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Equestrian Journalism – a Horse Writing Career

Recently I provided details on an internship at the Irish Field that related to equestrian journalism. In particular, it was focused on equestrian pursuits. In my head, a lot of horse related journalism pertains to racing. But at the end of the day, many people want to read about other horse riding pursuits, too!

There are Olympic equestrian events and of course great horse events around the world that focus on Dressage, Showjumping and Cross Country riding.  Or what about polo or polocrosse tournaments? For the person who loves to write and who loves horses, the idea of equestrian journalism may be appealing.  So why not consider it as a career possibility?

Equestrian Journalism could Cover Racing, Olympic Events or other Horse Events

Equestrian Journalism could Cover Racing, Olympic Events or other Horse Events

So what would you need to do? Having skill for writing is one thing; being qualified in the area of journalism is another. You can undertake a journalism degree which will take you four years at the likes of Melbourne University, Australia.

In this way, you can choose any undergraduate degree and then go on for a fourth year to focus on journalism.  If this is the case, be sure to choose a degree that links in with your horse focus – equine science or agriculture, perhaps.

Other options include undertaking a Diploma level qualification, as offered on the Morris Journalism Academy.  The course can be as short as 12 weeks, up to 2 years and done via distance.

Equestrian Journalism as a Career

Once you’re qualified, what then? Well if you want to focus on horses, it is best to make contact with newspapers or magazines that cover horse events. Reach out to places that are local to you.  Alternatively, look for places that you can write for online and provide pieces this way.

“A horse which stops dead just before a jump and thus propels its rider into a graceful arc provides a splendid excuse for general merriment.” ― Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

Clockers – Keeping Time at the Racetrack

Recently reading a novel by Alex Brown, I was made aware of another job at the racetrack. Although I know that horse races are timed and records set and broken, I was ignorant to one group of people. These people are known as clockers. They work at the racetrack to clock and make record of the time in which a horse runs in its morning workouts.

These official timings are recorded and published in the Racing Form, apparently. This information is utilised for handicapping.

It states in an article on clockers as a job:

“Clockers must keep an accurate record of the fractional and final times for each workout taking place on the track. A copy of the official clocker report (including horse, trainer, distance, fractional times, and final time) must be provided to the racing stewards and racing secretary each day.
All workouts must then be published for review by the handicapping public in the track program and Daily Racing Form.”

Clockers – Timing Horses as a Job

For those who may consider this as a potential horse career, there are a few things to note. One, early mornings are a given. Many start work at 5am to be able to catch the times of the first horses training. Two, the job also requires commitment 6 – 7 days a week. It does however, leave afternoons free to pursue a second job or other interests.

Clockers are Responsible for Timing Horses in their Workouts

Clockers are Responsible for Timing Horses in their Workouts

A search online reveals that no particular qualification is required to be a clocker. However, a high school certificate is encouraged. The individual also needs to be able to multitask and pay attention to detail. For those who want to pursue working in the racing industry in a different role, being a clocker may be of interest.

Free Horse Resources on Pinterest

Did you know that Equus Education is on Pinterest? What may particularly interest you is the board that contains Free Horse Resources on Pinterest! Whether they are products that have already been discussed on Equus Education in the free resource category, or my free horse related resources at TeachersPayTeachers or other free horse related products that I have come across, they will be pinned here.

As I discover more resources or am told about others, then they will be added to the board. You can choose to follow the board and stay up to date with all the pins.

Discover Free Horse Resources on Pinterest

Discover Free Horse Resources on Pinterest

If you follow Equus Education on Pinterest, then you will automatically be set to follow all the boards:

  • Horse Educational Resources
  • Horse Books
  • Free Horse Resources
  • Horse Careers
  • Horse Educational Institutions

The idea is that this account will lead you to sites that help you to further your horse education and career! Have an idea for a board that you feel should be included on Equus Education? Leave a comment and let me know!

Free Horse Resources on Pinterest

Of course I feel that for anything that is horse related and free, you can’t lose!  So keep an eye on the board for Free Horse Resources on Pinterest.  You never know, you may just find something you really enjoy or that is of benefit to you and your horse career!

There are many social media avenues out there that provide horse related resources.  Be sure to check out Equus Education on Pinterest and follow so that you can stay up to date for whenever new freebies are added!

