Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Equine Career Night - U of G, Thurs March 7

hoofbeats is looking for new recruits for our Radio & Podcast Summer internships, April 2019 through September 2019.

Welcoming current post-secondary students, and can also accommodate volunteers, short-term placements and/or co-op students.

The show has listeners internationally and locally and is looking to expand the production team with passionate, dedicated individuals who are eager to create engaging educational content.

hoofbeats Workshop - Horse Handling 101 at Myrddin Equestrian Centre

We've announced our very first Farm Tour! You can get your tickets here.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Gateway To Horses

In this episode we hear about the town hall meetings in a village in Illinois, all about a controversial hitching post and the horses that ride in to town, as well as the benefits of Equine Assisted Learning, and even a "date night" program!  Enjoy.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Presentation to Equine Event Mgt Students, U of G

 Here are the slides for a presentation I made fall 2018 about how to get involved with hoofbeats-radio podcast...

Thursday, January 10, 2019

News for the New Year with Lorraine Stubbs

In this issue of our audio magazine, you'll hear the voice of Lorraine Stubbs, who is sharing some important news for the New Year!  She was a Pan Am Games, Gold Medalist in 1971.  And, twenty years later, in 1991, was Double Gold.  She was a Member of the Canadian Olympic Dressage Team twice, and was the 2nd Canadian in history, to finish in the Top Ten at the Games.  She’s been named Horsewoman of the year, and Canadian Champion 15 times.  Hoofbeats has long known of her as an International Dressage Judge, and High Performance Certified Coach in Canada, but was surprised to learn of her role as Equine Consultant to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Musical Ride!  Isn’t it cool she has an M.A. in English Literature - University of Western Ontario and York University?

You'll hear about an Equine Employment Standards Action Group, and an upcoming International Conference on Equitation Science - both on campus.  We also discuss how the test, makes for the type of training, and what she sees in High Performance Sport.  And, what it was like coming up through Pony Club in the 60's. 

There's also a tune or two from Danny Michel, who is playing in Waterloo Mondays in January.

Thursday, December 06, 2018

A Horse Named Jazzy, and More!

In this episode, we hear from Will's Jams, for our Riding With The Stars segment.  A Juno-nominated, CBC Kids TV Star, and educator who brings authentic family friendly music to his youtube channel and TV.  As well as the red headed flute girl Alissa Skorik -- both musicians were recorded at the FMO Conference this fall.  There's also some original fiction, a segment about the colours of the horses of Iceland and their colours, as well a shout out to the information shared on a free forum at The Horse Portal (let me know if you need help accessing it).  We were also excited to build in some sounders recorded by a first-time volunteer at the Royal on her cell phone!  Our feature interview is with Kat who attended the hoofbeats Open House in September.  Didn't she show up with intriguing equipment?  Give a listen!

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Proudly RVT

Cally Merritt is an RVT and certified equine massage therapist, with horses at home!  She is also the Vice President of the Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians, and recently presented at the Equine Symposium on Campus, about how the vet techs moved from being unregulated to a certified system.

Tune in to today at 4:30 to or 93.3fm to hear an informal, friendly discussion about the points she wanted to raise, and other thoughts about the event!

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fit as a Feminist Issue

In this RAISE YOUR VOICE (CFRU fundraiser show) radio listeners can call in just before 5pm on Thursday Nov 22, to win an autographed copy of "Fit At Mid Life" by Samantha Brennan and Tracy Isaacs.  Isn't she inspiring? We were so honoured that the Dean, College of Arts, University of Guelph would ride up to campus on a Sunday, to spend some time with us!  Empowering and relatable, we enjoyed the visit as much as the blog and the book...  which you can find at the Bookshelf.  We all need to find what we love to do to keep us fit and strong and healthy --  is it horse riding or cycling for you? Or something else entirely?

You will also hear a Riding With The Stars segment with Brenna MacCrimmon, recorded in the hallways at the Folk Music Ontario Conference.  She is a member of a Toronto-based vocal quartet, Turkwaz, that offers music of the Middle East and Balkans in new and unexpected ways.  Enjoy!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

2018 RYV, Royal Review & Remembrance Day Episode

Welcome to hoofbeats' 2018 RYV, Royal Review & Remembrance Day Episode. On CFRU 93.3fm.

