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Distinguished Former Jockey and Accomplished TV Correspondent, Donna Barton Brothers

It’s not always easy to spot the path you’re meant to take, even when it’s laid out, right in front of you. Sometimes, you just can’t see it… and yet, your instincts tell you it’s there. So when you’re provided with a shot to give it a try, you somehow know to take it. And, once taken, it’s abundantly clear that you’re exactly where you’re meant to be. This is the path Donna Barton Brothers took to become one of the most successful female jockeys of all time. The daughter of one of the...

Duration: 01:22:26

From Childhood Dreams to the Largest Western Apparel Supplier in the World with Suzi Vlietstra

As even the most passionate horse-crazy kids grow up, life frequently takes them down career paths that don't include the animal that dominated so many of their childhood dreams. But Suzi Vlietstra's professional life couldn't have been crafted more meticulously if she'd created a blueprint in the very moment she laid eyes on her first pony, Brian -- a Christmas present from non-equestrian parents who recognized how deeply she connected with horses. That family love and involvement would go...

Duration: 00:55:04

The Horse Boy and Rupert Isaacson

Following one’s passion isn’t always about making our own life better; sometimes we get a unique opportunity to fully harness the skills, talent, experience, connections, and interests we possess, in the service of someone we love. This is precisely what happened to Elise Gaston Chand’s guest this week — Rupert Isaacson — whose son, Rowan, was diagnosed with autism at two. In Rupert’s quest to help his little boy, he utilized every skill he possessed as an internationally recognized...

Duration: 00:49:09

Returning from a Traumatic Brain Injury with Sallie Stewart

There’s a saying among horse people: “It’s not a matter of if you will fall, but when you will fall.” And the old adage of, “When it happens, you’ve got to get right back on that horse.” But this perspective — even though it’s based on sound logic, handed down by riders throughout the ages — takes on an entirely new meaning when their fall, and subsequent injuries, rob a person of their memories, prior life, and even basic life functions such as walking and talking. In the case of Sallie...

Duration: 01:06:00

Living Their Dreams with Kiki and Don Teague

When people talk about following their dreams, it’s generally in the singular — that one thing that makes their heart sing as a performer, an athlete, or a writer — and it’s usually a solo endeavor. Because of Horses’ guests today, Kiki and Don Teague, have multiple dreams — as if their imaginations are their only limit. And, they’re going on this adventure together, as husband and wife. Kiki and Don have each realized incredible accomplishments. Don is an Emmy Award-winning journalist...

Duration: 01:15:29

The World of Thoroughbred Racing with Anna Seitz

Sometimes, all the elements we could need just come together, enabling us to follow the most wonderful of dreams. But having an incredible foundation was just the beginning... years of hard work, long hours, and seven-day weeks were needed before the dream became real for Thoroughbred racing's Anna Seitz. Anna grew up in the heart of Kentucky's Bluegrass region on her family's Brookdale Farm, learning from a very early age from some of the most knowledgeable breeders and trainers in...

Duration: 00:57:48

Journey to Horse Photography with Charles Hilton

Sometimes in life, there comes a pivotal moment when — overwhelmed by heartbreak and loss, and watching what had seemed like a well-planned, happy future disappear — you find yourself without a clear path. It can seem like every obvious door is shut — except for one. And that door leads to an uncertain path — one that comes with its own risks and potential for failure. However, it can be in these moments that we find our greatest rewards. Today, our guest is Charles Hilton and it’s his...

Duration: 01:12:06

Finding Your Passion with Sue Weakley

Because of Horses’ guest this week, Sue Weakley, solved this mystery in her own life through a years-long process that took her in unexpected directions, but that led her to become the prolific equestrian reporter and photographer she is today. Sue has made a name for herself by sharing the human-interest side of international dressage competition and has been published in the likes of EQUUS, Practical Horseman, The Chronicle of the Horse, Dressage Today, and EQ Living. The competitors Sue...

Duration: 00:49:02

Horse-Crazy Girl Turned Prolific Author with Jessie Haas

Despite its title, Because of Horses podcast is actually about people — people who have found a way to incorporate their passion into their everyday lives and have designed a meaningful existence unique to them because of that passion. It just happens that — in this podcast — that passion is horses! Each week, Because of Horses will feature a fascinating guest who has shaped their life through their passion for horses. Description: Ask a young child what he or she would like to be when...

Duration: 01:01:42