Heels Down Magazine presents the Heels Down Happy Hour podcast. There’s a whole lot of stuff happening in the horse world, and someone’s got to keep you up to date. Who’s winning what? What weird rules are you probably going to violate at your next horse show? What does your favorite rider really think about white breeches? Don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for. Grab a drink. Welcome to Happy Hour.
We’re kicking off 2018 with controversy, from rollkur to toilets in Tokyo. In our first episode of the new year we celebrate the arrival of Payne baby Hudson, revisit our worst horse show nightmares and discuss when is it too cold to ride your horse. Thanks for tuning in…
Jess is taking some time off to enjoy being a first-time mom, so we have a very special guest filling in this week.
Eiren Crawford is a Grand Prix dressage rider and clinician. She began her career as a working student for Lars Petersen, moved to Germany in 2008 to work for Olympic Gold Medalist Ingrid Klimke, where she assisted in the development and training of both dressage and three-day event horses. Alongside Ingrid, Eiren developed a commitment to conditioning the whole equine athlete, using cavaletti and other cross-training techniques to bring out the best in her dressage horses. She now runs her own business All Points Dressage in Maryland and Florida.
More on what we talked about in this episode:
Enjoy this Hudson Bay martini in honor of baby Hudson’s arrival! | @Absolut
Alcohol and weed (well, CBD oil) are no longer banned substances, says the FEI. | @Dressage-News
Japan is updating their “squat” toilets to Western ones before Tokyo 2020. | @BBC
The Wellington Eventing Showcase is unfortunately no more. Boo. | @Eventing_Nation
Rollkur is making waves on social media again. We discuss. | @HeelsDownMag
Caroline reviews the In Horses We Trust Reins, which apparently won’t melt even when you light them on fire. | @IHWT
When is it too cold to ride your horse? | @HorseJunkiesUnited
Eiren, Justine, and Caroline share their worst horse show memories just for kicks. | @HorseJunkiesUnited
More about our hosts:
Jessica Payne is a 32-year-old international event rider who is rarely seen without her long-haired chihuahua under her arm. She was born in London, Ontario but grew up in Franklin, Tenn. and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Animal Science. She once lost the tip of her pinky finger clipping her 4* horse, and husband Doug says she can “talk to anyone including a wall….and they will like it!”
Caroline Culbertson is a 27-year-old equestrian journalist who broke her foot “surfing” a mattress down the stairs at age 7. Yes, her parents told her not to. She grew up in the south y’all and graduated from Duke University in North Carolina. She also picked up powerlifting a few months after breaking both bones in her arm, so her judgement is questionable. Hence, she’s an event rider.
Justine Griffin is an award winning 29-year-old journalist who has written about everything from horses to high profile CEOs to her ovaries. (She donated her eggs once.) Two things she loves the most? Whippet puppies and cheese. Justine is a firm believer in unicorns and feminism. So take everything she says with a grain of salt.
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