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Our Editors and Contributors

"None of us are as smart as all of us" - unknown

Equestrian is made possible by our wonderful contributors. Our experts come from various facets of the horse industry and each has years of experience in their field. 

We continue to activley build our team so that we are able to share the most up to date and important horse business and marketing information with our members.

Elisabeth McMillan, Founder/Editor
Elisabeth McMillan, Founder/Editor Elisabeth McMillan is an equestrian business consultant and the founder of Equestrian She has promoted high profile equestrian athletes and worked with companies such as Equestrian Designs, Pure and Simple, Patagonia and Monaco Coach within the equestrian niche. She also rode professionally on the hunter/jumper circuit for over 20 years. Elisabeth launched Equestrian Professional in order to provide affordable business and marketing resources to horse business owners. Equestrian Professional was recognized as a top ten finalist in the 2010 Equestrian Social Media Awards for Most Informative International website and Elisabeth was a judge for the 2012 and 2013 Equestrian Social Media Awards. Elisabeth has spoken on the topics of horse business and marketing strategies at equestrian association conventions such as United Professional Horsemen's Association, United States Eventing Association, The Kentucky Horse Council, Equine Affaire, The Certified Horsemanship Association, The Maryland Horse Council and the United States Polo Association . . . More
Chad Mendell, Editor
Chad Mendell, Editor Chad MendellHe has authored more than 300 articles and produced nearly 200 educational videos. Over the years, he has worked with companies such as Pfizer Animal Health, Intervet, Merial and Bayer Animal Health to launch new products and educational projects. Chad also writes and speaks on marketing and business topics for the top horse professional associations such as the American Equine Trade Association, United Professional Horseman's Association, and the American Horse Publications. He is the former executive editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care and where he developed an array of online educational products from videos, newsletters, and live webinars. In 2010, he founded CowDog Media, an inbound marketing and web development company focused on helping businesses be more than just a point of purchase for their customers by helping them become an invaluable resource. Additionally, He and his wife own and operate a 34-stall boarding stable near Lexington, KY, where they train, sell and show their own reining horses . . . More
Pam Saul
Pam Saul Pam Saul is the owner of Farm & Equine Business Services LLC, which gives the equine industry an advocate in creating and building a better business foundation. Pam has been active in the equine and agricultural business for over 30 years. Pam is a regular contributor to Equestrian Professional and has been a speaker for several seminars including Equestrian Professional's 2011 Horse Business Seminar series with her topic, "Horse Business Profit Booster- How to Use a Midyear Check-Up to Improve Your Profitability." Pam has also provided downloadable forms for members of Equestrian Professional's website. . . . More
Larry Rosenblum E.A., M.B.A.
Larry Rosenblum E.A., M.B.A. Larry Rosenblum, E.A., M.B.A. is a former IRS Agent/ Manager with over 35 years of experience in the tax field. He graduated from Aspen University's MBA program with high honors. His is enrolled to practice taxes before the IRS (E.A.). Larry was a groom at Roosevelt Raceway at age 16 and has been around racing for many years as both an owner, and tax professional. He has owned stakes horses such as Arriba Amigo, an Open Trotter at Dover Downs as well as $1000 claiming horses at Ocean Downs, Lebanon Raceway and Scarborough Downs. Upon his retirement from the IRS in January, 2007 he founded The Equine Tax Group. The firm is dedicated to solving the tax problems of horsepersons. Mr. Rosenblum has a special interest in hobby loss and passive activity loss case. . . . More
Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law
Julie I. Fershtman, Attorney at Law Julie Fershtman, a lawyer for nearly 23 years, is one of the nation's most experienced Equine law practitioners. She has achieved numerous courtroom victories and drafted hundreds of contracts. She is a Fellow of the American College of Equine Attorneys and has spoken on Equine Law in 26 states. Julie is a speaker in Equestrian Professional's 2011 Horse Business Seminar Series with her topic, "A Look at Recent Equine Lawsuits and How They Affect Horse Professionals." . . . More
Peter Sacopulos, J.D.
Peter Sacopulos, J.D. Peter Sacopulos is a graduate of Tulane University B.A., cum laude, and earned a doctor of jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in 1988For the past 10 years, he has developed a specialty practice in the field of equine law. He has and continues to represent clients in a wide range of equine matters including, liveryman, foal share agreements, syndication of stallions and insurance disputes and contractual disputes, as well as representing veterinarians, trainers, owners and track officials. . . . More
Tonya Johnston, MA
Tonya Johnston, MA Tonya Johnston, MA, is a mental skills coach with a master's degree in sport psychology. She specializes in working with equestrian athletes, as well as being a horse show competitor herself. Tonya is a popular speaker for Equestrian Professional's Sports Performance webinars. She is the author of "Inside Your Ride" and has been a speaker at both the USEA and USDF national conventions, she conducts USHJA-Affiliated "Mental Skills for Riders" clinics throughout the country as well as in-person and phone consultations with individual clients. . . . More
Carol Gordon, CPA
Carol Gordon, CPA Carol Gordon is a CPA with a special interest in working with equine-based businesses. She has experience working with a variety of "horse" businesses including trainers, camps, barn owners, farriers and equine transport. Her clients include everything from start-ups to long established businesses, sole proprietorships, LLCs and S and C corporations, for profit and non-profit organizations. Carol is a regular contributor to Equestrian Professional's Download Library. . . . More
