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Profile On: Claire Galer, Derriere Equestrian

Claire Galer of Derriere Equestrian was kind enough to answer some questions about her profession.

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
The majority of the week! My husband is an Equine Veterinary Surgeon & I am an Equine Physiotherapist, come Equine Lingerie Entrepreneur! Our home is the base for our Equine Veterinary Hospital and Rehabilitation Centre, we therefore live, eat & breath horses.

Our children have ponies, my husband rides his beautiful Warmblood Duke and I compete at Affiliated Dressage when time permits. However with the success & growth of Derriere Equestrian, I have temporarily hung up the competition boots!

Claire Galer of Derriere Equestrian

Claire Galer of Derriere Equestrian

What is it exactly that you do?
Having worked my entire career with horses as both Equine Nutritionist and Equine Physiotherapists, spanning 25 years, I now find my career has taken a different turn. Working with riders for many years, assessing rider performance, symmetry and much more brought about the advent of Derriere Equestrian.

Seeing a gap in the market globally for quality, effective, attractive underwear for horse riders was the first step. Development, design and bringing to market our product range was the next step. My position now and day to day work life sees me working as Managing Director of our International Equestrian Underwear Business and maintaining my role managing the Veterinary Clinic and HR within the team.

Day to day business life encompasses everything from: product development, design, figures, sales, marketing and leading our team forward to a successful future, with continued growth across the world. The work is primarily office based, however also requires travel to our production and design teams in Italy and Tunisia, supporting our retailers through staff training and exhibitions support. Our focus to our trade buyers sees the business exhibit at many International Trade Exhibitions, our key events being: SPOGA Horse twice a year at Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany, BETA International in the UK and AETA Trade Show in the USA. So business does involve a great deal of European and International travel.

Claire Galer, Derriere Equestrian

Claire Galer, Derriere Equestrian

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
Yes without a doubt, Derriere Equestrian is more than full time and has a rapidly growing international team. We have a small office based team here in the UK at our HQ, a growing workforce through subcontracted work and Team Agents working with us in all European Countries and further afield Internationally.

There certainly are not enough hours in the day! After 2 years in design, prototyping and performance testing, we are delighted to be launching our Equestrians Sports Bra “The DE Sportief” at SPOGA Horse 4th – 6th September, the demand is high and we see our team expansion will continue as a result of this, so a busy launch period ahead.

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
My career has followed a strong medical , veterinary and anatomical background; training as a Registered General Nurse, followed by studying for and graduating from my BSc(Hons) Equine Science Degree in 1997, then later completing my physio training.

Having worked for International Feed Company Dodson & Horrell for the foundations of my career, I was given a great taste for business, sales and marketing. My family are a strong business minded family, with many driven entrepreneurs! My mother worked as a dress designer for her entire career, so this has been a huge help to bring the creativity to the forefront with the Derriere Equestrian project.

Favourite horse memory?
At the age of 8 my family moved from Belfast in Northern Ireland to the countryside of Herefordshire, within a week our local farmer appeared down the drive leading a small chestnut pony on the end of some bailer twine. He handed said pony “Rosie” to my father and said “You now live in the country and should have a pony” This is where it all started and that memory will stay with me forever.

Claire Galer of Derriere Equestrian

Claire Galer of Derriere Equestrian

Future goals?
Future business goals are to see Derriere Equestrian continue to grow and support riders with our world leading Equestrian Apparel Garments. Our product range is expanding, our retailers growth has been so accelerated, the work is so rewarding. Our product range is set to roll out across all sporting disciplines.  I am just so proud to have developed such a fantastic business model. On a personal level, future goals are many! High on the priority list is: time with my beautiful family and watching my children grow to live happy, successful, content lives.

Best thing about your sport/profession?
Achieving satisfaction in my work to support riders around the world, seeing the harmony between every horse and rider we work with #TwoHearts.  Also, having designed and brought to market a revolutionary, innovative product that has changed so many riders’ lives for the better.