First off, I want to say, I was really grateful for the display from the OVC about the horses of war at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.  Was it new?  So appropriate for this time of year, and I'd thought always lacking at the Royal.  Also, I apologize that we did not rebroadcast hoofbeats "War Horse" episode this year, as you might find re-listening to that lecture (recorded on campus) moving and meaningful as I do.

I also want to mention that CFRU has a new donations page:, and
you can pledge for hoofbeats specifically!  Our goal is to ensure the Mobile Community Studio can continue to provide space for marginalized groups around Guelph to tell their stories!  These are things about Community radio are important to me.

By the way, on the topic of Horse Human Relationships - the surveys continue...
1) Did you know that hoofbeats (radio and podcast), provides creative equine events, that help put your discipline, breed or facility on the map for more fans, and revenue and recognition in the community. And, we don't just reach and educate active horse people, we interest the general public in equestrian activity... We have created this survey to do with horse facilities at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair 2018. But, if you're just finding it here and want to take 3 minutes to help us out, please do!
Did you see the facebook post recently from Dr. Katrina Merkies about a survey on horse-human relationships? They are so important; If you are a non-horse owning horseback rider and 16-99 years of age, please be a part of this exciting project undertaken by a PhD student at the University of Guelph. The survey should only take 15-20 minute of your time. Results will be available
at this link by April 2019.
In this show we take you through a Royal experience, with our portable recorder and collection of newly recruited reporters, and guests! We wore our Equimania ribbon from years gone past just for fun. We like the Rookie Rider activity and earning our ribbon, picking up the Guide for New Equestrians and meeting some horses in the stalls provided by System Fence! Ontario Equestrian is definitely demonstrating the pathway to the podium, and interesting new participants...  you'll want to hear a few of the breed and discipline features we collected too!

What's a Knabstrupper?

Monday, November 05, 2018

Working Student Life, BBRM Alumni presentation and Samantha Martin

In this edition of hoofbeats radio, to air Nov 8, 2018 4:30pm and 93.3fm, we hear A Riding with The Stars segment with Samantha Martin, and her tune Six White horses.

The Working Student Life interview is brought to us by Carly Wulf, who has been volunteering with hoofbeats since #EIS2017.  This time, in casual conversation with her roommate and fellow working student for Tom Dvorak.  Known as one of Canada's top international dressage riders, he has developed a number of horses through to the Grand Prix level, and has represented Canada at Pan American Games, World Cups and World Championships.  With over two decades of experience at the top level of equine sport.  The working student interviewed was a part of the Young Riders program, and has competed Prix St Georges, which is the beginning of the international levels of dressage. This level is governed by the FEI and continues pirouette, 8m voltes and flying change work. Furthermore, rider’s are expected to show distinct differences within the gaits from collection to extension.  

 We also hear another BBRM Alumni presentation, recorded at a U of G Equine Event - Sasha, transfer student, science background who did the Kemptville program for 2 yrs. She had background as a dressage rider at the 3rd and 4th level, and was schooling Prix St. Georges, before an injury.  Her advice is to get actual experience. Hers has run from stallion handling during collections for breeding, to working at sales barns.  She also raves about Guelph with all its agriculture resources and opportunities and various livestock production agriculture. She is no longer just a "Crazy horse girl," with just a "horse show background" with no understanding of actual farming. She has taken up Sheep herding, with dogs, as a hobby and sideline endeavour to completing her masters with an Animal Bio Sciences project. She is enjoying her evolution as she continues to diversify into other areas of agriculture.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Equine Office, #EIS2018 and Georgian Bay!

In this edition In this podcast episode, which will air on 93.3fm and livestream on on Thursday Nov 1 at 4:30pm (a new timeslot!), you will hear the latest news from Equine Office, a great scheduling and invoicing service for horse farms.

