The Arabian Horse Association presents, The Arabian Horse Connection. Our bi-weekly episodes will showcase the diversity of the Arabian horse community; from industry titans, backyard heroes, and amateur contenders to the latest trends, stories, and news AHA will cover it all.
This week the hosts of the Talkin' Trot Podcast, Angie and Bridget stopped by to discuss Distance Riding. We chatted about getting started in Distance Events, finding a mentor, common Distance terminology, and why the Distance community is the best. Plus, Angie and Bridget provide the latest updates in the world of distance.
If you want to learn more about Distance riding, be sure to tune into the Talkin' Trot Podcast! Listen to insider interviews from Distance enthusiasts, professionals, and the latest news. Find all episodes here.
You can find more resources regarding Distance events when you visit the AERC website. Find a mentor here. Find a ride in your area here.
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Linda Royer, of Farm+Ranch Equine Design is an avid equestrian and has owned and bred Arabian horses since 1982. Linda started Farm+Ranch Equine Design in 1994 and has over 44 years of professional experience and over 25 years of experience designing equine specific properties. Linda talks about the equine property design experience, provides property design tips, and provides a list of the top items you need to think about when designing an equine property.
Follow Linda on Facebook at @farmplusbarn and visit her website.
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Dr. Jane Haven is the Executive Director of Taking the Reins, a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the confidence of girls through their equestrian and gardening program. Jane grew up in Western Colorado, finding herself attending Cal Poly Pomona because of her love of horses. Jane’s passions truly lie in horses and youth, as she is heavily involved in youth programming in AHA’s Region 2 as well as a member of the Local Level Committee at AHA.
On this episode, Jane shares the details about the Taking the Reins and how it has benefited and will continue to benefit the Los Angeles community. We speak about the power of horses and how they teach us confidence and kindness.
Learn more about Taking the Reins: https://takingthereins.org/
Donate to Taking the Reins: https://takingthereins.org/donate/
Michael Damianos is a judge, trainer, and the owner of Michael Damianos Performance Horses in Ojai, CA. Founded in 1982, MDPH originally focused on training Quarter Horses, but then transitioned to encompass Arabian and Half Arabian horses. At MDPH, all disciplines are welcome, as Michael accommodates riders in the Western, Sport Horse, Showmanship, Hunter Pleasure, and Equitation.
Michael has also received various awards in the equestrian community including the APAHA Working Western Trainer of the Year twice and USEF Barbara Worth Equestrian of Honor Award. Michael has traveled the country and world judging many prestigious shows including, National, Regional, and Club level shows. Michael holds judging cards with AQHA, ApHC, NRHA, NRCHA, and NSBA. In 2021 Michael will be judging the new AHA show, Ranch Horse Championships.
On today’s episode Michael and I discuss his career in the Equine Industry as well as Trail. Michael provides some great training tips for not only the experienced rider, but for the beginner. Find more information and resources at the links below.
Find Michael Damianos on social media: https://www.instagram.com/michaeldamianos/
Find more information about Michael Damianos Performance Horses here: https://www.michaeldamianos.com/about-mdph.html
AHA Judges School and Seminar: https://www.arabianhorses.org/additional/judges-stewards/seminar-schools/
Today I caught with Duane Esser, of Esser Valley Arabians. Duane is a longtime Arabian horse advocate, trainer, breeder, and past Region 14 Director. Today we chat about all things Arabian horses including Duane's experience with AHA's Discovery Farm Program, how Duane got started as a trainer, and his experience as an Arabian horse judge. Duane provides valuable insight to those who are looking to expand upon their lesson programs and to those that are just getting started in their Arabian horse journey.
Find out more about Esser Valley Arabians here: http://www.esservalleyarabians.com/index.html
Today my guest is none other than David Freedman, a 6th generation harness and saddle maker hailing from a long line of master craftsmen. David took over as President and CEO of Freedman’s in 1991 continuing the skills that have been passed down from his father, grandfather, and great grandfather, ensuring there is tradition in every stitch. Today David and I talk all about tack, the history of Freedman’s, and how David has adapted the business to fit the ever changing needs of the equine industry while remaining true to his roots.
