Lauren Reischer is not only an equestrian, but such a positive leader and influencer who is paving the way to create equestrian sport inclusive for all riders. After being born with cerebral palsy, Lauren was introduced to therapeutic riding at a very young age and has stuck with it ever since. As she continued her riding career, Lauren was able to join the equestrian team at Brown University and later on even became captain of the team. Lauren now works for the Special Olympics New York where she is working on a few different projects and advocating for special olympic athletes within the equestrian world. Listen in!
Melanie Smith Taylor is a rider, author, and clinician who became one of only two riders to ever win the Triple Crown of Show Jumping (the American Invitational, the International Jumping Derby, and the American Gold Cup). It's no secret that Melanie is a true icon at best as she is also the only rider to ever win the entire Triple Crown on the same horse. While she has so many achievements and interests within the equestrian world, Melanie as a rider and trainer is also interested in veterinary medicine and course design. As if she hasn't done enough already, Melanie has also attended eight Olympic Games as an analyst with NBC Sports. Listen in and hear this incredible story.
cover photo by: Lawrence Nagy
*Warning* The topics discussed in this episode may be sensitive for some listeners as it pertains to sexual abuse and misconduct in equestrian sport. Here at the Equestrian Podcast we believe every equestrian should have the opportunity to share their story and discuss topics that aren't brought to light as often as they should in the equestrian industry. We believe that while some topics may be harder to talk about, it is important that we bring education and awareness to the fact that sexual abuse is not something to be taken lightly.
Carrie Kehring recently started the #WeRideTogether Champaign which highlights the much needed awareness and education champaign about sexual abuse and misconduct in equestrian sport based on her family's own experience. We Ride Together partners with the Horse Network and has been sweeping the nation, raising awareness, and coming out with a series of PSAs of in-depth stories of different individuals within the equestrian industry who have experienced sexual abuse. Listen in.
Kendall Gath is an equestrian business woman who competes at the Grand Prix Show Jumping level for Uruguay in the United States. In addition to riding, Kendall is also the creator of a revolutionary online platform that allows you to offer your horse for sale while attending any horse show across the country. The Equine Platform app is a truly genius idea as it allows users to see a wide variety of horses that might be available at the current show they are attending. Buyers and sellers can communicate directly, and all professional listings are prioritized. Listen in and hear Kendall's story.
Carl Hedin joins the Equestrian Podcast to share his story as a fellow equestrian influencer and professional in the industry. As one of the top equestrian influencers over in Europe and the founder of Eques Management, Carl is someone Bethany has looked up to for a long time now. Whether it be about asking for advice or getting some inspiration, Carl has so much experience when it comes to all things equestrian. Carl is based out of Sweden and has been successful in the dressage ring for some time now with his expertise in promoting and training young horses. His true passion highlights the bond between horse & rider and the true partnership that comes with it. Visit our website to watch a live recording of the interview with Bethany and Carl!
Nic Rolden joins the Equestrian Podcast to give us an inside look on his showcase coming up this weekend at Equitana USA! Learn about all things polo, running an equestrian lifestyle business, and what its like to be a fourth generation polo competitor. Nic has been passionate about polo since the beginning, and currently he is captain of the American Polo Team. Based out of Wellington, FL Nic is constantly looking to expand the sport for a wider audience and making polo more available to those interested. Listen in!
Ronny Riemer is best known as the hilarious "German Riding Instructor" who is able to combine the intricate knowledge of riding with some lighthearted fun. Ronny works out of his training program RCR Equestrian Inc. where his specialty is the production of sale horses and organizing custom trips to Europe for his clients to be able to purchase horses. In this episode Ronny gets up close and personal with his story and the tough lessons he has come to learn from competing. Get the opportunity to watch Ronny at work by attending Equitana USA, coming up this year at the Kentucky Horse Park!
Event Director Meghan Margewicz joins the podcast once again to talk about Equitana USA! This much anticipated event is happening October 1st-3rd 2021 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY and is the largest horse expo in the world. Filled with shopping, clinics, and many learning opportunities, it's the event you won't want to miss. Meghan has been riding since the young age of seven and has continued to learn about the sport while owning a couple different horses, participating in Pony Club, and even working with trainer, Jenni Mcallister. Using her background in horses, Meghan has brought Equitana to the U.S. and is here to breakdown the entire event for us. By joining the event you can expect clinics from Phillip Dutton, Laura Graves, Sally Batton, and so many other great professionals. Listen in!
Karen Rohlf is a rider, trainer, clinician, podcast host, and author of the book Dressage Naturally. She pretty much does it all, but Karen is best known for her unique riding style in how she has found a way to combine decades of experience in classic dressage with natural horsemanship. This year Karen will be teaching in Equitana USA at the Kentucky Horse Park where you can get the chance to watch and participate in one of her clinics about learning the classical lateral movements that prioritizes relaxation and balance. Listen in to learn more about her story and get all the details of the event!
Sydney Collier is a true force to be reckoned with as she has been riding since the age of seven while also being diagnosed with a rare disease called Wyburn-Mason Syndrome. Despite facing health challenges throughout her life, Sydney pushed for her equestrian aspirations earning a spot in the U.S. Para Dressage Team at the age of sixteen. In 2014, Sydney was the youngest competitor at the World Equestrian Games in France, and later on at the age of eighteen she won the U.S. Para Dressage National Championships. Sydney was also the youngest member in the equestrian portion of the 2016 Rio Paralympics for Team USA. This story is so inspiring and you can hear all about how Sydney has learned to keep doing what she loves, how she met her sponsor, Georgina Bloomberg, and more!