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Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 54: Riding Through Pain & Finding Your Non-Horsey Support Team

Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 54: Riding Through Pain & Finding Your Non-Horsey Support Team

They say it takes a village to care for horses and to participate in this sport, and they were right. This week, we’re paying homage to our non-horsey support network, and Ellie shares what it’s like to ride and train while battling MS. 

Click here to stream Episode 54.


More on what we talked about in this episode:

It’s hot, which means it’s time for Frosé .| @BonAppetit

We’re rootin’ for this 71-year-old grandma who just completed her first affiliated event. | @Horse&Hound

Steffen Peters opens up about his depression, and how it almost made him leave the sport for good. | @Dressage-News

A Speedo-wielding tourist gets the kick in the pants he deserves. | @FoxNews

Product Review: Justine and Ellie try out the new Elation Red Label Motion tights & the Elation Red Label Velocity tights. | @Elation

Ellie opens up about the highs and lows of riding with MS. | @HeelsDownMag

Mail bag: “I’m pregnant and building my registry. Is there anything baby related that is a must-have for getting back in the saddle at the barn and in horse shows?”


More about our hosts:

Ellie Woznica is a 22-year-old freelance book designer and horse trainer because she couldn’t choose which career to pursue and her mom said she wouldn’t make the decision for her. She grew up showing the hunters and jumpers, but in university, she learned to ride western and fell in love with reining. 

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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!”

Justine Griffin is an award winning 30-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.

Have a question for us? 

Send us an email at hello(at)heelsdownmedia.com. Or better yet, join our Facebook group, the Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast Lounge, to engage with our hosts and delve deeper into the discussions we have on the show.


Many thanks to this week’s partners: FLAIR, Arena Saddles, EIS and Greenhawk.

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