Honoring the Legacy of Equestrians: Coping with Grief and Navigating Loss in Our Community

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Recent tragic incidents involving the loss of young talents have left the equestrian community deeply affected as we are grieving and struggling to make sense of these devastating events. Hannah Serfass was only 15-year-old when she tragically passed away on April 30 during a hunter/jumper competition at Fox Lea Farm in Venice, Florida. Just a few days later, on May 4, we mourned the loss of Sienna, a 23-year-old Australian model and exceptionally skilled equestrian, who sadly succumbed to her injuries after a fatal riding accident.

The emotional impact of losing someone from our community […]

7 KEY CONSIDERATIONS WHEN BUILDING YOUR DREAM BARN

As architects, we are frequently asked what makes a great barn design. And while aesthetics are important, there are several crucial factors that must be considered to prioritize the well-being of horses, providing them with a secure, comfortable, and healthy environment, while also ensuring functional and practical spaces for their handlers. These considerations apply whether you are planning a grand, state-of-the-art facility or a cozy personal barn!

Here are 7 key features we carefully consider when building or renovating stables in collaboration with our clients:

Adequate Space: This applies for both indoors and outdoors […]

The Rise of Genetic Technology in the Equine Industry

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The equine industry has seen a significant shift in recent years with the rise of genetic technology, with DNA testing slowly becoming a commonplace in several countries. Currently, a lot of the interest around performance testing focuses on a few specific genes responsible for producing big muscles and sprinting speed. However, the introduction of whole genome sequencing tests by companies such as Victory Genomics (VG) is set to revolutionize the industry.

Improving Horse Welfare Through Genetic Testing

We caught up Jessica Morton, a lifelong equestrian and horse welfare advocate who conducts research for VG. Jess believes that the […]

Choosing a Weather Vane for Your Barn

Weather vanes, also known as weathervanes, wind vanes, or weather cocks, have been used for centuries to indicate the direction of the wind. Mounted as a fixture on barns and other buildings, weather vanes are practical tools that help farmers and ranchers make decisions about planting, harvesting, and other agricultural activities. As they gained popularity, these simple yet elegant devices became valuable decorative instruments that can add a classic and elegant touch to a building or facility. If you’re looking to add a weather vane to your barn or stable, there are a few things to consider before making […]

Interview with Oakland-based Artist Pryce Jones

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Pryce Jones is an Oakland-based painter, architectural designer, game developer, and a professor at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. With a unique abstract style of painting, Pryce reveals his interest in portraying black American life. Some of his more recent work also depicts the beauty of Nature and animals. We caught up with Pryce to learn more about his process, inspiration, and his unique journey as an artist.

Can you walk us through your journey as an artist?

I started drawing as a kid, and I have drawn my whole life. When I was a […]

A Selection of Original Equestrian-Themed Gifts

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The equestrian community is full of talented and creative people, so if you are looking for an original gift for yourself or an equestrian friend, there is a plethora of fun and customizable options! Whether for Christmas or an upcoming birthday, your purchase will support a small business and trendy creators within the equestrian community.

Dapple Bay Equestrian:

With many original equestrian accessories, apparel and home décor, the brand motto is “Good Rides Only”, a philosophy that fosters a community of positive and supportive women in the equestrian world. From saddle pads to key chains, mugs and […]

Horse Kicks – Designer Shoes for Your Horse

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With holiday shopping season officially underway, why not splurge on a new pair of matching sneakers for you and your horse?

It is finally happening – horses can now wear designer shoes! Although hoof boots have been around for a while, the new designer kicks on the market are designed by hand and custom made for each horse to fit any breed and discipline.

The mastermind behind this new concept is Marcus Floyd, a Lexington (Kentucky) based shoe designer and pioneer in this new genre of footwear. Floyd studied at the Shoe Surgeon’s SRGM Academy, where he learned the art […]

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Horse

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Buying a horse: For many, it’s a childhood dream- but when the time comes, there is a lot of research, legal and financial considerations. Asking the right questions, budgeting for unexpected expenses, and weighing the pros and cons may go a long way in having a successful adventure with your new companion.

Initial research: The initial research phase will help you determine what breeds and characteristics to look for in your future horse. Depending on your riding goals, whether you wish to compete, ride for leisure, or if you want to use your horse for breeding, you […]

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