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Profile On: Jane and Stuart Myers, Equiculture

Jane Myers was kind enough to answer some questions about the work that she and Stuart carry out with Equiculture.  Check out their answers!

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
All of our working week is related to horses, we live and breath horses every day, although we no longer own horses as we are travelling, delivering our talks around the world.

What is it exactly that you do?
We (Equiculture) teach horse owners about sustainable horsekeeping practices (I was one of the speakers at The Sustainable Equine Conference at Nottingham Trent University recently for example). We now work between Australia and the UK, I spend about four months in Australia and Stuart six months.

Equiculture Promotes Sustainable Horse Keeping

Equiculture Promotes Sustainable Horse Keeping

We provide a one day or half day talk on the subject of sustainable, environmentally friendly horse/lan.d management. This talk gives participants up to date facts about some of the most important issues of our time. This talk encompasses the latest information about sustainability, soil loss, clean water etc. but also includes the latest information about equine obesity management (particularly in relation to pasture).

I (Jane) also coach rider biomechanics, you can find out more about that on www.horseridersmechanic.com.

Jane Myers of Equiculture

Jane Myers of Equiculture

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
It is difficult – but possible. We have had to sacrifice many things, but we love the flexibility of our work. If we had family ties, such as children, it would be much more difficult.

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
I have an MSc Equine Science ( I specialised in Grazing Behaviour) and Stuart is a people person (he has a degree in Youth Work and he worked in that field for many years before working for our own business – Equiculture). Our combined equine and human qualifications and experience has allowed us to develop our unique business.

Favourite horse memory?
I have so many… riding on the beach is one.

Future goals?
To get our message out to more people – on a TV show would be good!

Best thing about your sport/profession?
It allows women to get out and do things that they might not otherwise.

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Profile On: Belinda Bailey, Equestrian Coach

Belinda Bailey is involved in the equine education industry in a few different areas.  She teachers others in all of these facets.  She has kindly taken the time to answer some questions about her horse related career.

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
30 – 40 hours a week

Belinda Bailey, Equestrian Coach

Belinda Bailey, Equestrian Coach

What is it exactly that you do?
I am an Equestrian Coach and Coach Educator.  I also work as a part time TAFE Teacher of Equine and Agriculture Courses

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
Yes it is definitely possible to make a comfortable living in the Equine Industry.

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
Vast riding and competition experience and success to a National and International level in Eventing, with success in many other sports including, dressage, camp drafting, polocrosse, endurance riding and showjumping.

Level, and study and completion of Coach Qualifications, and other National Qualifications in the Equestrian, Risk and Safety and Assessing areas.

Favourite horse memory?
Too many favourite memories with wonderful horses over the years to point one single memory out.  It would be unfair to the rest.

Future goals?
Goals are to deliver quality education and provide a positive environment for learning.  Another is to enable people to be successful in the Equine Industry.

Best thing about your sport/profession?
The best things about the Horse Industry is that it is a very healthy environment requiring quite a lot of exercise.  Also, you meet some fantastic people and develop life long partnerships with one of the nicest animals on earth.

“The horse, with beauty unsurpassed, strength immeasurable and grace unlike any other, still remains humble enough to carry a man upon his back.” – Amber Senti

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Profile On: Trisha Dingle, Race2Ring Equine Rehab

Trisha Dingle of Race2Ring Equine Rehab & Egyptian Rose Sport Horses was kind enough to answer some questions about her profession.  Read below for her answers!  Also, if you take a look at the website, volunteering is a possibility and educational days are held.

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
Nearly my entire day is equine related – I’d say overall a minimum of 75%, closer to 90% of my week is horse related

What is it exactly that you do?
I am a professional horse trainer. I manage a 501c-3 non-profit equine rescue and rehabilitation facility. In addition I keep a small personal show string of Arabian sport horses.

