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The Practical Horseman podcast features conversations with respected riders, industry leaders and horse care experts to inform and inspire listeners. Co-hosted by Practical Horseman editors Sandra Oliynyk, Emily Daily and Jocelyn Pierce.
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The Practical Horseman podcast features conversations with respected riders, industry leaders and horse care experts to inform and inspire listeners. Co-hosted by Practical Horseman editors Sandra Oliynyk, Emily Daily and Jocelyn Pierce.
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    Nancy Jaffer

    Nancy Jaffer

    Award-winning photojournalist Nancy Jaffer edited the U.S. Equestrian Team Foundation’s book Riding for the Team: Inspirational Stories of the USA’s Medal-Winning Equestrians and Their Horses. The book chronicles the lives of those who dreamed about competing for their country and “made it,” sharing inspirational stories from the eight equestrian disciplines of show jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting, reining, endurance and para-dressage. Readers are immersed in the personal histories of the medal-winning riders, drivers and vaulters who have dominated American equestrian sport over the past 28 years. Athletes tell their stories and those of their horses during the years they honed their talent and dedicated their lives to representing their country in the Olympics, World Equestrian Games, World Championships and Pan American Games. You can purchase the book at www.uset.org/riding-for-the-team-book-sale/.
    In this episode, Nancy recounts anecdotes from the lives of many Olympians, including show jumpers Kent Farrington, McLain Ward, Laura Kraut, Rich Fellers and Lucy Davis; dressage riders Laura Graves, Steffen Peters, Guenter Seidel and Debbie McDonald; and eventers Boyd Martin, Karen O’Connor and Amy Tryon.
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    • 36 min
    Nick Haness

    Nick Haness

    After a self-funded successful Junior career, California hunter rider Nick Haness started his own training and sales business, Hunterbrook Farms in 2009. The next several years were filled with multiple top placings in the hunter divisions including back-to-back wins in the 2012 and 2013 WCHR Handy Hunter Challenge and the championship in the 2016 First Year Green divisions at the Devon Horse Show and the Pennsylvania National Horse Show. More recently, he and Verdict were the reserve champion at the 2019 USHJA International Hunter Derby Championships, and a month later, he finished first and second on Crowd Pleaser and Reese’s at the $50,000 Stal Hendrix Green Futurity Finals at the HITS Saugerties Championship. He earned the 2019 USEF’s Emerson Burr Award and was voted by his peers as the 2019 USEF National Equestrian of the Year.
    In this episode, Nick talks about his early catch-riding successes, starting his own business at age 21, what he looks for when buying a horse, building trust with horses, furthering his education in the jumper ring, and enjoying the collection of rescue animals living at his farm.

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    • 48 min
    Geoff Teall

    Geoff Teall

    Based in Wellington, Florida, Geoff Teall has been involved in the horse industry for more than 40 years. He started out at age 8 foxhunting in upstate New York, learning from Mike Kelly and Gordon Wright. As a young professional, Geoff joined forces with many successful young trainers including Missy Clark and Kip Rosenthal. During this time, his student Laura Bowden won the 1991 AHSA National Hunter Seat Medal Final win. He eventually moved to Wellington, Florida, and continued to run his thriving business, Montoga, Inc., training students to accolades at top shows across the country. 
    Geoff earned his U.S. Equestrian Federation “R”-rated judging license and has judged prestigious competitions such as the Pessoa/USEF National Hunter Seat Medal Finals and the Washington International Horse Show Equitation Finals to name a few. He has also served as the vice president of the U.S. Hunter Jumper Association, the president of the American Hunter Jumper Foundation and on the board of directors for those two organizations and the USHJA Foundation and the USEF. 
    In this episode, Geoff talks about how he pushed himself and was encouraged by others to try a variety of jobs in the horse industry and his training philosophy of “simplicity, basics, discipline and habit.” He also shares his system for teaching his students how to “see a distance” and his thoughts on SafeSport. This episode is sponsored by Perfect Products.