Plus, all Arabian Horse Connection listeners can use the code 12DAYSOFXMAS through December 17th to get FREE shipping on 12 of Freedman’s favorite items. Plus, receive a FREE gift with purchase - a keepsake collector's item, exclusively from Freedman's.
Visit https://freedmanharness.com/ to learn more.
This week I was able to catch up with Caroline Elik, the recipient of the 2020 AHA Youth of the Year award. Caroline receives the Youth of the Year perpetual trophy as well as a $5,000 scholarship from the Arabian Horse Foundation.
Compassion, humility, and motivation are the foundation of Caroline’s approach to life. She is currently enrolled at University of Missouri – Columbia pursuing a degree in journalism. She is a member of the Women in Media club and believes that it is important for women to have the resources and networking opportunities to be able to pursue their passion for media-oriented careers. During High School she was actively involved with her school’s newspaper, and held numerous leadership roles in her local 4-H club. She served as the Region 11 youth vice director, and was elected as the AHYA Secretary in 2019. She believes that involvement at any level is important as it improves not only our own lives, but the lives or others through the work that we do when we are involved in something worthwhile.
Caroline’s efforts within the Arabian horse community has led her to strive to be a positive influence on AHYA and to be a role model for those who aspire to become further involved in the Arabian horse community. She believes that “our youth are not just our future, but also our present – they are already active contributors to the growth and promotion of the Arabian breed”.
Caroline Elik is a leader among her peers, serving her breed and others with a selfless attitude and the heart of a champion.
Know someone that would be a great candidate for Youth of the Year? Click the link to nominate or apply.
Today I sit down and chat with Larry Shallcross, Chair of the Probable Cause Panel and Van Jacobsen, chair of the Ethical Practices and Review Board. We discuss what each panel does from receiving a complaint, all the way to the decision making process. Learn more about how the EPRB and Probably Cause Panel work together and how they help enforce the rules of the Arabian Horse Association.
AHA Convention is one of the best ways to get more involved with the Arabian breed, connecting you with people from all over the country that share the same passion for the Arabian horse. When you attend an AHA Convention, you are able to listen, comment, and provide input on policies that could affect you and the breed association as a whole. Today AHA president Nancy Harvey and longtime Convention participant and Chair of Agenda and Resolutions Penny Wardlaw, discuss what is going to be happening at Virtual Convention and why Convention is so important.
$175 for Delegates/Directors – All access to virtual functions and Voting authority
$35 for Alternates/Members – All access to virtual functions
$85 for Non-Members – Provides a one year membership and all access to virtual functions
Convention information available here: https://www.arabianhorses.org/additional/involved/convention/index.html
Resolutions available here: https://www.arabianhorses.org/additional/involved/convention/resolutions/
We are joined today by Christy Landwehr, CEO of the Certified Horsemanship Association known as (CHA) https://cha.horse/. Christy Landwehr has been in the equine industry for over 35 years riding and teaching many disciplines and breeds. Christy is a Master Level Riding Instructor and Equine Facility Manager through the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) and has taught students in 4-H and Pony Club. She is Past President of the American Youth Horse Council and past board member for the Colorado Horse Council. She founded, competed on and coached the University of Colorado at Boulder Intercollegiate Horse Show Association equestrian team. Christy is an AQHA and APHA Professional Horseman and sits on the Colorado State University Equine Sciences Advisory Council and on the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Board.
Christy has her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a minor in Speech and her Masters is in Journalism with a minor in Marketing. She was the Sponsorship/Youth Programs Manager for the Arabian Horse Association, a trainer for Skill Path Seminars, and the Development Director for The Urban Farm that works with at-risk youth in Denver. Currently, she is the Chief Executive Officer for CHA and a clinician and site accreditor for the organization. Christy has spoken at numerous equine events, breed and discipline conventions throughout her career.
