Heather Wallace writes about confidence, overcoming self-doubt and following her passion. She is the award-winning author of non-fiction titles Confessions of a Timid Rider, which details her insights about being an anxiety-ridden but passionate horse lover and Girl Forward: A Tale of One Woman's Unlikely Adventure in Mongolia. Heather is also well known for her blog, The Timid Rider, chronicling her journey as a returning adult equestrian with a lot more curves and a lot more determination.
By day, Heather is a Certified Equine and Canine Sports Massage Therapist dedicated to helping animals holistically. In her spare time, of which she has little, she spends her time with her husband, three children, two dogs, and pony in the wilds of New Jersey. You can follow her on social media @timidrider or at timidrider.com.
Krystal Kelly is a true equestrian adventuress. Her quest to visit every country in the world has led her to some interesting places such as Iraq, Bhutan, Timor-Leste and more. Originally from California, Krystal left the USA in 2010 to begin her career working abroad with horses. Since then she's traveled to 60+ countries and has worked in over 20 countries with horses. She's worked with horses in places such as India, Egypt, Romania, Belgium, Italy, Indonesia and many others. She is the founder of Equestrian Adventuresses, and is a Best Selling Author, Podcaster, YouTuber, Public Speaker and FEI II Coach.
Born the year Seattle Slew won the Triple Crown, Lesley A.J. Baumann is a graphic designer and nationally-known animal portrait artist from Dayton, Ohio. She released her first children's picture book, J is for Justify, in 2019. In her free time, she enjoys riding her American Saddlebred, cheering for her favorite racehorses as they thunder down the stretch and attempting to keep up with her exuberant young Justify fan.
I am the author of: The Greatest Gambling Story Ever Told - A True Tale of Three Gamblers, The Kentucky Derby, and The Mexican Cartel It is my true story of three gamblers who bet on Winning Colors to win the 1988 Kentucky Derby. Our lives became at risk when we learned we had made the wager with suspected members of a Mexican drug cartel. The book depicts owner Eugene Klein, Gary Stevens, D. Wayne Lukas, colorful gamblers, two feisty women, a few members of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, and some surly, scary cartel members. The book is a #1 Best Seller in multiple categories on Amazon. Additionally, I have licensed the movie and TV rights to a prominent Hollywood producer.
Patrick Smithwick is the author of the acclaimed trilogy of memoirs Racing My Father, Flying Change (winner of the prestigious $10,000 Dr. Tony Ryan Literary Prize), and Racing Time. Patrick has won awards for the writing of newspaper features, short stories and magazine pieces while working as a steeplechase jockey, Chesapeake Bay waterman, newspaper reporter, and teacher of English and medieval history at schools and colleges. He holds a B.A. and M.L.A. from Johns Hopkins University, an M.A. from Hollins College, and lives with his wife Ansley on the farm where he was raised in Monkton, Maryland.
Shelley Paulson is an award-winning equestrian photographer based in Minnesota. She has combined her deep love of horses with her passion for creating heartfelt, meaningful images to create a thriving full-time career. Her work has been published worldwide and can be seen in various equestrian publications and in advertising for major equine brands such as Horse Illustrated, Western Horseman, Nutrena, and Farnam. Her book "Horses, Portraits and Stories" was published in 2018 won first place for Best Equine Related Non-Fiction Book at the Equine Media Awards.
Merri Melde combines her love of horses and travel to create her non-fiction books. Soul Deep in Horses: Memoir of an Equestrian Vagabond recounts some of her equine adventures around the world, and the award-winning Tevis Cup Magic: Taking on the World’s Toughest 100 Mile Endurance Ride relates her unexpected chance at attempting endurance riding’s top achievement. She claims the West as her home, and endurance riding as her passion. And she plays the banjo!
You can follow her on social media @theequestrianvagabond and at www.theequestrianvagabond.com.
A horse-crazy girl is born in a big city dreaming of getting her own horse. She tries and tries, until, in early middle-age, decides to give her dream up. A miracle happens and horses come into her life quickly and in a way she'd never imagined. And they are still there today! Janet is that person.
At the heart of this book is a passionate love affair: At the age 3, Deb Kalas was swept into the world of horses, and right away she had a deep respect for their beauty and power. Over the years, her love and understanding of horses deepened and in 2014 she made her first trip to photograph bands of wild horses running free. Her life was forever changed. She threw herself into photographing the wild horses and discovering how their habits and interactions move through the seasons and colors of the year and the seasons and colors of their lives. This book is more than a collection of deeply compelling photographs, it is a call to action, a silent prayer that encourages us to protect this unique part of our American heritage.
Jennifer S. Kelly fell in love with horse racing when she read Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series as a child and watched the filly Winning Colors beat the boys in the 1988 Kentucky Derby. A lifelong reader and writer, she took her love of the written word to the classroom, teaching both first-year composition and technical writing for over a decade. When Jennifer discovered that Sir Barton’s full story needed telling, she embarked on a multi-year journey to research the life of America’s first Triple Crown winner in an effort to preserve his seminal contribution to horse racing. With Sir Barton's story told, Jennifer now works on telling the stories of America's Triple Crown winners, seeking to connect modern fans with the history of the sport we love.
FEI dressage rider, coach and trainer Ruth Hogan-Poulsen creates written, video and audio training products for horse lovers across the riding disciplines. Since 2018, she has released an annual Dressage Rider's Journal planner to help rider's achieve their goals.
She trains dressage and jumper clients and horses at Bespoke Farm in Loxahatchee, Florida, each winter and at East Hill Farm in Plainfield, Vermont, the rest of the year. In addition to being a respected dressage freestyle choreographer, coach and trainer, Hogan-Poulsen has earned her USDF Bronze, Silver and Gold medals as well as the Freestyle Gold Bar. Follow her on Facebook at @BespokeFarm or at ruthhoganpoulsen.com.
Ariana Marshall is an independent author and designer of equestrian planners, coloring books and workbooks. In 2020, in response to her own new experience homeschooling her young daughters, she also launched a series of horse-themed homeschooling workbooks.
Ariana competed up to the FEI Prix St. Georges level while studying with and working for Ruth, but now lives her best horse life vicariously through watching her friends and readers reach their riding goals! Find her on Facebook at @marshallariana or at arianamarshall.com.
Joanne Verikios was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia and grew up with a passion for horses. Her earliest memory is wanting a horse in her life and her earliest ambition was to be a bareback rider in a circus. Although she never did run off to join the circus, Joanne has spent well over 50 years working, playing with and learning from horses. An international award-winning author, experienced horse breeder, accomplished equestrian competitor and trainer, Australian representative athlete and a trusted health and wellness mentor, Joanne is also an Honorary Life Member of the Australian Warmblood Horse Association.