Also on the theme of professionalism, you will hear a few of my initial thoughts about the recent Equine Industry Symposium, and a dedication to Dr. Kendra Coulter, because of the points she made while sharing industry stats. You can find out more about her work at humane

There is also a tiny Riding With The Stars segment, with the fantastic duo "Georgian Bay." I hope you will give a listen to their music.

Give a listen:

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Riding With The Stars -- Erik Bleich, Lyndsey Hunt (and, More!)

Today on hoofbeats is a pre-release recording from a musical friend I met as we were both volunteering at the 2018 Folk Music Ontario conference info desk. He recorded a long dark beautiful tune that mentions horses:
They came and went and they took your steed
The joke’s on them they could have had it for free
That horse was dying anyway
So go what come and come what may
and then he also tells a little horse story. Enjoy the tune from Erik Bleich!

We also hear from Jory Nash and we welcome an Advance Certified FEEL practitioner and animal communicator, Lyndsey Hunt, to the studio to hear about her current involvement and background with horses.  There are also some words from Grace who is the captain of U of G's Dressage Team (IDA).

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Daine Creech Clinic, and BBRM Alumni Event Coverage, Fall 2018

In this episode of hoofbeats, you'll hear the first recording from the BBRM Equine Management Alumni event, Constance from TD's presentation (as recorded by our emergency recruit Olivia).  She got a gig as an Ag Services Associate, 2 days after her last exam, and then got posted as an analyst 5 months later — working under an account manager, with 135 clients. She explains how the Acct Mgr is the face customers see, and focus on selling products, while she is a behind the scenes person doing risk analysis… As I was growing up, my dad would sometimes explain to me the debt-per-cow ratios he had to consider in his role as a commercial agricultural lender at Head Office, for Ontario North and East decision. And, that lead to a very meaningful career for me in banking for more than 15 years!  Constance has advice for current BBRM students:  Working for a bank was the last thing on her mind. Her dad was an accountant, and she thought that was boring. But she’s been there almost 3 years now, and thinks it was a great experience — so suggests you be super open minded!!! You could find something very cool.  I felt like the Q&A discussion that airs near the end is useful for promoting bus electives, economics, accounting, social responsibility, etc. I loved that she has KNOWLEDGE OF THE DATA SYSTEM ON A DAIRY FARM, and still doesn’t know what she wants to do with her life.

Then we air Olivia's appearance as a guest on hoofbeats.  She never mentioned the name of the place where she is riding, but I think I know it.  I wish I had asked her to elaborate on the hour of ground work she does with one regular mount before riding, because I've always thought lunging is hard on horses and is usually limited to 20 minutes, so I'd like to know more...

You will also hear, as well as a casual chat at the recent clinic hosted by Summer Baillie Dressage... I wanted to hear some of the take aways one of the participants at the Diane Creech clinic, and met. a rider who has an equine business (pictured below).  There are also some lovely tracks from Georgian Bay! Enjoy.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Funky, Jazzy Horse Talk, featuring Summer Baillie Dressage (and music from Jason Raso)

In this edition of hoofbeats, you will hear how Summer Baillie is back in the saddle, after hip surgeries, and how the Summer-Baillie-Dressage-Business is growing and is in need of a working student!  A wonderful opportunity for the right applicant, to gain experience working with dressage horses from the very start to Grand Prix/FEI -- maybe you could manage performance horses (assisting vets, farriers, massage therapists, chiropractors and of course Summer), at a busy but friendly facility with big goals and a supportive and active learning environment?  Porter Oakes Farm and Summer Baillie Dressage are bringing top clinicians into the farm, so be sure to tune in for details about the event next weekend and on Nov 17/18. Of course it is not a paid position, but training would be provided on a daily basis! And, other opportunities may also be available...  Even if you only have time for a few days of the week, please don't hesitate to make contact.

In this show we also celebrate the music of Jason Raso, who is playing at the River Run Centre on Oct 26. We have used his music in our show intro for the last 3 seasons, and he has come a long way since then. With TWO new books just released, and a great "Live at the Jazz Room" album that you will hear many tracks from. Enjoy!

shout out of thanks to Emily who volunteered this week!  You'll hear what she recorded in next week's show...

we are also hoping to arrange a special hoofbeats outing to explore sidesaddle!