Christy gives the inside scoop on CHA and how it can help Arabian Horse owners take their skills to the next level. Christy and I chat about all the various programs CHA offers including certifications from Equine Facility Management to English and Western Disciplines. Arabian Horse Connection listeners will also be receiving a special discount on CHA’s Virtual International Conference with code AHA to receive CHA’s member rate.
CHA International Conference Discount Code: AHA
CHA Website: https://cha.horse/
CHA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CHAinstructors
CHA Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/chainstructors/
CHA Twitter: https://twitter.com/chainstructors
Like so many of us, Kathy Callahan-Smith joined the equine community when she caught the horse bug at a young age. Kathy found that her passion with horses developed into judging when she competed and later coached the judging team at Cal Poly University. Kathy has developed a rich career in the equine industry as she holds judging cards with multiple associations and is a USEF C2 Steward. Kathy is currently the Director for Region 1 at AHA and attends as many horse shows as she can. Today we chat about judging, why it is important and why we need quality judges in the horse industry. As we know, there is always something new to learn.
Judging Resources: https://www.arabianhorses.org/additional/judges-stewards/
This week I sat down to chat with Lorie Henderson of Firelight Arabians (http://firelightarabians.com/). Lorie not only runs a successful breeding and training farm (https://www.facebook.com/firelightarabians), but offers a unique lesson program and showing opportunities for youth and amateur riders. Lorie and her youth are very involved in the local community, sharing the Arabian breed with the public at Breyerfest and at local tack and feed stores. Lorie explains the how and why behind her successful lesson program, in addition to providing valuable insight into promoting the Arabian breed at the local level.
Are you thinking about registering your Arabian Horse but aren't sure how to get started? In this episode, we cover the ins and outs of Registration with AHA Registrar, Debbie Fuentes.
Debbie takes us through the steps of registering a foal, from filling out the application to sending in a DNA sample. Learn why registering your foal is so important, get to know the various forms and procedures that are needed, and receive insight on a few frequently asked questions.
All resources and forms for registration can be found via the Arabian Horse Association website: https://www.arabianhorses.org/additional/forms/registration-forms/
For more information regarding Registration, reach out to a Customer Service Representative at 303.696.4500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Today’s episode is brought to you by the Arabian Horse Foundation. The Arabian Horse Foundation seeks to promote youth, equine research, and educational programs through their scholarships and grant opportunities. Visit thearabianhorsefoundation.org to donate and learn more.
Today’s guest is an expert in the field of Equine Genetics and has collaborated on monumental studies involving Lavender Foal Syndrome(https://europepmc.org/article/med/20419149), Equine coat color(https://thehorse.com/138486/why-do-equine-genetic-disorders-and-coat-color-seem-related/), and Arabian Ancestry(https://www.feedstuffs.com/nutrition-health/genetics-study-questions-common-precepts-arabian-breed). Currently, she resides at the University of Florida, where she runs the Brooks Equine Genetics Lab. There is no doubt you won’t learn a thing or two about equine genetics after listening to this episode.
Horse Genetics Online Course: http://www.ufequinegenetics.org/online-courses.html
Brooks Equine Genetics Lab Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/BrooksEquineGenetics/
Link to Dr. Brooks' Published Articles: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=8MBd_hQAAAAJ&hl=en
On this special episode live from Youth and Mid Summer Nationals, we sit down and chat about All Things AHYA with AHYA Vice President Harper Hamill and Secretary Caroline Elik. These ladies are involved as can be with Youth Programs at the Arabian Horse Association and provide some five star advice about increasing participation within AHYA. We discuss The Be a Hero Challenge, AHYA Convention, and how to get started with AHYA Youth Programs.
