The Arabian Horse Association presents, The Arabian Horse Connection. Our bi-weekly episodes will showcase the diversity of the Arabian horse community; from industry titans, backyard heroes, and amateur contenders to the latest trends, stories, and news AHA will cover it all.
Getting Started in Distance Riding with Angie and Bridget of Talkin' Trot
This week the hosts of the Talkin' Trot Podcast, Angie and Bridget stopped by to discuss Distance Riding. We chatted about getting started in Distance Events, finding a mentor, common Distance terminology, and why the Distance community is the best. Plus, Angie and Bridget provide the latest updates in the world of distance.
If you want to learn more about Distance riding, be sure to tune into the Talkin' Trot Podcast! Listen to insider interviews from Distance enthusiasts, professionals, and the latest news. Find all episodes here.
You can find more resources regarding Distance events when you visit the AERC website. Find a mentor here. Find a ride in your area here.
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Designing an Equine Property with Linda Royer of Farm+Ranch Equine Design
Linda Royer, of Farm+Ranch Equine Design is an avid equestrian and has owned and bred Arabian horses since 1982. Linda started Farm+Ranch Equine Design in 1994 and has over 44 years of professional experience and over 25 years of experience designing equine specific properties. Linda talks about the equine property design experience, provides property design tips, and provides a list of the top items you need to think about when designing an equine property.
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Reaching Youth through Horses with Dr. Jane Haven of Taking the Reins
Dr. Jane Haven is the Executive Director of Taking the Reins, a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing the confidence of girls through their equestrian and gardening program. Jane grew up in Western Colorado, finding herself attending Cal Poly Pomona because of her love of horses. Jane’s passions truly lie in horses and youth, as she is heavily involved in youth programming in AHA’s Region 2 as well as a member of the Local Level Committee at AHA.
On this episode, Jane shares the details about the Taking the Reins and how it has benefited and will continue to benefit the Los Angeles community. We speak about the power of horses and how they teach us confidence and kindness.
Learn more about Taking the Reins: https://takingthereins.org/
Donate to Taking the Reins: https://takingthereins.org/donate/
Trail and All Things Western with Michael Damianos
Michael Damianos is a judge, trainer, and the owner of Michael Damianos Performance Horses in Ojai, CA. Founded in 1982, MDPH originally focused on training Quarter Horses, but then transitioned to encompass Arabian and Half Arabian horses. At MDPH, all disciplines are welcome, as Michael accommodates riders in the Western, Sport Horse, Showmanship, Hunter Pleasure, and Equitation.
Michael has also received various awards in the equestrian community including the APAHA Working Western Trainer of the Year twice and USEF Barbara Worth Equestrian of Honor Award. Michael has traveled the country and world judging many prestigious shows including, National, Regional, and Club level shows. Michael holds judging cards with AQHA, ApHC, NRHA, NRCHA, and NSBA. In 2021 Michael will be judging the new AHA show, Ranch Horse Championships.
On today’s episode Michael and I discuss his career in the Equine Industry as well as Trail. Michael provides some great training tips for not only the experienced rider, but for the beginner. Find more information and resources at the links below.
Find Michael Damianos on social media: https://www.instagram.com/michaeldamianos/
Find more information about Michael Damianos Performance Horses here: https://www.michaeldamianos.com/about-mdph.html
AHA Judges School and Seminar: https://www.arabianhorses.org/additional/judges-stewards/seminar-schools/
Catching Up with Trainer Duane Esser
Today I caught with Duane Esser, of Esser Valley Arabians. Duane is a longtime Arabian horse advocate, trainer, breeder, and past Region 14 Director. Today we chat about all things Arabian horses including Duane's experience with AHA's Discovery Farm Program, how Duane got started as a trainer, and his experience as an Arabian horse judge. Duane provides valuable insight to those who are looking to expand upon their lesson programs and to those that are just getting started in their Arabian horse journey.
Find out more about Esser Valley Arabians here: http://www.esservalleyarabians.com/index.html
Talking Tack with David Freedman
Today my guest is none other than David Freedman, a 6th generation harness and saddle maker hailing from a long line of master craftsmen. David took over as President and CEO of Freedman’s in 1991 continuing the skills that have been passed down from his father, grandfather, and great grandfather, ensuring there is tradition in every stitch. Today David and I talk all about tack, the history of Freedman’s, and how David has adapted the business to fit the ever changing needs of the equine industry while remaining true to his roots.
Plus, all Arabian Horse Connection listeners can use the code 12DAYSOFXMAS through December 17th to get FREE shipping on 12 of Freedman’s favorite items. Plus, receive a FREE gift with purchase - a keepsake collector's item, exclusively from Freedman's.
Visit https://freedmanharness.com/ to learn more.