Airing March 22, 2019
Horses are the bridge… veterans are their own best therapy.
Excerpted from NBC’s “The Today Show”:
It’s no secret that all too often, soldiers coming home after being deployed have a tough time adjusting to civilian life. Such was the case for Sgt. Patrick Benson, an Army veteran who served two tours from 1998 to 2004.
“After I got out, I started having these emotions, these feelings were coming up, I had no idea what they were. I didn't know what PTSD was. Stuff was not feeling right,” he says.
So he decided to take action through a grant from The Home Depot Foundation. He now works with other veterans after starting an organization called War Horses for Veterans to help service members connect with one another — and horses — on the ranch.
War Horses for Veterans is the premier horsemanship, networking and personal growth program in the U.S. Based in Kansas City, this nonprofit brings combat veterans from across the country together in a safe and peaceful environment. Their 3-4 day programs are designed to teach the basics of horsemanship and create a network that will provide outlets for other opportunities and friendships. They use a combination of learning to work a horse, creating new networks and equine-assisted life coaching to help each veteran with their own personal growth.
This a program developed by Combat Veterans for Combat Veterans.
Remarkably, there is no cost to the veteran. Veterans may return as often as they like, as long as they bring another combat veteran.
Airing March 29, 2019
Olympian Charlotte Bredahl was a member of the 1992 bronze medal U.S. Olympic dressage team and, in 1997, was part of the silver–winning team at the North American Championship. She’s served as the USEF Assistant Youth Coach and has been awarded a USDF Honorary Instructor title and a USEF Gold Medal of Distinction.
Charlotte is a USEF (S) judge and FEI 4* judge, and was just appointed to be the new US Equestrian Dressage Development Coach.
Charlotte was born and raised in Denmark where she started riding at the age of nine. When she was 20, she moved to California knowing very little English and with only a suitcase in hand.
And her dreams of competing at the international levels took off.
Airing April 5, 2019
Excerpted from Beth Rasin’s “From the Editor” — The Chronicle of the Horse:
“…in her story “#MeToo: The Story Of A Trainer, A Trophy And An All-Too-Common Betrayal,” Mollie Bailey brings the viral movement of solidarity against sexual misconduct to the realm of horse sports. We are honored to provide a platform, long overdue, for the women courageous enough to come forward about their abuse.
Some readers may question why we would write about someone who is dead or why we would “bring politics” into a magazine about horses.
Because while the horse world can be isolated in many ways, it can’t escape the fact that it is, in fact, part of the larger community and culture. How women or children or aspiring athletes are treated by those in power affects us whether we’re in Hollywood or gymnastics or equestrian sports. Because when a few people start to speak out, others tend to follow them and realize they are not alone, that they will finally be believed. Because there is power in telling truths that have long been hidden.”
Airing April 12, 2019
Both on and off the field, few people have been as influential to the game of polo in the US 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 in numerous occasions as a high goal polo player. Charlie has competed at the highest levels with standout performances at the U.S. Polo Open, the FIP World Polo Championship, the Geneva Open, and the East Coast Open. As head coach of the U.S Polo team, Charlie led the team to the semifinals of the 2011 FIP World Polo Championship in San Luis, Argentina.
He is currently the Executive Director of the U.S Polo Association’s Umpires, LLC. where he presides over the official rules in tournaments worldwide, and he also serves as Governor at Large of the U.S. Polo Association.
Airing April 19, 2019
Cari Swanson has provided horses and training for dozens of top films including The Horse Whisperer, Sylvester, The Black Stallion movies, Hidalgo, Secretariat, and The Lone Ranger (with Johnny Depp and Army Hammer). One of Cari’s more recent movie ventures is A Winter’s Tale, much of which was filmed on location in New York City and stars Russell Crowe, Colin Farrell, and Jessica Brown Findlay.
For Elise and her family, the real star of this movie is Novelisto — Elise’s former stallion and the equine love of her life!
Airing April 26, 2019
A Story of Addiction, Dysfunction, Codependency… and Horses
Codependency, a compulsive behavior sometimes known as "relationship addiction," is often characterized by a dysfunctional, one-sided relationship that is emotionally destructive-even abusive. For years, Susan Conley found herself trapped, married to an addict whose health, welfare, and safety she valued far above her own. Over time she watched as she lost contact with her own needs, desires, and sense of self. But then at 42, after yet another crisis came to an anticlimactic resolution that left nothing healed and little to hope for, she decided, having never so much as touched a horse, to take up riding.
Here, with humor and honesty, Susan chronicles her experiences, sharing how her pledge to rediscover herself following her divorce was aided, abetted, and challenged by the horses in her life. "They were as large a part of my recovery as were any of the self-help books I read, personal development workshops I did, and 12-step meetings I attended," she writes. "The struggle to heal the wounds of a dysfunctional marriage was actually made easier via the real wounds received from horseback riding."
Many Brave Fools explores the ways in which horses enriched Susan’s life, and how the process of making herself into a rider also helped her become the person she most wanted to be: not the "ex-wife of an addict," but a responsive, confident, even courageous woman, entering the prime of her life.
Airing March May 3, 2019
Morrissey Management runs prestigious events like the American Invitational, the American Gold Cup, the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival, the Lake Placid Horse Show and the Palm Beach Masters, among others.
From the ground up, Morrissey Management Group (MMG) brings with it, decades of experience in producing some of the nation’s most popular one or two-week horse shows, weeks-long circuits of shows and some of the very best one-day major event productions in the country.
Following in his father’s footsteps and learning all along the way, Matt Morrissey has played a major role in every horse show managed by Morrissey Management Group, and has had major roles in events such as the Winter Equestrian Festival, CP National Horse Show, Wellington Equestrian Masters and many more. Matt guided the American Gold Cup’s highly successful move to its new location at Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York, a marriage that saw the event place as one of the highest rated horse shows in the country, according to NARG, the North American Riders Group.
When the American Invitational moved from Tampa to the East Coast of Florida, it was Matt who made sure the move and the subsequent production came off without a hitch. Matt is proud to be the third generation, following in the footsteps of the legendary Gene Mische and his father, Michael. Matt and his wife Tiffany also own and operate East Wind Farm in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Airing May 10, 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 May 17, 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!