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.
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!
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!
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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Hey, that’s me! Well, not in the photo, but the whole “By Julia Arnold” thing.
In the meantime, find more of my publications, photos, and links on my Facebook page.
I took part in my first horse show last weekend. It was nerve-wracking, scary, and lots of fun! I rode an adorable Morgan horse named Gemini, trained by the Wick family over at Hardwood Creek Farm in Minnesota.
I was the one riding, of course, so my husband gets the credit for the following photos. He didn’t do half-bad, considering he was also keeping our two little ones in check!
Plus, arenas are notoriously bad for photos– poor lighting, lots of photo bombs, fast-moving, etc.– but I wanted to share them with you anyway. Enjoy!