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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...


Where Inspirational Women Get Their Due: the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, with Pat Riley

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is dedicated to honoring and celebrating women – both past and present – whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West. The only one of its kind, the museum is located in the Fort Worth, Texas Cultural District and currently houses over 4,000 artifacts and information on some of the world's most inspirational women. The Hall of Fame has inducted over 233 (and counting) honorees, including...


The Cutting Edge: NCHA Champion and Trainer, Barbra Schulte

Elise’s guest on today’s Because of Horses podcast is the extraordinary horsewoman, Barbra Schulte. She is the only woman to win the Cutting Horse "Triple Crown”: the NCHA Derby, the NCHA Super Stakes Classic, and the Augusta Futurity. She was also awarded National Female Equestrian of the Year by the American Quarter Horse Association and the Women’s Sports Foundation, and is a National Cowgirl Hall of Fame inductee, former Vice President of the Cutting Horse Association, a professional...


Julie Goodnight: Helping Horses One Human at a Time

Elise’s guest today is Julie Goodnight: internationally renowned trainer, clinician, and host of the award-winning RFD-TV show “Horse Master with Julie Goodnight.” As well, Julie’s syndicated columns appear in over 50 publications and her DVDs are among the equestrian world’s top go-to training tools. She is also the spokesperson for Certified Horsemanship Association — the U.S. organization focused on promoting safety and excellence in horsemanship — and has been named Equine Affaire’s...


Secretariat and the Center that Saves Racehorses, with Susanna Thomas of Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center

Endorsed by Penny Chenery with the use of the great Secretariat’s name and located in the Kentucky Horse Park, Maker’s Mark Secretariat Center is THE gold standard in re-educating and re-homing off-the-track Thoroughbreds. The Center’s work is essential, considering that more than 20,000 Thoroughbred foals are born each year… but only about half of them even make it to the race track. And of those, only a fraction go on to have successful racing careers. Tragically, more than 10,000...


Life Between the Ears, with Kristine Dahms

Everyone who loves riding knows the best view in the world is the one from your saddle. That’s why social media sensation Kristine Dahms created the wildly popular Life Between the Ears. Having taken some time off to focus on her career, Kristine felt the increasing allure of horses and returned to riding in her 40s. The view was so beautiful from her horse’s back that she began taking and posting photos online... and her Instagram and Facebook pages exploded, with tens of thousands of...


Snowman: The Horse that Inspired a Nation, with Elizabeth Letts

Elise’s guest today is Elizabeth Letts, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of several novels and two phenomenal horse books: The Eighty-Dollar Champion, which was the winner of the 2012 Daniel P Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation; and The Perfect Horse, which won the 2017 PEN Literary Award for Research Nonfiction. The Eighty-Dollar Champion chronicles the inspiring, true story of destitute immigrant Harry DeLeyer and Snowman, the...


Building Your Horse Business in Our Modern World, with Industry Icon Patti Colbert

What are the top things equine business owners should be doing to grow our business? How do we convert mildly interested non-horsepeople into enthusiastic riders? Wondering if you should move your hobby farm into a working farm, but not sure how to do it? Get a pen and lots of paper to take notes as the legendary Patti Colbert shares the wisdom and insight her marketing clients went on a waiting list to access, but you get free on Because of Horses! An icon in the horse world, a senior...


Creating Opportunities and Access, The Lindsay Maxwell Fund

This special episode of the Because of Horses podcast concludes the first season... and it is with great pleasure that we do so with this very special conversation about philanthropy, inspiration, and kindness. The Lindsay Maxwell Charitable Fund is a private philanthropic fund established to improve the lives of children with special needs; enable access to education; and provide care, compassion, and protection to animals. Elise’s guests are Lindsay Maxwell, the founder of the...


World Horse Welfare, with Dr. Roly Owers

Elise’s guest today is Dr. Roly Owers, CEO of World Horse Welfare, based in the United Kingdom, but engaged worldwide to improve horses’ well-being. Roly is a veterinary surgeon and was a member of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, which included a posting overseeing the care of Queen Elizabeth’s Horse Guards as the Veterinary Officer at the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment in London. World Horse Welfare was founded in 1927 as a campaigning organization to prevent the export of live...


Wild Horse Country: So Much We Didn’t Know, with David Philipps

Elise’s guest today is Pulitzer Prize-winning, New York Times National Reporter, David Philipps. David’s book, Wild Horse Country, tells the fascinating and complex story of the Mustang, from its prehistoric ancestors in North America to its current controversy and possible future. Even those who are knowledgeable about Mustangs and the American West’s history will be surprised by the huge gaps in information David shares. While not a horse person himself, David does hold dear the notion...


