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The Real War Horse and Winston Churchill at the Gallop, with Brough Scott

British television, radio and print journalist Brough Scott, MBE, began broadcasting nearly 50 years ago after a career as a jump jockey, ultimately becoming one of the best-known figures in British horse racing and sport. As a jockey, he rode over 100- winners including at the Imperial Cup and the Mandarin Handicap Chase. As a journalist, he has reported at major sporting events ranging from Wimbledon to the Olympic Games to the Epsom Derby. As a journalist for the Sunday Times,...


The Streets Raised Us… and Horses Saved Us, with Kristen de Marco

Elise Gaston Chand welcomes Kristen DeMarco, an equine specialist and mental health advocate to Because of Horses podcast. Kristen is the executive director of Gateway HorseWorks and has combined a lifetime of equestrian experience with her background in psychology to help humans partner with horses in new and innovative ways. She is passionate about helping individuals, teams, families and corporate groups improve their quality of life through guided interactions with horses. Kristen...


Olympic Gold Medalist Peter Wylde on Competing, the Emerging Athletes Program, and What It Means to Be a Horseman

Today’s guest is Olympic gold medalist, Peter Wylde, who is indisputably among the world’s most talented and successful competitive equestrians. At the age of 17, Peter earned the United States’ highest junior honor when he won the Rolex-Maclay National Equitation Championship at the National Horse Show in Madison Square Garden. From this stellar early achievement, Peter went on to win some of the most prestigious titles in the world of show jumping — including the President’s Cup at the...


Seeing the World from the Saddle, One Country at a Time, with Yulia Frolova

This week’s guest is Yulia Frolova, a self-proclaimed – and literal – globe trotter. Yulia is the blogger behind the popular EquiGeo, a travel blog documenting her goal to ride a horse in every country around the globe. Her count so far? 45… and counting! And with 197 recognized countries (or independent states), Yulia has already made a great dent in her goal! Whether it’s in the desert, the deepest snow, or on her way to an audience with the Pope, Yulia is most in her element when she’s...


Covering the Olympics, WEG, and Christopher Reeve: Diana De Rosa

For over 35 years, veteran equestrian journalist, photographer and public relations maven Diana De Rosa has covered equestrian sport around the world, including the past eight Olympic Games, all eight World Equestrian Games, several Pan Am Games and FEI World Cups. Diana enjoys creating richly told stories through photography and writing and has over 1,000 published credits to her name. Diana is the owner of Press Link, a public relations firm based in Farmingdale, New York. Her past and...


Many Brave Fools: A Story of Addiction, Codependency…and Horses, with Susan Conley

In 2006, Susan Conley was 42 years old and married to an addict whose well-being she valued above her own. Though she had never longed for a pony or studied horses before, one day she suddenly, inexplicably, felt drawn to find a barn so she could ride. In her new memoir, Many Brave Fools, Susan explores topics including addiction, dysfunction and codependent relationships—and shares the story of how horses helped her to navigate the aftermath of her unhealthy marriage and subsequent loss of...


Hollywood Trainer Cari Swanson on A-List Stars, Hit Movies, and Horses

Equestrians often say that horses take them on amazing journeys in life — and that’s no exception for movie trainer, Cari Swanson — Elise’s guest today on Because of Horses. Cari has provided horse talent and training for dozens of top films and television shows including Helen of Troy, Night of the Museum, Yellowstone, Taking Woodstock, and Arthur, as well as Orange Is the New Black, Person of Interest, The Knick, and Snowman. One of Elise’s personal favorites is Winter’s Tale, much of...


When the Winning Stops: the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Is Saving Racehorses

Today, Elise is welcoming Kim Weir, the Director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving for the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation. Founded in 1983, the TRF is the oldest and largest equine sanctuary of its kind in the world! Its mission to save Thoroughbred horses no longer able to compete on the racetrack from possible neglect, abuse, and slaughter. The sad truth is that over 10,000 American racehorses each year are shipped to slaughterhouses in Canada and Mexico. It is this reality that the...


Horse Show Mastermind: International Jumping Event Producer Matt Morrissey

Equestrian event promoter, manager and coordinator Matt Morrissey is the vice president of operations for Morrissey Management Group of Bradenton, Florida, one of the oldest and most successful horse show management companies in the world. For nearly 50 years, members of the Morrissey family have facilitated the production of national and international show jumping events up and down the East Coast and are responsible for managing some of the most significant equestrian competitions in the...


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,...