Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast Episode Eleven: The Royal Treatment

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.

Two girls turned their horse trailer into a bar and we think they’re our spirit animals. Don’t miss this special drink recipe all the way from the Royal Horse Show. On Episode 11, we talk about what it’s like to get back in the saddle after an injury. Caroline and Justine talk about their experience with cryotherapy and yes, it’s frickin’ cold. Thanks for tuning in….

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More on what we talked about in this episode:

Try this new twist on a classic Manhattan, The Royal Treatment, made specially for HDHH all the way from the Royal Horse Show. | @The_Royal_Horse_Show

When Good Ponies Go Bad: A horse was put in jail in Brazil. We’re not kidding.   | @Daily_Mail

Did you miss the heated debate over the 50-penalty flag rule at Adelaide Horse Trials? It was brutal. | @Horse&Hound

Two Irish sisters turned their horse trailer into a bar & it’s everything we need in the world right now. | @The_Sun

Product review: Justine explains why she’s drooling over this gorgeous hunter bridle made by Arc de Triomphe.  | @ADT_Tack

Our hosts are inspired by the courage of Justine Dutton, who is back in the saddle after a terrible riding accident and not afraid to talk about what makes her scared. | @HeelsDownMag

What is cryotherapy and how could it benefit equestrians? Caroline and Justine share their stories of submerging into sub-zero temperatures. | @HeelsDownMag

Thanks for listening! Please don’t forget to rate and review our show on Stitcher, iTunes and Google Play. Got a question or a topic you’d like to hear on the show? Send us questions! Shoot us an email: hello(at)heelsdownmedia.com


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!”


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.



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.


Episode 11 is presented by Ecogold, leader in saddle pad innovation. Known for their non-slip, shock-absorbing saddle pads, half pads and protective horse boots. Trusted by Olympians. Visit www.ecogold.ca

And LandSafe: The risk of having a serious injury is once every 55 falls. A rotational fall increases the risk to once every 5 falls. The LandSafe Rider Fall Safety System is a training program designed to teach the best practices of fall prevention and response to riders of all levels and disciplines. Don’t gamble on safety – visit landsafeequestrian.com and find a clinic near you.

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