Airing May 31, 2019
Eight years ago, social media phenom Yulia Frolova set a personal goal for herself: to ride in every country. So far, she’s at 45 countries… and counting!
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 traveling the world… and seeing it from the back of a horse.
So far, she’s ridden in Armenia, Jordan, Luxembourg, Russia, Austria, the US, Turkey, and Latvia, just to name a few. That visit with the Pope? Yulia joined an equestrian pilgrimage that sees 450 equestrians ride to the Holy City for an audience with his Holiness.
When at home in Bahrain, Yulia rides dressage on her off-the-track Thoroughbred. But she makes it a point to try other disciplines, including Western, playing polo, and Spain’s Doma Vaquera. She’s even tried stunt riding.
Yulia blogs about her travels through her EquiGeo website and Instagram page.
Airing June 7, 2019
Indisputably among the world’s most talented and successful competitive equestrians, Gold Medal Olympian Peter Wylde sees being a consummate caretaker of horses as his finest accolade.
This essential priority is, for Peter, his foundational life principle and it has guided him from his first rides on a pony as a youngster at home in Medfield, Massachusetts, to the upper echelon of show-jumping success.
And through Peter’s ongoing involvement with the Emerging Athlete Program (EAP) as Lead Clinician for the National Training Session, he is sharing this guiding philosophy with the next generation of top riders.
Airing June 14, 2019
Kristen de Marco is an Equine Specialist with a lifetime of experience riding and training horses. She gained her EAGALA ® Certification in 2011, and was educated at Villanova University in Communication Arts & Psychology. Kristen has combined her connection with horses and her desire to help others into this experiential modality. In addition to her duties at Gateway HorseWorks, she owns and operates WorkHorse, an Equine Assisted Professional Development company, serving the organizational needs of corporate teams, school districts, and others alike.
Gateway HorseWorks, a Philadelphia-based 501(c)(3), offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) in a farm setting to children, adults, and families as a proven tool for healing, growth, and recovery from mental health conditions, trauma, grief, addiction, human trafficking, depression, and abuse.
Airing June 21, 2019
Everyone knows one horse can run faster than the other, and they ask, “Which one?” But I want to know, “Why?”
From an article in The Scientist:
Geneticist Emmeline Hill grew up a horse girl. Her grandmother, Charmian Hill, was the first woman to ride against men in Ireland, earning her the title “galloping granny” in the family’s hometown in County Wexford. Charmian also bred horses, and owned the prizewinning Thoroughbred mare Dawn Run. Although granddaughter Hill was quite the rider herself, it was horse breeding that always captivated her. “Everyone knows that one horse can run faster than the other, and they ask, ‘Which one?’ I want to know, ‘Why?’”
Because there was practically no such thing as equine genetics when she started grad school, Hill instead studied human population genetics at Trinity College Dublin (TCD). “I always thought that I could use the training that I had in human population genetics and apply it to horses.”
Airing June 28, 2019
Jim Masterson served as the Equine Massage Therapist for the 2006 through 2014 USET Endurance Teams, and for equine clientele competing in FEI World Cup, Pan American and World Games competitions.
He is renowned for teaching a unique method of equine bodywork for equine massage therapists and horse owners in which the practitioner recognizes and follows the responses of the horse to touch to release tension in key junctions of the body that most affect performance.
When he first became interested in equine massage in 1997, Jim recognized that the horse exhibits certain neurological responses to touch as it releases tension in the body. Using those responses to guide his work, Jim developed a system in which the horse participates in the process by showing the practitioner where tension has accumulated, precisely how much pressure is needed to release it, and when it has been released. The result is an effective method of equine massage body work that anyone can learn to use to improve performance while at the same time opening new levels of communication and trust with the horse.
Airing July 5, 2019
Are horses really God's way of apologizing for men?
When Susan Friedland-Smith was a girl of 10, she thought it would be perfect if only she could marry a horse. Two decades later, she sometimes feared she might have to marry a horse as there seemed to be no suitable human alternative!
Trot through Horses Adored and Men Endured and you’ll sneak a neighbor’s palomino to a horse show, buy a green gelding as a first horse against all conventional advice, and trek across the Irish countryside on a sassy chestnut. Tag along on several cringe-worthy dates, starting with food poisoning at prom to the surprise pie fight. Be there when Susan finally falls head over heels with someone tall, dark, and handsome (spoiler alert: it’s a bay Thoroughbred gelding!).
If you love heartwarming animal stories and laugh-out-loud tales of bad dates, pick up the memoir Horses Adored and Men Endured right now and gallop away on a horse-loving, Mr. Right-hunting adventure!