Ashley Francese

Ashley Francese

Betty White Quotes That Can Make Us Better Horsemen

Today would have been Betty White’s 100th birthday. We want to honor her memory with these quotes that will make us better horsemen and better people.

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HN Christmas Carols: ‘All I Want for Christmas Is a Standardbred’

Sing this one to the tune of “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.” And, if all you

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Oh, Baby I Love Your Style

We all have to find a way to express our individual styles. As an equestrian, the ways we

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MythBuster Monday: Pacers Don’t Trot

“Most horses fall neatly into the categories of being gaited (Tennessee Walkers, Missouri Fox Trotters) or not (Thoroughbreds,

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Getting Involved in Western Dressage

Two of our writers have been competing in western dressage — and they’re hooked! Read how Ashley Francese rediscovered

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11 Dos and Don’ts of Horse Shopping in the Digital Age

If you’ve ever had to sell a horse, you know the headache that comes with answering ad inquiries.

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What To Do When You and Your Horse Don’t See Eye To Eye

If you’ve ever had a horse that you don’t quite click with, you know how frustrating it can

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Editorial: A Call for Equestrians To Be Better People

“Rather than wearing umbrage like a shield, and retreating behind our screens and into the barn aisles, let’s

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Paying it Forward to the 2020/2021 MegaMakeover

In a year that has been riddled with uncertainty and unrest, Ashley Francese finds a way to make

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Stories of Standardbreds Part XVII: Maggie and Cafe Bar

Standardbreds as sidesaddle mounts? Absolutely! The next installment of Stories of Standardbreds serves to remind us just how

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Stories of Standardbreds Part XVI: Patricia and Eli

Patricia Clark and her Standardbred East Meets West are true trailblazers when it comes to endurance riding. They

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Stories of Standardbreds Part XV: Griffin and Sully

In part 15 of her stories on Standardbreds, Ashley Francese offers another testament to the versatility of Standardbreds — especially

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20 Things Equestrians Can Do When They Are Stuck at Home

Some of us are beginning to feel quite cooped up while we’re quarantined at home. Fortunately, Ashley Francese

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March Madness Turns Muddy Amidst April Showers

As mud season reaches its stride, horses are adapting to it in unexpected ways and many horse owners

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A Fish Called Dory: A Concussion Story

“I could not comprehend that I had been awake, had had previous conversations about this with my mother

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Stories of Standardbreds Part XIV: Anita and Shag

Standardbreds as endurance mounts? Absolutely! In our next installment of Stories of Standardbreds, we introduce you to Anita

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Your Trainer, Translated

What’s your trainer really trying to say? Here’s a quick guide to understanding your trainer.

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Stories of Standardbreds Part XIII: Nardi Jim Jim

In a true show of the potential of the breed, Ashley describes what it was like to take

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part XII: Michaela and Lightning Moon

The next installment of our series on Standardbreds introduces Michaela and her fiery horse, Mooney. You can meet them

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Stories of Standardbreds, Part XI: Sabine and Sevruga

As a continuation of our series on Standardbreds, we want to introduce you to Sabrine Spring, a long-time

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HN Quiz: Which Horse Movie Should You Watch?

Looking for just the right horse flick? Take this quiz!

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What Your Favorite Horse Breed Says About You

Our horses are our mirrors… right? Here is a look at what your horse — or at least

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Riding Retired Racehorses: A Comparison of Standardbreds and Thoroughbreds

Working with off-track horses is both challenging and rewarding. Although each horse is unique, here are six commonalities that can be

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On the Importance of Education

“… it is so important for equestrians to get outside of their comfort zones, to try new things

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What Your Favorite Horse TV Show Says About You

We all have our guilty pleasures when it comes to watching TV shows with horses in them. Now here’s a

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