Race2Ring Equine Rehab

Race2Ring Equine Rehab

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
Yes it is, but it takes a lot of work and thinking outside of the box. In order to maintain my personal horses I also work as a consultant for a health and nutritional company.

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
No matter when you start working with horses, one should spend as much time learning all aspects of equine care and training. I continue to take riding lessons with other professionals.  And I attend as many educational opportunities as I can on all aspects of equine care. Ideally you should spend time in a quality working student program in the breed/discipline you prefer.

There are some wonderful equestrian schools for post high-school education, however one must be cautious to be open to additional learning as there are so many advances in equine care and management that aren’t always covered in school. It is highly advisable to take business and management courses as well.

Favourite horse memory?
Too many to pick one… from my very first pony who ignited my love of horses, to the birth of my long awaited upper level prospect, to winning a national title with my stallion after a long battle with his health, to helping countless “throwaway horses” find their forever homes with people who love them.

Race2Ring Equine Rehab

Race2Ring Equine Rehab

Future goals?
To help even more forgotten horses have a new lease on life; to educate the average horse owner on proper horse management and care; to continue to train my personal horses to the highest level of their sport while maintaining and strengthening the bonds and connection we already share; to prove to the general public that show ring success CAN be achieved without resorting to drugs or harsh training methods.

Best thing about your sport/profession?
Waking up every day to a job I love!

Profile On: Rachel Annan, Equine Industry Trainer

Rachel Annan is an equine industry trainer with the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE).  She has kindly taken the time to answer some questions about her horse related profession and experience.  Find out more about being an equine industry trainer below.

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
My entire working week is related to horses in some way or another.  Or more precisely, all my work is related to training and educating people about horses.  I also exercise Racehorses in my spare time!

What is it exactly that you do?
Equine Industry Training.  I educate people who work in the equine industry in Northern Ireland about horses, equine business, Health & Safety, etc. We run seminars, evening courses and conferences.

Equine Industry Training

Equine Industry Training

I am also involved with Knowledge and Technology Transfer work in the equine Industry.  This is to enhance equine welfare, business profitability and environmental impact for equine businesses in Northern Ireland, through Technology and improved Knowledge.

Equine Industry Trainer: Rachel Annan

Equine Industry Trainer: Rachel Annan

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
Yes. I’m doing it!

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
I have an Equine Managemnet Degree, Level 3 NVQ in Racehorse Care and professional marketing qualifications. I also have extensive experience in the Racing industry throughout the world.

Favourite horse memory?
Winning races on Eglish – A small racehorse with a big heart!

Future goals?
Continue to expand my experience in the industry.

Best thing about your sport/profession?
The people in the equine industry!

“In the steady gaze of the horse shines a silent eloquence that speaks of love and loyalty, strength and courage. It is the window that reveals to us how willing is his spirit, how generous his heart.” – Author Unknown

Profile On: Ann Pearce, Equine Agent

Ann Pearce is an equine agent, researching the right horse for customers to buy. She was kind enough to answer some questions about this work she currently does part time.

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
I would guess that my day is between 50 and 60% horse related, either working for someone else freelance, being with my own semi retired hobby horse and brood mares or teaching my three year old daughter on the lead rein.

Equine Agent: Could you help Others find their Dream Horse?

Equine Agent: Could you help Others find their Dream Horse?

Then in the evening it’s hours of searching through the internet for the ideal horse/ponies as an equine agent to my customers. Usually from the UK and USA looking to come over here to Germany but also I have some regular customers from Sweden.

What is it exactly that you do?
I help people find their perfect equine partner. I simply use my contacts to find as many suitable horses as possible. I then arrange videos, hotels, transport and appointments to come and try them, help correspond with vets and arrange transport and quarantine if required. I can even book restaurants and arrange nights out. The main aim is to not only find my customers the perfect horse but make the whole experience as fun and stress free as possible.