“A horse which stops dead just before a jump and thus propels its rider into a graceful arc provides a splendid excuse for general merriment.” ― Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

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Rating Stables Online

The use of the internet seems to help make many businesses truly accountable for their customer service.  I was recently made aware of Stable Rating, a place where you can rate the stable you keep your horse at and previous stables where your horse has been boarded.

I can see how this website could be of great benefit to horse owners and stable owners alike.  If you just love where you keep your horse, then you’ll want to give the place a 5 star rating and let others know about it.

Rating Stables Online - would you do it?

Rating Stables Online – would you do it?

Likewise, if as a business you have many happy boarders, then this can be used to generate further business.  Rating stables online allows customers to easily identify what they like about a boarding place.  It also helps stable owners to promote their services and adjust what they offer to meet client needs.

The more people who take the opportunity to rate where they board their horse, the better.  This means that more people searching for a place can benefit.  Perhaps you’re looking for a place that feeds twice a day, rugs and unrugs, turns horses out to pasture and provides exercise.  Or you just want a place where you can put your equine friend out at pasture with other horses.  Whatever your desire, you can find out about others’ experiences for varying boarding stables around the world.

At this stage the website looks like it’s still in it’s infancy.  Some countries such as Australia don’t have any listings and many stables have only been rated by one person.  Why not check it out and add/rate where you keep your horse?  I know when I set up my agistment property in the future, I’ll be keen to know what others think of the services I offer.

And perhaps in time this free service will be able to bring in money for the creators through the likes of advertising or some form of paid membership on the site.

“For one to fly, one needs only to take the reins.” – Melissa James

Mustang Moon by Terri Farley

The second book in the Phantom Stallion series, Mustang Moon finds Samantha Forster once again fighting for the Phantom’s freedom. A stallion is snatching mares from ranches and Linc Slocum is convinced it is the Phantom.

Mustang Moon by Terri Farley

Mustang Moon by Terri Farley

In a bid to catch the stallion and also gain the return of his prize Appaloosa mare, Slocum offers a reward. The financial sum is for whomever can catch the stallion and return his mare unharmed.

Sam is devastated to think that the local area could soon be swarming with non horsey people trying to catch her beloved horse. She knows they will be drawn to the area for the money.

With her friend Jake, Sam devises a plan that will have two benefits. She knows if she catches the horses, then she can save her beloved Phantom and use the money to help her father’s struggling ranch. There is one thing however, she needs to catch the real stallion that is stealing mares, not her beloved Phantom.

Sam knows another horse is responsible for the missing mares. She’s seen him in action. She just doesn’t know how she’s going to prove it to anyone.

As a new role at school provides her with an opportunity to get proof, Sam jumps on it. She just needs for everything to fall into place so she can get photos of the stallion stealing the mares, capture and return the expensive Appaloosa to Slocum and gain the reward. Can she do it?

Mustang Moon is a great follow on from the first book in the Phantom Stallion series by Terri Farley. It features the main characters of Sam, her father and grandmother and of course Jake. The added challenge of returning to school and developing friends is also thrown into this novel, providing another area to learn about Sam and the challenges she faces as she grows up.

Author: Terri Farley
http://www.phantomstallion.com
Fiction – teen
In my library? Along with many others in the series!
Want it? Get it now on Amazon.

Equine Business Start-Up Funding

For many people, the idea of starting their own business is an exciting one. Perhaps you have an idea for an equine business start-up. You have the skills. You have the knowledge. You even know how you can promote your product or service. You are missing something however – funds.

I have recently been reading the Great British Entrepreneur’s Handbook. One of the chapters focuses on enterprise education. Alice Barnard writes about Tycoon in Schools. This is an initiative where students are encouraged to pursue a business idea.

For those who provide a promising looking business idea, they are provided with funding. The sum of 1,000 pounds is to make use of over a 12 week period to get their business up and running and also turning a profit. At the end of this time, students are required to pay back the loan of 1,000 pounds but they can use the left over profits as they see fit. This can be donated to a charity, further invested in their new business or spent on something else.

Equine Business Idea: do you have one?

Equine Business Idea: do you have one?

Equine Business Start-Up Funding

How does this relate to equine businesses? What if there was a business that provided funding to equine related start-ups? This would need to be run by people that are able to cover two areas:

  • Finances
  • Business education and skills

It would be irresponsible of anyone to provide funding for an idea with no guarantee of a return. However, those who are starting out with a business idea often just need some funds to kick things into motion. Many however, will also need guidance about what is smart in business. If they are provided with funding and some education about how to promote their business, then they are more likely to succeed.