How Do You Measure Safety? Christy Landwehr, CEO, Certified Horsemanship Association

Elise’s guest today on the Because of Horses podcast is Christy Landwehr, CEO of the Certified Horsemanship Association. The CHA was established to promote safety and education throughout the entire horse industry by certifying instructors, accrediting equine facilities, producing educational conferences, and publishing educational resources through a variety of media — all while building a great community of riders and instructors, and keeping it fun! Christy has been active in the horse...


he Sunset Years: Caring for Older Horses, with Dr. Tracy Norman and Rosanna McMillan

Elise’s guests this episode are veterinarian Dr. Tracy Norman and Rosanna McMillan. Dr. Norman works as a vet at the Blue Ridge Equine Clinic. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine, completed an internal medicine residency at Texas A&M University, and is board-certified in large animal internal medicine with an equine focus. Elise’s other guest, Rose McMillan, owns White Rock Manor — a retirement facility for horses, in Lexington, Virginia, known...


Modern-Day Kickass Indiana Jones, Mike Loades

Elise’s guest on today’s Because of Horses podcast is the incomparable Mike Loades: expert horseman; British military historian; television host for Discovery; popular presenter at the British Museum; advisor for the video game Assassin’s Creed: Black Flag; multi-published author; fight choreographer for TV, film, and theater; director of several TV specials for National Geographic and the History Channel; advisor on archaeological sites around the world; and historic warfare expert in more...


When Horses Fly, with Sabine Grebe

Elise’s guest today is Sabine Grebe, Lufthansa Cargo’s Animal Lounge Chief, at the Frankfurt International Airport in Germany. As the gateway for most horses going into Germany and Europe, as well as those leaving Europe for international travel, Lufthansa Cargo’s Frankfurt Animal Lounge handles horses of all breeds, disciplines, and training — from elite FEI and Olympic equine competitors to wild Mustangs, fresh off the range. More than 2,000 horses are transported in and out of...


Sometimes the Right Horse Is in the Wrong Place, with Christie Schulte Kappert

Where do horses go when they’re no longer wanted? And what resources exist to help owners when they can no longer keep their horses or they need to be retired? Rather than think of these horses collectively as “unwanted,” The Right Horse Initiative views them as being in transition and simply needing a new purpose. And that’s where this wonderful collection of horse industry leaders, organizations, and veterinarians step in. Elise’s guest today is Christie Schulte Kappert, Program...


Before They Win the Belmont: Timber Town’s Shelley Bunning

Before the cheering throngs at Churchill Downs or Belmont or Saratoga watch young Thoroughbred racehorses charge from the starting gates, Shelley Bunning and her team at Timber Town Stables welcomed many of them into the world as newborn foals. One of the youngest female Farm Managers at one of the greatest Thoroughbred racing broodmare operations in the US, Elise’s guest today is Shelley Bunning. Known for her utter devotion to the horses in her care and for her expertise,...


Riders Winning with “New” Athletic Edge, Dr. Marjorie Sugarman

Riders looking for an added competitive advantage are joining the ranks of nearly every professional sports and Olympic team in incorporating mental training into their regime. Regardless of athletic level – from elite to amateur – athletes recognize that the highest physical achievements can be seriously undermined if your head isn’t in the game. Discussing this topic with Elise is Dr. Margie Sugarman, a leading board-certified psychotherapist and sports consultant, with an extensive...


50 Years of Joy: Special Olympics, with Alex Hubbard, Stacey Johnson, and Martha Johnson

This year, Special Olympics is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968 and continues to provide year-round training and competitive events to five million athletes in 172 countries. Competitions are held every day, all around the world, including local, national, and regional competitions, adding up to more than 100,000 events each year. Helping to quantify what Special Olympics means to athletes, their families, and volunteers all over the world...


The Making of Equus: Story of the Horse, with Emmy-nominated Niobe Thompson

“Not so long ago, all horses were wild. But then we transformed our world with horse power.” These are the opening lines of the exciting new three-part film series, “Equus: Story of the Horse,” and internationally renowned Canadian filmmaker, Dr. Niobe Thompson — Elise’s guest on today’s episode of Because of Horses. Niobe is a Cambridge-trained anthropologist; an Emmy-nominated filmmaker who’s won multiple Canadian Screen Awards, Alberta Film Awards, and the Edmonton Film Prize; and...