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The Incomparable Six-Time Olympian and Chef d’Equipe: Robert Dover

This week, Robert Dover is joining the podcast! Robert is a six-time Olympian, four-time Olympic medalist, five-time U.S. National Grand Prix Champion, and former Technical Advisor and Chef d’Equipe of the U.S. Dressage Team. Robert competed in every Olympic summer games between 1984-2004 — an American dressage record. He won four team bronze medals as well as a team bronze in the 1994 World Equestrian Games. He has also been the top U.S. trainer and instructor of international horses and...


All Things Polo, with International Coach, Umpire, and High Goal Player Charlie Muldoon

Elise’s guest this week, on the Because of Horses podcast is Charlie Muldoon. Both on and off the field, few people in the U.S. have been as influential to the game of polo as Charlie Muldoon. As the youngest member of the Muldoons, one of polo’s most iconic families and the first family to win a national tournament together in the U.S., Charlie began his pro career at age 18. He quickly rose to prominence and even captained the U.S. Polo team on numerous occasions as a high-goal polo...


#MeToo In the Horse World: Mollie Bailey’s Story of Courage

Elise's guest on this episode is Mollie Bailey, senior reporter at The Chronicle of the Horse, and the author of “#MeToo: The Story of A Trainer, A Trophy and An All-Too-Common Betrayal.” The article, which ran one year ago, continues to rattle the horse industry as abuse survivors from across the country share their stories. Mollie’s investigative reporting connected the #MeToo movement in the broader community to the world of equestrian sport. Through her tactful interviews and powerful...


Bronze Medal Olympian — Charlotte Bredahl

U.S. Olympian, dressage coach and youth mentor Charlotte Bredahl is Elise’s guest on this episode of Because of Horses Podcast. Originally from Denmark, Bredahl moved to California at the age of 20 with little more than a suitcase and the dream of becoming an elite equestrian. Known for her compassion, work ethic and commitment to personal growth, Bredahl quickly rose to the Grand Prix level. She competed 42 horses over 37 years, many of whom she developed herself. Bredahl is perhaps...


A Bridge Back to Civilian Life — War Horses for Veterans

For veterans who are working to transition from active-duty to civilian life, War Horses for Veterans has become one of the premier programs for horsemanship, networking and personal growth. Founded in 2014, War Horses for Veterans is the brainchild of Patrick Benson, an equestrian and Army combat infantryman who served in Iraq from 1998-2004. Patrick recognized the unique challenges faced by veterans, who struggle with depression or PTSD following their service. He knew how beneficial...


Coach, Assessor, Educator, and Australia’s Horse Chats Podcast Host — Glenys Cox

Glenys Cox, equestrian coach, educator and “trainer of trainers,” hosts the popular Horse Chats podcast and is the director of Online Horse College, which offers education and opportunities to equestrians across all facets of the industry. She believes that through better education of professionals, horses around the world will lead better lives. Glenys is a former international three-day event and dressage competitor based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. She merges 40 years as a...


A Luxury Ranch Vacation Like No Other: Red Reflet Ranch

Elise’s guests this week are all from Wyoming’s Red Reflet Ranch — co-owner, Bob Kaplan; and Horse Operations Team, Clay and Tammy Trollinger. Red Reflet Ranch is both a working cattle ranch as well as an all-inclusive luxury resort that expands across 27,000 privately-owned acres nestled under the shadow of the Big Horn Mountains. The ranch is renowned for its five-star amenities, fine dining, and diverse outdoor activities (that, of course, include horseback riding). Owned by Bob and...


The Wild Horses of Sable Island with Dr. Phil McLoughlin

In this week’s episode, Elise has the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Phil McLoughlin, a central scientific figure in studying and protecting the wild horses of Sable Island. Sable Island is a small, narrow strip of land off the coast of Nova Scotia, renowned for its history of countless shipwrecks and for the 550 wild horses who roam its 26 rugged miles. Considered by biologists to be home to one of the last herds of completely wild horses, Sable Island is a treasure trove for Population...


The Biggest Little Heroes: Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses, with Debbie Garcia-Bengochea

In today’s episode, Elise is joined by Debbie Garcia-Bengochea, the co-founder of Gentle Carousel Miniature Therapy Horses — an award-winning, all-volunteer non-profit. Gentle Carousel’s teams of tiny therapy horses visit over 25,000 adults and children each year inside hospitals, hospice programs, and with families who have experienced traumatic events. These little horses are always ready to go — helping to comfort survivors and first responders of the mass shootings at Sandy Hook...


Tamara Gooch: Internationally Renowned Equestrian Photographer

Tamara Gooch’s love for photography is equaled only by her love of horses, and her passion for each subject is revealed in the artistry, rich color and unique focus of every image she shoots. After fifteen years as a professional photographer, Tamara still gets excited every time she picks up her camera. Tamara’s catalog of work is filled with museum quality pieces which will be treasured by their owners for generations to come. She believes that photography is about seizing moments of...