Kimball Willson
Kimball Willson Kimball Robeson is a certified Health Coach with an extensive background in the equestrian industry. As a lifelong rider and competitor, she understands the dietary and lifestyle struggles faced by today's equestrian athletes. She specializes in guiding and supporting riders of all levels and disciplines who want to gain more energy, improve their diet and lifestyle, and ultimately perform their best in competition. . . . More
B. Paul Husband, Attorney At Law
B. Paul Husband, Attorney At Law Mr. Husband is a graduate of Occidental College and the School of Law at the University of California at Los Angeles. He practices equine, tax and entertainment law serving U.S. and international clients from Southern California, with offices in Universal City, California. After showing Arabian horses extensively as a junior, he presently breeds and races Arabian horses. He served for 20 years as an American Horse Shows Association Judge in the Arabian Division. Paul is a regular panelist on Equestrian Professional's Horse Business Hotline. . . . More
Brian Hurley, CPA
Brian Hurley, CPA is a horse income tax specialist. He and his father, Patrick Hurley, run Hurley & Hurley, Inc., which began in 1982 and specializes in preparing equine business tax returns. They represent over 1,000 clients from nearly all 50 states and various segments of the horse industry including trainers, breeders. jockeys, barn owners, and various equestrian associations. Brian is a regular panelist on Equestrian Professional's Horse Business Hotline. . . . More
Jane Seigler
Jane Seigler Jane Seigler has extensive experience speaking on topics relating to managing equine businesses. She recently spoke at the 2010 Kentucky International Equine Summit on Equine Association Leadership/Management and at the 2010 Maryland Horse World Expo in Timonium. A United States Dressage Federation Silver Medalist, Jane served for nine years on the Board of Directors of the Potomac Valley Dressage Association. Jane was a speaker in Equestrian Professional's 2011 Horse Business Seminar series with her topic, "Finding, Managing and Keeping GREAT Employees for Your Horse Business." . . . More
April L Neihsl, Attorney at Law
April L Neihsl, Attorney at Law April L. Neihsl is an Associate at Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith, P.C. Ms. Neihsl concentrates her practice in areas of Insurance Coverage, General Liability Defense, Commercial Litigation, Sporting and Recreational Liability, Agribusiness, and Equine Law. Ms. Neihsl received a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Michigan State University from which she graduated with High Honors. Additionally, her nearly life-long experience with horses brings great depth to the many Equine Law matters on which she works. She is one of the youngest lawyers to be selected as a speaker at the National Conference on Equine Law, where she spoke in 2010. Ms. Neihsl is scheduled to speak at this Conference again in 2011. . . . More
Reed Schroeder
Reed Schroeder Reed Schroeder is President of Schroeder Group, Inc., a full service Insurance Agency offering an array of insurance products for the individual and business. Reed was a guest speaker in Equestrian Professional's Smart Financial Planning Strategies for Horse Professionals, and his topic was, "Equine Bsuiness Insurance - Putting Together the Protection Puzzle." Reed discussed the risks and exposures that horse business owners need to be aware of and detailed the four main areas of exposure. . . . More
Clay Nelson
Clay Nelson Clay Nelson is co-developer of Sustainable Stables, an organization dedicated to environmentally-sensitive horse keeping practices. Clay received his Bachelors degree from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, where he majored in environmental biology. Clay received his Master of Environmental Management from the Nicholas School at Duke, where his studies focused on environmental health, chemical fate and transport, and resource conservation and reuse. Clay was a speaker in Equestrian Professional's Horse Business Seminar series with his topic, "How to Find Funding and Grants to Help Your Horse Business Go Green." . . . More
Lynnette Batt
Lynnette Batt Lynnette Batt is co-developer of Sustainable Stables which has successfully helped farm owners advance their horse operation in a more sustainable, environmentally-friendly direction through the consulting, writing, and public speaking services they provide. . . . More
Lisa L. Lerch, Esq.
Lisa L. Lerch, Esq. Ms. Lerch attended Pepperdine University and obtained a B.A. in Political Science in 1989. Prior to attending Law School she also obtained a teaching credential from Pepperdine University. . . . More
Yvonne C. Ocrant, Attorney at Law
Yvonne C. Ocrant, Attorney at Law Yvonne C. Ocrant is a transaction and litigation Attorney at Law attorney licensed in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Indiana. She obtained her law degree in 1999 from DePaul University College of Law as the Law Review Executive Editor, and received her Bachelor's degree graduating cum laude in 1995 from Northern Illinois University. Ms. Ocrant practices equine law, and commercial litigation in areas including employment, title insurance, general commercial litigation, at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, a Chicago based law firm with 25 nationwide offices including Florida, New York, and California. . . . More
Alayne Blickle
Alayne Blickle has more than 15 years of experience as an environmental educator, and works with livestock owners on regional issues of manure management and non-point pollution reduction. Alayne is the creator and director of the award-winning program Horses for Clean Water. Since 1997, Horses for Clean Water has taught environmentally sensitive horsekeeping practices through classes, workshops, demonstration farms, farm tours, and individual consultations. Alayne also was a speaker in Equestrian Professional's 2011 Horse Business Seminar series with her topic, "Managing Mud and Manure - Green Stable Management Practices That Make Your Barn (and the Planet) a Better Place." . . . More
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