So perhaps here is another niche idea for an equine related business. And also one that helps to kick-start other equine careers!

The people who set up a business to provide funding for equine business start-ups could also prove to be a great boost to the equine industry. They could be the catalyst to help people launch a product like a horse text book, horse clothing or jewellery. Or perhaps a horse business that provides a service relating to competition preparation, sale presentation, education or something else.

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CAFRE Equine Industry Projects

The College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise are currently looking for people to take part in a couple of equine industry projects they are planning. The projects focus on Equine Weight Management and Equine Parasite Control.

Often projects are only made successful by the number of people able to participate. The more numbers there are, then the more accurate the results will be. Interested? Read below.

Equine Industry Projects: can you Take Part?

Equine Industry Projects: can you Take Part?

The Equine Weight Management Project

Focusing on the promotion of equine weigh tapes, weigh bridges and fat scoring as assessing horse’s weight. The project aims to promote them as viable means to maintain horses at a healthy body weight.

It is proposed that this project will aid owners in identifying whether their horse is at an ideal weight, overweight or underweight. This will then help to calculate appropriate amounts of feed and medication for that particular horse.

Project participants will submit their horses weigh tape and fat score results to CAFRE on a monthly basis via an online form.

The Equine Parasite Control Project

Focused on the horse population in Northern Ireland, this project will look at viable parasite detection methods.

Project participants will submit their results to CAFRE on a quarterly basis via an online form.

Are you interested in participating in either of these projects?  Then be sure to check out the equine industry support link.

The fact that you can submit your results online means you don’t need to be at a certain place at a certain time – just able to access the internet! Doing so monthly or quarterly should also help the busy horse owner. You can make a note of results and then submit these at set times.

If you’re interested and believe you can be a part of either (or both!) of these projects, then be sure to check out the Equine Industry Projects.

Equus Education Blog Hop – Equine Learning

There is so much to be learned about horses, in so many different areas. The idea of this months’ blog hop is to explore that. So my question for you to consider is:

What interesting or unusual fact have you learned about horses whilst working with them, caring for them or riding them?

What Have you Learned from Horses?

That’s it! Write your post about equine learning and be sure to link it back to this post and leave a comment indicating you’re taking part in the blog hop. Then I’ll include a link to your participating post here. Happy writing!

 

Participants:

  1. You Can Never Stop Learning at Horse Crossings
  2. Horses and Donkeys at Free Rein Series
  3. First Lesson Learned at Horse Country

Equus Education Blog Hop: Horse Travels

This month we’re looking at the topic of travelling and horses. I have one question for you to answer in as few or as many words as you’d like:

If you could travel anywhere in the world for something horse related, where would it be and what would you do?

Where Would You Travel?

Perhaps you want to attend a particular horse event, ride in a certain country, learn a type of riding, see the home of your favourite breed or even study horses. Let me know!

  1. Create a post on your site focused on Horse Travels.
  2. Start the post by indicating that you’re taking part in a blog hop over at Equus Education (http://www.equus-blog.com/equus-education-blog-hop-horse-travels) and be sure to link Equus Education to the website address in brackets.
    1. Write your post of any length
  3. That’s it! You’re welcome to then come to this post and leave a reply, indicating the website address of the post you’ve created in answer to this blog hop.

Participants:

  1.  The Triple Crown in the US at Horse Country
  2. Przewalski’s Horse in Mongolia at Free Rein Series
  3. Around the World with Horses

Agist Now Agistment Site

For those not familiar with this term often used in Australia, agistment means paying to keep your horse (or other stock) on someone’s land. Like a form of boarding or livery. It may involve stables and other features like rugs on and off and horses being fed, or it may just be paying for access to pasture (paddocks).

People will Pay to Keep their Horses on Someone Else’s Land.

Agistnow.com offers a place online where you can put in your desire for a particular type of agistment, or raise the awareness to others of what you have to offer in the form of agistment.

Offering a place where people can pay to keep their horses is a possible horse career choice; offering a service where people can find out about it is an out of the box way of establishing an online horse career.

“Horses make a landscape look beautiful.” – Alice Walker

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