My horse Juliet and me on our birthday. (Yes, we share Valentine’s Day as our birthday, but I didn’t know until after I bought her. How’s that for fate?)
I grew up in northwestern Pa., and am now living in Roanoke. I’m addicted to horse shows, whether I get to show my own quarter horse, PS Diamonds Juliet, or I have to settle for standing along the rail cheering on folks I don’t even know. I am a firm believer that we can learn so much from observing. I have shown quarter horses in both hunter and western events; was active in 4-H as a youth, qualifying twice for the Pennsylvania State 4-H Championship Horse Show in Hunter Hack; rode on my college’s IHSA team over fences and on the flat; and I enjoy trail riding as well.
Professionally, I am a journalist and I worked for several years as a designer/editor at The Roanoke Times before moving to a communications position at Virginia Tech. I previously worked for the Beaver County Times near Pittsburgh and the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa. I spent many years in news and specifically on the front page of those newspapers. I am also a former member of the Botetourt County Horseman’s Association board, where we worked hard to create local horse show opportunities.
One day while watching a horse show, I realized that others might enjoy seeing scenes from local horse events. Melding my journalism background and my love of the horse show world, RoanokeEquestrian.com was born, following the horse show scene in Southwestern Virginia and other equine topics.
On my horse Flame (Easters Double Bar) when I was a teenager.
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I wanted to congratulate you on your article “From a Western Pleasure lover: Let them move”.
It hurts me to watch western pleasure nowadays. It’s so unnatural and unpleasant to see. I’m confused as to why this ever started. I’ve never seen a horse move with their neck & head held so low when the are on their own, moving in a pasture, etc. It’s so cruel. I can only imagine the neck pain they suffer holding that big head and long neck so low, it’s just not right!
Thank you for pointing this out.
I can only hope judges take some action before their noses are dragging in the arena sand.
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