Summertime Updates

Summer has officially arrived in Minnesota, and from the look of it, people can’t get enough. If anyone earns their summers, it’s us northern folks!

I’ve had a couple of recently published articles and some exciting announcements. Buckle up!

Last spring, I wrote about a Morgan horse breeding family, the Grundens of Grunden Ranch in Nebraska, for one of my favorite publications, The Morgan Horse magazine. I enjoyed learning about ranch life and about the breeding side of the horse industry!

 

Next, I had the opportunity to write about two mother-daughter equestrian duos who ride at Hardwood Creek Farm with me. This article appeared in the June issue of White Bear Lake magazine, a regional lifestyle publication.

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The black and white photo is by Lauren Mueller Photography, based here in Minnesota!

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And now for some exciting news about upcoming assignments!

My nonfiction motherhood-focused essay was accepted to be in the next installment of New York Times Bestselling author Jen Mann’s next anthology. This collection (due out September 2018) of female-written prose and poetry will be called You Do You, and the focus is on empowering our girls and each other. I can’t wait to share it with you!

Finally, one article I am thrilled to work will feature the incredible non-profit organization, War Horses for Veterans. The good people who started this program, Patrick Benson and Andy Brown, work hard every single day to give combat veterans not only an amazing weekend on a Morgan horse ranch, but also to provide these deserving men and women with an ongoing network and lifelong support system as they reintegrate into civilian life. Keep your eyes on a fall issue of The Morgan Horse for that one.

On top of my written work, my tutoring calendar is totally booked. I’m currently working on reading and writing skills with kids ages 9 up to 18! What a joyful challenge!

Thanks to all the readers who offer their continued support for my ongoing, ever-present quest to spread the joy and love of horses, animals, and kids (ha!) to anyone who wants to read about them!

~Julia

 

 

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Horse Show Excitement

Spring has finally sprung in Minnesota! When I’m not running around outside with my kids soaking up the newly warm sun, I’ve been promoting the annual F.A.S.H. (Friends of the American Saddle Horse Show), taking place May 10-13th at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds Warner Coliseum.

As part of that promotion effort, I had the chance to write about local legend and horsewoman extraordinaire Jean King, and feature her Saddlebreds, Ticket and Fox, in a recent North Oaks Living Magazine. She competed at F.A.S.H for years and still makes daily visits to the barn to visit her sweet “vintage” horses.

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On Saturday evening, May 12th, the fantastic non-profit This Old Horse (which I wrote about for Chronicle of the Horse), owned and operated by Nancy Turner, will be honoring a retired Saddlebred before the competition classes start at F.A.S.H. It’s free and  open to the public!

 

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I’d be remiss to not share a couple recent photos of my little girl taking her first riding lessons. Eventually I’d love to have to ride where I do, but they are down an instructor for the time being, so we found another great horsewoman to introduce my daughter to the wonderful world of horses!

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She loves trotting!

 

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Priceless moments.

 

Thanks for stopping by. If you are local, please stop by F.A.S.H. over Mother’s Day weekend! All the fun takes place at the Warner Coliseum at the fairgrounds. (For more specific information about dates and times, go to FASHHorseShow.com).

~Julia

Writing & Living

 

Hello and welcome!

This fall and winter were very productive for my freelance writing business!

I had the chance to write for one of my favorite horse breed magazines, The Morgan Horse, for their March 2018 trainers issue. The editors were wonderful to work with, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

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I wrote about the Wick Family of Hardwood Creek. That’s Alyssa Wick and Irina Shavlik on the cover.

I’ve also taken on a new pro bono project: writing content for the National Brittany Rescue & Adoption (NBRAN) website. It was one of those rare times when everything came together– there I was, idly surfing the net trying to figure out what type of dog we should [eventually] get, and when I fell in love with the Brittany, I stumbled upon NBRAN. Lo and behold, they needed a writer. Bingo!

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A sweet senior Brittany from the NBRAN site. Check it out!

