From the Editor
ABOUT SIX MONTHS ago, we introduced a revamped Horse&Rider with a whole new look and a mission to encompass all aspects of your modern Western horse life. Our transformation continues with this, the first issue of 2018. You’ll start to hear from a few voices that are new to our brand in this issue and going forward. I’m excited to introduce them to you.
I hadn’t met Ken McNabb before we chose him as our next Trail Insights contributor. But I’d certainly heard about his credentials—popular TV personality ( Discovering the Horseman Within on RFD-TV), Road to the Horse competitor, respected clinician and horseman. Topping the list of his accomplishments, however, was that everyone commented on his being a true cowboy, the real deal, and a good person. I was sold.
I’m enthusiastic to share with you that when I met Ken at our Weaver Wina-Day event in September (story on page 72), he lived up to the lofty expectations my peers had set. I’ll add to that list of talents that he’s funny and a good storyteller. The man has literally done it all, from riding broncs to doctoring cattle to starting colts, not to mention raising two sons with his wife.
We have some excellent topics for Ken to cover this year, starting with trailering tips when you leave your riding destination to ensure that the next ride is as good or better than the last (page 38). (You can start planning your dream horse-centric vacation while reading “Travel Guide: Beds-&-Barns,” starting on page 48.)
I remember reading about Amberley Snyder and her story of coming back from a horrific automotive accident to ride again, then watching her compete as a barrel racer in RFD-TV’s The American rodeo in 2015. When I heard her speak at the Hearts & Horses gala late in 2017, I became convinced that she had to be part of the H&R voice.
On page 11, you can read Amberley’s first column of four that she’ll contribute to H&R in 2018. We’ve named the space Inspired Rider, and we’re looking forward to bringing you stories and positive messages from a variety of contributors throughout the year.
As a bonus, you could win the opportunity to ride with Amberley thanks to our Purishield Win-a-Day Contest. Learn more from the promotion on page 10. Because, honestly, who couldn’t use a little extra motivation to excel in their horse life and beyond?
We’ve been hard at work reorganizing HorseandRider.com and freshening its look to better align with what we’re sharing with you in print, on video, and on social media. You’ll want to check out the Where-to-Ride Guide, revamped by Trail-Content Editor René Riley and our Digital team. The photo-driven redesign provides the convenience of clicking on any state to find all listings for that state, including guest ranches. Plus, you can jump to a region from the landing page--no more scrolling! You’ll also find more trail-riding content across the entire site.
While you’re there, be sure to check out Senior Editor Jenny Meyer’s award-winning blog, The Thinking Rider, as well as our comprehensive offering of horse-care topics and other training and riding tips for competitors and recreational riders.
As always, we appreciate when you take the time to share feedback about what we’re doing, so send us an email. We’re here to help you have a fulfilling, successful, and enjoyable Western horse life.
We captured Ken McNabb in his element at the Powderhorn Ranch in Douglas, Wyoming, for his Trail Insights contributions.