Be an Inspired Rider
AS A WRITER, I LOOK FOR INSPIRATION EVERYwhere. I’ve been doing this for 19 years, so sometimes it takes more work than expected, but I can usually find something to inspire me to keep moving forward in my work. It’s the same thing as a rider. After spending many years in the saddle, it’s equally important to look for new ways to stay motivated. Both require an open mind and a willingness to try new things.
You might’ve noticed something a little different on our cover this month—for the first time in many issues, we’ve included a rider. And she happens to be barrel racer Fallon Taylor, wearing tie-dye, sparkly fringe, and a crystal-encrusted helmet. If that’s not being openminded and willing to try new things, I don’t know what is.
An Open Mind Opens Opportunities
I met Fallon on Labor Day at her clinic in Cheyenne, Wyoming, thanks to our contributing photographer, Mallory Beinborn. I had no idea what to expect. I’d seen her online (she’s especially active on Snapchat), but I’ve learned with social media that what you see isn’t always what you get. Could someone really be that encouraging, motivating, and inspiring in person? For Fallon, that’s an emphatic yes.
From my seat, the riders in her clinic that day all left feeling they’d been seen, validated, and motivated, not to mention the auditors who got up close and personal in the arena while the riders worked their horses. Fallon truly inspired these women and girls, including myself. That’s why I’m excited you’ll have the chance ride with Fallon, in person. Get details on winning a private lesson with her, thanks to Dynamic Edge by Cactus, on page 63.
We offered our first “Best Of ” feature in 2015, highlighting the best things that happened in the horse industry that year. (You can find it on This year, we focused on the best quotes we heard from trainers, clinicians, and industry leaders, beginning on page 39. The messages come from our interviews, photo shoots, and other interactions with these professionals, as well as from their own social media posts. I think I’ve used Brad Barkemeyer’s contribution on my kids 100 times since I first heard him say it.
What’s your favorite inspirational quote for better horsemanship? Send it to me at the address below. I hope we can gather enough to feature them in an upcoming issue…because who doesn’t need a little inspiration now and then?