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Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 65: Do Better By Grooms & Barn Shopping Etiquette

Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast 65: Do Better By Grooms & Barn Shopping Etiquette

Justine Griffin

Is it appropriate to message a new trainer on Facebook? This week, we’re talking about the etiquette of barn and trainer shopping, and the effects of late-night classes on horses and grooms. P.S. – Did you know the coronavirus affects horses, too? Thanks for tuning in.

Click here to stream Episode 65.


Special Guest:

Brittni Raflowitz is a show jumper based in Wellington, Fla., and Tryon, N.C., who competes for Israel. She represented the U.S. in the Nations Cup in Europe in 2016. The year before, she was an individual medalist in the NAJYRC and a bronze team medalist. Brittni shows a slew of horses at the grand prix level. She’s on site in Wellington for the competition season.


More on what we talked about in this episode:

This frozen lychee and mint cocktail is SO GOOD. | @BBC

The Coronavirus isn’t just a concern for humans. It affects horses too. |@TheHorse

Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco rides her horse & the paparazzi goes crazy. | @DailyMail

A financial news website tries to offer advice about buying a horse and LOL. | @Yahoo_Finance

Product Review: The Calm the F Down Stress Relief Kit will make you feel better. | @HeelsDownShop

Show Jumper Brittni Raflowitz joins us to talk about late-night classes and the unbelievable hours grooms must work. | @HeelsDownMag

Justine and Ellie discuss proper barn shopping etiquette. | @HeelsDownMag

Mail bag: “What are the pros and cons of riding before work?” | @HeelsDownMag


More about our hosts:

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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. 

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:  SmartPak and Barn Cat Hero.

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