the best, hands-down. It thrills me to see Horse Nation stories get passed around the web, rousing discussion and oftentimes taking on a life of their own. The equestrian community is a huge one, literally spanning the globe (over the past year, we’ve had 330,365 unique visitors from 190 countries), but we’re bound close by our shared passion. Horse Nation exists as a place where we can all come together under one virtual roof and be horse-crazy together.
Happy birthday Horse Nation, and Go Riding!
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