From the Ed­i­tor

Horse & Rider - - Contents - You can reach Jen­nifer Paul­son at jpaul­[email protected]­me­dia.com.

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.

COM­PLETELY COW­BOY

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.)

IN­SPIR­ING RIDER

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?

NEW ON­LINE

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.

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