Sandy Collier: Blazing Paths and Cutting Cattle

Elise’s guest this episode is Sandy Collier: acclaimed international judge, clinician and member of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame. Sandy’s analytical approach to training and reputation for consistency in both practice and show pens has resulted in a 50-year career studded with success. Sandy grew up in the Northeast riding three-day event horses, but fell in love with Western riding after landing in California in the mid-1970s. There, she worked for Doug Ingersoll and Tom Shelly,...


Buying and Selling the World’s Most Expensive Ranches: Tyler Jacob with Hall and Hall

Tyler Jacobs, director and real estate partner with Hall and Hall, has been selling farms and ranches since 1998. Hall and Hall is the premier source for ranchers looking to buy and sell land in the west, with over $3 billion in total sales since 2008 and more acreage brokered than any firm in the world. Founded in 1946 by Henry Hall and his son Warren, Hall and Hall grew from modest roots with deals simply closed by a handshake to an employee-owned company whose team-based approach is...


The King Ranch Legacy: Quarter Horses, Triple Crown Contenders, and 170 Years of Breeding Excellence, with James Clement

Elise’s guest is James Clement, the Horse Division Manager of the Quarter Horse Program at the King Ranch – one of the most respected and historically significant Quarter Horse operations in existence... not only pre-dating recognition of the breed, but directly responsible for its creation. From 1853 when he founded the 825,000-acre King Ranch, Captain Richard King (a visionary and the son of destitute Irish immigrants) meticulously up-bred the stallions and mares of the Wild Horse...


USDF Gold Medalist and 4th Level Trainer, Reese Koffler Stanfield

Elise’s guest today is Reese Koffler-Stanfield, U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) bronze, silver and gold medalist. Reese is a lifelong professional horseperson from Kentucky, who has competed in the sport of dressage since early childhood. She is one of the only USDF Certified Instructor/Trainers through Fourth Level in Region II, which encompasses five states. Reese participated in USDF Youth programs including the Advanced Young Rider Program, culminating in numerous international...


Guy McLean: Australia’s National Treasure and Ambassador of the Outback

Horseman, performer and poet Guy McLean is originally from Melbourne, Australia, but moved to Queensland to what became his parents’ Susan River Homestead Holiday Ranch. There, this shy young boy grew up, devoted to horses and developing his horsemanship skills and deep love for the Bush country. Named official Ambassador of the Outback, Guy has wowed audiences with his performances of horsemanship, Bush poetry and whip cracking since 1999. In 2005, Guy was the inaugural winner of...


Educating Tomorrow’s Best Veterinarians: Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, Dean Dr. Eleanor Green

The College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University is one of only 31 colleges of veterinary medicine in North America… and is considered by many to be one of the finest. Leading this phenomenal College is Dr. Eleanor Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences — and Elise’s guest today! Dr. Eleanor Green has many amazing accomplishments and “firsts!” She was the first woman veterinarian to be hired at Mississippi State...


Luxury Equestrian Adventures with Travel Writer Nancy Brown

Nancy Brown likes to joke around that she “sleeps around a lot… but in a good way!” Combining her love of horses with her passion for travel and writing, Nancy shares her adventures through her blog, website, and various publications. Believing that travel is better on the back of a horse, Nancy has ridden in Canada, the Caribbean, Ireland, Mexico, Norway, Switzerland, Portugal, all over the US, and in countless other beautiful locations. In today’s episode, Nancy recounts some of her...


The Lone Rider: Border to Border on Horseback, with Gillian Larson

Rattlesnakes, a wolf at midnight, bears, unexpected snow, and a falling-down-exhausted back country hiker… long-distance solo rider Gillian Larson has seen it all from the saddle as she and her beloved horses, Shyla and Takoda, have covered thousands of miles between Mexico and Canada, and criss-crossed the American West. Alone. Gillian has made multiple horseback treks from the Mexican border to British Columbia on the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail. She’s also the youngest person to...


Denny Emerson: Gold Medal Eventer, Tevis Cup Buckle Winner, and USEA Hall of Famer

In today’s episode, Elise talks with Denny Emerson, named by The Chronicle of the Horse as “one of the 50 most influential horsemen of the Twentieth Century.” Denny is the only rider to have won both an Olympic Gold Medal in Eventing and a Tevis buckle in Endurance. He has been inducted into the United States Eventing Association (USEA) Hall of Fame, awarded USEA’s Wofford Cup for lifetime service to Eventing, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Riding Instructor...


The CNN Top 10 Hero: It Begins with a Horse, Patricia Kelly

Elise’s guest today is Patricia Kelly, President and CEO of Ebony Horsewomen Inc., in Hartford, Connecticut. What began in 1984 as a cultural enrichment organization made up of African-American female equestrians has evolved into a devoted team of mental health professionals and horse specialists working to guide over 300 at-risk youth annually towards successful lives. Perhaps most importantly, by creating a safe and welcoming oasis, by providing structure, and by teaching self-respect...