Heels Down Happy Hour Podcast Episode Three: Three Blondes In A Bar

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.

Another week, another controversy. In episode three we ask, is patting your horse during competition grounds for elimination?

Also – good news for grays, how to improve your eye for a distance with a tree branch, and the stresses of moving with four-legged children.  Listen in…

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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.


More on what we talked about in this episode:

A perfect summer wine spritzer recipe, courtesy of Jess. | @IowaGirlEats

Did you know horses can talk? Well, through symbols. | @HeelsDownMag

The FEI is considering additions to the Prohibited Substances list for 2018 and is asking for feedback via a submission form including scientific reasoning. | @FEI

There’s a new vaccine available for melanoma in gray horses. | @TheHorse

You can be penalized for patting your horse in competition. But should you be? | @Horse & Hound

What’s your favorite brand of leg wraps? We <3 Back on Track‘s line of quick wraps and boots. | @HorseJunkiesUnited

How do you keep your jumpers from getting bored on the flat? Jess explains. | @Hampf Equestrian

Caroline is making a cross country move with her horse. We discuss the highs and lows of moving your 1,000-pound fur baby.

Episode three 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

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