Monday, October 08, 2018

Attendance at the Folk Music Ontario Conference

We posted a sign on a dropbox at the FMO conference:

"Hoofbeats radio and podcast is an all age, all interest, all access horse talk show, for closet enthusiast to full fledged pro! Broadcast on CFRU 93.3fm, with “Riding With The Stars” segments, that features musicians about any experience with horses — pony rides in childhood, touristy trail rides, trips to the track.  We LOVE these horse-stories!"

And look what happened.... It felt like Christmas.

My professional development was learning to approach celebrities outside of the horse world, collecting new content and relationships that will drive traffic via social media, and networking for both mentorship (Jan, Liz) and new listenership. I also learned a great deal at the AGM on Sunday morning when they discussed the financials of the music oriented not for profit organization and the current landscape around arts funding in the province...

Thursday, October 04, 2018

Falling for Myrddin Equestrian Centre

On Sunday Sept 30th at 10:00am, Myrddin Equestrian Centre was announced as the Y2Q1 Winner of the hoofbeats Mystery Tour!

Regular listeners know that the hoofbeats crew have been undertaking "Mystery Shops" and researching the professionalism and horse welfare standards of equine facilities in the Region.  This information and education program employs a detailed "walk about" survey worksheet that incorporates the requirements and recommendations of the National Farm Animal Care Council's Equine code, as well as standards and suggestions of OE, EC, CANTRA, OMAFRA, CPC, and Equine Guelph.

Many of the research interviews are broadcast, and many "horse of the week" reports result from these site visits, and annually/quarterly hoofbeats survey winners are announced on radio.

Myrddin Equestrian Centre recently celebrated 40 years of coaching with the Annual "Fun Day" and Horse Trial event at 5046 Trafalgar road, which was a great success.
Check out their coach bios and facility in person! Myrddin ranked very well in terms of human safety, horse welfare and athletic direction. Congratulations.

Tuesday, September 04, 2018

Summer's End Show, Featuring the music of Drew McIvor!

This show contains a few Riding With the Stars segments, including one with Rose Cousins!  Also, one of my heroes, Laurie Brown.

I decided to rebroadcast this one, on September 23, 2018 featuring my Summerfolk show, in the hopes that Drew McIvor can earn bigger SOCAN Royalty cheques...  I'm such a fan of him as a person, AND as a gifted musician!

Here's the playlist from part 1:
from Drew's Album Through The Tangle of Trees, Intoxicated,  3:51
Rainy Day Lullaby, 2:58
Marmora Blue, 4:32
Stars, 4:01

Talk times: 9:04 -9:13, 9:15:50-9:16:32, 9:21-9:24, 9:28-9:32,9:33-9:37, 9:41-9:56

part two:
Jason Raso, Man of 40 Faces, Suite Smell of Success-Man of 40 Faces 45 seconds (theme music)
Rose Cousins, Natural Conclusions, Chosen 4:02
Rose Cousins, Natural Conclusions, Grace, 4:01

Friday, August 31, 2018

Equus Film Fest

Did you miss the event in Headwaters, or did you attend like we did??  Either way, EQUUS Film Festival ON-DEMAND is your home for the best in Equestrian Films, Documentaries, Shorts, Series, Clinicians, Videobooks, & MORE!  You can watch your favorites from the fest, or catch the ones you missed, in your own home, or where and when ever you want, on any device...

Note that if you have a film to submit, go to and click on Films. (The top one shows you how to get to the entry form.). Then there are buttons for other good information below that link.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Unforgettable Symposium and Horse Welfare Day

We covered a lot of ground in our short hour!  Give a listen here:

In the hoofbeats radio studio today, we have Dr. Katrina Merkies, Associate Professor & PhD, Faculty Advisor of BBRM Equine Management Depart of Animal BioSciences. We'll talk a bit about the Annual Equine Symposium, and how it has been building momentum, and making such an impact. We also hear a bit about the BBRM Equine Management program.  We also discuss horse welfare assessment tools, because we agree about "a responsibility to advance and promote ethical and sustainable approaches to equine welfare through equitation, management, and behaviour."