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
I do know some agents who do this full time and manage to make a living out of it. They usually work for one yard and get their commission from that yard. I work totally independently. Not tied to any yard or seller, I work for the buyer.

For me it just isn’t possible to do this full time. I find that the amount of time I actually put in finding horses and reputable yards/sellers is just too huge. I would rather have one or two customers a month who really know what they need in a horse that I can really commit to, rather than one or two a week, just rushed through. Also being a single mother to a perpetually energetic three year old means that at this point in time I could not work as an independent agent full time.

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
I think the general steps taken to be employed in such a role apart from having experience in the horse world and a good basic knowledge of law regarding sales, is to be friendly and approachable. People want to work with someone who takes the role seriously and has an excellent reputation. Word of mouth has always been my favourite form of advertising.

Favourite horse memory?
My favourite horse memory is probably hunting as a child. Back in the days when I knew no fear.

Future goals?
My future goals are two fold. I have just moved to France and my main business goal is to build up a great network here while continuing to source horses and work with people in Germany. As for my personal goals I would love to get back to my original passion and what first brought me to Germany almost 10 years ago, breeding. I have a couple of very special mares at the moment and hope to have a few dressage foals on the ground in the next 18 months either for private sale or auction.

Best thing about your sport/profession?
The best thing about my profession is the people and horses I get to meet. Being based in Warendorf for the last 7 years has been a truly amazing experience. There are just so many talented people in this town. Everyday you can learn something new.

I also love it when people send me pictures and updates of the horses I have helped them to find. That’s a great feeling.  Ann can be contacted via ann1.pearce@web.de

Profile On: Katherine Bloomquist, Equine Law

Katherine Bloomquist practices law and focuses on the niche area of equine law.  She was kind enough to answer some questions here on Equus Education about Bloomquist Law and in what way her work relates to horses!

Ms. Bloomquist is recognized as a leader in animal law and equine law. She is a frequent speaker at the National Equine Law Conference in Kentucky, the Equine Law Conference in California, and is regularly published on this subject.

What is it exactly that you do?
I am an equine lawyer. I handle matters and cases involving horses. On the corporate side I create entities for horse businesses and draft contracts such as releases, boarding, breeding, purchase and sale, etc. I also handle land use ( zoning and feedlot and Conditional use permits) as well as litigation involving horses!

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
Yes

Katherine Bloomquist; Equine Law

Katherine Bloomquist; Equine Law

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
I completed 4 years of college and 3 years of law school. Thereafter I developed a focus in equine law!

Favourite horse memory?
Competing at Morven Park at a preliminary horse trial one star – long format!

Future goals?
I much enjoy how I continue to learn about the nuances of the differences of the various sport horses and the people in those different disciplines.

Best thing about your sport/profession?
Barn visits – being out of the office and at a horse farm to see my clients do their thing!

“His is a power enhanced by pride, a courage heightened by challenge. His is a swiftness intensified by strength, a majesty magnified by grace. His is a timeless beauty touched with gentleness, a spirit that calls our hearts to dream.” – Author Unknown

Profile On: Vivien Gorham, Touch of Gold

Equestrian author Vivien Gorham was kind enough to answer some questions about her writing career and future books!

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
Every weekend I ride a half-blind former show hunter called Lukas. He is my equine soul mate, a sweet and gentle bay with a crooked stripe down his face. He gets excited when we jump (just like me!), and he always comes to greet me at his paddock gate. (Which I’m sure has nothing to do with the carrots, apples, and mints in my pocket!)

On weekdays I either research or write about horses and riding every day. Right now I’m working on another children’s horse novel, set at a horse camp in my home province of Nova Scotia, Canada.

What is it exactly that you do?
I am a full-time writer and author, as of last week! Before that, I worked in a medical library and wrote in my spare time. But now I get to spend my workdays doing what I love best – writing equestrian novels!

