Interviews & Profiles

Interviewed by Melanie Huggett - From quiet Qualicum Beach, BC, artist Joan Larson paints beautiful images with her pastels. Born in Sexsmith, Alberta, Larson has been involved with the arts for her entire life. She has studied at the Banff Centre, the University of Victoria, and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.

Interviewed by Laura Neufeld - The Dog & Pony Shop started in 1994 in Ladner, BC. Since then, they have grown by leaps and bounds, focusing on fulfilling their motto: "Helping riders enjoy horses, sport, and life."

In the previous article, we shared the first half of an interview with para-equestrians Lauren Barwick, Karen Brain, and Judi Island. In this, the second part, they share more about what they do to stay fit to ride and compete, advice for developing riders, athletes, and parents, and how to “be all you can be.”

As I learn about para-equestrianism and work with people with disabilities in my own fitness training practice, I never cease to be humbled and impressed by the sheer athletic spirit I encounter: discipline, determination, winning attitude, and pure hard work. When I look at athletes for examples we can all learn from, it’s hard to miss noticing the achievements of our Canadian Paralympians.

Interviewed by Melanie Huggett - Robyn Hood is well known worldwide as a teacher of the Tellington Method, a unique training approach to horses. Hood and her husband Phil Pretty also run the Icelandic Horse Farm near Vernon, BC. As some of the earliest breeders and importers of Icelandic Horses, they have 33 years of experience breeding this naturally gaited breed. Both Hood and Pretty sat down with me to discuss the Tellington Method and their Icelandic Horses.

This month, I had the privilege of interviewing three-time Olympic dressage team member Gina Smith about her views on equestrians as athletes. Smith and her horse Malte were a part of the Olympic dressage team that won bronze in Seoul, Korea in 1988, with team members Cindy Ishoy, Eva-Maria Pracht, and Ashley Nicoll.

Interviewed by Melanie Huggett - VICTORIA SADDLERY - For horse people, often one of our favorite pastimes is shopping for new tack or apparel at a local tack store. And whether a recreational rider or a top competitor, most riders want to use quality products on their horses.





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