Links to AHYA socials:
You may have seen this week’s guest in the middle of the show ring with a camera in his hands, ready to shoot the perfect shot. This week I learned all about show photography from Howie Schatzberg of Howard Schatzberg Photography (https://www.howardschatzbergphoto.com/). Howie is passionate about his career in Equine Photography and travels to over 25 shows a year. Howie is the official photographer for the Kentucky State Fair World’s Championship Horse Show, the Grand National and World Championship Morgan Horse Show, the UPHA/American Royal National Championship Horse Show, the US Nationals Arabian and Half Arabian Horse Show, Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, and the National Show Horse finals. We learn all about Howie’s origins as a photographer, discuss the unique features that make the Arabian breed so special to photograph, and relive some of Howie's favorite photography moments. Howie even gives some tips for capturing the perfect action shot. So sit back, learn, and listen all about equine show photography.
Today I sit down and chat with Crystal McNutt of McNutt performance horses (https://www.facebook.com/McNuttPerformanceHorses/). Crystal is inspiring, motivating, and just an awesome person to have in the equine community. She is an active competitor and member of NRHA (National Reining Horse Association), ARHA (Arabian Reining Horse Association), AHA (Arabian Horse Association), and AQHA (American Quarter Horse Association) and has earned multiple top tens and National titles throughout her career. In addition, she has been named Working Western Trainer of the Year 5x and in 2011 earned the title Horse Woman of the Year. Crystal was also an alternate at the World Equestrian Games in 2006 and is currently working on qualifying for the prestigious The Run For the Million competition. She owns and operates McNutt Performance Horses where she trains and coaches non-pro and youth riders for success in show ring. We chat about all things reining while Crystal provides valuable insights about competing and riding Arabians.
This week we learn about local level involvement from longtime Arabian horse proponents, Meegan Gilker Thomas and Jessica Gilker of JAG Arabians. Meegan and Jessica have been involved with Arabian horses at the local level from a young age and have carried on their advocacy for the breed with their leadership in their local club, Georgia Arabian Horse Association. We discuss successfully running an event from the ground up, understanding using social media as a tool, and adjusting to industry changes while supporting club members. Join us and get inspired to love the Arabian breed at the local level!
Find a local club in your region: https://www.arabianhorses.org/additional/involved/clubs/
Get Local Map: https://www.arabianhorses.org/additional/involved/get-local/
This I week I sit down and chat with the owners of Conway Arabians (https://www.conwayarabians.com/), Lori and Peter Conway. Lori and Peter have been breeding and training Arabian and Half Arabian horses since 1999 and have amassed multiple top ten and national championships from horses they have owned and bred. Breeding horses that exhibit quality over quantity sits at the cornerstone of Peter and Lori’s program. Not only are they exemplary industry professionals, they also embody a passion for Arabian horses that are bred to move you. Glean great industry knowledge as we discuss desirable breeding stock characteristics, navigating foal purchases with the use of social media, and the future of Arabian breeding.
This week we are going the distance with Alanna and Gunnar Frank. Alanna and her husband Gunnar own and operate Iron Vikings Equine Endurance in Vinita, Oklahoma where they not only host endurance rides on their ranch, but also sell a myriad of products that assist in the comfort and health of distance riders and their horses. Alanna and Gunnar have been riding and competing with their Distance horses since 2006 and throughout that time have completed multiple 50 and 100 mile rides all over the country. On this episode, we discuss what makes distance riding so unique and learn more about getting started in the sport.
Iron Vikings Equine Endurance:
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This week we chat with Nancy Harvey, the current President of the Arabian Horse Association and Deborah Johnson, the current Vice President, as they give us the inside look at their unique beginnings in the horse industry. Join us and get the exclusive on their first experiences with the Arabian Horse and why they chose to stay with the Arabian Breed. Nancy and Deborah provide insight on how to become more involved in the horse industry while remaining relevant in an ever changing world. Sit back, listen, and learn with us from these industry leaders. Link to Virtual Clinics: https://www.arabianhorses.org/competition/virtual-clinics.html#