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    • 55 min
    Sarah Maslin Nir

    Sarah Maslin Nir

    Sarah Maslin Nir is a staff reporter for the New York Times and author of the book, Horse Crazy: The Story of a Woman and a World in Love with an Animal, published in August 2020. Sarah describes her book as “a reported look at obsession”—the world’s obsession with horses as well as her own. Through solid reporting, Sarah allows readers to live vicariously through her first-hand exploration into lesser-known corners of the horse world. These include the long-buried legacy of black American cowboys, the adorable but powerful Marwari horse of India and a study of how imported warmbloods are flown across the ocean in a 747. Woven throughout these stories and more are personal anecdotes and reflections of how she fed her horse fix growing up in Manhattan to non-horsey parents. As a Times reporter, Sarah was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize. Before becoming a staff reporter in 2011, she freelanced for the paper, reporting from West Africa, the Alaskan wilderness, post-earthquake Haiti and wildfire-ravaged California. She currently owns three horses and competes in the Adult Amateur Hunter division.
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    • 30 min
    Eric Navet

    Eric Navet

    Eric Navet represented France at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics after being partnered with J’t’adore just three months earlier. After that, he and his homebred Quito de Baussy enjoyed several years at the top of the sport. They earned individual and team gold at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, team gold at the 1991 European Championships, team bronze at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and team silver at the 1994 World Equestrian Games. He also earned a team silver medal at the 1998 World Equestrian Games with Atout d’Isigny and team gold and individual silver at the 2002 World Equestrian Games and an appearance at the 2004 Olympics with Dollar du Murier. 
    In this episode, Eric shares what it was like growing up as a third-generation horseman on his father’s breeding farm, competing at the 1984 Olympics at age 25, riding legendary horses Gem Twist and Milton at the 1990 World Equestrian Games, moving to California in 2013 to be the personal coach for grand prix rider Karl Cook and more.
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    • 33 min
    Hannah Isop

    Hannah Isop

    Third-generation equestrian Hannah Isop teaches and trains at her family’s Harkaway Farm, in North Salem, New York, with her aunt, Tracy Freels, and her mother, Susie Isop, who manages the barn. Her grandparents, Jeri and Bob Freels, were both horse trainers. Hannah has earned top placings in many hunter and jumper divisions, including several wins in national and international hunter derbies, second place in the 2011 Ox Ridge Charity Horse Show’s Grand Prix, second in two consecutive years at the USHJA World Championship Hunter Rider Developing Pro Challenge, first and second at the 2018 Devoucoux Hunter Prix at HITS-on-the-Hudson II, and a top-10 finish in the 2018 Platinum Performance/USHJA International Hunter Derby Championship.
    In this episode, Hannah shares how she brought back one of her top horses from a collateral ligament injury, what she likes about the hunter and jumping disciplines, how she handles losing and insight into her training article that appeared in Practical Horseman’s Summer 2020 issue: “From Hunters to Jumpers: How to Retrain a Former Hunter to Become a Competitive Jumper.”

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    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
57 Ratings

57 Ratings

Mg2922 ,

Jimmy Wofford , hero horseman!

Thank you for a wonderful podcast with Jimmy Wofford! I so enjoyed the opportunity to clinic with him in the 70’s & 80’s riding a Nez Pierce Appaloosa . Fun to know his mother had bought him one too! That appy made me one clever rider and Jimmy always had a nice thing to say about our partnership.

Bruin Rider ,

Too one sided

I’ve listened to all the episodes and there’s a lack of balance between the interviewer and guest. The guest will speak for long periods of time without any interaction with the interviewer. I thought this would be more conversational like Terry Gross on Fresh Air. And the same question is often asked, “what would you tell your younger self?” Maybe this is intended but without any interjection by the interviewer, some of the guests tend to drone on. The interviewer needs to actively participate in the conversation to keep it from getting too monotonous.

MdubsII ,

Thank You PH!

I am so grateful for the content and interviews that Practical Horseman produces on their podcast. Not having a ton of time to sit down and read content, your podcasts are such a valuable learning tool on the go for me. The interviews are thoughtful, interesting and educational. I can’t wait for each new one to be released. Thank you so much for doing what you do- please keep it up!

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