 

I’ve also been busy helping promote an annual horse show here in Minnesota, called F.A.S.H, short for Friends of the American Saddle Horse. This year, it will take place May 10-13 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Come one, come all! It’s casual. It’s fun. It’s FREE! Find more information about dates/classes/times at www.FASHHorseShow.com.

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Hey, look at me, creating graphics and boosting posts like a real social media expert and all!

I’m also still writing for the local newspapers (when I can), and keeping up with my other blog and passion project, Frantic Mama.

My kids are getting bigger every day, and I’m always doing my best to balance my work life and my personal life. As we all know, there’s no magic formula for that, and no one size fits all approach.

Follow along for more fun on Instagram (where I post much more frequently!). Thanks for stopping by. Don’t hesitate to reach out with content requests for your website, blog, or publication.

~Julia

Inspiring my Daughter

It’s no secret I hope my daughter (now 5!) will join me on some equestrian fun as she gets older.

In this post, I’m sharing a few of my favorite informal horse photos from this summer.

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The Minnesota Horse Expo (May) is always a great chance to get some rides in.
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She preferred the full-sized horses to the ponies at the Expo this year. She’s getting bigger but still looks tiny on a horse!

 

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Running into the stable… that’s what I like to see! (Woodloch Stable in MN).

 

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This is probably my favorite photo. We have a Farm Fest in our neighborhood every fall. The highlight for me is the petting zoo and the pony rides. My daughter couldn’t wait to hop on this sweet pony.

 

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I took her to the F.A.S.H Horse Show at the State Fairgrounds in Minnesota last spring. There’s nothing quite like watching English Pleasure riders prance around on their gorgeous Saddlebreds and Morgans.

 

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Of course, I need my both of my kids to cheer me on when I participate in a horse show. Here I had fun letting them spend time with the handsome Morgan horse Gemini, from Hardwood Creek Farm in Minnesota. 

Thanks for reading! Happy trails!

~Julia

Beach Riding :: Amelia Island

Beach riding tops virtually every horse lover’s bucket list, right? I finally had the chance to cross that one off recently while visiting Amelia Island, Florida (and I think I’ll go ahead and add it back to the list. I must do it again!).

 

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This is me with Misty, an energetic Tennessee Walker mare. Whoa, Nelly did she have some GO!

 

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On the right is my sister, who hasn’t really ever been on a horse. She did a great job on Cookie!

 

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Cue the joint head tilt. We must have been in sync!
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We lucked out on the weather. Our 5 p.m. ride was beautiful!

Interested in taking our lead (hehe)? Contact Debbie at Amelia Island Horseback Riding. Our awesome guide and impromptu photographer was Reva. The horses were well-taken care of and well-matched to our riding experience.

Happy trails!

~Julia

Young Rider Magazine

I had my first article in Young Rider magazine come out this spring (May/June 2017 issue). The article is all about equestrian vaulting. If you’ve never seen the sport in person (or even on YouTube), it’s a must-see. These people are serious athletes, and of course, the horses they use for the sport are incredible.

Here is the cover of the issue my article is in. Young Rider is geared towards readers ages 8-15. It’s a great publication for young horse enthusiasts in any discipline.

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Hey, that’s me! Well, not in the photo, but the whole “By Julia Arnold” thing.

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In the meantime, find more of my publications, photos, and links on my Facebook page.

~Julia

3 Female Equestrian Entrepreneurs

I’m passionate about a lot in life. Two of those are horses and entrepreneurship, especially when we are talking about female-led companies. Because, yes, I’m also a big fan of supporting my fellow females.

I recently had the chance to interview and write about three awesome women who have made names for themselves in the equestrian world as business-owners. Not only that, the piece was published in Horse Illustrated, one of my favorite publications.

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You can pick up at copy of the April 2017 issue at your local bookstore.

 

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I don’t know who loved this article more– the awesome ladies I wrote about, or me, simply because I got to write about them!

Many thanks goes out to the business-owners: Christy Weflan of St. Croix Saddlery and Legal Horsepower, Julie Browning Bova of her eponymous interior design business, and Laurie Sharma, who started equestrian apparel brand Equine Couture as a one-woman venture with a single sewing machine.

Talk about GIRL POWER!

Until next time,

Julia