A typical day for me consists of getting up early and walking my dog, Niska, then writing, researching, and editing until about 3:00pm. After that I connect with my readers and other writers through email or social media. And if I’m in the midst of publishing, I’ll fit in working with my editor to polish the novel, and then working with my publicist to promote it, both before and after publication. It’s a busy and fulfilling profession!

Vivien Gorham and Lukas Touch of Gold

Vivien Gorham and Lukas Touch of Gold

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full-time professional and earning a liveable income?
I think it is possible to be a full-time equestrian writer and live off what you earn, but it takes a great deal of time, work, stamina, and dedication. Lots of support from fellow writers, editors, reviewers, and publishing professionals is important, and help from family and friends to get the word out makes a difference.

A little luck goes a long way too. So yes, it is possible to support yourself as an equestrian author, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort and keep working. I’m not there yet, but that is my goal!

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
First, you have to write a top-notch, compelling book that lots of people will want to buy and read. This will require studying the art and craft of writing, completing multiple drafts of your story, tons of editing and revising (with help from trusted readers), and plenty of patience!

Then you have to research the market and get it published (either on your own or with a traditional publisher), and promote it to the widest possible audience through reviews, events, and online publicity. And you have to keep learning and writing more great books, challenging yourself to get better and better.

You can also supplement your income by writing shorter pieces like print or online magazine articles, or even editing or proofreading other writers’ books. (You may need extra training to do this.)

Favourite horse memory?
Oh, there are so many! Learning to jump at age 11 on my favourite school horse, a tall, handsome buckskin called Peanuts (still my favourite horse colour). Winning my first blue ribbon (first place in the United States, where I grew up) in dressage on Robin, a feisty strawberry roan mare. Watching the champion show jumper Peppermint Twist (who inspired the horse of the same name in my book Touch of Gold!) kick up her heels after clearing the scariest jumps in Open Jumper classes.

Working at the Circle 8 Guest Ranch in Montana one summer at age 19, spending my afternoons exploring the Rocky Mountains on my trusty sorrel (western for chestnut), Jackson. We ended that summer with a 3-day pack trip into the Bob Marshall Wilderness Area, definitely a highlight of my horseback riding career!

Future goals?
My future goals are to finish and publish my current children’s horse book, and write at least three more books: a sequel to Touch of Gold, a young adult novel set on a Rocky Mountain guest ranch (can’t resist that setting!), and an adult novel spanning the West, North, and East of Canada (lots of research required!).

Touch of Gold by Vivien Gorham

Touch of Gold by Vivien Gorham

Horses, of course, will feature prominently in all of these novels! I’m also working on ideas for an equestrian memoir and a short story about three sisters on a trail ride. (I’ve promised my two sisters it’s not necessarily about us!) Lots to keep me busy – and happy – for many years to come! Of course, my ultimate goal is simply to write books that readers will love and return to, the kind of books I’ve cherished throughout my life.

Best thing about your sport/profession?
The best thing about my favourite sport of horseback riding is having this amazing relationship with another animal, where you virtually become one being: moving, thinking and feeling together. It is incredibly special, and just so much fun!

And the best thing about writing and publishing a book is connecting with my readers. The greatest thrill for me is to receive a letter, email, Facebook post, or tweet from a reader or reviewer who has really enjoyed my book. So if you read my book Touch of Gold, or any future books of mine, please get in touch via my website, my Facebook profile, or my Twitter account (@viviengorham), and let me know what you think!

And if you feel like spreading the word by writing a review like this one of Touch of Gold (thank you, Equus-blog!) that would be terrific. Happy trails!

Profile On: Rachael Loucks, The Essential Equestrian

Rachael is involved in educating people with regards to equine science and other horse related tasks.  She kindly took the time to answer some questions about her new venture, the Essential Equestrian.

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
About a 1/3 of my day is dedicated to horses during the week. Weekends more. If I’m writing curriculum or teaching, I’m *thinking* about horses a lot but I might not be physically with a horse (except for my barn chores)

What is it exactly that you do?