Her research always revolves around horses - behaviour, welfare, equitation and management. Equitation in the broad sense refers to close interactions between horses and humans. Research outputs vary from decoding horse-human interaction, to the use of whips in horse racing, effects of various equipment used to ride and train horses, behavioural measures of stress, and human recognition of horse vocalizations.

Katrina Merkies 

Katrina Merkies

Why Guelph…
This is the only lab in Canada specializing exclusively in equine behaviour and welfare.

If you have a website or a research page please give us the URL:

Saturday, July 28, 2018

What's on this Summer, Folks? hoofbeats at Hospice!

happy hoofbeats everybody!  Today in the studio we welcome Rachel Hobson, who is the Integrated Wellness Coordinator, at Hospice Wellington -- for another interview in the series "Conversations Worth Having."   I invited her in, to share information about some of the wonderful FREE services available to caregivers in Guelph.  I had no idea!

We're also playing some music from artists that will be playing this year at Summerfolk Festival, which is coming up in Owen Sound in mid August.

In this epidsode, I also address the confusing relationship between Conversations Worth Having and hoofbeats radio, and podcast!

CWH is my community, radio, project, where I try and bring important subjects to radio, in the hopes of prompting useful discussions in families and communities.  It started as a way for me to share research I was doing related to what was going on my parents, within health care system crisis. I've aired discussions about long term care, death, assisted death, funerals, organ donation, blood donation, estate planning, medical rights, poa, advance care planning, and much much more.  I have found, sometimes, that these themes effect me, personally, with deep emotion, and thus, I can sometimes find the work daunting.  Plus, a weekly deadline is relentless!  It comes around every week!  To hear just the Hospice content, you can check it out here, at blogguelph.

Meanwhile, just because its my true nature, horse talk emerges in everything I do.  So, usually about once a month, horse guests override, and I create some entertaining, equestrian education on CFRU, instead of working on aging and death or general wellness themes.  And, sometimes, there's even a small segment of horse talk within the shows produced for those other series and themes!  Like right now! I admit hoofbeats can get a little out of control...

Isn't it awesome that hospice has some horse history?

This radio show also featured recordings of two Riding With The Stars invitations:

HAY, Rose Cousins,  I have been a fan for a long time and in fact have a pin that celebrates your first album "If You Were For Me..." that I am pretty sure I bought when I met you at a Folkway Music concert years and years ago.  Is that possible?  I love the artwork, a horse silhouette, with a western saddle -- and instead of a carrot on a string rigged to motivate its forward movement, its a little heart on the wire.... I love it!  So, I am really hoping we can spend a few minutes at Summerfolk so I can ask you if you have any experience at all with horses!  For now all I can do is play some of your music on 93.3fm in Guelph...   we're loving the tracks of Natural Conclusion.

Natural Conclusion is an album Cousins calls “the most honest and vulnerable thing” she has made to date, and added “Ultimately, a life consists of many relationships, some chosen and some assigned, each playing different roles on a subjective, expansive spectrum of success and failure. We choose, we are chosen, we are left, we leave, we stay anyway, we grieve, judge and empathize, relinquish, atone alone, keep and let go. Each relationship will come to its Natural Conclusion.” 

Do you know that Escarpment Blues is a concert and documentary film starring singer-songwriter Sarah Harmer? It followed her tour across southern Ontario to promote Protecting Escarpment Rural Land (PERL), a conservation group she cofounded. To battle a proposed quarry on the Escarpment. She toured communities near the escarpment, both performing, and speaking about the PERL campaign. The film documents both her live performances and her activist work...

 I could swear there is footage of Sarah riding a horse in that documentary. The day I watched it, which was years after its release in 2006, felt like I recognized a scene from an experience I had that very day at Rawhide Adventures at Peace Valley Ranch, a working cattle ranch located north towards Orangeville in the high hills of Mulmur township. So, I will be putting in a media request at Summerfolkfestival to ask Sarah if she has ever had any experience at all with horses!