“Netflix” for horse people!
Shya Beth is the creator of #EquineArtHour, a Twitter hour devoted to discussing equine art and artists and sharing the horsey artistic passion all over the world. #EquineArtHour takes place every Sunday from 4:00 to 5:00 PM on Eastern time featuring a weekly theme; Shya also lines up equine artists for interviews. In addition, Shya blogs as The Flying Shetlands.
Bibi Bemelmans was featured on #EquineArtHour on January 3, 2016 answering some of The Flying Shetlands’ questions about the amazing streaming website and app Horse Lifestyle TV. With three locations in the USA, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, this service is a definite “must have” for any horse lover looking to expand their knowledge about horse history, horse intelligence or just some pure and fun “equitanment”!
Founded: January 2011 by Vanessa Somers
Locations: New York City USA, Luxembourg, Netherlands
Medium: Equine film entertainment, film producer/director
Horse Lifestyle was a dream which became reality to bring horse enthusiasts from around the globe together through films. With both an easily-accessible site and apps for Android and iOS, you can watch award-winning documentaries, training videos from the top horse trainers in a verity of disciplines or read many top magazines and books all from your laptop, tablet, phone or any other device connected to the internet!
By introducing you to a wide range of insights, techniques and philosophies, we strive to inspire and enable you to live your lifestyle to the fullest. With your membership you enable us to continue building out our unique database with all the great horse masters of the world. Preserving their legacies for you and for the future generations. Safeguarding a pool of knowledge for everyone to tap into, with only a tap of the finger. A place where everyone with a heart for horses is welcomed.
Horse Lifestyle also has a DIY series — make anything and everything horsey with the help from this wonderful series, from gifts for friends and family to horse treats and more!
TFS: When did Horse Lifestyle start?
Bibi Bemelmans: Horse Lifestyle TV was started in 2011 and went live worldwide last November!
TFS: How did the idea for Horse Lifestyle come about?
Bibi Bemelmans: The idea was born when the founder (Vanessa Somers) was cleaning her stalls and wondering what she was missing in the equine community: a place where the horse world comes together which everybody with a heart for horses can join.
TFS: Can you tell my followers a bit about your job at Horse Lifestyle? What do you do?
Bibi Bemelmans: I’m responsible for Reputation and Communication and to make sure people know what Horse Lifestyle TV is and can do for them.
TFS: How did you first get involved with Horse Lifestyle?
Bibi Bemelmans: On a trail ride, and that is a true story! Vanessa and I went for a ride and started talking, one thing lead to another and next thing I knew she asked me if I was looking for a job!
TFS: How do you choose films to be added to your selection?
Bibi Bemelmans: We select films that inspire and motivate people and films that make people happy.
TFS: That is a great way of doing things. Do you also go to film festivals and see the horse films and then pick the ones you like?
Bibi Bemelmans: Yes, that is one thing we also do, and love to do!
TFS: I would think so! Did you pick any from the Equus Film Festival to add to your collection?
Bibi Bemelmans: Oh, yes we did! You can watch them soon online.
TFS: Which movie is your personal favorite?
Bibi Bemelmans: Depends on what mood I’m in. Sometimes I’m in for a clinic or a documentary and sometimes I just want some equitainment.
TFS: That sounds like something I’d do.
Bibi Bemelmans: And that’s why our library offers all of that, for every mood.
TFS: Do you have any special apps for tablets or phones?
Bibi Bemelmans: Yes we do! Both for Android and iOS.
TFS: Do you or Horse Lifestyle make any films yourselves?
Bibi Bemelmans: Yes, we do. Horse Lifestyle also produces and distributes films.
TFS: Really? Are any of these available to watch on your site? Are or have you entered in any film festivals?
Bibi Bemelmans: They will come soon online and I will make sure you will hear about it!
TFS: Any plans or goals for Horse Lifestyle in the future?
Bibi Bemelmans: Our goal is to gather the best the horse world has to offer and share it with horse enthusiasts around the globe.
TFS: How do you see the horse film industry doing in the next 5 or 10 years?
Bibi Bemelmans: There will always be stories to tell about horses. And people will want to watch more of what they like.
Horse Lifestyle also has top equestrian magazines in a wide collection! You can read such magazines as Elite Equestrian, Polo Times, The Plaid Horse and The Modern Equine Vet.
Be sure to check out Horse Lifestyle’s books, too! Some of their many title include: Anatomy of The Horse, Breaking and Riding with Military Commentaries, The Breed Characteristics Part One and Two, The Winter’s Tale and The Art of Horsemanship.
Thanks for answering my questions, Bibi. Be sure to go to Horse Lifestyle’s webpage to see all of their cool features. Between their films, magazines and books, this will surely last you all year long!
Check out The Flying Shetlands, a blog by equine artist and rider Shya Beth. Her mission is to showcase and highlight unique and exceptional equine art and artists across the globe. Growing daily, The Flying Shetlands has new articles every Tuesday and Friday. It is also the founder of the first ever #EquineArtHour on Twitter for equine artists along with art and equine enthusiasts to share their work and interact with each other for an hour every Sunday, 4-5 p.m. See the official page here.