  1. I design equine science curriculum for a local technical college
  2. I teach some basic equine science courses at a local technical college
  3. I teach others how to use essential oils with their horses, dogs, and family through my business The Essential Equestrian
  4. I do some show judging
  5. I scribe dressage and western dressage shows
The Essential Equestrian: what is Essential to you for your Horses?

The Essential Equestrian: what is Essential to you for your Horses?

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
I do not yet make a liveable income off of my work with equines. I’m in a bit of a transition period and am in the process of slowly building my business while slowly decreasing my non-equine work.

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
I read a ton, attend as many clinics as possible, and have offered to volunteer many places in order to gain knowledge. I haven’t been afraid to go out on a limb and share my big dreams/goals with people (which, interestingly enough, do not involve any sort of big equine events).

Favourite horse memory?
I had a pony, named Misty, who would really allow me to just be a nut around her. She was tolerant and forgiving to the rider.

Future goals?
We’d like to open a Veterans program on our property and start an agriculture based charter school for high school students.  (Long term-BIG goals 😉 )

Best thing about your sport/profession?
I love when I see the “light bulb” click on for someone. I like watching them grow in partnership with their horse.

Profile On: Anita of Get Up and Gallop

Anita Marchesani of Get Up and Gallop was kind enough to answer some questions about her business and horses.

How much of your day/week is related to horses?
I agist my horse and live in the suburbs, so it takes around 3 hours of my day to drive out, get him sorted, ride, put him away and drive home. I have to admit, one of the driving factors in considering starting my own business Get Up and Gallop was that it would give me a freedom to choose when in the day I wanted to ride, and not be forced to do so in the evenings after a day in an office somewhere!

Lucky for me, the way I have always run my businesses, I ride or train my horse around 4-5 days a week.

What is it exactly that you do?
I’m a business coach and mentor helping other small business owners learn how to effectively market and sell for their business. I trust that my clients are already experts at what they do- equine massage, dog trainers, retailers, riding coaches etc- I’m here to help them find more clients, grow their business, and increase their profits.

Funnily enough, to do that you need to invest in marketing, and learn how to sell! Previously, I’ve created two equine retail businesses- one that failed, one that was a raging success and that I sold 2 years ago. That business – Bit Bank Australia – is still growing with the new owner, and I’m very proud to see her continue to help riders across Australia and New Zealand.

Get Up and Gallop: Anita Marchesani

Get Up and Gallop: Anita Marchesani

In this field of work, is it possible to be a full time professional and earning a liveable income?
Yes, of course. In my current business, and in my previous retail business. With the first business I started that was not profitable, it took me critically analysing it, and actively learning new skills to be able to take a loss building business and turn it into a profitable 6 figure venture in less than 4 years.

Its hard work, its always hard work, but yes, you can make money and a good living, working with horses. Now I am helping my clients who work with horses do the same.

What are the general steps taken to be employed in such a role?
Work. Hard work. Discipline. The dedication to jump out of bed every day ready to get stuck into it. Working with a coach or mentor to help you learn the skills you currently lack, and to support you as a sounding board when problems arise.

There are far easier ways to earn the cash than creating your own business. But for me, the rewards are far greater. The thing is, you have to be prepared to suffer for it! And always, always keep learning.

Favourite horse memory?
Jumping steeplechase fences on a 4 star event horse when I was working as a groom in the UK for a professional event rider. Best fun ever!

Future goals?
Horse wise, I would love to take my Mojo pony to Medium dressage, but we have a lot of work to do before we do! Largely, my sitting trot!

Work wise, to be able to help a very select group of business owners grow, develop, and have fun in their businesses. Too many people choose to stay isolated and ignorant. There are no stupid questions, the only stupid thing is to NOT ask them. My clients ask ALL the questions, and that’s why they get the results they do, and it makes me so proud.

Best thing about your sport/profession?
For both – that there is always so much more to learn!

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