In the Magazine: Faith At The Horse Show

Excerpt from the December 2017 issue of Heels Down Magazine.

By Wendy Angel

Photography Leslie Threlkeld

Video music by HookSounds

Anyone serious about competing in equestrian sport knows that it comes with some sacrifice. Naturally, the weekend hours are eaten up by horse shows and all the work that comes along with them.

For individuals of faith, that means encroaching on what normally would be a devout day of worship. But some athletes who are serious about both their riding goals and their spiritual or religious faith are finding ways to make time for both.

Take Kristen VanderVeen, a 28-year-old show jumper who leads an equestrian weekly fellowship at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Fla., and also at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina (which also has its own chapel on the show grounds).

From gathering for prayer at horse shows to honoring religious elements during their performance, some in the horse community are forging new connections in the equestrian world through means other than their horses – their faith.

Read the full article and much more in the December issue. Download the Heels Down Magazine app in the iTunes AppStore: or Google Play for Android phones and tablets: Don’t forget, the first issue for new subscribers is FREE for 30 days, and we now offer annual subscriptions with two issues free! 

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